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, and is an author and regular speaker on transformational and strategic technology issues and developments.

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

Sale of MediaWorks TV to Discovery Channel

Acting for MediaWorks Holdings on the sale of MediaWorks TV Limited to Discovery, Inc – MediaWorks is New Zealand’s largest independent commercial broadcaster.

World Health Organisation’s anti-smoking digital human

Advising Soul Machines on all aspects of establishing a relationship with the World Health Organisation (WHO), in particular the creation of Florence, an AI ‘digital health worker’, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Transforming NZ’s largest city’s core systems

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

Cloud services advisory to major corporates

Advising a number of large New Zealand banks and other major corporates in relation to strategic and business critical cloud / licensing projects with Oracle, SAP, Salesforce and Infor (amongst others).

Replacement of Lotto’s internet gaming system

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

Modernised University learning management system

Advising Auckland University of Technology in relation to a Software as a Service subscription agreement and implementation project with supplier, Instructure Inc, for an on-line learning environment.

Establishing NZ’s first online marketplace

Advising The Warehouse Group with all legal aspects of its creation and launch of “TheMarket” – an online platform and marketplace that allows for third party merchants to list and sell products directly to consumers.

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
  • Named Best Lawyers 'Lawyer of the Year 2022' for Information Technology and recognised in the categories of Privacy and Data Security and Telecommunications
  • Winner – Consumer, Media and Technology Deal of the Year, New Zealand Law Awards (2018)
  • Recognised as a Leading Telecommunications, Media & Technology Lawyer, Doyles Guide