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King & Wood Mallesons

Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT)

7 ranked lawyersBand 4AustraliaAsia-Pacific 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

King & Wood Mallesons fields a highly respected practice that acts on the highest-profile telecommunications and technology transactions in Australia and the broader region. Noted for handling telecommunications network infrastructure projects and the implementation of core IT systems for such clients as government departments, blue-chip corporates and Australia's largest telecoms and IT service providers, it has significant experience of advising Chinese telecoms companies on entry into the Australian market. An increasingly prominent media and entertainment team advises across a broad range of commercial, intellectual property and regulatory issues for a clientele drawn significantly from the film, music and broadcast media sectors, offering particularly well-honed expertise in the fields of advertising, sponsorship and social media. Key clients include the Energy Security Board, Facebook and Google.

Strengths

A client observes: "King & Wood Mallesons are absolutely my first choice," and elaborates: "They have extensive experience and a deep understanding of the work, are incredibly quick at picking up and understanding issues and working out solutions, and I can trust them to get the job done properly and to provide direction as required."

Another client reports: "King & Wood Mallesons have an extensive history of working with our business and the industry in which we operate. They understand the commercial and regulatory environment and are therefore well placed to provide strategic advice within the short timeframes we often require."

Work highlights

King & Wood Mallesons acted for Power and Water Corporation in relation to the conducting of a tender process for the end-to-end solution design, implementation, integration, hosting and ongoing support and maintenance of a new technology stack to enable the company to comply with a new regulatory regime under the Northern Territory National Electricity Rules.

Notable practitioners

Cheng Lim has a noted track record in the representation of leading telecoms and technology providers on key transactional and regulatory mandates. Based in Melbourne, he is also a prominent adviser on data privacy and cybersecurity questions. A client observes: "He is very practical and very considered and you just know he is a safe pair of hands."

Michael Swinson is noted both as an experienced, Melbourne-based adviser on major IT procurement, outsourcing and other key transactions and as one whose grasp of the broader context within which these transactions take place adds significantly to the value of his counsel. A client who would "recommend him to all" reports: "Michael is fantastic, is a pleasure to work with and provides quick, technically sound and very commercial advice," while another singles him out as "a brilliant operator on complex privacy questions who easily gets to the nub of issues."

Nicole Heller focuses principally on the management of strategic IT outsourcing and procurement arrangements, bringing to the table long experience of having acted for major banks, retailers and government departments in such transactions. Based in Sydney, she also advises on high-stakes M&A deals with complex IT and IP issues. A client notes that, in addition to being "a strong negotiator who grasps our policy or commercial intent quickly and translates it into a negotiation strategy or the drafting of a contract," she shows "good judgement as to when to push back against a position and when to defer."

Patrick Gunning stands out for cutting-edge expertise in the technology space which he applies on behalf of public and private sector players, offering particular familiarity with data privacy and protection issues and with the health and gaming sectors. He is based in Sydney and market sources testify to his "very good reputation."

Rachael Lewis is based in Canberra and stands out both for her extensive experience in the handling of telecommunications sector transactional mandates and for her in-depth familiarity with the telecoms regulatory environment. She is described by one client as "personable, proactive, pragmatic, responsive and an excellent communicator," while another observes: "Rachael has very sound commercial acumen, and is a strong advocate for her clients."

Renae Lattey is based in Melbourne and advises market-leading telecommunications industry players on a comprehensive range of transactional, broader commercial and regulatory matters, bringing to her work a particularly deep familiarity with issues in the domestic, regional and global telecoms market. She offers noted experience of having acted for both private and public sector clients in transactional and regulatory interactions between government bodies and telecoms service providers.

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Australia

TMT: Information Technology


Cheng Lim
Band 1
Michael Swinson
Band 4
Nicole Heller
Band 3
Patrick Gunning
Band 2

TMT: Telecommunications


Cheng Lim
Band 1
Rachael Lewis
Band 3

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