Roger is a legal process architect, commercial lawyer and litigator with over a decade’s experience in managing large scale and complex matters. Prior to establishing Ouk + Digital, he worked in private practice in Australia and Hong Kong with one of the world’s largest law firms.
Roger is strategic in delivering practical legal solutions. He works closely with software engineers and designers to develop innovative products and/or processes to enhance his client’s legal position.
He has extensive experience in negotiating, drafting and advising on a broad range of contracts. As a litigator who has represented private and publicly listed companies in the County and Supreme Courts of Victoria and High Court of Hong Kong, he is able to leverage that expertise in his contractual negotiations.
LEGAL PROCESS INNOVATION
§ Roger helps in house legal teams leverage emerging technologies and new practices to improve the delivery of legal services. Key focus areas include shortening contract cycle negotiating and review times, reducing volume of incomplete documents submitted for legal review and increasing the breadth and depth of legal knowledge within the organisation.
§ Drafting shareholder agreements, partnership agreements, distribution agreements, franchise agreements, system integration agreements, software licenses, consultancy agreements, supplier agreements, management agreements, property development agreements, trust deeds, corporate constitutions among many other commercial documents.
§ Acting for an Australian subsidiary of a publicly listed Japanese company in its acquisition of a subsidiary of an Australian publicly listed company carrying on an IT consultancy business valued in excess of AUD100 million.
§ Acting for an energy company in the competitive bid process for the purchase of the State Government’s wind farm assets valued at over AUD430 million. Roger managed over 70 lawyers in the process.
§ Acting for an Australian company in its joint venture with various international parties to develop a shopping centre valued at over AUD100 million, including review and drafting of various commercial agreements.
§ Acting for a large family group on the restructure of their companies valued at $70 million.
§ Acting for a global industrial company in a successful Supreme Court of Victoria litigation action for breach of director's duties, fraud and deceit by the Managing Director of the Australian subsidiary.
§ Acting for a global company in USD1.5 billion claims arising from the 2008 Queensland floods.
§ Acting for a global accounting practice with respect to breach of contract and professional negligence claims totaling HKD 50 million.
§ Acting for an insurer in relation to claims by the liquidator of a publicly listed Hong Kong company against a former non-executive director for breach of director’s duties seeking damages in excess of HKD 1 billion.
§ Australian Lawyer, Supreme Court of Victoria and High Court of Australia
§ Hong Kong Lawyer, High Court of Hong Kong
§ Bachelor of Laws
§ Bachelor of Commerce(First Class Honours)
§ Diploma of Arts (Phil)
§ Graduate Diploma of Company Directors
§ Graduate of Asialink Leaders Program
§ Member of Law and Technology Committee of Council of the Law Institute of Victoria
Photograph by Jason Capobianco for Mr Porter