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Minter Ellison is a recognised leading adviser to the technology, media, communications and telecommunications (TMT) industries. TMT organisations face a wealth of challenges in maintaining competitive advantage and leveraging new opportunities. Rapid innovation and convergence in this space, together with an ever-changing legal and regulatory environment, means that TMT organisations must constantly re-evaluate, and in some cases entirely re-engineer, their business models and strategies.
Our TMT Group supports clients through this ever-evolving process, providing informed, commercial, strategic and practical advice. By applying our deep understanding of the TMT industry and its key drivers, adopting a cross-disciplinary approach, and leveraging an experienced and knowledgeable cross-border team, we are able to add significant value to our clients’ TMT transactions.
We work with leading organisations across the TMT spectrum, and have played a key role in some of the most significant TMT developments and transactions in the Asia Pacific region.
Our technical expertise extends across the entire spectrum relevant to the activities of TMT organisations, and includes intellectual property, media regulation, defamation, telecommunication regulation, outsourcing and procurement, e-commerce, technology, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, competition law, privacy and spam, corporate advice, employment law, tax, finance, infrastructure, property and litigation.
We assisted Spatial Apps Pty Ltd in relation to the development of PressAtlas, an innovative news search engine which geographically revolutionizes your news by enabling you to search for news geographically and pinpointing exactly where that news happens.
Acting for Optus in the successful appeal to the Australian Competition Tribunal in relation to Telstra's 2008 ULLS access undertaking under Part XIC of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.
Advising SingTel Optus since it commenced operation regularly assisting it with its corporate growth activities, satellite initiatives, network rollouts, joint ventures, regulatory strategy, brand protection and strategic litigation;
Acting for Optus in the appeal to the Australian Competition Tribunal in relation to exemptions from access obligations granted to Telstra in 2008 under Part XIC of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.
Advising and assisting blue chip Australian and international companies such as Westpac, Cathay Pacific, Allianz and Qantas rationalise their technology procurement and outsourcing arrangements
Acted as legal adviser to TPG Telecom Limited on its acquisition of AAPT and Powertel (from Telecom New Zealand) for A$450 million.
Advising Airservices Australia on the procurement of a replacement air traffic control system (OneSky) for the whole of Australia. Airservices Australia is working closely with the Department of Defence, with the joint objective of realising harmonisation between civilian and military air traffic control systems and operations.
Advising a large number of government departments, both in Australia and overseas, on a diverse range of TMT matters, including large-scale technology implementation projects
Acted for iSentia Pty Ltd in relation to the merger clearance of acquisition of the AAP media monitoring business assets.
Advised Adslot Limited on its acquisition of Facilitate Digital Holdings Limited by scheme of arrangement.
Advised the Department of Health and Ageing in the implementation of the National Health Reform Business Information Systems Program. The project involved multiple approaches to market, the engagement of multiple vendors (including hardware, software, managed services and data transformation services), vendor integration and complex IP issues. We also advised the Department in relation to issues concerning delivery of the solution.
Advised M2 Telecommunications Group on its A$250m private treaty acquisition of Dodo and recommended takeover of Eftel Limited. The transaction involved parallel acquisitions of a publicly listed entity (Eftel) and a private entity (Dodo) where the vendor of the private entity had a majority shareholding in the listed entity. This required careful consideration of independence issues and potential collateral benefit issues.
Acted for Lloyds Banking Group in a long term data hosting and access agreement with Hewlett-Packard Australia.