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

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.

Caroline Ferguson

Business Transformation Manager
Simpson Grierson

Business Transformation Manager
Simpson Grierson

Caroline Ferguson is the Business Transformation Manager at Simpson Grierson.

Previously a finance lawyer, Caroline transitioned into innovation and technology roles while at global law firm Allen & Overy in London.

Caroline is passionate about how legal teams can create environments that help their people develop the skills needed to thrive in a rapidly changing business landscape and deliver excellent client service and value. Particular areas of focus include leveraging collaboration technology, legal project management, lean/agile approaches and design thinking.

Caroline has presented at numerous events covering various topics including legal tech, the health and wellbeing of lawyers and future workplaces.

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.

Chris Ward

Director of Cyber Operations
Cyber Toa

Director of Cyber Operations
Cyber Toa

Chris is Director of Cyber Operations at Cyber Toa, leading the company’s consulting capability, product sales and strategic partnerships. He is a highly qualified and experienced Information Assurance/Cyber Security Professional.

He was the New Zealand Defence Force lead for Cyber Security and Information Security, including chair of two executive International Cyber committees. Chris moved to NZDF from the Directorate of Defence Security within the UK Ministry of Defence.

Chris has created and managed Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRT’s) in the UK and NZ and was also a chief advisor from the UK MOD to the NATO CERT.

Chris is a Software Engineering Institute (SEI) instructor with Carnegie Mellon University based in the United States, and delivers SEI training in New Zealand and Australia and a research fellow at Victoria university of Wellington.

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.

Mai Chen

Public Law and Superdiversity expert, Company Director, and Managing Partner
Chen Palmer Partners

Public Law and Superdiversity expert, Company Director, and Managing Partner
Chen Palmer Partners

Chen Palmer won the Best Boutique Law Firm in 2010, and Best Public Law Firm in the New Zealand Law Awards from 2007-2011, and 2013, and was a finalist in the Employment Law Awards in 2011. The Firm has offices in Wellington and Auckland and celebrated its 20th Anniversary in November 2014. Chen Palmer was one of NZ’s first boutique law firms and was Australasia’s first “Washington-style” law firm specialising in legislation and public policy. Mai is a thought leader, a direction setter and a futures thinker. She is one of NZ’s top constitutional and administrative law experts, specialising in central and local Government policy and legislation, especially as it applies to business, and litigating major public law cases.

Mai is Adjunct Professor at the University of Auckland, School of Law. She was previously Adjunct Professor in Commercial and Public Law at the University of Auckland, Business School.

Mai is the best-selling author of Public Law Toolbox published in 2012 and Transforming Auckland: The Creation of Auckland Council published in 2014, both by LexisNexis. The second edition of Public Law Toolbox was published in 2014.

Mai is the inaugural Chair of NZ Global Women, including NZ’s top 200 women leaders, and founded and is the inaugural Chair of NZ Asian Leaders connecting top Asian NZ CEOs and emerging leaders with New Zealand companies doing business in Asia to enhance their success to help NZ Inc. Mai is also inaugural Chair of SUPERdiverse WOMEN.  She also helped to establish the Pacifica Leadership Academy at BEST Pacific Institute of Education, formerly led by Olympic medallist Beatrice Faumuina.

Mai was a Top 10 finalist in the 2014 and 2016 New Zealander of the Year Awards. She won the supreme Judges Panel Award and the Professional Excellence Award at the New Zealand Chinese Business Elite Awards in 2012, and also the Business and Entrepreneur Women of Influence Award in 2013. Mai won Next Magazine’s Business Woman of the Year in 2011, and was made a “World Class New Zealander” by the Kiwi Expatriates Network in 2011. Mai was listed in the 2009 and 2010 unlimited magazine’s top Influencers List. Mai is a member of Legals Finest for Public and Administrative Law and has been ranked in the forthcoming edition of Chambers Asia Pacific 2016 as one of the best lawyers. Mai is listed in the public law experts list of the Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017.  Mai was awarded the Zonta New Zealand Woman of the Biennium award in 2017, and was a 2017 finalist in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Mai sat on the Securities Commission, on the NZ Board of Trade and Enterprise’s Beachheads Programme, the Asia New Zealand Foundation, the Advisory Board of AMP Life Limited (NZ), and was President of the Harvard New Zealand Alumni Association (NZ) for ten years. Mai sits on the board of directors of the Bank of New Zealand and is Chair of the People and Remuneration Committee of the BNZ Board, and will be taking on more governance appointments.

Mai has a First Class Law Honours degree from Otago University, a Masters degree from Harvard Law School, is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management, and an Honorary Associate of Auckland University of Technology. She was born in Taiwan and emigrated to NZ in 1970 with her family. She became a NZ citizen in 1977.

Shaveer Mirpuri

CEO
Goat Ventures

CEO
Goat Ventures

Shaveer is the CEO of Goat Ventures, which co-invests and co-creates companies with Fortune 500 corporates.

He is the Board of Legal AI startup McCarthyFinch; Goat Ventures’ JV with MinterEllisonRuddWatts

Author of forthcoming corporates and AI paper for Callaghan, consultant on ventures to CEO of Walmart (F1 on the F500) and startup building to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaker at TedX conference on a new model for partnerships.

Portfolio of 9 startup angel/venture investments across US and NZ.

Tom Maasland

Partner
MinterEllisonRuddWatts

Partner
MinterEllisonRuddWatts

Tom Maasland is a Partner the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) practice at MinterEllisonRuddWatts – a practice which has been recognised by international legal directory, Asia Pacific Legal500, as Tier 1 for TMT in New Zealand.

Tom advises on the full gambit of technology law issues – from advising clients on major technology transformation programs and large scale technology procurement, through outsourcing and managed services and “as a service” arrangements, to the more run of the mill software licensing and support agreements. Tom also advises on emerging technology areas such as cyber security, artificial intelligence, blockchain and smart contract related advice.

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