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Lauren Hurcombe

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About

Lauren is an experienced technology, IT and commercial lawyer who specialises in advising multinational businesses on the negotiation of complex technology transactions, outsourcing and commercial arrangements (including BPO, IT infrastructure implementation projects, cloud deployment, e-commerce platforms, supply/distribution arrangements and market expansion matters) – in particular for business in the technology sector or regulated industries.

She has considerable experience in the telecoms sector advising on both commercial and regulatory matters including mobile network sharing arrangements to roll out new technologies and related telecoms infrastructure projects, as well as IT and telecoms licensing requirements across APAC.

Clients praise my responsive ‘can-do’ attitude, deep technical skills, and my ability to partner with their business to deliver practical strategic advice / risk mitigation strategies which align with business aims and the organisation’s overall risk appetite.

Professional QualificationsAdmitted as a Solicitor with the Law Society of ScotlandSolicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong

EXPERIENCE

  • Advised VEON on a ground-breaking active and passive Radio Access Network sharing deal between two mobile network providers to build and share a new 4G network in Kazakhstan, as well as further with similar projects in Ukraine and Russia.
  • Advising China Telecom on a collocation data centre agreement to support its network infrastructure with a local telco player in Asia. This was an important deal China Telecom as it looked to expand its presence in emerging markets.
  • Advised Symbio on Direct-Inward-Dialing regulations, ability to provide UCaaS and associated network expansion matters (to build or purchase own network) across APAC.
  • Advisied Panasonic Aviation business on satellite and interconnected network service provision in China in order to deliver real-time passenger in-flight services, as well as assistance on the associated establishment of satellite telecommunications partnering arrangements with one of the three China telcos.
  • Advised a major global mobile operator on a managed service outsourcing of its network infrastructure in Northern Asia with Nokia and Huawei. The dual vendor deal involved support in running parallel negotiations for separate service tower enabling the client to leverage preferred commercial positions across both deals.
  • Advising Olympus on the first-generation business process outsourcing of its APAC, EU and Americas business including F&A, HR, supply chain and procurement as part of a global transformation initiative, and the set up of an associated co-located captive centre. The team supported throughout the RFP process.
  • Advised Meltwater on infrastructure onshoring and associated alternate collaboration models to support content delivery and hosting solutions to corporate customers in mainland China (which included strategic advice on telco licensing requirements in China).
  • Advised a large international corporation on its hosting issues with its China based e-commerce websites including analysis of telecoms regulatory requirements, interaction with Content Delivery Network (CDN) providers and devising solution driven operating models.
  • Advising a US-based technology and e-commerce company on various proposed business structures and activities in respect to its cloud business and data centre in China.
  • Supporting several international e-commerce and technology businesses on IT onshoring and associated alternate collaboration models (including advice on regulated licensing requirements and strategic operational issues) to support content delivery, service provision and hosting solutions in mainland China.
  • Advised Adobe on the sales engagement of its cloud-based digital marketing and data analytics solutions to a leading PRC telecommunications equipment manufacturer. We also advised on PRC Internet Content Provider (ICP) licensing and other valued added telecommunication services (“VATS”) issues in relation to its cloud-based offering and the pros and cons of a range of partnering models to support in-country and offshore operating models, connectivity issues, ICP domain recordal and ownership issues and options. 
  • Providing ongoing advice to Avnet on domain name ownership, registration and operational issues associated with its large-scale e-commerce platform in China. Strategic advice bas been given around the need for local partnering participation in the hosting model and options for in country hosting, offshore hosting and onshore cached /offshore served hosting models.
Education
  • University of Glasgow, LL.B (Hons) First Class (2011)
  • Diploma in Legal Practice (2012)

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Memberships And Affiliations

Admitted as a Solicitor with the Law Society of Scotland (2013)

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