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Olivia Deckers

Partner | Johannesburg

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T: +27 11 669 9558

Overview

Olivia is a solutions-driven, commercial lawyer who gets the best results for her clients through her in-depth knowledge of market practice and the legal environment.

Olivia’s personable and confident demeanour enables her to build long-term relationships with her clients and to navigate complex negotiations with finesse.

Olivia is a well-rounded commercial technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) lawyer with extensive experience in various TMT-related transactions. Olivia has a particular interest in: the procurement of software and IT systems; IP ownership structures and IP commercialisation (with a focus on software and copyright); the technology implications of corporate M&A transactions; data centre contracts; and commercial contracts more generally (including distribution agreements, sponsorship agreements, advertising agreements, services agreements and NDAs).

Professional Memberships

  • Admitted Attorney of the High Court of South Africa.

Olivia regularly advises clients in the consumer goods, financial services, mining and advertising industries.

Experience

Jurisdictions worked in: South Africa
Languages fluent in: English

Recently Olivia has advised:

  • Old Mutual on the procurement of a variety of material information technology, telecommunications and converged solutions used in its business.
  • Dis-Chem in relation to the implementation of a SAP GK point of sale system (POS) by GK Software Africa Proprietary Limited.
  • Famous Brands in relation to its acquisition of various Point of Sale (POS) systems.
  • SAB in relation to its distribution agreement with Red Bull South Africa in terms of which SAB distributes Red Bull’s products within certain channels in South Africa.
  • Alexander Forbes in relation to its sponsorship of the AlexForbes Archangel yacht and crew for the Cape2Rio Race 2023.
  • Wunderman Thompson in relation to various agreements with its South African customers.
  • African Fashion International in relation to its e-commerce platform, Cape Town Fashion Week and Johannesburg Fashion Week.
  • Old Mutual in relation to its sponsorship of Old Mutual Amazing Voices, a pan-African singing reality competition show.
  • Capitec in relation to the mobile virtual network operator agreement with Cell C in relation to ‘Capitec Connect’.
  • Vantage, a multinational provider of hyperscale data centre campuses, in relation to its entry into South Africa and the construction of a new hyperscale data centre campus in Waterfall, Johannesburg.
  • MTN South Africa in relation to its international roaming, interconnect and fixed connectivity arrangements with MTN GlobalConnect.
  • NTT Global Data Centers (previously e-Shelter) in relation to its agreement with its anchor tenant, Internet Solutions, in its data centre.
  • Optasia in relation to its arrangements with various multinational mobile telecommunications companies.
  • One Thousand and One Voices (Mauritius) Limited and CrossFin Technology Holdings Proprietary Limited on the technology aspects of the acquisition of Sybrin from EOH Mthombo Proprietary Limited. Sybrin is a provider of payments and other software solutions to the financial services, banking and insurance sectors and governments.
  • Financial Investments SPC and Bachique 842 Proprietary Limited on the technology aspects of the acquisition of 4 information businesses from EOH Mthombo Proprietary Limited.
  • Kwande Capital in relation to the technology aspects of the acquisition of the business of Nampak Glass.

Awards

  • African Legal Awards: Part of the Bowmans’ team that won Technology, Media and Telecommunications Team of the Year in 2018 and 2019.

AREA OF EXPERTISE

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Sciences in Marine Biology and Environmental and Geographical Sciences (with distinction), University of Cape Town.
  • Bachelor of Sciences Honours in Zoology (in the first class), University of Cape Town
  • Bachelor of Laws (magna cum laude), University of Cape Town.

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Overview

Olivia is a solutions-driven, commercial lawyer who gets the best results for her clients through her in-depth knowledge of market practice and the legal environment.

Olivia’s personable and confident demeanour enables her to build long-term relationships with her clients and to navigate complex negotiations with finesse.

Olivia is a well-rounded commercial technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) lawyer with extensive experience in various TMT-related transactions. Olivia has a particular interest in: the procurement of software and IT systems; IP ownership structures and IP commercialisation (with a focus on software and copyright); the technology implications of corporate M&A transactions; data centre contracts; and commercial contracts more generally (including distribution agreements, sponsorship agreements, advertising agreements, services agreements and NDAs).

Professional Memberships

  • Admitted Attorney of the High Court of South Africa.

Olivia regularly advises clients in the consumer goods, financial services, mining and advertising industries.

Experience

Jurisdictions worked in: South Africa
Languages fluent in: English

Recently Olivia has advised:

  • Old Mutual on the procurement of a variety of material information technology, telecommunications and converged solutions used in its business.
  • Dis-Chem in relation to the implementation of a SAP GK point of sale system (POS) by GK Software Africa Proprietary Limited.
  • Famous Brands in relation to its acquisition of various Point of Sale (POS) systems.
  • SAB in relation to its distribution agreement with Red Bull South Africa in terms of which SAB distributes Red Bull’s products within certain channels in South Africa.
  • Alexander Forbes in relation to its sponsorship of the AlexForbes Archangel yacht and crew for the Cape2Rio Race 2023.
  • Wunderman Thompson in relation to various agreements with its South African customers.
  • African Fashion International in relation to its e-commerce platform, Cape Town Fashion Week and Johannesburg Fashion Week.
  • Old Mutual in relation to its sponsorship of Old Mutual Amazing Voices, a pan-African singing reality competition show.
  • Capitec in relation to the mobile virtual network operator agreement with Cell C in relation to ‘Capitec Connect’.
  • Vantage, a multinational provider of hyperscale data centre campuses, in relation to its entry into South Africa and the construction of a new hyperscale data centre campus in Waterfall, Johannesburg.
  • MTN South Africa in relation to its international roaming, interconnect and fixed connectivity arrangements with MTN GlobalConnect.
  • NTT Global Data Centers (previously e-Shelter) in relation to its agreement with its anchor tenant, Internet Solutions, in its data centre.
  • Optasia in relation to its arrangements with various multinational mobile telecommunications companies.
  • One Thousand and One Voices (Mauritius) Limited and CrossFin Technology Holdings Proprietary Limited on the technology aspects of the acquisition of Sybrin from EOH Mthombo Proprietary Limited. Sybrin is a provider of payments and other software solutions to the financial services, banking and insurance sectors and governments.
  • Financial Investments SPC and Bachique 842 Proprietary Limited on the technology aspects of the acquisition of 4 information businesses from EOH Mthombo Proprietary Limited.
  • Kwande Capital in relation to the technology aspects of the acquisition of the business of Nampak Glass.

Awards

  • African Legal Awards: Part of the Bowmans’ team that won Technology, Media and Telecommunications Team of the Year in 2018 and 2019.

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