Amy-Ryburn

Amy Ryburn

Partner
Buddle Findlay

Partner
Buddle Findlay

Amy leads Buddle Findlay’s Wellington office ICT team.  She specialises in ICT, outsourcing, procurement, general commercial contracting and intellectual property.  She has advised on some of the largest and most critical public sector ICT projects in recent years including the establishment of the Department of Internal Affair’s telecommunications as a service panel and the Reserve Bank’s procurement of a new real-time gross settlement system and regularly advises her clients on online terms (including for software as a service offerings).

She has a particular interest in how contract law applies to new technology and ways of doing business and is a regular speaker on contract law issues such as liability and indemnity provisions, restrictions on the exercise of contractual discretions, implied terms and contracting for agile development.

Bridgette-White

Bridgette White

Senior Associate
Buddle Findlay

Senior Associate
Buddle Findlay

Bridgette has worked as a commercial litigator in both New Zealand and London.

She specialises in litigation and dispute resolution with specialist expertise in regulatory litigation and advice, contractual and company law disputes, fair trading claims, judicial review and financial markets litigation.  Bridgette’s practice also includes matters involving the Serious Fraud Office and other white collar criminal investigations.  She has a special interest in technology’s rapid transformation of business and how that marries with current legal principles and processes.

Bridgette has appeared in the District and High Courts and the Court of Appeal and has also been involved in mediations, arbitrations and settlement conferences.

Chris-Linton

Chris Linton

Partner
Duncan Cotterill

Partner
Duncan Cotterill

Chris Linton specialises in corporate/commercial and technology law, advising public and private sector entities in New Zealand and offshore. Her areas of expertise include corporate advisory, mergers and acquisitions, foreign investment (greenfields, acquisition, distributorship, joint ventures, and ongoing NZ operations), strategic alliances, ICT projects, transactions and dispute resolution, outsourcing, cloud, digital and gaming. She also advises tech start-ups and high growth companies on structuring, investment and governance, TOU, key supplier/customer contracts, partnering/channel arrangements, licensing (SaaS, on premise and metrics), privacy and data protection.

Before joining Duncan Cotterill, She was a partner at another national law firm in Wellington for eight years and at a specialist commercial law firm in Auckland for ten years. She also worked in London with leading global firm Linklaters, principally on cross border mergers and acquisitions and financing. Through this, she developed close relationships and networks internationally.

She is on the Committee of the Blockchain Association, President of the New Zealand Scandinavian Business Association and Treasurer of Franklin Toastmasters.

Anthony-Grasso

Anthony Grasso

Chief Technology Officer
Cyber Toa

Chief Technology Officer
Cyber Toa

Chief Technology Officer: Tony Grasso joined Cyber Toa from a New Zealand Government Agency where he was Head of Cyber Engineering and R&D, a position he held since 2012.  He was the Cyber Technical Lead at Department of Internal Affairs from 2009 and prior to this he worked in senior technical roles in the UK at GCHQ, Hewlett-Packard and Oracle.

Jane-Parker

Jane Parker

Partner
MinterEllisonRuddWatts

Partner
MinterEllisonRuddWatts

Jane leads the technology team at MinterEllisonRuddWatts, and sits on the board of the firm’s joint venture, McCarthy Finch, investigating how legal services can be provided using artificial intelligence.

Jane specialises in commercial projects and commercial law with a particular focus on technology, procurement, public sector contracting and governance.

Jane has over 20 years of experience working in and for technology and blue chip organisations. She is trusted with clients’ most business-critical and complex technology projects, right across the technology spectrum. She is recognised as a practical option-generator, an excellent facilitator and clear communicator.

Anthony Bleasdale

Managing Director – APAC
BigHand

Managing Director – APAC
BigHand

Tony Bleasdale has a long history in the legal sector, working for leading law firms, a range of vendors, now leading BigHand as Managing Director, APAC.
He is passionate about driving innovation at law firms through knowledge management and process improvement through technology and working with firms to break down the barriers to achieve their objectives.

Jean-Yang

Jean Yang

Legal Services Manager
McCarthy Finch

Legal Services Manager
McCarthy Finch

Originally a solicitor at MinterEllisonRuddWatts, Jean now works on the intersection of law and technology at legal AI business, McCarthyFinch. She is an executive member of LegalTechNZ, whose mission is to facilitate the development and adoption of legal technology in New Zealand.

Ray-Thompson

DR. RAY THOMSON

Director and LP
Goat Ventures

Director and LP
Goat Ventures

● Nicknamed “The Godfather” of the New Zealand angel and technology investment sector. As a super angel invested in 50+ Seed and Series A companies. Winner of the prestigious Arch Angel Award, the inaugural Bill Payne award, ex. Chair of the NZ Angel Association.

● Doctorate in Physics with a highly successful 40 year career in investment and share broking. Served as a director on a number of public and private entities, notably recent Chair of the MacDiarmid Institute and early member and director of the Ice Angels.

● Ex. Chairman and founding shareholder of Manuka Health (from start-up to $70M revenue inside ten years, $110M exit). Chairman of Rush Digital. Previously a director for 3 years at Industrial Research Ltd (now Callaghan Innovation).

● Judge/Advisor on a number of nationally recognised committees including the Kiwinet Annual Commercialisation Awards (2013-2016); for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (Smart Ideas and Pre-seed Accelerator Fund 2013, 2014), and the University of Auckland Masters of Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship programme (2013-2016). Gives annual lecture on business opportunities to the University of Auckland PhD programme (2015-2017).

SIMON STOCKDALE

Founder + CEO, Pagemap
Executive Chair, LegalTechNZ

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Founder + CEO, Pagemap
Executive Chair, LegalTechNZ

Simon Stockdale is Chair of LegalTechNZ and CEO of legal software business Pagemap, a contract review tool used by lawyers and commercial managers.

As a founder of LegalTechNZ, Simon saw the need for lawyers to engage more closely with technology providers to design and implement new technology that see the legal sector continue thrive in the future.

Prior to founding Pagemap, Simon has over 20 years experience  in design and management of software development in a range of industries in New Zealand and the UK, and co-founded SolarCity, New Zealand’s largest solar energy company

CLAUDIA KING

Founder + CEO
Automio

Founder + CEO
Automio

Claudia is fiercely committed to helping lawyers innovate, and making quality legal help available to everyone, everywhere. She is the founder and CEO of legal tech company Automio. Lawyers use Automio’s Lawyer Bots to automate repetitive legal work and create innovative legal services and products. Claudia is a recovering lawyer and founded New Zealand’s first online legal service, Legal Beagle, in 2011. In 2017 Claudia was a winner of the Australia & New Zealand Legal Innovation Index.

Matt-Farrington

MATT FARRINGTON

Legal Technologist
Juno Legal

Legal Technologist
Juno Legal

Matt is Juno Legal's legal technologist. Matt designs and implements systems to help lawyers be more effective. He provides advice to lawyers on records, document and knowledge management, client relationship management, and legal practice management systems. As a lawyer, Matt's legal practice includes ICT contracting, intellectual property licensing, and data protection and privacy law.

Leighton Abbot

Senior Client Partner
Humankind NZ

Senior Client Partner
Humankind NZ

Humankind's Leighton Abbot has dedicated his working life to helping organisations improve the experience and performance of their employees. For many years he drove New Zealand’s foremost employee engagement programme, the IBM Kenexa Best Workplaces Awards, and was privileged to learn from top-performing Chief Executives about what made their organisations tick. In recent years, his focus has been on helping organisations prepare for the future of work – not making predictions, but rather providing guidance on maximising flexibility to accommodate change. At Humankind, he continues to work with organisations that want to take big steps forward, whatever those may be, and have their people lead the charge, helping to create the best workplaces in the world!

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