Tom Maasland

Partner - Corporate and Commercial

Tom is an internationally recognised, award-winning technology law specialist with strong “black letter law” skills that he combines with a commercially pragmatic approach – traits highly valued by clients.

Tom is passionate about technology and telecommunications, about its everyday use and ability to transform organisations, which is borne out by working in the industry (both as an in-house lawyer and in private practice) for the past 20 years.

Tom leads our national TMT practice and is recognised by all major directories as a leading TMT lawyer, including in Chambers and Partners Asia Pacific, Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Best Lawyers NZ, and Doyles Guide for Technology.

Tom loves to assist clients with all their technology needs.

Tom also advises on emerging technology areas such as cyber security, artificial intelligence, and blockchain-related advice. He leads our innovation practice area, is an author and regular speaker on transformational and strategic technology issues and developments, and leads our relationship with our joint venture partner, McCarthy Finch – the developers of revolutionary AI product, AuthorDOCs™.

Tom has been ranked by Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific as a leading TMT lawyer since 2013 where sources say “He is very knowledgeable… a good communicator, able to articulate what can be a complex concept in a way that is easily understood by various parties” and clients appreciate his “high level of intimate knowledge of the marketplace”.

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific ranks Tom a leading individual in TMT, where sources describe Tom as “very strong in terms of black letter law, but is also commercially pragmatic” and “Tom Maasland is a ‘go-to’ lawyer for new and complex issues as they arise

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Professional background

Recent work

Advising Spark, Vodafone and 2Degrees on their $350m agreement with Crown Infrastructure Partners (formerly Crown Fibre Holdings) for the roll out of the first shared mobile network across rural New Zealand.

Advising The Warehouse on the launch of TheMarket.com including the acquisition of the underlying software platform, contractual arrangements with its Merchants, and its customer terms.

Advising the Rural Connectivity Group on its procurement strategy and execution of its network build program for the rural broadband and mobile blackspot remediation program.

Advising 2Degrees on its new infrastructure sharing agreement with Vodafone to replace 2Degrees’ national roaming relationship.

Advising Watercare on its Strategic Transformation Programme for both the critical technology infrastructure (cloud-based) and the associated implementation project (under an agile methodology).

Advising Advanced Metering Services (a Vector subsidiary) on its agreement with Genesis for the deployment and management of smart electricity meters.

Advising Soul Machines on its agreement with the World Health Organisation on its deployment of a Digital Person to assist the WHO’s Access Initiative for Quitting Tobacco and to combat misinformation around Covid-19.

Advising New Zealand Lotteries Commission on its upgrade and replacement of its core gaming platforms.

Admitted

  • 2000, New Zealand

Qualifications

  • BA, LLB (Hons), Canterbury University

Specialisations

  • Business Technology Contracts
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Emerging Technologies Contracts
  • Privacy and Data Protection
  • Cyber Security

Awards

  • Ranked as a leading Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) lawyer, Chambers Asia-Pacific
  • Ranked as a Leading Individual – TMT, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
  • Winner – Consumer, Media and Technology Deal of the Year, New Zealand Law Awards (2018)
  • Recognised for Information Technology, Privacy and Data Security and Telecommunications Law
  • Recognised as a Leading Telecommunications, Media & Technology Lawyer, Doyles Guide