Australia: TMT 2017

In this chapter, we identify 30 leading lawyers who are renowned for their experience representing media, technology and IT companies across a range of corporate and commercial matters, including dispute resolution, regulations and compliance, M&A, and issues arising under IP law.  

Most Highly Regarded
1. Philip Catania Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Melbourne
2. Fred Chilton Emil Ford Lawyers, Sydney
3. Cheng Lim King & Wood Mallesons, Melbourne

Highly rated Australian full-service firm GILBERT + TOBIN tops our research in this chapter with an impressive five listings.
TMT practice head Sheila McGregor is recommended for her vast experience assisting technology and communications clients with commercial and strategic issues.
The “outstanding” Peter Waters focuses his practice on the regulatory and competition law issues related to the telecoms and IT sectors.
Moya Dodd is a well-known player in the Australian telecommunications market with a well-established practice advising telecom majors, online businesses and media companies on regulatory, regulatory and IP matters.

ALLENS is a leading Australian firm offering with a strong presence in Asia and a global alliance with Linklaters. The firm sees four individuals recommended in this chapter.
In Sydney, Gavin Smith leads the firm’s TMT practice and comes recommended for his extensive expertise handling technology-related procurement contracts.
Andrew Wiseman is a leading IP and technology lawyer with a strong track record assisting both domestic and international clients on a range of matters.
Firm chair Fiona Crosbie boasts an impressive reputation for her proficiency advising telecommunications and media clients on competition and regulatory issues.
Ian McGill is also recognised for his expertise in the telecommunications and media sectors.

Leading Asia-headquartered international law firm KING & WOOD MALLESONS performs well in this chapter, boasting three inclusions.
In Melbourne, Cheng Lim is an M&A specialist with a well-established TMT practice. He regularly advises key clients on a whole host of issues including transactions, outsourcing and procurement, as well as data privacy and security.
Mark Weber, a key name in the market, regularly advises domestic and international clients on major IT procurement and outsourcings.
The “excellent” Patrick Gunning is praised for his technology and IP-related transactional expertise. He also assists clients with contentious matters.

CORRS CHAMBERS WESTGARTH is home to two excellent individuals, including one of the most highly regarded practitioners in Australia.
Melbourne-based Philip Catania is dubbed “an obvious inclusion” by market commentators thanks to his international profile and his experience handling some of the country’s most significant IT and IP mandates.
Andrew Messenger is a respected telecoms specialist operating at the nexus of communications, media and technology.

WEBB HENDERSON’s founding partner Angus Henderson is one of two practitioners singled out at the regulatory boutique. A prominent practitioner, Henderson boasts over 20 years’ experience advising on regulatory issues and transactions in the telecommunications sector.
Ara Margossian draws praise for his excellent track record handling significant transactions across Australia, the Asia-Pacific and Middle East.

At EMIL FORD LAWYERS, Fred Chilton is an internationally renowned lawyer who comes highly recommended for his vast experience and expertise advising technology clients on a broad range of issues, including financing, IP protection and procurement.

Richard Jarvis of DAVIES COLLISON CAVE is an eminent disputes specialist with extensive experience handling multiparty, cross border IP disputes.

MINTERELLISON’s Anthony Lloyd heads the firm’s TMT practice and is a well-established practitioner known for his extensive experience advising clients on significant IT and telecommunications projects throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

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