Cheng Lim

Cheng Lim

Cheng is an M&A partner in our Melbourne office who specialises in helping clients navigate complex legal, commercial and regulatory landscapes in telecommunications, technology and infrastructure.

He has been a key telecoms advisor to Telstra for over 2 decades. In the last 5 years, he has led the the KWM team advising Telstra on the 3 major iterations of its landmark Definitive Agreements with nbn, under which Telstra agreed to disconnect and sell its copper and HFC assets to nbn to support the rollout of the nbn broadband network using an optimised multi-technology model.

Cheng has extensive experience in privacy, data breaches and data security, having advised Telstra and other clients on these matters for more than a decade. He is the global leader of the KWM cyber security initiative.

He guides clients through major IT, sourcing and procurement projects, particularly in regulated industries such as electricity, financial services and telecommunications. In addition, he brings his extensive experience in technology to assist both buy-side and sell-side clients in M&A transactions.

Cheng has particular expertise in the operation and maintenance of rail infrastructure and rail franchising in Australia. He has acted for successful bidders in many major transport infrastructure and defence projects in Australia.

Cheng has been consistently recognised by surveys as one of the leading technology lawyers in his field over many years. In 2015, he was ranked by Best Lawyers as its Melbourne Telecommunications Lawyer of the Year. He is also ranked in Band 1 in TMT Chambers Global Guide 2015 and as a Leading Individual in TMT by the Legal 500.

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Representative matters

  • Led KWM team advising Telstra on the 2016 HFC Delivery Agreement with nbn, under which Telstra agreed to provide nbn with design, construction, construction management and procurement expertise for the rollout of the nbn network in the Telstra HFC footprint
  • Lead counsel for Telstra in the 2014 renegotiation of its agreements with NBN Co on the rollout of the National Broadband Network. This deal was recognised as the Property, Infrastructure and Projects Deal of the Year at the 2015 Australasian Law Awards.
  • MTM in its successful bid to operate the Melbourne and Metropolitan Train Franchise (MR3), and for John Holland in its successful bid for the operation and maintenance of the Country Rail Network in NSW.
  • Privacy and data security adviser to Telstra for more than a decade, including in relation to a number or data breaches, including the "Bundles" incident
  • United Energy Distribution in relation to its smart metering project, the restructure of its outsourcing arrangements with Jemena. Multinet on the restructure of its outsourcing arrangements.
  • Telstra’s sale of 70% of its interest in Sensis (publisher of the Yellow Pages and White Pages directories) to Platinum.
  • GE’s sale of its consumer finance business to a consortium of KKR, Varde and Deutsche Bank.

Qualifications

  • 1984: Bachelor of Arts and Laws (Hons), University of Melbourne
  • 1985 - 1988: Articled Clerk / Solicitor, King & Wood Mallesons, Melbourne
  • 1989: Solicitor, Clifford Chance, London
  • 1990 - 1995: Senior Associate, King & Wood Mallesons, Melbourne
  • 1994: Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law, University of Melbourne.
  • 1995 - present: Partner, King & Wood Mallesons, Melbourne.

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Legal insights

It provides advice on the design and implementation of Australia’s Open Banking system and is the first stage in a broader consumer data right.

09 February 2018

The Australian Government announced it will legislate a Consumer Data Right which will initially give consumers access to their banking, electricity, phone and internet transactions.

27 November 2017

The Australian Government has announced plans to introduce new legislation to force global tech companies to unlock and provide encrypted information to authorities for law enforcement purposes.

09 August 2017

The Productivity Commission's final report into Data Availability and Use will present both risks and opportunities for the technology sector if adopted by the Australian Government.

22 May 2017

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