Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Australia > Capital markets > Law firm and leading lawyer rankings

Editorial

Index of tables

  1. Capital markets
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Next generation lawyers

  1. 1
    • David Bryant - King & Wood Mallesons
    • Paul Cerché - Allens
    • Alastair Corrigall - Gilbert + Tobin
    • Andrew Kim - Ashurst
    • Caroline Smart - Ashurst
    • Jamie Taylor - Allen & Overy LLP

Who Represents Who

Find out which law firms are representing which Capital markets clients in Australia using The Legal 500's new comprehensive database of law firm/client relationships. Instantly search over 925,000 relationships, including over 83,000 Fortune 500, 46,000 FTSE350 and 13,000 DAX 30 relationships globally. Access is free for in-house lawyers, and by subscription for law firms. For more information, contact david.burgess@legal500.com.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE WHO REPRESENTS WHO SITE

With strong experience in high-value equity capital markets (ECM) work and complex, innovative debt capital markets (DCM) matters, Allens’ ‘very solution-focused, practical’ department provides ‘exceptionally high-quality advice that is easy to understand’. Robert Pick and Julian Donnan head the ECM team; Pick assisted Redbubble with its A$40m IPO, while Donnan and Stuart McCulloch advised J.P. Morgan and UBS as joint lead managers on the Charter Hall Long WALE REIT’s A$827m IPO. DCM group head James Darcy advised Plenary as consortium leader on its A$1bn refinancing of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre project, and acted for Mirvac on the establishment of its A$118m Singapore-listed EMTN programme. The team also has securitisation capabilities, with structured finance expert Benjamin Downie advising Bendigo & Adelaide Bank on its purchase of a A$1.4bn mortgage portfolio from the Western Australian government’s Keystart Housing Scheme Trust. DCM experts Scott McCoy and Paul Cerché, and derivatives specialist Tom Highnam, are also recommended.

Ashurst’s excellent relationship with large global and domestic financial institutions means it frequently handles cutting-edge DCM work; it also has a deep bench of ECM practitioners. On the ECM side, the team mostly acts for underwriters, such as Goldman Sachs, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) and UBS; it also acts for issuers, with Anton Harris and Bruce Macdonald assisting Range International with its A$50m IPO. Harris and Phil Breden advised Crown Resorts on numerous strategic ECM matters, including the potential IPO of a subsidiary REIT worth billions of dollars. Elspeth Arnold and Sarah Dulhunty are also recommended for ECM work. On the debt side, the ‘knowledgeable, commercial, responsive’ and ‘experiencedJamie Ng advised Deutsche Bank on the Australian law aspects of Valin Mining Investments (Singapore)’s issuance of $357m-worth of exchangeable bonds, and assisted Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ with its issuance of billions of Australian dollars’ worth of certificates of deposit. Ng and securitisation expert Jennifer Schlosser assisted various financiers, including J.P. Morgan, NAB and HSBC, on the securitisation financing of the A$1.9bn acquisition of GE Capital’s commercial finance assets in Australia and New Zealand by Sankaty Advisors and Deutsche Bank. ‘Extremely hardworking’ senior associate Andrew Kim ‘gets documents turned around quickly’; new partner Caroline Smart is ‘knowledgeable and commercial’. Global managing partner Paul Jenkins is also active in capital markets.

The ‘quick, pragmatic and solutions-focused’ department at Herbert Smith Freehills frequently handles high-profile work, and is well known for its deep bench of market-leading experts. Philippa Stone, arguably ‘Australia’s leading ECM lawyer’, has ‘legendary commercial skills and expertise’; she led an ‘always available, user-friendly and highly skilled’ team on Boral’s A$1.6bn entitlement offering and A$450m institutional placement. The ‘incredibly responsive’ Tim McEwen, who has ‘excellent technical knowledge’, advised Inghams Group on its A$596m IPO, and acted for MMG on its HK$4bn rights issuance. Widely recommended ECM expert Rebecca Maslen-Stannage advised Moelis Australia on its A$59m IPO. Michael Ziegelaar and Philip Hart are also recommended for ECM, as is Sydney-based US securities expert Laura Sheridan Mouton. On the debt side, Andrew Booth, who provides ‘sound, practical advice’, assisted Victoria Power Networks with the establishment of its €3bn EMTN programme. Securitisation and DCM group head Patrick Lowden acted for APA Group on the Australian law aspects of its $800m note issuance.

King & Wood Mallesons’ practice offers ‘a combination of world-class advice and speedy service’ across all kinds of capital markets work. ‘Responsive, commercial and client-focused’ DCM head Ian Paterson is ‘a pleasure to work with’; he acted for ANZ, Challenger, IAG and Suncorp on their issuances of an aggregate total of A$3bn-worth of notes. The ‘knowledgeable, responsive’ Ian Edmonds-Wilson advised Pepper Group on a A$480m cross-border RMBS securitisation. On the ECM side, the ‘commercial, pragmatic and solution-oriented’ Jason Watts advised Estia on its A$136m entitlement offering, assisted Bingo Industries with its A$440m IPO, and, alongside Brian Murphy and senior associate Scott Phillips, acted for Charter Hall on the A$827m IPO of Charter Hall Long WALE REIT. DCM specialists Jo Dodd and John Eagleton made partner in July 2016; Eagleton advised the state treasuries of Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales on their various issuances of social impact bonds. Also recommended are Shannon Finch and David Friedlander for ECM; Philip Harvey and Ken Astridge for DCM; and Paul Smith, Anne-Marie Neagle and derivatives specialist Scott Farrell for securitisation. David Bryant is a senior associate to watch.

Well known for having US as well as Australian capital markets capabilities, the mostly Sydney-based team at Allen & Overy LLP handles very impressive ECM and securitisation work. The ‘very knowledgeable, commercial’ Tony Sparks and the US-qualified Mark Leemen, who both have ‘decades of experience and excellent industry contacts’, advised Deutsche Bank, Macquarie and UBS on the proposed dual-track IPO and trade sale of Moly-Cop Group, a transaction that ended up as a $1.2bn sale to American Industrial Partners. Karolina Popic, who heads the department jointly with Sparks, acted for Macquarie Leasing on a $500m issuance of notes backed by Australian auto receivables. Jason Denisenko and ‘excellent’ US-qualified counsel Cécile Baume are also recommended in Sydney; Meredith Campion and Peter Wilkes are the key partners in Perth. Senior associate Jamie Taylor ‘leads on a lot of great transactions’.

The ‘experienced’, ‘incredibly responsive’ group of ‘expert partners’ at Clayton Utz has ‘a great deal of DCM knowledge’ and longstanding, wide-ranging ECM capabilities. In the DCM space, securitisation for fintechs and work involving green bonds are growing strengths: Andrew Jinks acted for DirectMoney and Spotcap on securitisation financings, while Sonia Goumenis, who heads the DCM practice alongside Jinks, assisted FlexiGroup with its first green securitisation. Jinks also advised Place Management New South Wales on its securitisation of a stream of rent receivables payable by Lendlease, the package ultimately being sold to Rothesay Life for A$192m. ‘Very client-focused’ ECM expert Stuart Byrne is ‘engaging, efficient and very effective’; he has ‘great knowledge’, provides ‘commercial advice’ and is ‘very accessible’. Heading the ECM group alongside Brendan Groves, Byrne acted for WiseTech on its A$168m IPO. Andrew Hay is the key partner in Brisbane; Sydney-based special counsel Patricia Paton is widely recommended.

Gilbert + Tobin’s ‘terrific, completely trustworthy’ department is ‘excellent from top to bottom, great technically, and easy to work with’. Peter Cook and the ‘very responsive, commercial’ Adam d’Andreti advised Credit Suisse (Australia) and Morgan Stanley Australia Securities as underwriters on WiseTech’s A$168m IPO. On the issuer side, Adam Laura acted for Australian Unity Office Fund on its A$391m IPO. Craig Semple assisted Telstra with its A$1.3bn off-market share buy-back. The team acted for the Municipal Association of Victoria on its A$100m note issuance. ECM specialist Alex Kauye made partner in July 2017; John Williamson-Noble, Sarah Turner and the ‘technically greatRachael Bassil are also recommended for ECM. DCM and securitisation expert Bharti Sharma arrived from Linklaters LLP in August 2017. DCM expert Duncan McGrath left to join Baker McKenzie in October 2017. Alastair Corrigall is another associate to watch.

Praised for its ‘extremely good service, commercial advice and good value for money’, Minter Ellison’s team is especially strong on the issuer side in ECM and DCM. ‘Client-focused’ DCM and securitisation expert John Elias is ‘driven to achieve cost-effective outcomes’; he heads the team with the ‘responsive’ James Hutton, who provides ‘best-in-class advice’, and ECM specialist Daniel Scotti. Hutton and Broome advised Mayne Pharma Group on its A$888m accelerated entitlement offer and placement, while Scotti assisted Tegel Group Holdings with its NZ$600m IPO and its listing on both the NZX and the ASX. On the DCM side, Elias acted for UnitingCare Queensland on its issuance of Queensland’s first social impact bond. Other DCM clients include Suncorp and Nissan. Securitisation expert and special counsel Simon Oh went in-house at Westpac in April 2017.

The ‘prompt, commercial’ team at Baker McKenzie delivers ‘well-considered, insightful advice’ even in ‘tight timeframes’. It is noted for its multi-jurisdictional capabilities, thanks in part to Ben McLaughlin and Andrew Reilly being US- and Australia-qualified. The ‘responsive’ Lauren Magraith has ‘best-in-class industry knowledge’ and provides ‘well-balanced advice’; she and David Holland acted for APN News & Media on its $273m underwritten placement and entitlement offering. Craig Andrade and special counsel Hoda Nahlous are also recommended. US-qualified senior associate Paul Anderson arrived at the Sydney office from Shearman & Sterling LLP in August 2017.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s practice assists issuers and investors with ECM and DCM matters. On the DCM side, Brad Robinson acted for SA Power Networks as Australian counsel on its $520m US private placement note issuance. ECM specialist Jeremy Horwood advised Singapore Airlines as shareholder on Virgin Australia Holdings’ A$852m entitlement offering, and assisted the NZX-listed Pushpay Holdings with its A$54m institutional placement and its ASX listing. Perth-based ECM expert Russell Philip is active in the energy and mining space: he acted for Dacian Gold on its A$110m institutional placement and rights offering. Gold Road Resources is another of Philip’s clients.

The four-partner team at DLA Piper is mostly ECM-dedicated, and is distinguished by its sector strengths in technology, venture capital, healthcare and life sciences. Department head David Ryan advised Catapult Group International on its A$100m equity capital raise; alongside Catherine Merity, Ryan also assisted Silver Heritage Group with its A$25m IPO, and advised it on its $20m bond issuance to OCP Asia. Mark Wilshaw and Scott Gibson are the key partners in Perth; Gibson acted for LiveHire on its A$10m IPO, while Wilshaw advised Kalium Lakes on its A$6m IPO. Senior associates Kelly Morrison, Rosamond Sayer and Elliott Cheung are also recommended.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s practice acts for numerous global and domestic financial institutions, and advises corporations across various sectors on ECM matters. James Morris, who made partner in January 2017, heads the DCM and securitisation group; he acted for the Royal Bank of Canada on its A$625m note issuance, and advised NAB as lead manager and initial subscriber on a A$20m note issuance by a New Zealand bank. The Bank of New York Mellon is another of Morris’ clients. Iain Laughland heads the ECM practice; ECM expert Shane Bilardi is ‘very practical, commercial and technically excellent’. Securitisation expert Scott Millar and ECM specialist James Stewart are also recommended. Norton Rose Fulbright and Henry Davis York have announced their intention to merge towards the end of 2017.

Active mostly on the ECM side, Arnold Bloch Leibler’s Melbourne-based practice counts energy and technology as sector strengths. Jeremy Leibler advised Kogan.com on its A$50m IPO, and assisted Australian Renewable Fuels, now known as Thorney Technologies, with its A$125m recapitalisation and re-listing on the ASX. He also advised zipMoney on its A$21m equity capital raise. Jane Sheridan acted for Primary Opinion on its re-compliance following its purchase of a 48% stake in Maggie Beer Products, and on a A$20m equity capital raise. Michael Dodge assisted Benthic Geotech with its $5m entitlement offering. Jonathan Wenig leads the department.

HWL Ebsworth’s practice is based across Sydney and Adelaide, where the key partners are Robert Gibson and Jamie Restas respectively. It is mostly active in ECM, though Matthew Reynolds and banking & finance partner Paul Sroka do handle DCM work, particularly involving corporate bonds. On the IPO front, Reynolds acted for Retech Technology on its A$23m IPO, while Grant Hummel advised Boyuan Holdings and Powerhouse Ventures on their A$20m and A$10m IPOs respectively. Reynolds assisted Bubs Australia with its A$5m backdoor listing on the ASX. MedAdvisor instructed Sam Dwyer on its A$8m private placement to finance its acquisition of HealthNotes. Thomas Kim, Jeremy McCarthy and consultant Paul Stephenson are also recommended. *Since publication, HWL Ebsworth and Tress Cox have merged.

The ECM-dedicated team at Hive Legal counts technology, energy and life sciences as sector strengths. Practice head Simon Davidson assisted QMS Media with its A$20m private placement, acted for AdAlta on its A$10m IPO, and advised Smart Parking on its A$11m placement and accelerated entitlement offering. Other clients include Maxim Group, ikeGPS and Nexvet Biopharma. Associate Rohila Rahimi is very active in the space. The firm is based in Melbourne.

Johnson Winter & Slattery’s mostly Sydney-based department focuses on ECM. James Rozsa, who heads the group jointly with John Keeves, acted for Visioneering Technologies on its A$33m IPO, assisted ImpediMed with an $A83m two-tranche placement, and advised AirXpanders on two private placements worth A$65m in total. Though Kellie Morton left the firm to take up a non-legal position, Paul Vinci, Justin Harris and special counsel Shane Stewart joined the Perth office from Clifford Chance Australia in May 2017, bolstering the firm’s capabilities in mining- and energy-related capital markets work. ECM expert Clare Brown made partner in July 2017.

The team at McCullough Robertson is ECM-focused and primarily Brisbane-based, though Adrian Smith is a Sydney practitioner. Practice head Derek Pocock advised Metro Mining on its A$52m institutional placement and rights issuance, assisted Megaport with its A$31m placement and share-purchase plan, and acted for Velocity Property Group on its A$11m IPO. He also advised GraphiteCorp on structuring a A$16m convertible equity note as part of a fundraise. Reece Walker is also very active in the space: he advised MSL Solutions on its A$15m IPO, assisted Corporate Travel Management with its A$71m rights issuance, and acted for Prescient Therapeutics on its A$10m placement and rights issuance.

The key partners at Sidley Austin’s ‘market-leading, well-connected US-law practice’ are US securities ‘grandmaster’ Robert Meyers and ECM specialist Mimma Barila. The ‘highly commercial, dynamic and effective’ team acts for global and domestic issuers and underwriters on high-value equity and debt offerings. Bruce Dailey, senior associate Kristina Kang and dual-qualified counsel Carla Polson are also recommended.

Sullivan & Cromwell has excellent US law capabilities in ECM and DCM, and is based across Sydney and Melbourne. Sydney-based practitioner Waldo Jones has ‘a very deep, thorough knowledge of US DCM’: he assisted Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) with its A$3bn note offering. The Melbourne-based Robert Chu acted for NAB and, separately, Bank of New Zealand on billions of Australian dollars’ worth of note issuances. On the ECM side, both partners advised J.P. Morgan Australia and Macquarie Capital (Australia) as underwriters on Reliance Worldwide’s A$919m IPO, and acted for Inghams Group on its A$596m IPO. Associate Connor Schillerstrom ‘pays very good attention to detail’ and is ‘very efficient, focused and good to work with’.

Interview with...

Law firm partners and practice heads explain how their firms are adapting to clients' changing needs

GC Powerlist: Australia reception

GDPR Roundtable - Sydney

Roundtable - Changing role of corporate counsel

International comparative guides

Giving the in-house community greater insight to the law and regulations in different jurisdictions.

Select Practice Area

GC Powerlist -
Australia and New Zealand Teams

Press releases

The latest news direct from law firms. If you would like to submit press releases for your firm, send an email request to

Legal Developments worldwide

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • Sulphur Cap Ahead - Regulatory

    Sulphur Cap Ahead - Regulatory
  • GTDT Shipping - India

    Mr Shardul Thacker heads the shipping, oil and gas and banking practice group at Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe. Lloyd’s List ranked him third in their top 10 lawyers stating: “Highly regarded for his work in the liquefied natural gas sector, particularly for interesting and highly geared finance deals in relation to infrastructure projects, energy, ports and ships.” india_-_gtdt_shipping_
  • BVI'S NEW ECONOMIC SUBSTANCE LEGISLATION

    The British Virgin Islands are rushing to pass by the end of December the new economic substance legislation to avoid the EU’s blacklist of tax haven jurisdictions.
  • Chambers Guides - Insurance 2018 - India

    India is a common-law jurisdiction. In general, Indian laws borrow heavily from, and are based on, English law. However, insurance law in India has certain unique features that deviate from English insurance law. The primary legislation of insurance law in India is the Insurance Act, 1938 (the “Insurance Act”) and the Insurance Rules, 1939 (the “Insurance Rules”).
  • AVELLUM advised largest Ukrainian brick manufacturer on restructuring and refinancing of its debt

    AVELLUM acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to Private Joint Stock Company with Foreign Investments “Slobozhanska Budivelna Keramika” (“SBK ”) in connection with the restructuring and refinancing of SBK’s debt, valued at approximately EUR20 million. Atlas Advisors, an independent investment banking firm, acted as the exclusive financial advisor to the SBK’s shareholders in connection with the restructuring of the credit portfolio, attraction of financing for the debt’s refinancing, and buy-out of SBK’s shares.
  • AVELLUM advises on Ukraine’s USD2 billion Eurobond issue

    AVELLUM acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine on the USD2 billion sovereign Eurobond issue consisting of two tranches with 5.5 and 10-year tenor. J.P. Morgan Securities, Goldman Sachs, BNP Paribas, and Citigroup acted as joint lead managers on the transaction.
  • New Anti-Money Laundering Law

    The new anti-money laundering ( AML ) law of the UAE took effect at the end of October 2018. Containing features recommended by the Financial Action Task Force ( FATF ), the new law introduces subtle but important changes to the AML landscape in the UAE. 
  • Confidentiality Under Renewed Focus

    The UAE federal government has recently issued a raft of important legislation, addressing and in many ways updating areas of law that are key to businesses in the jurisdiction. Amongst this legislation is Federal Decree-Law 14 of 2018 concerning the central bank and the organisation of financial institutions and activities (the New Banking Law ) and Federal Decree-Law 20 of 2018 concerning anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism financing (the New AML Law ). Both the New Banking Law and the New AML Law repeal and replace the previous legislation on their respective subjects. Importantly, the New Banking Law and the New AML Law have together enhanced the protection afforded to confidential information under UAE law, in particular where financial and legal service providers and their customers and clients are concerned. 
  • Israel Chapter in The Virtual Currency Regulation Review

    Earlier this year, the Israel Tax Authority (ITA) issued two circulars, one on the taxation of digital tokens and the second addressing the taxation of utility tokens in initial coin offerings (ICOs). Additionally, in March, the Israel Securities Authority (ISA) released a detailed interim report by the Committee for the Regulation of Public Offerings of Decentralized Cryptocurrency Coins (Report) (with a follow-up report due to come out around October 2018). Moreover, it is expected that before the end of 2018, legislation will come into force that for the first time will see Israeli primary legislation define virtual currencies as financial assets and mandate licensing for related services, as is later discussed in detail.
  • GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte – Report on authorized dealer’s entitlement to compensation

    Under certain circumstances, an authorized dealer may be entitled to claim compensation after termination of the contract with the company if the latter continues to be able to use its business contacts.

Press Releases worldwide

The latest news direct from law firms. If you would like to submit press releases for your firm, send an email request to