About Alec Christie




Alec Christie

  • Head Partner for Digital Law at Ernst & Young

Alec is the head partner for the APAC region for Digital Law at EY and has over 27 years’ experience. He has a diverse cross-border Asia Pacific practice with an emphasis on Blockchain, smart contracts, AR and VR, data privacy/cyber security, information (including Big Data analytics and IoT), e-commerce (including online marketing), Cloud computing, sourcing, open source software and commercial IT and IP.

Alec is described by Chambers Global – The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business Guide as ‘superb…. a genuine regional expert’; by Asia Pacific Legal 500 as ‘probably one of the best lawyers in his field’ and ‘a Cloud computing and data privacy expert’ and ’is brilliant on software licensing … has a wide knowledge of IT/IP issues both in Australia and globally’; and by Leading Lawyers as ‘a sought after IT lawyer in Australia, he’s a highly pragmatic professional who assisted us in getting a very commercial result’.

Since 2013 Alec has been selected as one of the Leading Information Technology lawyers in Australia (and the world) by Who’s Who Legal and described as a ‘distinguished practitioner… lauded by clients for his excellent advisory work in… privacy’. Since 2015 Alec has been recognised by his peers in BestLawyers as one of Australia’s best outsourcing lawyers.

Alec has been appointed as the only Australian on the editorial boards of Data Guidance’s online ‘Global platform for data protection and privacy compliance’ and the global journal e-Health Law & Policy published by Cecile Park Publishing. Alec is also the country expert/editor for Bloomberg BNA’s Australian chapter for its online global data privacy and security offering.