Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT)

The technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) industries are dynamic and constantly evolving. Our dedicated TMT group has the expertise to support clients in these innovative and highly complex industries. With extensive experience ranging from large transactions to regulation, our team provides clients with informed commercial, strategic and practical advice.

Depth and breadth of resource – we have the largest dedicated ICT team at any law firm in New Zealand, giving us the ability to provide the right resources at the right levels of experience.

Unparalleled expertise – we have an abundance of experience advising domestic and international clients across all aspects of the TMT. We deliver a unique mix of expertise, merging the technical aspects with the legal and commercial structures necessary to minimise risk and maximise your project’s success.

Take a holistic approach – we are interested in the bigger picture and advise at each stage of a project, from policy and strategy to negotiation and implementation to operational issues and exits.

Understand both the buy and sell side – we act for both customers and suppliers of TMT products and services, and therefore offer insights from both sides of the table.

Advise on complex regulatory matters – we assist clients in all elements of design, development, consultation and implementation of market regulation and price regulation. Clients rely on us to interpret the regulatory regime, to assist with submissions for regulatory change and to structure transactions in compliance with regulatory requirements.

Who can help

Christine Southey

Consultant - Competition and Regulation

Christine has held numerous senior legal and business roles during her career, including partner, general counsel, legal consultant to government and the private sector on energy sector issues, co-owner of a strategic consulting firm, regulator, board member and the chief executive of an industry body tasked with developing rules and regulations.

More specifically, her experience includes:

  • providing advice to energy sector clients on a range of policy and regulatory matters affecting the supply and delivery of electricity and gas in New Zealand
  • providing advice on economic regulation to electricity, gas and telecommunications clients
  • assisting clients in other industries on pan industry governance issues.

Christine works with corporate clients who need to engage with regulators to develop policy to ensure their perspectives are understood when considering new legislation and regulation. She also helps clients develop government relations strategy, engage with officials on matters of concern and make submissions during formal consultation processes.

A particular area of Christine’s expertise is the Electricity Act, including the regulations and rules made under that Act, the Gas Act, and the Commerce Act and the inter-relationship between these pieces of legislation.

Christine has significant practical experience in leading and participating in multidisciplinary teams to develop complex industry governance arrangements including arrangements which operate under regulatory and self-regulatory frameworks.

Christine Southey

Consultant


Competition and Regulation
Wellington

P: +64 4 498 5059
M: +64 27 244 7158
Email

Jane Parker

Partner - Corporate and Commercial

Jane leads the technology team at MinterEllisonRuddWatts, and sits on the board of the firm’s joint venture, McCarthy Finch, investigating how legal services can be provided using artificial intelligence.

Jane specialises in commercial projects and commercial law with a particular focus on technology, procurement, public sector contracting and governance.

Jane has over 20 years of experience working in and for technology and blue chip organisations. She is trusted with clients’ most business-critical and complex technology projects, right across the technology spectrum. She is recognised as a practical option-generator, an excellent facilitator and clear communicator.

Jane Parker

Partner


Corporate and Commercial
Wellington

P: +64 4 498 5128
M: +64 27 444 5993
Email

John McCay

Partner - Corporate and Commercial

John is an experienced corporate and commercial, and public sector lawyer.

He has extensive experience in corporate, commercial law and public law, with a particular emphasis on the infrastructure, technology, gaming, sports, film and entertainment and arts and culture.

John undertakes a broad range of legal work with a particular emphasis on corporate governance, commercial contracting and procurement, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, intellectual property, and film and television financing.

Recognised as a leading TMT, entertainment, information technology and sports lawyer, John has been consistently listed by publications such as Asialaw, Chambers Global, Australian Legal Business Guide, The Best Lawyers in New Zealand and Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Technology, Media and Telecommunications Lawyers.

John currently serves as a member of the board of each of New Zealand on Air and New Zealand Film Commission.

John McCay

Partner


Corporate and Commercial
Wellington

P: +64 4 498 5135
M: +64 21 606 171
Email

Richard Wells

Partner - Corporate and Commercial

Richard is a commercial lawyer with particular expertise in technology, media and telecommunications law, intellectual property, commercial contracting and sport.

He advises clients on issues arising at all stages in the product lifecycle and is an expert legal draftsperson and troubleshooter.  Richard is sought after to help establish new ventures and to commercialise new technology both in New Zealand and overseas.

As well as his technology practice, with a background in commercial and IP law, Richard is recognised as a leading Sports and Events lawyer ranked as Band 1 by international research directory Chambers Asia Pacific. He has broad experience working with event hosts, sponsors and stakeholders to deal with issues arising in relation to major events in New Zealand.

Richard Wells

Partner


Corporate and Commercial
Auckland

P: +64 9 353 9908
M: +64 21 244 0238
Email

Dr Ross Patterson

Partner - Competition and Regulation

Ross heads the firm’s competition and economic regulation practice. He has more than twenty-five years of specialist experience, as a lawyer and regulator, and is recognised by Chambers as a Senior Statesman in both Competition and Telecommunications.

He was a partner at Rudd Watts and Stone (now MinterEllisonRuddWatts) between 1989 and 1998, and in MinterEllison (Sydney) from 1998 to 2007, where he headed MinterEllison’s Competition & Regulation practice. Between 2007 and 2012 he was New Zealand’s Telecommunications Commissioner, and a member of the Commerce Commission. Ross returned to the firm in 2013.

Since his return to the firm, Ross has represented clients in relation to merger clearances, authorisations and Commerce Commission investigations, and advised on the Commerce Act aspects of commercial arrangements and behaviour.

In telecommunications he has advised a wide range of telecommunications companies in relation to Telecommunications Act issues, and advised on the ongoing telecommunications sector reform processes.

Ross was the founder of MinterEllison’s online compliance training system, SAFETRAC, and leads the development of Safetrac in New Zealand. www.safetrac.co.nz

Ross has a PhD in competition law. He has published many articles on competition and telecommunications issues, and is a regular speaker at conferences.

Dr Ross Patterson

Partner


Competition and Regulation
Auckland

P: +64 9 353 9864
M: +64 21 225 4455
Email

Tom Maasland

Partner - Corporate and Commercial

Tom is a Partner in our Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) practice – a practice which has been recognised by international legal directory, Asia Pacific Legal500, as Tier 1 for TMT in New Zealand.

Tom advises on the full gambit of technology law issues – from advising clients on major technology transformation programs and large scale technology procurement, through outsourcing and managed services and “as a service” arrangements, to the more run of the mill software licensing and support agreements. Tom also advises on emerging technology areas such as cyber security, artificial intelligence, blockchain and smart contract related advice.

To compliment his “black-letter” law expertise developed in private practice in NZ and the UK, Tom is able to draw on deep commercial acumen following significant in-house experience at Spark NZ (where he was Assistant General Counsel) and at Telefonica O2 in the UK and Ireland.

Tom has been ranked by Chambers & Partners as a leading TMT lawyer since 2013 where sources say “He is a very good communicator, able to articulate what can be a complex concept in a way that is easily understood by various parties.”  The Asia Pacific Legal 500 ranks him a leading individual in TMT, where sources describe Tom as “very client-focused, passionate and proactive.”

Tom Maasland

Partner


Corporate and Commercial
Auckland

P: +64 9 353 9875
M: +64 27 453 6511
Email

Zane Kennedy

Partner - Dispute Resolution and Litigation

Zane is an experienced advocate and trial lawyer who regularly argues cases against Queens Counsel.

He has particular expertise in contract, financial services, intellectual property and insurance litigation.

Zane is also experienced in alternative dispute resolution processes including mediation and arbitration.

He has been recognised as a leading litigator in The Legal 500 every year from 2010 and in Chambers Asia-Pacific and Chambers Global every year from 2011.

Zane Kennedy

Partner


Dispute Resolution and Litigation
Auckland

P: +64 9 353 9893
M: +64 21 350 660
Email

Briony Davies

Partner - Public Law

Briony is an experienced advisor and advocate in public law and regulatory matters. Her expertise is in the development and application of regulatory frameworks, public law litigation and dispute resolution, privacy and data protection, regulatory compliance and enforcement, and crisis management.

Briony has provided a wide range of strategic, legal and litigation advice across the airports, electricity, gas, telecommunications, primary production/processing, transport and financial services sectors. Her clients have included large regulated corporates, government agencies, quasi-regulatory bodies, industry groups, political parties and educational institutes.

Briony Davies

Partner


Public Law
Wellington

P: +64 4 498 5134
M: +64 27 444 9736
Email

Peter Fernando

Senior Associate - Technology

Peter specialises in commercial law with particular expertise in information technology. He helps clients both commercialise and procure IT services and systems, and advises clients on matters such as data protection, software licensing, and the legal requirements associated with e-commerce.

He advises private and public sector clients undertaking IT projects of all sizes, or general commercial deals. Clients appreciate Peter’s clear, pragmatic, and timely advice.

Peter applies his experience in contract law to prepare and negotiate appropriate terms and suggests pragmatic solutions to resolve identified contract issues. Whether he is involved as a contract negotiator, or is providing advice behind the scenes, Peter helps his clients to obtain contract terms that fit the deal.

Prior to joining MinterEllisonRuddWatts, Peter worked at another major New Zealand law firm.

Peter Fernando

Senior Associate


Technology
Wellington

P: +64 498 5108
M: +64 21 857 596
Email

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