29 Aug 2014

Clayton Utz boosts Technology practice with lateral partner appointment

Sydney, 29 August 2014: Clayton Utz has appointed one of the market's leading information technology (IT) lawyers, Ken Saurajen, as a partner in our national IP & Technology practice. Mr Saurajen's appointment significantly enhances our client offering in strategic front-end IT advice and services.

Mr Saurajen will join Clayton Utz in Sydney from Gilbert + Tobin, where he has practised for 10 years and has been a partner since 2010 in the Technology, Media & Telecommunications + Project Services practice group. Prior to 2004, Mr Saurajen worked in the corporate and information technology law practices of the Singapore and Sydney offices of a major international law firm. He has also worked in-house as a corporate counsel with ninemsn and SingTel Optus.

Mr Saurajen specialises in large-scale and complex IT procurements, outsourcing and transformation projects, software and technology licensing, electronic payment systems and telecommunications. He has also advised on many complex projects outside the traditional IT sphere.

His major project and transactional experience includes advising: leading Australian financial institutions on multiple business-critical IT projects, such as core banking platform procurement, systems integration, cloud solutions, business transformation and outsourcing; a major South-East Asian telecommunications operator on cross-border payment scheme arrangements; Nine Entertainment on its acquisition of Microsoft Corporation’s remaining 50 per cent stake in longstanding joint venture Mi9 and associated technology transition; and, Telstra Corporation on its implementation of a managed e-Health patient entertainment and clinical information system in public hospitals across the State of South Australia.

Clayton Utz IP & Technology practice group leader John Collins said Mr Saurajen's experience would add significantly to the firm's capability to provide across-the-board IT and procurement services to our major clients.

"Ken is known for his unique ability to design and structure some of Australia’s and the Asia-Pacific region’s most difficult and unorthodox technology transactions. His addition to our national team will boost our ability to provide strategic front-end advice and services to our corporate, financial services and government clients on their IT procurement arrangements and digitisation projects."

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