Valeska Bloch

Partner, Allens

Valeska is a leading technology, data and cybersecurity practitioner with particular expertise in highly-regulated critical infrastructure and data-intensive sectors, including financial services, energy, healthcare, infrastructure, retail and government. Her practice spans transactional work, advisory, governance and crisis management.

Valeska has been instrumental in the design and implementation of some of Australia’s earliest and best practice data, artificial intelligence and cyber governance frameworks and she advises extensively on data platforms, data commercialisation and exchange transactions, and data protection regulatory issues. She is highly sought after for her expertise in cyber event preparation and incident response, having advised on many of Australia’s largest and most high profile data breaches, as well as on major cyber preparation programs in the critical infrastructure sector.  Valeska is also a member of the Business Council of Australia’s Cyber Alliance group.

An expert in tech-led innovation, Valeska also advises on digital transformations, the procurement of large-scale ICT platforms and telecommunications projects, critical supply chain arrangements, complex commercial transactions, business separations and integrations, new media transactions, and telecommunications, media and data regulatory matters. Valeska was a founding member of the firm’s Allens Accelerate high-growth companies practice and is a trusted advisor to various startups, corporate innovators and investors.  Valeska is recognised by Chambers Asia-Pacific in IT, Legal 500 in data protection, and Australasian Lawyer as ‘one of the country’s leading TMT lawyers’.

Some of her key clients include the big-4 banks, Alinta, KFC, Wesfarmers, Aristocrat, SWIFT, Disney, BHP, Samsung, Resmed, nbn, various superannuation funds, Our Innovation Fund and various award-winning high-growth companies such as Canva, Zip, OCR Labs, Playground xyz, Quantum Labs, HealthMatch and HealthShare.