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Asia-Pacific 2022
Australia Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT)
3
Band 3

3 Ranked Lawyers

About

Provided by Allens

Allens' TMT lawyers advise on all technology-related issues, including software and system developments and procurements, cloud arrangements, outsourcing and offshoring arrangements, e-commerce agreements, domain names, IT dispute resolution and IT aspects of corporate transactions.

We act in many of Australia’s largest and most significant information technology deals, as well as assist small internet start-ups with their quite different legal requirements. We have acted on both sides of outsourcing negotiations, for vendors and purchasers of technology businesses, for software and hardware suppliers and customers, and for companies drafting technology patents.

We have acted for participants in every sector of the telecommunications industry. We advise on the Australian regulatory framework, regional telecommunications legislation, third generation telephony, shared facilities access, litigation, privacy and competition laws.

We provide Media & Broadcasting law advice to television broadcasters, subscription television operators, radio networks, Internet web portals, Internet-based distributors of goods and services, film producers and financiers, newspapers, book publishers and advertising agencies (e.g. cross media reforms, sports law, commercialisation of digital content, access, intellectual property, advertising, content rights, content regulations etc.).

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TMT: Media - Australia
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Band 3
What the team is known for

Allens 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. Key clients include nbn, Prime Media and TPG Telecom.

Work Highlights

Provided by Allens
  • Allens advised Westpac on a number of key transformational TMT mandates, including the rollout of Project Parsifal, its digital banking as a service business, and associated arrangements with platform provider 10x Future Technologies and digital banking partners Afterpay and SocietyOne.

  • Allens advised Fox Sports Australia on a major renegotiation of its AUD1.2 billion media rights agreement with Cricket Australia, necessitated by the disruption of international cricketing schedules in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Notable Practitioners

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Gavin Smith
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Band 3

Gavin Smith is based in Sydney and advises on both IT and telecommunications-related issues, being particularly well known for his expertise in the digital acceleration field where these often intersect. A client praises him both for his "willingness to understand and get into the detail of our business and to grasp issues quickly" and for "a pragmatic and strategic approach which is particularly helpful when we are dealing with difficult counterparties."

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Valeska Bloch
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Band 4

Valeska Bloch is particularly well known for her work on behalf of start-up tech companies and in connection with disruptive technologies and also advises extensively on data governance and breach issues and cybersecurity questions. A client identifies her as a "very responsive" source of both "practical advice" and "good-quality work done in short timeframes." She is based in Sydney.

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TMT: Information Technology

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Gavin Smith
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Band 2
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Valeska Bloch
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Band 4
TMT: Telecommunications

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Gavin Smith
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Band 3

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