“Nick gave a great after-dinner speech on Technology, the Future & Leadership at our New Partners Conference. He tailored his presentation for this event and hit some perfect messages that really resonated for the audience. We have had a number of people comment on how great they thought the speech was. Nick has an insider’s understanding of the world of technology and innovation. His speech was funny, fast-paced and insightful as well as being motivating for our people. Happy to recommend Nick.”
Nick is the Global Head of Technology & Innovation for one of the world’s largest law firms. He has spoken in Australia, Singapore, New York, Texas and London on innovation & disruption, sharing his views as a comic futurist – looking at the impact on organisations of technology over the next 3-5 years, your audience will learn (and laugh). He has disrupted the legal profession and has worked with more than 50 disrupters and established companies seeking to innovate as a result of potential disruption. Having been a professional standup comic, he is also a popular choice as an emcee for large events.
Nick is deeply involved in the Australian technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) sector as a lawyer, author, non-executive director, angel investor, speaker and entrepreneur.
He recently released the book Digital Disruption in Australia: A guide for entrepreneurs, investors and corporates. The book went to No. 1 on the Kindle Business Best Seller List in Australia and the USA. It is the only book that looks at the impact of disruption specifically in Australia. Nick analyses 550 Australian M&A/investment & IPO transactions over the last 5 years and identifies where there is clustering of transactions around disruptive themes. All royalties from the book go to Alzheimer’s Australia.
In his day job, Nick is a corporate lawyer with a focus on TMT. He has a detailed understanding of digital technology & media businesses – from a commercial as well as legal viewpoint. He has worked on over $3 billion of TMT-related transactions since 2012. He also regularly advises on M&A deals, tech procurements, cloud, privacy, cyber-risk and e-business matters.
Nick is the Global Head of Technology and Innovation for Norton Rose Fulbright and was Head of Office for 5 years. Norton Rose Fulbright is one of world’s largest law firms. Nick’s group has won the Australian Technology Law Firm of the Year Award and Nick has been identified as a leading lawyer in his field in numerous directories, including Chambers, Asia Pacific Legal 500 and Best Lawyers (2011-date).
Digital disruption is an area of special interest for Nick. Not only does he advise some of Australia’s largest companies on the legal aspects of the issue, he is a Co-founding Investor in successful online legal disruptor, Lawpath. Nick writes regularly on technology and disruption for the Australian Financial Review, the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers.
His unique expertise in the TMT field was gained through hands-on industry experience with major law firms in Australia and Tokyo as well as being a Chief Operating Officer with listed Dot-com group, Spike Networks in Los Angeles, during 2000-2002 (and part of the team that listed Spike on the ASX, raising $35 Million).
Prior to Spike, Nick was a Creative Executive with John Wells Productions, on the lot at Warner Brothers in Los Angeles. In this role, Nick worked on the development and production of the TV shows, ER & The West Wing, and feature film projects. Nick secured his role with Warner Brothers as a result of having completed a Masters of Film & TV Producing at the University of Southern California.
Currently, Nick is a Non-executive Director of ASX-listed software company, Integrated Research (IRI:ASX). He is a Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce. Nick is a past President of the Australian Communications and Media Law Association. He is an appointed member of the Federal Government’s Consultative Working Group on Cyber Safety and the NSW Government’s Financial Services Knowledge Hub. He served on the NSW Government’s Procurement Advisory Board. He is a director of the Institute for Economics & Peace (ranked in the top 15 Most Impactful Think Tanks in the World with revenues < $5 million pa). Nick is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
He has started and exited several businesses. In 1996, he founded the Tokyo Comedy Store and was the hosting comic for several years before selling the business, which is still operating today. He was the lead writer/actor in the Japanese TV show The Ugly Gaijin Brothers. He produced and appeared in the mockumentary Searching for Alison Porchnik featuring Woody Allen, Debra Messing, Willie Nelson & Carol Kane.
Nick speaks at over 40 events globally each year bringing his unique blend of hands-on insight and humour to audiences.