Chris is one of the leading media and telecoms lawyers in the gulf region.
Chris has over 25 years’ experience as a lawyer including 10 years spent in the Middle East. He specializes in telecoms and technology law, in particular the liberalization and deregulation of the telecoms sector. As well as advising a wide range of commercial clients as purchasers of telecoms products and services, Chris has extensive experience working for major Middle East based carriers and service providers.
He has also worked as in-house regulatory counsel for major telecoms corporate clients. As well as acting for customer and carrier clients, Chris has also advised the telecoms regulators in both Oman and the UAE.
1. Vodafone Qatar – 15 months: Full time in-house regulatory counsel for Vodafone Qatar from March 2010 to May 2011, responsible for advising on the introduction of its fixed line service in the State of Qatar. The central feature of the role was to formulate and execute a strategy to allow Vodafone to establish itself in the fixed line market in the presence of a quasi-government, long-term monopolist incumbent operator (Qtel, now Ooredoo). A secondary role related to equipment and services procurement for the fixed network build-out. Key strands of work include advising Vodafone Qatar on:
2. Dell Services Qatar – 2 years: Acting General Counsel role at Dell Services (previously Perot Systems) from May 2011 until May 2013, managing a team of 4 lawyers across two major medical institution projects. Dell Services had successfully bid to procure, implement and provide initial support for the complete IT infrastructure required for the US$8 billion green-field Sidra Medical and Research Hospital project. Key features of the role:
3. Solution 6 Pty Ltd: Chris was seconded for most of 1999 as acting General Counsel Asia Pacific to publicly listed company Solution 6 Pty Ltd. Advice included preparation and submission of tenders for Federal and State government IT services; negotiating and drafting systems integration agreements, service level agreements, joint ventures and licensing agreements, and company secretarial duties.