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5 Apr 2012

Eversheds advises on a multimillion dollar global outsourcing deal


International law firm Eversheds has advised Anglo American, one of the world’s largest diversified mining companies, on a multimillion dollar extension of its global managed networked IT services contract with British Telecommunications plc. The contract covers all Anglo American’s networking requirements at several hundred locations around the world and is valued at approximately US$220 million over the next 5 years.

Under the renegotiated global deal, which extends the relationship between BT and Anglo American for several years, BT will provide global voice and data network services in over 15 jurisdictions, including the UK, Brazil, Australia, South Africa, Chile, India and Peru.

The services BT will provide include the provision of Video-conferencing and telepresence support and management, router maintenance, WAN management, WAN acceleration, Internet connectivity, desktop telephony and general network management. Eversheds acted on the original contract with BT and has also recently advised on Anglo American’s multiyear global agreement with Accenture for application development and management services, again across multiple jurisdictions, which signed in late 2011.

The Eversheds team was led by Partner and Co-head of Outsourcing, Simon Gamlin and Rachel Ferguson (Solicitor – Technology & Outsourcing). They were assisted by Phillip Davies (Partner - HRPG) and Gareth Wadley (Associate - HRPG).

Simon Gamlin, joint-head of the Eversheds Outsourcing Group, commented:

“This is a highly strategic outsourcing agreement, which is key to ensuring that the Anglo American business has a robust and agile global infrastructure in place, which will remain market leading for the coming years. This is one of a number of multi-jurisdictional outsourcing agreements that the Eversheds Outsourcing Group has worked on, or is currently advising on. We very much enjoyed working with the Anglo American team on this project and we look forward to advising them on future mandates.”

Craig Charlton, Global Head of IM Strategy, Solutions & Assurance at Anglo American commented:

“This is a strategic outsourcing deal which will strengthen our network and communication services across the globe. As a trusted partner, Eversheds was heavily involved throughout the transaction, providing a seamless service across the board.”

BT was advised in-house by Jennifer Thackwray.

For more information contact

Lucy Sulkin

Eversheds LLP
t: +44 (0) 207 919 0683
m: +44 (0)777 026 6290

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