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MinterEllisonRuddWatts

Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT)

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What the team is known for

MinterEllisonRuddWatts offers expertise across all aspects of TMT, including both regulatory and commercial advice. Handles a broad variety of work from cloud computing and e-commerce issues to joint ventures and broadcasting procurement in the media and entertainment space. Also able to offer expertise across telecommunications regulations including advice on legislation reviews, pricing and competition issues. Advises a strong roster of high-end domestic and international clients from the technology, banking and energy sectors, among others. Significant experience in public sector work, advising a number of government bodies. Notable clients include Kiwibank, Spark New Zealand and the Greater Wellington Regional Council.

Strengths

The team's client-centric approach has been greatly praised, one client commenting: "I have found the team at MinterEllison to be strongly customer-focused, ensuring that effort invested is appropriate so as to ensure optimal outcomes for us as a client."

Another client adds: "They have a great depth of knowledge in all areas of their practice and the level of information provided is detailed clear and concise."

Work highlights

MinterEllisonRuddWatts advised MediaWorks Holdings on the sale of MediaWorks TV to Discovery.

Notable practitioners

Jane Parker focuses her practice substantially on technology issues and is particularly well known for her handling of large-scale, complex, multi-party contractual and procurement arrangements. A client describes her as "extremely client-focused and very approachable," adding: "She avoids legalese and pitches information at the right level for commercial teams."

John McCay offers particularly extensive experience in the media space, incorporating an especially deep familiarity with commercial and contractual issues in the film and television industries. He is described by one client as having "commercial expertise, very strong customer focus and the ability to cut through for problem resolution."

Richard Wells offers wide-ranging sector expertise, including particular familiarity with the licensing of technology and media rights and with privacy and data protection issues. One client notes: "He gives quick, concise and accurate advice and is great to deal with as we can be comfortable that we will have a quick response with good answers."

Ross Patterson brings to his work the unrivalled advantage of having been the Commerce Commission's telecommunications commissioner for five years, this being just one aspect of a more than 25-year engagement with telecoms issues. He advises sector players on a broad range of regulatory and competition issues. One client notes: "Ross has a substantial amount of experience to offer and provided authoritative insight into the strength of our position."

Tom Maasland leads MinterEllisonRuddWatts' TMT practice and maintains a strong specialisation in technology matters. He is particularly adept in the handling of major technology procurement and transformation mandates and brings to the table the fruits of several years of in-house experience in both New Zealand and the UK. Clients regard him as "great, very approachable and personable," one saying: "He's responsive and an expert in IT contract law."

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Overview

MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ dedicated TMT group has the expertise to support clients in the innovative and highly complex technology, media and telecommunications industries. With extensive experience ranging from large transactions to regulation, the team provides clients with informed commercial, strategic and practical advice.

The team has an abundance of experience advising domestic and international clients across all aspects of the TMT landscape and acts for both customers and suppliers of TMT products and services. The team also assists clients in all elements of design, development, consultation and implementation of market regulation and price regulation.

  • Advising Project NEXT, who acts on behalf of public transport authorities and Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency, to procure a national ticketing solution which will enable and process payments for journeys on public transport in New Zealand
  • Providing Datacom with advice on a wide variety of matters, including corporate matters, contractual arrangements across its business and its risk management
  • Assisted The Warehouse with all legal aspects of its creation and launch of “TheMarket”
  • Acted for New Zealand Cricket in the negotiation and licensing of its broadcasting rights to cricket matches played in New Zealand to Spark
  • Acted on behalf of Marriott in relation to the highly publicised data security incident relating to its customers

Clients

Mediaworks

New Zealand Film Commission

Rural Connectivity Group

Spark

The Warehouse

Two Degrees Mobile

Ultrafast Fibre

Westpac

Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT)

MinterEllisonRuddWatts

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Location

Level 22, PwC Tower

15 Customs Street West

Auckland City

Auckland City

Auckland

New Zealand

1010

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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

New Zealand

Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT)


Jane Parker
Band 3
John McCay
Band 3
Richard Wells
Band 4
Ross Patterson
Band 2
Tom Maasland
Band 2