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What the team is known for 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.
Strengths Speaking in an IT and telecommunications context, a client who characterises the firm generally as "very client-focused," with an "ability to access different fields of expertise when needed," more specifically stresses the "exceptional negotiation and strategising skills" of a "friendly, accessible and results-driven team," geared to advise in such a way as to produce "the best commercial outcomes."
Another client from the same sphere, who maintains that "KWM has the best technology lawyers in Australia when it comes to expertise and client care," goes on to observe that: "KWM knows our business and is excellent at adapting its advice to the audience."
Work highlights Acted for Telstra on the AUD700 million sale to a Charter Hall consortium of a 49% stake in an unlisted property trust holding 37 of Telstra's Australian telecommunications exchange properties, a transaction forming part of the client's strategic T22 initiative.
Advised Lion Beer on the conclusion of sponsorship arrangements with the organisers of prominent sporting and entertainment events, including the Australian Turf Club, Professional Bull Riders Australia and Secret Sounds.
Cheng Lim has a noted track record in the representation of leading telecoms and technology providers on key transactional and regulatory mandates. He is also a prominent adviser on data privacy and cybersecurity questions.
Michael Swinson is noted, both as an experienced 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. One client, who calls him "an outstanding TMT lawyer," adds: "His breadth of experience enables us to deal effectively with him directly instead of having to talk to three discrete subject matter experts." Another observes: "He sees the big picture, understands our business and isn't afraid to make a clear call."
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. She also advises on high-stakes M&A deals with complex IT and IP issues.
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. A client describes him as "very clever across all tech developments, quite often ahead of the game in terms of his expertise and possessing a practical knack for finding an acceptable solution."
Rachael Lewis is praised by a client for her "excellent telecommunications-related legal and commercial knowledge" and her "ability to translate complex issues into simple explanations." Highly experienced in the handling of transactional mandates, she also stands out for her in-depth familiarity with the telecoms regulatory environment.
Practice head and telecommunications specialist
Renae Lattey advises market-leading 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.