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Kirstin McCracken, Principal Associate

Kirstin McCracken

Principal Associate




Practice areas

  • Commercial agreements
  • Financial services
  • Intellectual property
  • Outsourcing and offshoring
  • Privacy, data protection and cybersecurity
  • Technology
  • Technology, Media and Telecoms

Practice notes

Kirstin is a Principal Associate in the IT, Telecoms and Outsourcing team within the Commercial Group in London.

Before joining the London team, Kirstin worked in the Commercial Team of Eversheds Sutherland in Hong Kong for a number of years.

Kirstin has extensive experience in advising a broad range of clients on commercial and technology matters across a number of jurisdictions. Recent significant transactions and projects include:

  • advising a major Japanese bank on a number of strategic global IT, telecommunications and cloud services projects with major technology providers, including an innovative utility computing project (nominated for a Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Asia Award) and the bank’s first ever cloud services deal globally;
  • advising a US-based travel company on the regulatory rules and requirements around the roll-out of its novel electronic payment card consolidation device;
  • advising a major US bank on a range of commercial and regulatory issues, including the regulatory requirements around the implementation of a “bring your own device” scheme in Hong Kong and the compliance of its outsourcing agreements with HKMA outsourcing guidelines. Co-ordinating and managing the provision of similar advice in Singapore and China;
  • advising a Middle Eastern bank on its regulatory driven outsourcing of its back-up data centre;
  • assisting a number of international clients with the launch of e-commerce businesses in Asia, including advising on regulatory requirements, data privacy and security issues and contractual documentation; and
  • drafting a suite of template IT contracts for a Chinese investment bank and providing associated training, training materials and user guidelines for the internal team.

Kirstin has also spent time on a number of client secondments, including most recently a virtual secondment to the Technology Legal team at Standard Chartered Bank to assist in negotiating its significant global IT contracts.

Kirstin is ranked as an “Associate to Watch” in Chambers and a “Next Generation Lawyer” in Legal 500.

Kirstin is admitted as a lawyer in Scotland and in Hong Kong.