Walid Sukari

Clayton Utz
Partner Sydney

He is a specialist when it comes to media-rights advice, particularly in the sporting sector.

– Client Quote


Well-regarded by his clients for skilfully structuring bespoke and difficult contract documentation, pre-empting and navigating critical issues and providing reasonable, commercially-focussed and practical advice to address and/or mitigate key risks. Walid has particular expertise in IT contracting, Walid has a strong reputation in complex outsourcing and procurement, telecommunications, intellectual property and commercial contracting matters. He regularly designs, negotiates and advises on strategic contracts relating to procurement, technology and IP licencing, outsourcing arrangements and telecommunications projects.

Notable Work
  • Advising on Singtel Optus' exclusive rights contract with the English Premier League in relation to live broadcast coverage and digital rights for broadband and mobile, and SingTel Optus' strategic rights arrangements with Cricket Australia.
  • Advised Energy Australia on the creation of a suite of IT template agreements (including IT MSA and services agreement).
  • Advised Amadeus on its renegotiation of its PSS and IT service arrangements with Qantas.
  • Acted for Seven Network on the acquisition of media rights relating to Victorian horse racing.
  • Acted for SANZAR Europe on the global sale of media rights for the 2017-2021 rugby seasons.
  • Advised a ‘big four’ Australian bank in relation to a significant IT transformation initiative, involving the procurement of a customised software solution design and implementation.
  • Advised Macquarie Bank on the A$8 billion acquisition of ANZ's Esanda receivables portfolio (including re transitional and separation arrangements).
  • Acted for Sydney Trains in relation to various IT sourcing projects, including software procurements, including software support services in relation to the ETG and FARS solutions (both critical systems for Sydney Trains).
  • Advising a local client in its cross-licensing of technology arrangements with FOXTEL.
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