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Herbert Smith Freehills

TMT

2 ranked lawyersBand 3AustraliaAsia-Pacific 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Herbert Smith Freehills is active across the full lifecycle of IT and telecommunications systems, representing clients from global multinationals to start-ups and Australian public sector bodies at both state and Commonwealth level. Advises on IT and business communications outsourcings and other complex contractual arrangements, on the integration of new technologies and on the full range of risk assessment, data protection and regulatory issues. In the media sphere, advises on high-value M&A, joint ventures and content agreements for leading networks and publishers. Also acts for Australian broadcasters and media corporations on distribution deals and co-production agreements, and advises on the management and exploitation of media assets, including sponsorships, merchandising, licensing, and assessments of value and risks. Key clients include NextDC and Seven West Media.

Strengths

A client says that Herbert Smith Freehills' provision of "commercial, practical advice which takes into account market and industry factors as well as the relevant legal issues" is both "appreciated and valuable," and adds: "They're also good at staying up to date with what’s happening with our business, which means it’s often easier to go to them for advice because they have already taken the time to keep themselves abreast of the matters and issues that are relevant for us in Australia."

Work highlights

Herbert Smith Freehills advised NAB on the multifaceted technology and data aspects of the sale of its wealth management business to IOOF.

Herbert Smith Freehills advised Sky Racing on the negotiation of ten-year media rights deals with Racing Queensland and the Brisbane Racing Club, covering the broadcast of thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing.

Notable practitioners

Julian Lincoln operates across the TMT spectrum from the Melbourne office, maintaining a particularly close focus on technology transformation and large and complex outsourcing mandates.

Peter Jones is based in Sydney and offers deep experience in the management of both the transactional and the regulatory sides of major technology projects, his expertise being particularly well developed where cloud-based model-related matters and data monetisation issues are concerned.

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TMT: Information Technology


Julian Lincoln
Band 3
Peter Jones
Band 2