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Cameron Abbott

Partner
+61.3.9640.4261
Fax +61.3.9205.2055

Mr. Abbott is a corporate lawyer who focuses on technology, telecommunications and broadcasting transactions. He assists corporations and vendors in managing their technology requirements and contracts, particularly large outsourcing and technology procurements issues including licensing terms for SAP and Oracle and major system integration transactions.

Mr. Abbott partners with his clients to ensure market leading solutions are implemented in to their businesses. He concentrates on managing and negotiating complex technology solutions, which regularly span multiple jurisdictions as well as advising on electronic data retention and data privacy issues. He also advises on broadcasting rights especially relating to the convergence of technology and media. In telecommunications he has helped clients navigate the pitfalls of rolling out ISP networks, Australia's first wholesale fiber to the home telecommunications networks and several embedded networks.

Mr. Abbott acts for a range of large listed corporations, government corporations and departments as well as multi-national system integrators and software vendors. He has many years of experience working on transactions to and from Asia, especially India.

Achievements

  • Listed in Best Lawyers for Information Technology Law (2014/15 - 2017) and Privacy and Data Security Law (2017)
  • Monash MBA Certificate of Merit – Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • Monash MBA Certificate of Merit – Managing People at Work
  • Melbourne University, LLB – Prize: Jurisprudence
  • Melbourne University, LLB – Prize: Civil Procedure and Evidence

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Internet Industry Association member
  • Australian Indian Business Council member
  • Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand member
  • Victorian Society for Computers and the Law member

Speaking Engagements

  • "Privacy Reforms", Australian Corporate Lawyers Association (ACLA), Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth, 2013
  • "Indian Australia Trade", Victorian Government Trade Mission Forum, 2012
  • "Cloud Computing", Quest Conference, CIO Forum, 2012
  • "Trends in Outsourcing", ACLA Conference, 2010
  • "Creating Service Levels", LexisNexis, 2010
  • Acting for Foster’s Group on the outsourcing of a major enterprise resource planning (ERP) consolidation system integration project.
  • Advising the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service regarding an agency wide review of its relationship with its key ICT outsourcing vendor, including negotiation of performance management regimes and contractual arrangements and development of an overarching strategy for managing legal risk in the supply of ICT products and services.
  • Lead adviser and negotiator for Accenture on some of the largest outsourcing and business process outsourcing (BPO) transactions in the Asia Pacific region including a global design, build and run SAP consolidation project with BHP valued at AUD250 million.
  • Advising SKM in projects for the procurement of an ERP system, including structuring and documenting a complex implementation services agreement based on joint venture/alliancing principles.
  • Advising City West Water on an ERP system implementation project including regarding market engagement strategies for sourcing software, and system implementation (SI) services, and outsourced infrastructure and application support services, compliance with the client’s regulatory environment, and a full suite of customer sourcing documentation (RFP, implementation and outsourcing contracts, SLAs).
  • Acting for Monash University and managing multiple advisers in a joint venture with the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) to establish a research institute situated in Mumbai, India.
  • Providing comprehensive advice to VicUrban (now Places Victoria) concerning its general privacy obligations under the Information Privacy Act 2000 (Vic). We have also advised VicUrban on various privacy advice for promotional projects, drafting privacy policies, information collection forms and advice on Victorian Privacy Commissioner audits.
  • Advising Digital Post Australia a joint venture of Salmat and Computershare for the provision of an electronic substitute for physical postal services, this involved overcoming significant privacy issues to design a complying service.
  • Providing advice on Transport Accident Commission's (TAC) privacy policy, online privacy statements and website terms and conditions. This involved assisting in the negotiation of TAC’s advertising agreement with Grey Worldwide.
  • Advising Bendigo and Adelaide Bank on a subscription agreement for the provision of data services and advising on the privacy law implications of other AML solutions.
  • Advising Australian Customs and Border Protection Service on its tendering process for its human resources and payroll system refresh, including in relation to probity issues.
  • Advising on the entire procurement process and probity for a range of corporations in their procurement of information technology and telecommunications including tender terms, business requirements, potential suppliers, term sheets and agreements. Clients include Adelaide and Bendigo Bank, Sinclair Knight Merz, VicUrban and Foster's.
  • Advising Tasmania Hydro in an ongoing project for the sourcing and implementation of a global ERP system, including conducting parallel negotiations with enterprise software vendors (Oracle and SAP) for the software solution, developing the SI sourcing strategy and leading the SI services negotiations (which included a three vendor shortlist to meet our client's particular requirements).
  • Acting for telecommunications companies and internet service providers in negotiating and drafting telecommunications supply agreements with Telstra, PowerTel, SingTel, Global One, Optus, AT&T and MCI Worldcom.
  • Advising a tier one technology supplier on its participation in a consortium bid for the initial national broadband network (NBN) tender. This role included advising on the vendor’s proposed NBN solution and engaging with other members of the consortium including telecommunications industry leaders and vendors of specialised equipment relevant to the NBN.
  • Advising Fujitsu on regulatory issues arising in relation to fibre networks and infrastructure rollouts.
  • Acting for an ISP in negotiating all its wholesale supply agreements to support the establishment of POPs in all capital cities of Australia including related data centre facilities and backhaul and retail terms and conditions.
  • Acting for eServGlobal (now part of Oracle) in a range of international transactions for the implementation of a range of telecommunications solutions.
  • Advising Hampton in the implementation of an intelligent network for the provision of voice and data services as well as the retailing of electricity in a large residential apartment building.