Profile of Valeska Bloch

Valeska Bloch

Partner, Head of Cyber, BA LLB LLM

About Valeska Bloch

Valeska is a leading cybersecurity, technology and data practitioner whose practice covers the spectrum of transactional, regulatory, governance, risk management and incident response work. She has particular expertise in highly-regulated critical infrastructure and data-intensive sectors, including financial services, technology, retail, telecommunications, resources, healthcare and government.

Valeska is sought after for her expertise in cyber risk management, readiness and incident response, having advised on many of Australia's largest and most high-profile cyber incidents, as well as on major cyber incident preparation programs, for a range of top 20 ASX-listed companies and government agencies. She has also been instrumental in the design and implementation of some of Australia's earliest and best practice cyber risk management, AI and data governance frameworks.

Valeska regularly advises on investigations and other regulatory enforcement action undertaken by a range of regulators, including the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC), the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) and the eSafety Commissioner.

An expert in tech-led innovation, Valeska also advises on digital transformations, the procurement of large-scale ICT platforms and business process outsourcings, telecommunications projects, complex commercial transactions, online marketplaces and data platforms, data commercialisation, 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.

Some of her key clients include the Big-4 banks, BHP, IAG, Endeavour Group, DXC, Football Australia, Alinta, Wesfarmers, Samsung, TPG, Yum! International, Disney, various superannuation funds and various award-winning high-growth companies such as Canva, The ICONIC, Zip, OCR Labs, Playground xyz, Quantum Labs, HealthMatch and HealthShare.

Valeska is a member of the Business Council of Australia's Cyber Alliance group and is ranked in Chambers Asia-Pacific and Legal 500.