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Allens

Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT)

3 ranked lawyersBand 2AustraliaAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Takes prominent roles on major TMT-related M&A transactions and advises government and corporate clients on large-scale technology outsourcing projects. A preferred practice for fintech and electronic payments mandates as well as data exchange and commercialisation and privacy matters. Also advises Australia's major telecommunications companies on governance and regulatory issues. In the media space, a respected distribution and broadcasting advisory team represents major players in the acquisition of sports broadcasting and other media rights and in corporate activity, including media joint ventures. Media clients also benefit from the firm's ability to offer a full suite of intellectual property advice.

Strengths

A number of this practice's key attributes are identified by a client who reports: "Allens’ TMT practice enjoys a pre-eminent reputation, its clientele of heavy-hitters meaning that the team are across the industry and can bring their skills to bear in a commercial and pragmatic context. We worked with a number of different partners, in various areas, and all of them were approachable, client-focused, efficient and keenly aware of the need to deliver their advice in a manner that addressed the concerns of a broad range of senior stakeholders in a highly regulated organisation."

The Allens media practice wins praise for its "deep pool of resources and expertise across many fields."

Work highlights

Advised Macquarie Group on contractual, commercial and regulatory aspects of the launch of NuMobile, a new virtual network operator utilising quality refurbished smartphones.

Advised Fox Sports Australia on a deal, valued in excess of AUD1 billion, with the National Rugby League, giving the client rights to the broadcast of NRL matches until 2027.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Gavin Smith advises on both IT and telecommunications-related issues, being particularly well known for his expertise in the digital acceleration field where these often intersect. Clients describe him as "a very approachable partner," one remarking that "his reputation as a thoughtful, experienced and considered adviser is second to none," while another reports: "His deep legal expertise, which he applies through a sensible commercial lens, is complemented by a knack for managing sometimes demanding clients and their significant projects, providing top client service at all times."

A market source singles Valeska Bloch out as a partner "with a good reputation as a rising star who has done particularly well in relation to the world of disruptive start-up tech companies," others noting that she is also "strong in the broader TMT space." She also advises extensively on data governance and breach issues and cybersecurity issues.

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Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) Department

Allens

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Level 28, Deutsche Bank Place

126 Phillip Street

(Corner of Hunter & Phillip Streets)

Sydney

New South Wales

Australia

NSW 2000

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Australia

TMT: Information Technology


Gavin Smith
Band 2
Valeska Bloch
Band 4

TMT: Telecommunications


Gavin Smith
Band 3