White & Case
Dr. Trevor Nagel
Washington, DC

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Practice Experience
Dr. Nagel is the chair of the Global Sourcing and Technology Transactions Group and is based in Washington, DC. He represents clients in North America, Europe and Asia, advising on legal and business issues relating to sourcing and complex procurement transactions. His practice focuses on structuring, negotiating and implementing information technology, application development and management, managed network services and business process outsourcing transactions, joint ventures, strategic alliances and co-marketing arrangements. He has also worked on some of the larger global network transactions and cloud computing initiatives at the enterprise-level.

Dr. Nagel concentrates on establishing sustainable sourcing relationships that accommodate the changes and challenges that inevitably arise in long-term arrangements. Dr. Nagel stresses the client's entire operating environment, with an emphasis on the critical (though often ignored) integration issues that are present in any multi-supplier situation. He has extensive experience structuring collaborative governance frameworks that anticipate likely friction points and align supplier incentives with client objectives. He was awarded first place for this work by the Financial Times ("FT") in the US Legal Innovation Awards 2013 for the "Lawyers to the Innovators" category. He was also named by FT as one of the "Top Ten Agents for Change".

Dr. Nagel is a frequent author and speaker. He is listed as a national leading outsourcing attorney in Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Who's Who Legal, PLC, and Legal 500 and "among the top 10 highest nominated IT lawyers in the world" in the Guide to the World's Leading Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyers, 2006-2013. He was also included in the Technology, Media & Telecommunications section of Legal Media Group's Best of the Best, 2006 through 2013. Before coming to the United States, he was a professor at the University of Sydney Law School and the Elton Mayo School of Management at the University of South Australia. He is a past Chair of the International Bar Association's Technology Law Committee.

Significant experience includes:
  • Author of the 2012 Cloud Computing Report for the World Bank Group (WBG) examining the application of cloud computing and related delivery models to the WBG's globally distributed IT operations. Advising the WBG on PRISM and other intelligence gathering exercises by the US Government.
  • Advising a global drinks and snack food company on restructuring its global networking and IT outsourcing projects.
  • Advising on a three-party $6.6B global strategic alliance for delivery of managed network services to the Air Transport Community for over two hundred countries.
  • Advising a major Australian Bank on restructuring its network and managed services operations. This $1.5B transaction was recognised for its innovative governance regime and business oriented performance measures.
  • Advising on several innovative strategic alliance and sourcing arrangements for a European-based telecommunications company both in the US and globally (including the first large-scale commercial VOIP transaction and several off-shore ADM and BPO transactions).
  • Advising a global financial institution on sourcing strategy and a related series of sourcing initiatives, including migrating certain services to cloud computing, to reposition it to grow and compete in emerging Asian economies.
  • Representing a global drinks distributor in a Pan-Atlantic business process outsourcing in the finance and accounting area.
  • Advising a major governmental entity in the Southern Hemisphere on transforming the procurement process for the Department of Defense.
  • Advising on several managed network services and outsourcing transactions for a worldwide restaurant corporation.
  • Prime outsourcing advisor on the largest governmental IT infrastructure initiative to date (five full-scope ITOs over three years).
  • Representing a large European-based grocery chain's "third generation" global outsourcing initiative involving IT infra-structure and Stores technology for both North America and Europe.

Bars and Courts
District of Columbia Bar
Massachusetts State Bar
US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

SJD, Harvard Law School, Knox Fellow, 1984
LLM, University of Chicago Law School, 1981
LLB, University of Adelaide, 1980
Dip Ed, University of Adelaide, 1974
BA, University of Adelaide, 1973

"Pricing Considerations in the Global Sourcing Deal," Convergence, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2008.
"Outsourcing in a Multi-Supplier Environment," International Outsourcing Law and Practice, Vol. 1, (Herald Jongen ed., Kluwer Law International) 2008.
"The Impact of Globalization on Structuring, Implementing, and Advising on Sourcing Arrangements," Georgetown Journal on International Law: Symposium Issue – Global Sourcing and the Global Lawyer, Vol. 38, No. 3, Spring 2007.


United States