Emily Acland, Vocus

Emily Acland, Vocus
In-House Leaders 2020

general counsel and GM regulatory

As general counsel and GM regulatory at Vocus New Zealand, Emily Acland provides overall legal support for a company of more than 600 employees across 23 different legal entities and seven trading brands, as well as advises on M&A deals and all other corporate transactions.

Some key highlights for Acland in the past 12 months include:

  • leading Vocus’ regulatory approach during COVID-19, including working with wider telco and energy industry members to engage with government on an appropriate response to assist consumers and businesses
  • managing all legal aspects of the acquisition of Stuff Fibre, amid significant complexity due to COVID-19 affecting the M&A market and general appetite for risk   
  • providing agile advice and support to address Vocus’ COVID-19 related risk across the wider business and in relation to both customers and suppliers, including Vocus becoming the first telco to deliver broadband to unconnected students during lockdown
  • managing the legal requirements for a group wide-RFP process for a new Vocus MVNO in Q4 2019
  • leading Vocus’ engagement with multiple regulators, including the Commerce Commission, where Acland’s involvement led to a significantly reduced penalty in a February 2020 prosecution   

Acland was part of the 2019 NZ Lawyer’s In-house Leader list and was selected as a Rising Star in NZ Lawyers inaugural 2020 list. She was also nominated as a finalist in the New Zealand Reseller Awards, which will be held in November.

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