Chris comes from an experienced background in technology and IP – having worked in some of Australia’s biggest law firms, and in-house at blue chip corporations including Ericsson, NAB, Mayne Group, and Woolworths.

In these roles, Chris has been involved in the full spectrum of technology, telecommunications, outsourcing, IP and commercial transactions, from the most basic, to the highly complex, on both the customer and supplier side.

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Career Summary

Chris is an experienced commercial lawyer, with over 19 years’ experience advising clients on complex and business critical technology transformation projects, as well as outsourcing, IP and commercial transactions.

Chris has worked at some of Australia’s largest corporations (including Ericsson, NAB, Mayne Group and Woolworths) and been a member of private practice teams at both Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Clayton Utz.

Recent Highlights
  • Acting for a large IT&T supplier on a project to virtualise the core network of a large Australian telco.
  • Acting for a large IT&T supplier in the delivery of a content delivery (media) network to a large Australian telco.
  • Assisting a large Australian credit union with a major (ongoing) program of work to replace / update many of its core legacy systems (under a “cloud first” strategy).
  • Assisting a major Australian bank with a program of work to update a large suite of contracts to comply with APRA Prudential Standard CPS 234 (Information Security).
  • Acting for a large Australian bank for the development and commercialisation of a white labelled NDIS platform.
  • Leading negotiations for a major Australian bank’s multi-million dollar core banking system replacement project.
  • Advising a major Australian bank on the outsourcing of the support and management of its core banking platform.
  • Advising on various technology and IP issues to a large joint venture arrangement between two financial institutions for the delivery of various asset servicing functions.
  • Running several domain name disputes for a large Australian bank.
Employment History

Law Firms

  • Corrs Chambers Westgarth – Sydney
  • Clayton Utz – Melbourne

Companies

  • Ericsson (secondment from Switch)
  • National Australia Bank Ltd – Melbourne (Senior Legal Counsel)
  • Mayne Group – Melbourne
  • Woolworths Ltd (secondment from Corrs)
  • British American Tobacco Australia Ltd (secondment from Corrs)
  • Myer Ltd (secondment from Clayton Utz)

Degrees

  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing)
  • Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property

Other:

  • Former Company Secretary of Anchorage Home Loans Pty Ltd
  • Former Secretary of a significant Risk & Audit Committee within NAB.
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Chris provides high quality advice in tight timeframes, has extensive industry knowledge and business acumen, and can provide valuable insight from his experiences on both sides of the table, acting for both customers and vendors.

Aaron Marschke General Counsel & Commercial Director (Asia Pacific)

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