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Kathryn Thornton

Kathryn Thornton

Of Counsel

Kathryn specialises in complex and strategic digital infrastructure outsourcing and technology projects.



Kathryn has significant experience advising clients across a range of industries with their corporate and commercial legal matters  – with particular expertise in large-scale outsourcings and business transformation programs, as well as IT, professional services and technology procurement, software development and licensing, and other commercial supply arrangements. She also guides clients through the technology and transitional aspects of corporate deals, including in relation to separation strategy.

With particular expertise in the telecommunications sector, Kathryn has advised on a number of significant telecommunications infrastructure, regulatory projects and network roll-outs in South East Asia, Europe and North Africa.
Kathryn has extensive experience in emerging markets, and has worked in Australia, Myanmar, London and Singapore. 

Having lived and worked in Myanmar between 2012 and 2015, Kathryn is a key member of the firm's Myanmar practice group and regularly advises clients on their strategic entry into, and investment in, Myanmar.  

Kathryn's prior experience includes advising:

  • a big four UK bank on key aspects of the bank’s multi-billion pound digital transformation strategy, including the bank’s strategic partnership with a UK-based fintech for the development of a cloud-native, next generation banking platform, including the acquisition of a minority stake in the fintech and related shareholder arrangements
  • a major international telecommunications operator on its successful bid for one of two mobile telecommunications licences in Myanmar, all legal aspects of its establishment and network roll-out in the country, a joint venture with a leading Myanmar bank for mobile payments, and the establishment of payment service providers in Southeast Asia
  • a major international telecommunications operator on a joint venture in Europe and the associated disposal of spectrum and telecommunications infrastructure by the combined entity to, and network sharing arrangements with, a third operator as part of the merging parties' EU Commission merger commitments
  • Standard Chartered Bank on critical IT outsourcing projects as part of its multi-billion dollar IT investment programme, including negotiations with leading IT infrastructure and service providers for hosted technology and operational managed service platforms, cloud-based infrastructure, software licensing and services arrangements for the Bank's critical and BAU systems
  • a leading multinational information technology company on the establishment of a strategic joint venture with a large Chinese private equity investor for its converged infrastructure business in China. The project included the US$2 billion sale of a majority stake in the joint venture entity and the negotiation of key technology and manufacturing contract



Kathryn graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney, with a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours and the University Medal) (2007), a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (majoring in Chinese) (2007) and a Graduate Certificate of Legal Practice (2008).

Kathryn is admitted as a Solicitor in the Supreme Court of New South Wales (Australia) and the High Court of Australia (2017). 

Kathryn is a registered foreign lawyer in Singapore.

Kathryn speaks basic Mandarin.