Ravi de Fonseka Partner

Meet Ravi

Ravi is a leading technology, telecommunications and intellectual property lawyer with over 12 years' experience across Australia and the UK. He advises on a broad range of local and cross-border technology, telecommunications, intellectual property and general commercial matters.

Prior to joining JWS, Ravi worked at a Magic Circle firm in the UK and top tier firms in Australia, where he advised clients on major information technology projects such as technology joint ventures, system integrations, outsourcings and procurement of hardware, software and services, including preparation of procurement strategies and tender processes.

His work in the telecommunications sphere includes network sharing joint ventures, network acquisitions,co-location contracts, roaming services contracts, transmission services contracts, network equipment procurement and management contracts, spectrum licensing and authorisation. He has also advised on the protection, licensing and assignment of intellectual property and moral rights, as well as the provision of technology and intellectual property advice on merger and aquisition transactions, including complex transition and separation issues and ongoing services and brand splitting arrangements. Ravi also advises on media, content licensing, broadcasting, sports hospitality and sponsorship agreements.

Experience

General

Microsoft

Advising multinational technology company Microsoft on the telecommunications and technology aspects of its Skype for Business and O365 services, privacy and data security matters and various major technology licensing contracts.

Prysmian Australia

Advising the world’s largest fibre optic and electrical cable manufacturer Prysmian on a broad range of its Australian technology and commercial matters, including supply, licensing, exclusive reseller and joint venture arrangements.

Bowers & Wilkins

Advising multinational premium audio and technology company Bowers & Wilkins in connection with its Australian distribution arrangements, and ongoing third party logistics and after sales support arrangements, for Bowers & Wilkins products.

Aerocare

Advising leading aviation ground handling company Aerocare in connection with its software development, licensing, hosting and support arrangements for the business critical AROS resource management system.

LexisNexis

Advising multinational content and technology company LexisNexis in connection with a broad range of its technology, telecommunications, privacy and commercial matters, including advice on telematics applications, technology integrations, and LexisNexis’ ANZ privacy and data protection practices.

NBN Co

Previously advised NBN Co in relation to its acquisition of TransACT Capital Communications’ fibre optic telecommunications network assets and ancillary facilities access agreement, indefeasible right of use agreement and building access agreements and a range of its technology and telecommunications matters.

Perpetual

Previously advised Perpetual in relation to its arrangements with over 25 major Australian banks in relation to the verification, publication and licensing of securitisation data that the banks are required to the RBA, including complex privacy and confidentiality matters.

Vodafone Hutchison Australia

Previously advised Vodafone in relation to the $1 billion expansion of its Australia-wide mobile telecommunications network sharing joint venture with SingTel Optus, including joint venture, site sharing and transmission agreements.

Ericsson

Previously advised Ericsson in relation to its key managed services agreement with Mobile Broadband Network Limited (a joint venture between T-Mobile and Hutchison3G) in respect of the design, deployment and operation of the first UK mobile telecommunications network sharing joint venture.

Resolution

previously advised Resolution on the technology, intellectual property, transition and separation aspects of its £2.75 billion acquisition of the AXA UK Life business. (undertaken whilst at another leading law firm)

Recognition

Career & qualifications

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours), University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Technology, Sydney

Memberships

  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • Law Society of South Australia
  • UK Law Society

International experience

  • Slaughter and May, London – 5 years
  • Secondment to Ericsson, Guildford – 6 months
  • UK qualified (2010)

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