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James North

Head of Technology, Media and Telecommunications

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James practises in the converging fields of telecommunications, media and technology. His expertise encompasses strategic commercial transactions, including joint-ventures, acquisitions, outsourcing, and product rollouts, as well as disputes in the TMT sector.

James is a key adviser in Australia to some of the world’s most innovative and best known e-commerce, media and online brands. He is also a long-term adviser to major Australian telecommunications carriers, helping them navigate the complex and rapidly-changing TMT landscape.

James is a former board member of the NSW Procurement Board.

Key deals

CBS Studios Inc

Advised on CBS’s high-profile acquisition of Ten Network Holdings and subsequent launch of Ten All Access video streaming service.

nbn

Adviser to nbn since its inception, including on the establishment of its IT systems, acquisition of the TransACT fibre network, facilities access agreements with electricity utilities nationally and copper sub-loop network maintenance arrangements with Telstra.

Amazon Inc

Advised on the establishment of Amazon Web Services data centre operations in Australia and on the launch of Amazon Kindle and Amazon Music products in Australia.

Tencent

Advised on legal and regulatory issues relevant to Tencent’s computer games business in Australia.

Vodafone

Advised on the merger with Hutchison '3', the network sharing joint venture with Optus, acquisition of Crazy Johns and Lebara Mobile resellers, its 3G and 4G mobile network infrastructure rollouts and on spectrum acquisition and regulation.

MIT

Advised the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a technology project involving the installation and operation of a satellite surveillance telescope in conjunction with the US Air Force and the Australian Defence Force.