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Nick Abrahams


Nick Abrahams


T:+61 2 9330 8312

Nick is a corporate technology lawyer based in Sydney.

He is deeply involved in the Australian technology sector as a lawyer, adviser, non-executive director, former Dotcom entrepreneur and investor. He has worked on over $3 Billion of TMT-related transactions since 2012. He recently wrote the best-selling book Digital Disruption in Australia – A Guide for Entrepreneurs, Investors & Corporates.

Nick is the national leader of our Communications, Media & Technology Group. His group has won the Australian Technology Law Firm of the Year Award. His experience in the TMT field was gained from hands-on industry experience both with major law firms in Australia and Tokyo and also with organisations such as the ASX-listed Spike Networks Limited in Los Angeles where he was Chief Operating Officer during 1999-2001 and prior to that in a non-legal executive position with Warner Brothers in Los Angeles.

He is widely recognised for his breadth of knowledge and understanding of all aspects of technology, media and telecommunications. He regularly advises on tech-related M&A, cloud, IT procurement, outsourcing, IT/IP issues, internet and telecommunications matters, media regulation, content and privacy.

Nick is past President of the Australian Communications and Media Law Association. He is the only private practice lawyer on the Federal Government’s Consultative Working Group on Cyber Safety. He was appointed by the NSW Finance Minister to the government’s Procurement Advisory Board and is on the Committee for Sydney’s Financial Services Knowledge Hub. He is a Non-Executive Director on ASX-listed Integrated Research (market cap approx. $400M). He is a director of the Institute for Economics and Peace, a not for profit dedicated to researching the linkage between peace and prosperity globally. The Institute is ranked in the top 15 Most Impactful Think Tanks in the world (with revenues < $5M). He is a Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce.

He was named as a “Recommended Lawyer” in both the Outsourcing category and the Technology, Media and Telecommunications category of the 2012-2016 PLC Which Lawyer publication. He was named as a “Leading TMT Lawyer” in the 2013-2016 Asia Pacific Legal 500 and was named one of Australia’s best lawyers in the 2012-2016 Best Lawyers publication. Nick writes columns on Technology Law for the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age & The Financial Review newspapers.

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  • Representative experience

    Mergers and Acquisitions

    • Advising Junkee Media on a sale to Ooh! Media
    • Advising on a sale to REA
    • Advising Redback Technologies on investment from EnergyAustralia
    • Advising Alberts Music on sale to BMG
    • Advising Planit (software testing) on investment from Archer Growth
    • Advising EDC (data centres) on sale to Vocus
    • Advising Plant Miner on an investment from consortium
    • Advising Netbox Blue on partial sale to BigAir
    • Advising Netbox Blue on a partial sale to Bloomberg
    • Advising Objective Corporation on acquisition of Onstream Systems
    • Advising Index Ventures on an investment into Culture Amp
    • Advising Cannon on the acquisition of Harbour IT
    • Advising Invoice2Go on the $35M investment by Accel Partners
    • Advised Technology Crossover Ventures on its $30M investment into Siteminder
    • Acted for APN News and Media in the $60M acquisition of brandsExclusive
    • Advised online dating business Oasis Active in its merger with RSVP, Fairfax Media Limited, and Ten Network Holdings Limited – value $40M
    • Acted for Connect2Field on its sale to Fleetmatics
    • Acted for Brandscreen in its $11 Million Series B raising from Southern Cross Ventures, Singtel and Macquarie Capital
    • Acted for the Ten Network in the joint venture with zeebox
    • Acted for 5th Finger in its sale to Merkle
    • Acted for IPMG in the sale of Viva9 to Digital Perfornance Group
    • Acted for Riverside Partners in the acquisition of ITC Global
    • Acted for ITC Global in the acquisition of Spidersat
    • Acted for Infosys Technologies Limited in relation to its acquisition of Gen-i's Software Solutions business
    • Acted for Kaplan Inc. (education) in relation to acquisition of Study Group International group of companies (A$100 million) and Aspect Education Limited group of companies (A$40 million)
    • Acted for New York Stock Exchange Euronext on its acquisition of Metabit
    • Acted for Dealised in its investment from Singtel Innov8 and Yuuwa Capital
    • Acted for shareholders of on its sale to Yahoo!7
    • Acted for Vodafone Global in connection with its acquisition of Quickcomm Pty Ltd
    • Acted for BMG Music in its acquisition of Chrysalis Music
    • Acted for Pivotel Group in connection with its acquisition of retail and wholesale mobile telephone business from Digital Performance Group Limited (Comtel)
    • Advising Downer EDI in the acquisition of the WA-based mining services business Western Construction. Western Construction had an annual turnover of $60 million from its services to the oil and gas, mining and heavy industrial sectors.
    • Acted for Intel Capital in its investment into Aurema Pty Limited
    • Acted for The Payment Company Ltd in connection with the acquisition of shares in Dialect Payment Technologies Pty Ltd (on-line payment solutions)
    • Acted for J&F Patricipaceos S.A. in connection with its $300million acquisition of the Swift Foods Group of Companies
    • Acted on acquisition of Globalstar from Vodafone


    • Acted for the Australian Communications & Media Authority in the $2 Billion digital dividend spectrum licence auction (main legal adviser to government on this project)
    • Acted for Microsoft in relation to large scale cloud computing contract negotiations
    • Acted for HP in relation to various technology procurement contracts
    • Acted for Salmat in major 5 year managed services agreement with Fujitsu
    • Advised over 35 companies and Federal Government agencies on complying with new 2014 privacy regime
    • Acted for Service NSW in relation to its establishment and agreements with numerous vendors
    • Advised on the establishment and operational legal matters for the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator
    • Acted for rail freight and ports operator Asciano on moving its entire ICT infrastructure to Fujitsu’s cloud
    • Main adviser for two global software companies on their cloud agreements and negotiations
    • Acted for Vodafone Hutchison Australia on several  significant technology procurements
    • Acted for Sensis on their move to a social media/digital strategy
    • Acted for Telstra on over 80 contractual matters
    • Acted on numerous matters opposite NBN, including advising on the Wholesale Broadband Access contract development process and facilities access
    • Acted for on joint venture between with CareerOne
    • Acted for major Australian bank on various significant outsourcing matters
    • Acted for numerous NSW government departments on a significant technology-related matters matter
    • Acted for Federal government agency on major outsourcing project
    • Acted for Australian bank on core software system replacement
    • Acted for numerous energy companies on telecommunications matters, including sale and acquisition of network assets
    • Acted for major media company on numerous matters involving moving the business online over a period of years
    • Acted for Kennedy Miller Mitchell in joint venture with Omnilab to create digital content studio

  • Speaking engagements

    Speeches / Presentations 2014

    DateSeminar / conference / article / presentationTopic

    26 November

    Seminar: Financial Services Regulation & the Digital Channel

    Nick Presenting with Zein El Hassan

    25 November

    Breakfast Seminar - Social Media Package

    Nick hosting Breakfast Seminar

    25 November

    Presentation at Client office

    Going Digital Workshop

    19 September

    Janders Dean Legal Knowledge & Innovation Conference

     Nick on Panel

    17 September

    Client Presentation

    Liability Schemes in Sourcing Contracts: a Global Perspective

    25 July

    LexisNexis Round Table Forum – Nick Participating


    22 July

    AMP Workshop – Nick Presenting

    Going Digital

    3 June

    NRF International Legal Conference – Nick Chairing

    Extending equity incentives to international employees

    22 May

    Client FSI Cloud Program

    Cloud contracting considerations

    5 May

    NRF & McAfee Privacy Exec Roundtable Lunch with Timothy Pilgrim


    15th April

    MFAA Commercial Lending Breakfast

    • New forms of direct marketing, spam, do not call register & privacy regulations
    • Raising money, granting options & buying / selling

    19 March

    Presentation at a clients roundtable discussion

    Communication Skills and Time Management for Lawyer

    19 March

    Nick Speaking at UNSW SEMINAR

    The new privacy law

    18 March

    Nick speaking at AmCham Information & Networking evening

    NRFA’s engagement with the Chamber

    14 March

    Legalwise CLE on Privacy Laws

    A Practical Guide to Privacy Law Compliance

    13 March

    Nick speaking at Brisbane Bumper CLE


    11 March

    IP Update Seminar - Legalwise

    Commercialisation and Transfer of IP Technology

    11 March

    Nick speaking at UNSW CLE

    Digital Data  and Social Media – transforming the law

    3 March

    Presentation to client

    Regulatory requirements for outsourcing

    27 February

    Internal Privacy Seminar

    Recent developments in privacy law and practice

    21 February

    Privacy Presentation to client

    Key Changes to Privacy Act

    19 February

    Pragmatic Privacy Seminar

    Recent developments in privacy law and practice

    Speeches / Presentations 2013

    DateSeminar / conference / article / presentationTopic
    20 NovemberPrivacy Presentation to ClientPrivacy
    13 NovemberNick on panelLegal issues for startup -Take Stream Labs
    8 NovemberAustralian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) - Workshop for NSW facilitatorsChallenges of today in the boardroom
    8 AugustUNSW Meeting the Challenges for In-House Counsel seminar (open for Program, Speakers' Guidelines etc)Privacy
    31 JulyCLE presentation to Telco Client - CLE 
    29 JulySpeaking at McAfee / NRF Privacy SeminarExploring the changing privacy landscape and impending regulations
    29 JulySpeaking session (including Q&A) - at 9th Annual Public Sector In-House Counsel Conference 
    2 MayMcAfee Privacy Seminar 
    1 MayClient Breakfast SeminarGlobal Update on Trends in Tech Procurement
    5 AprilPresentation to SuncorpCloud Computing
    5 AprilQueensland Treasury and TradeGlobal Best Practice in Technology Procurement
    5 AprilPrivacy breakfast seminar at Norton Rose BrisbanePrivacy
    28 MarchManaging Cloud Computing in the Public Sector ConferenceLegal considerations and risks in  information/data  security and privacy in cloud computing
    13 MarchSpeaking at Australian Information Industry Association"Can you know too much about your customer?"
    13 MarchSpeaking at Australian Information Industry AssociationNavigating Big Data
    31 JanuaryPresentation to Telco ClientPlain Legal Drafting & Communication Seminar

    28 January


    Presentation to DELL