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Increasingly, large scale technology users are improving their computing firepower by boosting data efficiency, access and usage. As a result, cloud computing solutions and data centres have become more common as organisations consolidate their data and increase their use of external online and physical data storage solutions. At the same time, external data storage of raises its own set of legal concerns, including privacy, security and jurisdictional issues.

Corrs works closely with clients on cloud computing solutions and constructing and commercialising data centres. We act for market-leading organisations including NBN Co, Vodafone Hutchison Australia, Woolworths, GE Capital and National Australia Bank.

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Our Experience

Corrs advised Foster’s Group on all aspects of the $12 billion demerger of its Beer and Wine businesses

Corrs was responsible for drafting agreements covering the separation of hardware, software and other IT assets associated with the demerger and the provision of transitional services by Foster’s Group to the demerged entity.

The Corrs team conducted a detailed review of several hundred contracts between Foster’s Group and its IT vendors to determine the appropriate treatment of each contract in preparation for the demerger, and prepared and assisted in negotiating agreements with those vendors where necessary.

The transaction was highly complex due to the arrangements required to separate a fully integrated IT infrastructure which was mid-way through the implementation of a major new ERP system.

The demerger also took place in a very tight timeframe. This was the largest M&A transaction of 2011, and is recognition of the excellence in client service and longstanding relationship between the Corrs team and Foster’s Group.

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NBN Co outsourcing to Fujitsu

NBN Co was recently involved in an extensive procurement process that has seen Fujitsu Australia Limited appointed to deliver end user technologies to all NBN employees, including laptops and mobile phones.

The deal required Corrs to have an in-depth understanding of the latest technologies, commercial models for outsourcing and the contractual and legal issues associated with the deal.

Corrs was able to negotiate an agreement that provided price certainty for NBN Co – a critical factor in mitigating risk for a new company whose employee growth potential is still a relative unknown.

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NBN Co: BSS/OSS Project

One of the most critical components in the National Broadband Network’s successful roll out Australia wide was an extensive evaluation and negotiation process that saw IBM, Accenture and Alcatel Lucent appointed to supply business and operational software support systems.

Corrs advised NBN Co and was involved in the procurement, negotiation and structuring aspects of this major systems integration project.

The contractual structure of the arrangement was highly complex, and Corrs was able to bring extensive knowledge of telecommunications networks and the associated technology to negotiate a risk sharing model with which all parties were comfortable.

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Outsourcing management of NAB’s data centres and information technology infrastructure to IBM

The outsourcing management of NAB’s data centre and IT infrastructure to IBM was a very complex project that had been a number of years in the planning and is of major significance to NAB’s future activities.

Corrs advised NAB on the matter which involved drafting and negotiating a long term contract with IBM.

The services are of utmost importance to the NAB as they allow for the functioning of NAB’s business critical applications such as its inter-bank payments and exchange gateway, internet banking and its ATM network.

Under the contract IBM acquired NAB’s existing computing infrastructure within NAB’s Australian data centres and assumed responsibility for the associated software licences; approximately 450 NAB staff were transferred to IBM; IBM assumed responsibility for managing NAB’s computing infrastructure in Australia to provide information technology services to NAB entities throughout the world; and IBM committed to transform NAB’s information technology platforms over a number of years, by consolidating the existing data centres and replacing old technology platforms with new technologies in a phased manner throughout the life of the contract.

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New businesses in Australia may soon be able to crowd source funds from equity investors.

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Regulating the outlaw: The Bitcoin bandit

How should governments respond to the Bitcoin phenomenon and other cryptocurrencies?

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Major changes to Australia's Privacy Act: Why they matter for foreign IT suppliers doing business in Australia

On 12 March 2014 extensive changes to Australia’s privacy laws will come into effect.

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Fair use: Floodgates or fair go?

Australia has more to gain than to fear from incorporating the fair use doctrine into copyright laws.

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Fair use: The cloud is the limit

Australia’s cloud services industry is a big winner if a ‘fair use’ exception to copyright infringement is introduced.

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Protect your innovative technology-driven methods: Federal Court clarifies scope of IP protection

A recent case has confirmed that computer-implemented methods can be patentable.

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Getting territorial: Geo-blocking on borrowed time?

Australians will pay less for apps, music and more under recommendations of IT pricing Inquiry.

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Avoid social media folly: Seafolly v Madden case study and our top tips

What happens when a company vents their frustration about a competitor on Facebook? How does the law respond? Learnings from Seafolly v Madden.

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Brand owners beware: You are responsible for user posts on Facebook

Companies may have to radically rethink their social media marketing as a result of decisions by the Advertising Standards Board.

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Social media - Manage the risks and leverage the power

The power of social media has revolutionised the way consumers connect with brands, connect with other consumers to discuss brands, and source other consumers’ opinions about brands. But what are the legal issues you should be aware of?

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Convergence Review: Federal Court throws Committee Optus TV Now curve-ball

The enormity and complexity of the task of regulating media and content services in a converged environment was thrown into sharp relief by the Federal Court’s recent decision in the Optus “TV Now” case.

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Convergence Review Interim Report: recommendations risk further uncertainty

Expectations for the Convergence Review are high – that it will produce a new regulatory framework that is fair, flexible and doesn’t stifle innovation.

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Carbon pricing & your IT Infrastructure - What to do now?

Customers of Australian data centres should review the terms of their service agreements, and consider the extent to which their service providers may be entitled to pass on additional operational costs.

More

Cost-benefit analysis - What are the risks associated with using offshore IT infrastructure and services?

Even where data centre customers face increased service charges as a result of electricity price increases, customers should carefully consider data security issues that arise when using offshore IT infrastructure and cloud offerings.

More

Passing on the cost of the Carbon Pricing Scheme - What does your service agreement allow for?

Frequently used cost “pass-through” mechanisms in services agreements are change in tax and change in law provisions - but these may have limited application in service agreements between data centre service providers and their customers for a number

More

Carbon Price - Reason enough to consider offshore IT infrastructure?

IT is an integral part of all business, as well as our every day lives. With running costs anticipated to rise, how will the carbon price affect the industry and what does it mean for your organisation?

More

Surviving the IT outsource revolution

How does business protect itself amid issues of data protection and privacy

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They said the wrong thing, but it’s your website

What if your consumers are less than truthful, or breach intellectual property laws?

More

Our Experience

Corrs advised Foster’s Group on all aspects of the $12 billion demerger of its Beer and Wine businesses

Corrs was responsible for drafting agreements covering the separation of hardware, software and other IT assets associated with the demerger and the provision of transitional services by Foster’s Group to the demerged entity.

The Corrs team conducted a detailed review of several hundred contracts between Foster’s Group and its IT vendors to determine the appropriate treatment of each contract in preparation for the demerger, and prepared and assisted in negotiating agreements with those vendors where necessary.

The transaction was highly complex due to the arrangements required to separate a fully integrated IT infrastructure which was mid-way through the implementation of a major new ERP system.

The demerger also took place in a very tight timeframe. This was the largest M&A transaction of 2011, and is recognition of the excellence in client service and longstanding relationship between the Corrs team and Foster’s Group.

NBN Co outsourcing to Fujitsu

NBN Co was recently involved in an extensive procurement process that has seen Fujitsu Australia Limited appointed to deliver end user technologies to all NBN employees, including laptops and mobile phones.

The deal required Corrs to have an in-depth understanding of the latest technologies, commercial models for outsourcing and the contractual and legal issues associated with the deal.

Corrs was able to negotiate an agreement that provided price certainty for NBN Co – a critical factor in mitigating risk for a new company whose employee growth potential is still a relative unknown.

NBN Co: BSS/OSS Project

One of the most critical components in the National Broadband Network’s successful roll out Australia wide was an extensive evaluation and negotiation process that saw IBM, Accenture and Alcatel Lucent appointed to supply business and operational software support systems.

Corrs advised NBN Co and was involved in the procurement, negotiation and structuring aspects of this major systems integration project.

The contractual structure of the arrangement was highly complex, and Corrs was able to bring extensive knowledge of telecommunications networks and the associated technology to negotiate a risk sharing model with which all parties were comfortable.

Outsourcing management of NAB’s data centres and information technology infrastructure to IBM

The outsourcing management of NAB’s data centre and IT infrastructure to IBM was a very complex project that had been a number of years in the planning and is of major significance to NAB’s future activities.

Corrs advised NAB on the matter which involved drafting and negotiating a long term contract with IBM.

The services are of utmost importance to the NAB as they allow for the functioning of NAB’s business critical applications such as its inter-bank payments and exchange gateway, internet banking and its ATM network.

Under the contract IBM acquired NAB’s existing computing infrastructure within NAB’s Australian data centres and assumed responsibility for the associated software licences; approximately 450 NAB staff were transferred to IBM; IBM assumed responsibility for managing NAB’s computing infrastructure in Australia to provide information technology services to NAB entities throughout the world; and IBM committed to transform NAB’s information technology platforms over a number of years, by consolidating the existing data centres and replacing old technology platforms with new technologies in a phased manner throughout the life of the contract.

Our Thinking

They said the wrong thing, but it’s your website

What if your consumers are less than truthful, or breach intellectual property laws?

Surviving the IT outsource revolution

How does business protect itself amid issues of data protection and privacy

Carbon Price - Reason enough to consider offshore IT infrastructure?

IT is an integral part of all business, as well as our every day lives. With running costs anticipated to rise, how will the carbon price affect the industry and what does it mean for your organisation?

Passing on the cost of the Carbon Pricing Scheme - What does your service agreement allow for?

Frequently used cost “pass-through” mechanisms in services agreements are change in tax and change in law provisions - but these may have limited application in service agreements between data centre service providers and their customers for a number

Cost-benefit analysis - What are the risks associated with using offshore IT infrastructure and services?

Even where data centre customers face increased service charges as a result of electricity price increases, customers should carefully consider data security issues that arise when using offshore IT infrastructure and cloud offerings.

Carbon pricing & your IT Infrastructure - What to do now?

Customers of Australian data centres should review the terms of their service agreements, and consider the extent to which their service providers may be entitled to pass on additional operational costs.

Convergence Review Interim Report: recommendations risk further uncertainty

Expectations for the Convergence Review are high – that it will produce a new regulatory framework that is fair, flexible and doesn’t stifle innovation.

Convergence Review: Federal Court throws Committee Optus TV Now curve-ball

The enormity and complexity of the task of regulating media and content services in a converged environment was thrown into sharp relief by the Federal Court’s recent decision in the Optus “TV Now” case.

Social media - Manage the risks and leverage the power

The power of social media has revolutionised the way consumers connect with brands, connect with other consumers to discuss brands, and source other consumers’ opinions about brands. But what are the legal issues you should be aware of?

Brand owners beware: You are responsible for user posts on Facebook

Companies may have to radically rethink their social media marketing as a result of decisions by the Advertising Standards Board.

Avoid social media folly: Seafolly v Madden case study and our top tips

What happens when a company vents their frustration about a competitor on Facebook? How does the law respond? Learnings from Seafolly v Madden.

Getting territorial: Geo-blocking on borrowed time?

Australians will pay less for apps, music and more under recommendations of IT pricing Inquiry.

Protect your innovative technology-driven methods: Federal Court clarifies scope of IP protection

A recent case has confirmed that computer-implemented methods can be patentable.

Fair use: Floodgates or fair go?

Australia has more to gain than to fear from incorporating the fair use doctrine into copyright laws.

Fair use: The cloud is the limit

Australia’s cloud services industry is a big winner if a ‘fair use’ exception to copyright infringement is introduced.

Major changes to Australia's Privacy Act: Why they matter for foreign IT suppliers doing business in Australia

On 12 March 2014 extensive changes to Australia’s privacy laws will come into effect.

Regulating the outlaw: The Bitcoin bandit

How should governments respond to the Bitcoin phenomenon and other cryptocurrencies?

Crowdfunding: A new way for small business to raise capital in the digital age?

New businesses in Australia may soon be able to crowd source funds from equity investors.

Our Experts

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Andrew Messenger

Partner Sydney +61 2 9210 6721
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Andrew Percival

Special Counsel Sydney +61 2 9210 6228
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Barbara Keane

Special Counsel Sydney +61 2 9210 6329
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David Smith

Partner Melbourne +61 3 9672 3345
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Eddie Scuderi

Partner Brisbane +61 7 3228 9319
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Eugenia Kolivos

Partner Sydney +61 2 9210 6316
Frances Wheelahan

Frances Wheelahan

Partner Melbourne +61 3 9672 3380
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Helen Clarke

Partner Brisbane +61 7 3228 9818
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James North

Partner Sydney +61 2 9210 6734
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Johanna O'Rourke

Special Counsel Sydney +61 2 9210 6289
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Justin Gay

Special Counsel Melbourne +61 3 9672 3457
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Philip Catania

Partner Melbourne +61 3 9672 3333
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Sophie Bradshaw

Special Counsel Brisbane +61 7 3228 9399