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Expertise

Dan is a partner in the Corporate & Commercial section, and leads the firm’s Technology, Media & Communications Group.

In this capacity, Dan acts on behalf of: 

  • film and television producers
  • distributors
  • broadcasters and creatives
  • technology companies and start-ups
  • advertising agencies and communications businesses
  • and other intellectual property owners.

Dan also acts for clients in other sectors which are undertaking procurements, branding exercises, advertising campaigns, and other uses of intellectual property and information technology.

Dan has been recognised by Best Lawyers as a leading practitioner in Information Technology Law since 2014, and Entertainment Law since 2017.

Experience

Dan has extensive experience in advising on matters such as:

  • the acquisition and disposal of companies and businesses, corporate structuring and joint ventures
  • the structuring of start-ups, their funding rounds (from seed funding through to liquidity events), and intellectual property protection and development
  • the development, financing, production and distribution of film and television projects, new media and online products
  • brand development and protection, including copyright, trade marks, domain names and consumer law issues
  • the protection and exploitation of computer software and hardware and the provision of information technology services (including government contracts and outsourcing), and
  • regulatory compliance, including corporations law, copyright, privacy and competition law.

Publications

12 February 2019 - Knowledge

Delays to implementation of Australia’s open banking regime

#Corporate & Commercial Law

The open banking regime that was set to commence in July 2019 promoting transparency and allowing data sharing for consumers, has been delayed by a further eight months to allow for testing.

31 January 2019 - Knowledge

McDonald’s loses Big Mac trademark fight

#Intellectual Property

A recent decision against McDonald’s confirms that sufficient evidence is needed to win trademark disputes.

31 January 2019 - Knowledge

ACCC moves to approve tobacco-free certification trademark

#Competition & Consumer Law, #Intellectual Property

The ACCC has moved to allow an Australian-based charity to register certification trademarks that show that financial institutions’ and fund managers’ investments are tobacco-free.