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Cameron Abbott

Practice Area Leader - Corporate
+61.3.9640.4261
Fax +61.3.9205.2055

Mr. Abbott is a practice area leader for the global corporate team and also co-practice group coordinator for the global commercial technology & sourcing group. He is also the privacy officer for the firm's Australian offices. He also leads and regularly writes posts for the K&L Gates blog on CyberWatch: Australia (https://www.cyberwatchaustralia.com).

Mr. Abbott is a corporate lawyer who focuses on technology, cybersecurity and privacy matters. 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. 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.

He partners with his clients, many of whom are utilities and heavy asset industries, to ensure market leading solutions are implemented with the best risk mitigation possible while retaining value for money commercials. With the deep focus around key platform implementations Cameron brings a detailed understanding of the approach and likely positions of all the major vendors in the market on key risk issues. 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

  • Both Cameron and K&L Gates were recognised as the exclusive Legal Influencer for TMT – Australasia by Lexology, 2018 (Content Marketing Awards)
  • Listed as Preeminent Leading Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyer in Doyle's Guide 2018
  • Named 2018 'Lawyer of the Year' for Information Technology Law, Best Lawyers
  • Listed in Best Lawyers for Information Technology Law (2014/15 - 2018) and Privacy and Data Security Law (2018)
  • 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

Additional Information

Publications
  • "SMEs face privacy burden with Federal Government moves towards mandatory notification of data breaches", Smartcompany.com.au, October 19, 2012 
  • "Avoiding the data centre property trap", Computerworld, September 20, 2012; and CIO Magazine September, 2012 * "Council opens passage to India", The Australian Financial Review, June 18, 2012 
  • "Privacy Bill passed by Parliament – important changes for organisations", Computerworld November, 2012

Enterprise Resource Projects (ERP)

  • Advising the owner of one of Australia's four oil refineries, on the procurement of new hardware and software, as well as an implementor for the update of its entire distributed contributed control system. This included designing a sourcing strategy to create a competitive process even though one bidder had a degree of incumbency.
  • Advising a large multinational oil and gas exploration company, in relation to the negotiation of a Prime Contract for System Implementation and Services, for the ERP Project. This This involved multi-vendor sourcing strategy to allow selection of the provider with the best experience, price, risk and fit for the organisation as well as implementing strategies to captured the best value from licence negotiations.
  • Advised a Tasmanian Government-owned electricity distributor, in relation to the selection of and negotiations for a prime contractor for system implementation, products and support services. This was a project scoped to deliver an enterprise resource planning system which completed successfully.
  • Advising one of three government owned retail water businesses in Melbourne on an ERP system implementation project including market engagement strategies for sourcing software, system implementation (SI) services, 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).
  • Advising the largest generator of renewable energy in Australia on an 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).
  • Advising the retail arm of an Australian energy provider in relation to negotiation of a Systems Implementation and Outsourcing Agreement and proposed software and services agreements for the blueprint, design and implementation (by Accenture) of their CRM/ERP Customer Experience Project using Salesforce CRM software and Accenture analytics software, including preparing the implementation services agreement and leading simultaneous negotiations with the two system implementor vendors (Accenture and CapGemini) and leading negotiations with the software vendor (Salesforce) as well as Accenture for its analytics solution.
  • Advising a major Australian energy retailer on its Customer Transformation Project to transform its current Oracle billing system, which was an extremely complicated technical project that involved careful analysis of potential vendors to assess capability to actually deliver the project successfully given its critical role within the business.
  • Advising a major Australian energy retailer on the sourcing of enterprise software to secure long term pricing benefits and reduce risk of "shelfware", while sourcing a system implementor on terms to provide the lower risks of implementation failure.
  • 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.
  • Advising SKM on providing a competitive process to procure either Oracle or SAP, and then selecting a system integrator and managed environment.
  • Acting for telecommunications companies and internet service providers in negotiating and drafting telecommunications supply agreements with Telstra, PowerTel, SingTel, Global One, Optus, AT&T, Datacom 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Privacy

  • 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.