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Expertise

Angela is a partner in Holding Redlich’s national Corporate and Commercial group. Angela has more than 20 years’ experience as both a partner in private practice and in senior Commonwealth Government roles. She has broad ranging commercial law expertise, with a particular focus on telecommunications, media and technology (TMT) law, acting for clients in transactional and regulatory matters, including in telecommunications services and broader ICT contractual arrangements, regulatory reviews and cybersecurity and privacy audits and reviews. Angela has extensive knowledge of the regulatory framework governing the communications sector in Australia, including relating to telecommunications infrastructure, spectrum regulation, consumer regulation (including privacy) and the changing regulation in the media and content areas.

Experience

In her time at Holding Redlich, Angela has acted in a broad range of regulatory and transactional matters, including the following:

  • acting for a regional telecommunications services provider in putting in place a nominated carrier declarations and undertaking a due diligence of its regulatory compliance
  • acting for a number of corporates and Government agencies in putting in place telecommunications and IT services contracts
  • acting for a significant corporate in updating its documentation to ensure compliance with the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) unfair contract provisions (as applicable to small business)
  • assisting an international IT services company in its representations to the Australian Government regarding the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 (Cth) data retention requirements and digital privacy related issues
  • assisting a significant corporate in establishing its cyber security framework
  • acting for a number of corporates in assisting them to put in place updates to their privacy policies, including to ensure compliance with the requirements of the mandatory data breach notification scheme introduced in early 2018
  • acting for Communications Alliance (the Australian communications sector industry body) in relation to the proposed move to a self-regulatory regime for numbering (both fixed and mobile) allocation in Australia
  • acting for a Commonwealth agency in considering proposals for the monetisation of the payments under infrastructure contracts
  • preparing submissions for a client in relation to the consultation on the proposed new Commonwealth radiocommunications regulatory framework
  • acting for a number of smaller companies in the telecommunications sector in the interpretation of telecommunications sector specific regulation and in their interactions with the sector specific regulator, the Australian Communications and Media Authority, including enforcement of rights under Schedule 3 of the Telecommunication Act 1997 (Cth) and compliance with the interference provisions of the Radiocommunications Act 1992 (Cth).

While in the Department of Communications and the Arts, Angela’s experience included:

  • acting in the restructure of the National Broadband Network (NBN) in 2013-14 to move from a Fibre to the Premises (FttP) rollout to a rollout using a mix of technologies, including negotiations on behalf of the Government for revised arrangements with Telstra and Optus, including the acquisition of their Hybrid Fibre-Coaxial (HFC) networks and negotiations with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
  • responsibility for the Department’s implementation of the Government’s deregulation agenda, with the aim of ensuring regulation in the broader communications sector (covering media, telecommunications, spectrum and the internet) is appropriate in a constantly changing global communications environment
  • responsibility for policy advice to Government on telecommunications consumer protections regulation
  • management of tenders, including for services relating to Australia’s Triple Zero services
  • general management of the Department’s grants and procurements functions.

Angela’s experience in private practice prior to her time at Holding Redlich included:

  • acting in a substantial number of private equity transactions, across a number of sectors including healthcare, technology and transport, for example, acting in the Ventura acquisition of Grenda (transport), the management acquisition of SCF Group (shipping containers), KKR’s unsuccessful bid for Healthscope (health services) and Navis Capital’s acquisition of Retail Apparel Group (retail menswear).
  • acting in a number of significant TMT sector financings and restructurings, including for the financiers to Austar prior to its acquisition by Foxtel, the financiers to PowerTel, the financiers to OneTel and the initial financiers of the Australia Japan Cable project.

In addition, since mid 2013 Angela has acted as the pro bono general counsel for Opportunity International Australia, a not-for-profit organisation operating in the area of microfinance.

Publications

09 May 2018 - Blog

Holding Redlich’s expert guide to the 2018 federal budget

#Corporate & Commercial Law

Our experts analyse the key budget announcements and outline the essential takeaways for business in areas including transport, superannuation & financial services, construction & infrastructure, property, technology, media & communications, workplace relations, immigration, planning & environment, and taxation. 

12 March 2018 - Blog

5G rollin’ on

#Technology, Media & Communications

On 8 March 2018, the Government took one step forward in the march towards the rollout of 5G networks in Australia, announcing that 125 MHz of spectrum in the 3.6 GHz band, which is a key band..

05 February 2018 - Blog

Open data in the telco sector - soon to be a reality?

#Technology, Media & Communications

2018 is likely to be an interesting year for regulation of the Australian communications sector with, amongst a myriad of other initiatives, the Government scheduled to finalise its re-write of Australia’s radiocommunications legislation...