TMT in New Zealand

Bell Gully

Bell Gully brings ‘a wealth of experience to the table’ and is widely recognised for its ‘unrivalled’ capability in large-scale technology projects originating from the public sector, acting for major government departments on multi-million-dollar contracts. Counting domestic technology companies and multinational platforms among its key roster of clients, the team has demonstrable expertise in emerging technologies, data privacy and cyber security issues, as well as media law matters. In the firm’s Wellington office, Dean Oppenhuis leads the IT group and advises on transactions involving blockchain/NFT, artificial intelligence and augmented reality elements, while ‘multi-talented’ special counsel Susannah Shaw handles major outsourcing projects. The Auckland office is home to ‘amazingly diligent’ commercial litigator Tania Goatley, who heads the media practice, and ‘effective negotiatorLaura Littlewood, who focuses on technology, cyber security and e-commerce matters.

Practice head(s):

Dean Oppenhuis; Tania Goatley

Other key lawyers:

Susannah Shaw; Laura Littlewood; Jared McIntosh

Testimonials

‘High level expertise and sound commercial instincts to complement strict legal analysis.’

‘Jared McIntosh is always available and accurate.’

‘This team does a lot of high-value and complex TMT work. They are experts in their field and can be relied on for their commercial acumen and industry knowledge.’

‘Laura Littlewood has extensive experience in the TMT sector. She is a leader in her field, who is across all current topical issues. She is an effective negotiator and has a collaborative mindset.’

‘Their expertise in the technology space is unrivalled. Any issues are dealt with expertly and quickly.’

‘Susannah Shaw is a multi-talented lawyer who was able to seamlessly handle the full range of matters that arose during the transaction. This led to our project team being nimble and able to “front-foot” a lot of matters. At no stage was Susannah “positional” in negotiations but would instead systematically and fearlessly drill to the core of the issue in order to fully understand matters and craft a mutually beneficial solution.’

‘Tania Goatley is always available, amazingly diligent and regularly thinks outside the box.’

‘Bell Gully are able to provide staff that have a diverse range of experience globally and bring a wealth of experience to the table. They are able to provide resource in a timely manner and are able to meet the deadlines that the client has, often at short notice.’

Key clients

8i

Air New Zealand

Amazon

Apple

ASB Bank

Astrix Aeronautics

Bentley Systems

BNZ Bank

Costco

Crown Infrastructure Partners

Cyber Toa

Department of Corrections

Department of Internal Affairs

Facebook / Meta

Genesis Energy

Greater Wellington Regional Council

Google

Graphpad

IAG Insurance

Lely

Lightspeed POS

LinkedIn

Memnon

Metlifecare

Ministry for Primary Industries

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

New Zealand Customs Service

New Zealand Guardian Trust

New Zealand Lotteries Commission (Lotto)

Non-Fungible Labs

Partly Group

Plexure Group

Rocketlab

Statistics New Zealand

Straker Translations

Syft Technologies

Taxicharge New Zealand

The Network for Learning

Thought Machine

Universal College of Learning (UCOL)

Vodafone

Wellington City Council

Xero

NZME.

APN News & Media

Bloomberg LP

British American Tobacco

Colenso BBDO

Lime Technology

MediaWorks

Netflix Luxembourg S.à.r.l.

RadioNZ

Stuff

TVNZ

Warner Bros

Yahoo

Work highlights

  • Advised Crown Infrastructure Partners, a Crown-owned company that manages the Government’s NZ$1.7bn investment in ultra-fast broadband on its Public Safety Network (PSN) project.
  • Advised the Department of Corrections on the procurement of a new $180m contract for an end-to-end electronic monitoring solution for the monitoring of individuals subject to electronic monitoring sentences/orders in New Zealand.
  • Advising NZME on media law matters, including the global release of the Pandora Papers, vetting articles, defending defamation and other claims, opposing injunctions and suppression orders, and copyright and other intellectual property issues.

Buddle Findlay

Buddle Findlay has an impressive ‘depth of experience’ in IT procurement and implementation projects, in addition to large-scale M&A, working with a range of market-leading multinationals on consequential transactions. In the firm’s Wellington office, Amy Ryburn ‘has exceptional skill and knowledge of technology projects and commercial contracting’, jointly leading the practice alongside Auckland-based Allan Yeoman, who collaborates with the firm’s corporate M&A team on technology and media-related acquisitions. In Auckland, Philip Wood handles transactional, contractual and contentious matters in the IT, telecoms, media, film and television sectors, while Wellington-based Renee Stiles focuses on IT and outsourcing contracts. Other key members of the team include special counsel Damien Steel-Baker, who operates from the firm’s Wellington office and ‘has a great understanding of governments’ unique contracting requirements’, as well as Auckland-based senior associate Keri Johansson.

Practice head(s):

Amy Ryburn; Allan Yeoman

Other key lawyers:

Philip Wood; Renee Stiles; Damien Steel-Baker; Keri Johansson

Testimonials

‘Demonstrated history in delivering results for high-value, complex TMT matters.’

‘Depth of experience in the TMT sector. Damien Steel-Baker in particular has a great understanding of government’s unique contracting requirements.’

‘The Buddle Findlay team take a pragmatic, sensible approach to contracting and advice, making an effort to not over-complicate things. This results in contracts that are user-friendly and able to be understood by non-lawyers, something not all law firms do. I also find the Buddle Findlay lawyers friendly and approachable.’

‘They are friendly and approachable for my in-house clients, and talk and write in ways that are clear, pragmatic and understandable for all.’

‘I have a very high level of trust and respect for the Buddle Findlay’s TMT team, and have worked with them over many years, with teams based in both Auckland and Wellington. They have a very sound understanding of technology programmes and what can go wrong and therefore how to contract on commercial practical terms. The team is growing and collaborates across the firm exceptionally well to bring privacy, personal data and litigation/dispute expertise to the table as required.’

‘Amy Ryburn has exceptional skill and knowledge of technology projects and commercial contracting. Prompt, efficient and great to have as a member of a negotiating team. Amy stands out from competitors with her recall of contract structures, ability to link issues, performance management processes and ability to understand a diverse array of client businesses.’

Key clients

Sky Television

Bank of New Zealand

Vodafone New Zealand

Umbrellar Cloud

Imagination Television

The New Zealand Customs Service

Department of Internal Affairs

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency

New Zealand Blood and Organ Service

Auckland Council

Radio New Zealand

New Zealand Post

Contact Energy

IMAGR

Zespri International

New Zealand Customs Service

Department of Conservation

MOBI

Pango Productions

Pasifika TV

New Zealand Defence Force

Flux Federation

Lygon 1B NZ

Department of Corrections

University of Canterbury

Work highlights

  • Advised Vodafone New Zealand on all legal aspects in relation to its conditional acquisition of a 60% stake in specialist cyber security and resilience business DEFEND.
  • Advised the New Zealand Government in respect of the renewal of its agreement with Microsoft, being the single largest software agreement entered into by New Zealand Government agencies.
  • Advised Imagination TV on its production and rights arrangements for the programme Heartbreak Island (Season 3), which involved the renegotiation with a new broadcaster, Discovery New Zealand and Discovery+.

Hudson Gavin Martin

Praised for its ‘deep understanding of technology itself, combined with top-shelf commercial nous and negotiation skills’, full-service firm Hudson Gavin Martin specialises in technology, media and IP, and counts start-ups and SMEs, as well as domestic and multinational companies, among its key roster of clients. Simon Martin’s broad practice ranges from emerging tech joint ventures to commercial arrangements for telecoms providers, and according to one client, he ‘brings a peerless perspective to the most complex and novel technology issues’. Anchali Anandanayagam is ‘relentlessly outcome focused’ and is noted for her expertise in subsea and terrestrial telecoms cable infrastructure, while Edwin Lim provides ‘deeply technical and pragmatic advice’ on various technology transactions. Other key names to note include Andrew Dentice, who clients turn to for his expertise in fintech, crypto assets, SaaS and platform business models, as well as litigator Tim Mahood.

Practice head(s):

Simon Martin; Edwin Lim; Anchali Anandanayagam; Tim Mahood; Andrew Dentice

Testimonials

‘Simon Martin and Anchali Anandanayagam are always available. They respond to emails and meet deadlines without fail, and are commercial and astute.’

‘Hudson Gavin Martin are a leading TMT firm in NZ. They have market-leading industry and legal knowledge in this area, and they deeply understand their client’s businesses.’

‘Simon Martin is highly responsive and provides excellent commercial advice.’

‘The HGM lawyers are knowledgeable, decisive, practical, commercial and collaborative. Their advice is clear and on point.’

‘Andrew Dentice has a multifaceted practice that covers both commercial contracting and negotiation, as well as NZ financial services regulatory. His advice is commercially minded, and usefully navigates technical requirements with policy expectation.’

‘The team has a deep understanding of technology itself combined with top-shelf commercial nous and negotiation skills.’

‘Edwin Lim has been outstanding in his ability to provide deeply technical and pragmatic advice within immediate timeframes. His understanding of corporate law and how to negotiate is outstanding.’

‘Simon Martin brings a peerless perspective to the most complex and novel technology issues. Thinks ahead and advises us not just on the issues we are facing today but the ones we’ll be facing tomorrow. Anchali Anandanayagam is extremely clever and relentlessly outcome focussed.’

Key clients

Ports of Auckland

Vista

Deloitte

Xero

Foodstuffs

Vodafone New Zealand

Financial Markets Authority

Auckland Transport

Bank of New Zealand (BNZ)

Microsoft

Legend Story Studios

Cucumber

Sky TV

Lab3

Spooky

Work highlights

  • Assisted PanPac with the implementation of a new ERP system.
  • Working alongside Harmos Horton Lusk and Langton Hudson Butcher, advising Unity on the acquisition of the assets of Weta Digital, estimating NZ$2.3bn.
  • Assisting Vodafone with the implementation of contracting models that will enable comprehensive, streamlined and flexible contracting.

MinterEllisonRuddWatts

MinterEllisonRuddWatts has a ‘wealth of experience’ across the full gamut of TMT matters, from technology transformation projects and large-scale M&A transactions to emerging technologies, regulatory matters and complex disputes, among others. In the firm’s Auckland office, Tom Maasland leads the practice and advises on cyber security, artificial intelligence and blockchain-related mandates, while Wellington-based Jane Parker is ‘particularly knowledgeable’ in handling matters pertaining to technology services agreements. The Auckland office is also home to Ross Patterson, who focuses on telecoms regulation, and Richard Wells, who advises on technology-related contracting, in addition to privacy and data protection issues. In Wellington, John McCay is noted for his experience in the film and entertainment sectors. Other key members of the practice include Auckland-based special counsel Sonya Forbes, and senior associates Kate Cruickshank and Kate Anderson, both of who operate from the firm’s Wellington office.

Practice head(s):

Tom Maasland

Other key lawyers:

Jane Parker; John McCay; Richard Wells; Kate Cruickshank; Ross Patterson; Kate Anderson; Sonya Forbes

Testimonials

‘MinterEllison’s TMT team in Wellington is excellent, with knowledgeable lawyers who have broad experience.’

‘Jane Parker and Kate Anderson are both excellent and knowledgeable lawyers. Both are great to work with and provide sound, pragmatic and commercial advice.’

‘The MinterEllisonRuddWatts IT team has a wealth of experience dealing with local systems integration and global software and hardware vendors. They bring a view of best practice and pragmatism from their dealings across NZ.’

‘My dealings with Tom Maasland have always been excellent. He is constructive in his dealings with counterparties and always seeking pragmatic approaches to help mitigate potential deadlocks. He is ably supported by a team of capable, diligent and productive seniors and associate, who provide value and help to keep costs of engagement reasonable.’

‘The individuals have strong TMT legal knowledge coupled with a commercial and professional approach to advice and negotiations.’

‘Jane Parker is particularly knowledgeable, experienced, and it’s amazing to have access to her on a regular basis. Jane is an enthusiastic leader who appreciates her team members.’

‘Kate Anderson has strong expert knowledge across the board. She understands the commercial drivers of our business.’

‘The TMT practice has considerable depth and capability. A very talented team, who are able to bring a logical, pragmatic and appropriate perspective to the drafting and negotiating of complex multi-year programmes.’

Key clients

Westpac New Zealand

Spark New Zealand

Television New Zealand

New Zealand Lotteries Commission

New Zealand Film Commission

Enable Networks

Soul Machines

Rural Connectivity Group

The Warehouse Group

Datacom Group

Work highlights

  • Assisting Kiwibank with its procurement of, and migration to, a new cards and payments software solution from ACI (Worldwide).
  • Acting for 12 public transport authorities and Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency (Waka Kotahi) on Project NEXT, the project to procure a national ticketing solution to enable and process payments for journeys on public transport in New Zealand.
  • Acting for the New Zealand government in its negotiations with Amazon to secure the The Lord of the Rings, The Ring of Power production in New Zealand.

Russell McVeagh

Praised for its ‘great depth of knowledge’, Russell McVeagh advises clients on the full lifecycle of TMT transactions, in addition to privacy and data protection, cyber security issues and telecoms regulation. With demonstrable experience across the technology, media, financial services and public sectors, the team has seen a growth in compliance matters and the ethical implementation of emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence. In the firm’s Auckland office, technology specialist Liz Blythe, who ‘provides prompt, concise and commercially appropriate advice’, jointly leads the practice alongside Wellington-based Mei Fern Johnson, who focuses on the procurement and structuring of high-profile technology projects. Head of the media, marketing law and intellectual property group, Joe Edwards focuses on technology disputes and investigations, privacy issues and cyber-attacks. Special counsel Louise Taylor is another key figure in the group.

Practice head(s):

Liz Blythe; Mei Fern Johnson; Joe Edwards

Other key lawyers:

Louise Taylor

Testimonials

‘A key difference is that they listen, for me this is the most important thing when instructing firms. It is a given that they are experts in their field and are able to translate their expertise into clear advice for the right solutions. They also have useful in-house experience and understand how in-house teams need to receive advice.’

‘Mei Fern Johnson is fantastic. She has so much experience and is able to bring different perspectives to her advice.’

‘Great depth of knowledge and specialist expertise in areas we struggle with.’

‘Liz Blythe has a great team under her and provides prompt, concise, commercially appropriate advice.’

Key clients

Westpac New Zealand Limited

ASB Limited

ANZ

Land Information New Zealand

Spark New Zealand Trading Limited

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

National Australia Bank Limited

Earthquake Commission

Fire and Emergency New Zealand

Vector Limited

Auckland International Airport

Television New Zealand Limited

Air New Zealand

Stuff New Zealand

UDC Finance

Millennium Corporation

Meridian

Trustpower

The Warehouse

Work highlights

  • Assisting the New Zealand Government on the establishment and roll-out of satellite-based augmentation positioning system in conjunction with the Australian Government, to unlock more than $7.6bn in economic benefit for both countries.
  • Advised on the IT aspects of National Australia Bank Limited’s sale of Bank of New Zealand’s life insurance business to Partners Life for $290m.
  • Acting for Television New Zealand in a successful appeal to the High Court brought against the Broadcasting Standards Authority.

Anderson Lloyd

Counting a diverse roster of public and private sector entities among its client roster, Anderson Lloyd’s ‘responsive, approachable and solution-focused’ team is led by Derek Roth-Biester, who operates from the firm’s office in Queenstown and has a ‘wealth of experience’ in technology procurement, outsourcing and the delivery of IT projects. Roth-Biester also advises early-stage technology companies on raising capital and on the development, protection and commercialisation of their technology. The Auckland office is home to ‘incredibly knowledgeable’ senior associate Megan Pearce, who focuses on data privacy and technology matters, including licensing issues and implantation, in addition to the supply and acquisition of various technology offerings.

Practice head(s):

Derek Roth-Biester

Other key lawyers:

Megan Pearce

Testimonials

‘Derek Roth-Biester is very knowledgeable, capable and reliable. He has a wealth of experience to draw on.’

‘The firm demonstrates genuine curiosity for what works best for its clients and puts that feedback into practice.’

‘I appreciate the humility demonstrated by the individuals at this firm. The individuals approach their practice without ego.’

‘Derek Roth-Biester has been fantastic. Megan Pearce has always been incredibly knowledgeable and has rarely needed to escalate matters to partner level.’

‘Responsive, approachable and solution-focused.’

‘Professional and highly skilled.’

Key clients

Christchurch City Council

Silverlight Studios Limited

Scannable NZ Limited

Kāhu.ai Limited

Agility CIS Limited (now Tally Group Limited)

Verifi Identity Services Limited

Switch Holdings

Signify N.V.

Farmlands Co-operative Limited

Talkily Limited

Les Mills Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Christchurch City Council in respect of its entry into a master services agreement with Salesforce Australia.
  • Advising Silverlight Studios in relation to all aspects of its $300m film production facility in Wanaka, Otago.
  • Acting as counsel to Switch Motorcycles and advising on a capital raise, in addition to structuring and licensing arrangements in relation to their IP assets and technology development agreements.

Dentons Kensington Swan

Counting domestic and international banks, social media platforms, local government entities and multinational corporations among its key roster of clients, Dentons Kensington Swan has demonstrable experience in the procurement and deployment of technology, privacy issues, compliance matters and e-commerce regulation. In the firm’s Auckland office, Hayley Miller leads the practice and focuses on software development and the launch of SaaS offerings, as well as the commercialisation of new technologies. In Wellington, Campbell Featherstone, who was promoted to partner in January 2022, advises on privacy and date protection matters, in addition to procurement, and is noted for his experience in the health sector. Wellington-based Charlotte Henley, who specialises in protection and commercialisation of IP, is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Hayley Miller

Other key lawyers:

Campbell Featherstone; Charlotte Henley; Gunes Haksever

Testimonials

‘The team has great attention to detail, can deliver on required timelines, always with a smile and can act as external advisers or another pair of hands in an in-house environment, depending on the client’s needs.’

‘I have worked with Hayley Miller and Gunes Haksever over the past year. They are great to deal with, always available, and happy to pick matters up and run with them.’  

‘I have mostly dealt with Campbell Featherstone. He is capable, knowledgeable and very willing to collaborate to produce top quality knowledge resources.’

‘Excellent, thorough advice on tech projects and cloud contracting.’ 

‘Hayley Miller is excellent, very pragmatic and thorough.’

Key clients

ASB Bank Limited

Amazon

Tourism NZ

Serko

Cognizant

Google

PayPal Inc.

Airbnb

nib NZ Limited

Optus Satellite Pty Limited

Snapper Services Limited

ANZ Bank New Zealand Limited

The Order of St John

HSBC – The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

Downer New Zealand

Danone Nutricia New Zealand Limited

Unison Networks Limited

Airways Corporation of NZ

Centrality Investments Limited

Wellington City Council

Work highlights

  • Advised St John on its purchase and deployment of over 2,000 Honeywell RT10A tablet devices and the provision of managed support services through Honeywell’s lead in-country partner, Lexel Systems Limited.
  • Advised Warner Music Group on its investment in Altered State Machine, a platform to build, train and trade AI agents using NFTs.
  • Advised Optus Satellite Pty Limited in case stated proceedings before the High Court concerning whether the operator of a satellite outside of New Zealand, if used in the transmission of signals received in New Zealand, is providing a ‘telecommunications service’ ‘in New Zealand’ for the purposes of the Telecommunications Act 2001.

Simpson Grierson

Noted for its ‘strong technical expertise’ in major technology and telecoms projects, Simpson Grierson advises on regulatory compliance matters in relation to emerging technologies, as well as privacy and data protection, network development and media law. The Auckland-based team is led by Karen Ngan, who has considerable experience in the field of privacy, data protection and data governance, whilst advising on large-scale telecoms projects. Michael Sage handles commercial transactions in the technology sector, in addition to fibre leasing and outsourcing contracts, while head of the media group Jania Baigent represents clients in disputes concerning protection of confidential information, defamation and privacy. Simon Vannini, who has experience in technology infrastructure projects, is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Karen Ngan; Jania Baigent

Other key lawyers:

Michael Sage; Simon Vannini

Testimonials

‘The team have strong technical expertise and that is evident in discussions and documentation.’

‘The practice understands the client needs and expectations.’

‘Karen Ngan provided an excellent service. Understanding context and client requirements.’

Key clients

Transpower New Zealand Limited

Porirua City Council (PCC)

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS)

Bandwidth, Inc.

Te Wananga o Aotearoa (TWoA)

Shareholders of Infotools Limited

Kordia Limited

ASB Bank Limited

Waikato District Health Board

The Factory NZ Limited and Sprout Agritech LP (Sprout)

Work highlights

  • Assisting Transpower with its appointment of a new infrastructure provider to manage Transpower’s key infrastructure systems.
  • Assisting AWS’s further expansion into New Zealand and regulatory requirements, including regulations in relation to telecommunications, privacy and technology.
  • Acted for Kordia in its acquisition of Secops New Zealand Limited, as well as its acquisition of Base 2 ICT Managed Services Limited.

DLA Piper New Zealand

The ‘growing TMT team’ at DLA Piper New Zealand acts for start-ups, domestic companies and multinationals on a range of matters, from IT infrastructure projects and technology-related M&A transactions to software and cloud offerings, as well as e-commerce matters. ‘Standout performerNick Valentine leads the Auckland-based practice and is at ‘the top of his game’ when advising on BAU deals, such as SaaS procurements, IT outsourcing and systems integration. Senior associate and ‘great communicatorEdward Eisdell-Moore advises technology start-ups and growth companies on day-to-day commercial arrangements and strategic transactions, in addition to assisting foreign clients with their expansion into New Zealand.

Practice head(s):

Nick Valentine

Other key lawyers:

Edward Eisdell-Moore

Testimonials

‘The team are always really responsive and provide timely advice.’

‘Edward Eisdell-Moore is a great communicator and provides timelines and expectations regarding when work will be completed.’

‘DLA Piper, through Nick Valentine, have a good and growing TMT practice in New Zealand and a strong understanding of New Zealand laws.’

‘Nick Valentine is very intelligent, technically strong, internationally experienced, commercially focused and good to deal with.’

‘This team are great to work with on a pro bono basis due to their responsiveness and ensuring that our legal needs are seen to by the right person within the firm.’

‘DLA are an excellent support to our team.’

‘High performing, knowledgeable and commercial.’

‘Nick Valentine is a standout performer. He is on top of his game and very easy to work with. Blends his very technical ability with commercial rationale, which means that you receive the advice which is most relevant for your business.’

Key clients

Accel-KKR / Seequent Holdings Limited

Foodstuffs North Island

Westpac

HSBC

Discovery, Inc. and Discovery New Zealand

Weta Digital Limited (now Wētā FX Limited)

Auckland Council

Babcock New Zealand Limited

Partners Life

AIA

Trustees Executors

Heartland Bank

Starship Children’s Hospital

Frankie Technologies

Icebreaker New Zealand / VF Corporation

Levi Strauss & Co

Xero

i-Select

lululemon athletica

LEGO

Mitre 10

Ethique

Bessemer Venture Partners

PraaS Limited

Middlemore Clinical Trials Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised Weta Digital Limited (now Wētā FX Limited) and shareholders Sean Parker and Prem Akkaraju on the sale of Weta Digital’s VFX Tech Division to Unity for $1.625bn.
  • Advised Accel-KKR and its portfolio company, Seequent Holdings Limited on the sale of Seequent Holdings Limited to Bentley Systems, Incorporated for $1.05bn.
  • Advised Babcock New Zealand Limited (BNZL) and David Holden Law in connection with the renewal of its Maritime Fleet Sustainment Services Agreement (MFSS Agreement) entered into by BNZL with the New Zealand Defence Force.

Duncan Cotterill

Duncan Cotterill advises on software development, solution implementation, privacy and data protection, procurement and regulatory compliance matters, and continues to see an increase of instructions concerning cloud service and SaaS arrangements, as well as cyber security issues. The team’s client roster ranges from start-ups and growth companies to domestic and international corporations. In the firm’s Auckland office, Michael Moyes has demonstrable experience in major technology projects, in addition to software development and procurement mandates, while recently promoted Christchurch-based partner Peter Fernando focuses on software licensing, implementations and outsourcing projects, privacy and data protection issues. Moyes and Fernando lead the practice alongside corporate partner Mark Cathro, who is also based in the firm’s Christchurch office.

Practice head(s):

Michael Moyes; Mark Cathro; Peter Fernando

Testimonials

‘We only have positive things to say about Duncan Cotterill as a firm. We operate in the SaaS space and it was crucial to work with a firm that has expertise in this area. In this instance, Duncan Cotterill delivered in what can only be described as an exemplary service.’

‘We worked with Peter Fernando and I would go as far to say it was the best experience we’ve had working with a partner. Peter provided true expertise when we needed it. He is an expert in what he does, but is also authentic, responsive and extremely detailed.’

‘Peter Fernando is the best IT Lawyer I have worked with. His skill in legal negotiations with suppliers is exceptional. Always finding the common ground or options to reach agreement.’

‘My experience with the team at Duncan Cotterill, Peter in particular, has been exceptional. Knowing I had the experience of the team who openly collaborate, take initiative and are open to providing constant support has been invaluable.’

‘I have been fortunate enough to work with Peter Fernando this year. He has provided support through the work we have done together, been thorough and efficient.’

‘Peter Fernando has been extremely responsive to our communications. Peter’s knowledge in our field of business is unquestionable.’

‘Mark Cathro has good connections, is clearly a great strategic thinker, and is a great asset for us to have on our team.’

‘Having both Peter Fernando and Mark Cathro on our team in recent years has significantly reassured us on many occasions. We greatly value the contribution they make to our organisation.’

Key clients

Paysauce

Consignly Limited

Debtor Daddy

iTrak Limited

Evnex Limited

iMoov Limited

Kea Aerospace Limited

Pyper Vision Limited

OmniMax Software Solutions Limited

OrbViz Limited

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Blind Squirrel Entertainment NZ

SkySolar Limited

oVRcome Limited

Technicapital Limited

Tranzevo Global Limited

GNS Science

Invizi Limited

Couchdrop limited

iTops Limited

Lenovo Australia & New Zealand

Lincoln Agritech Limited

Modica Group Limited

Ōkupu ki Tua Limited

ARANZ Healthcare Limited

Inde Technology Limited

Webtools Health Limited and Webtools Agri Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised GNS Science to implement strategies to develop and deliver technology to New Zealand, the Pacific and further afield, with interest from foreign governments, NASA and the World Bank.
  • Assisted ResDiary/Dish Cult in New Zealand and Australia, including managing relationships with restaurants and customers, sponsors for events, and service providers.

Webb Henderson

Based in Auckland, telecoms specialist Jordon Cox is the key contact in Webb Henderson’s TMT practice, which frequently collaborates with the firm’s Sydney office to advise on superfast broadband projects, as well as IT infrastructure and telecoms regulation. Cox has experience in the development and supply of wholescale broadband services, particularly next generation access networks, in addition to a wide range of commercial and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Jordan Cox

Key clients

Spark

Google

SpaceX

Starlink

Avaroa Cable Limited

Indevin

Halter

Lumen

Work highlights

  • Advising Avaroa Cable Limited (ACL) on all of its telecoms contracts.

Wilson Harle

Specialist litigation firm Wilson Harle, which counts some of the market’s leading telecom providers among its key roster of clients, is especially noted for its capability in defamation and media law disputes. Allison Ferguson, who focuses on contentious mandates arising out of the telecoms sector, leads the Auckland-based team alongside Felicity Monteiro and Chris Browne.

Practice head(s):

Chris Browne; Allison Ferguson; Felicity Monteiro

Key clients

Vodafone New Zealand Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Vodafone in its defence of 27 criminal charges pursued by the Commerce Commission, arising from the marketing of Vodafone’s services provided over Hybrid Fibre Coaxial cable network as “FibreX” and representations on its website about the availability of fibre services to certain areas.