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  1. Corporate and M&A
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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    • Guy Alexander - Allens
    • Costas Condoleon - Gilbert + Tobin
    • Peter Cook - Gilbert + Tobin
    • Tony Damian - Herbert Smith Freehills
    • John Elliott - Norton Rose Fulbright
    • David Friedlander - King & Wood Mallesons
    • Greg Golding - King & Wood Mallesons
    • Richard Kriedemann - Allens
    • Rodd Levy - Herbert Smith Freehills
    • Rebecca Maslen-Stannage - Herbert Smith Freehills
    • Robert Nicholson - Herbert Smith Freehills
    • Bart Oude-Vrielink - Minter Ellison
    • Michael Parshall - Allen & Overy LLP
    • James Philips - DLA Piper
    • Philippa Stone - Herbert Smith Freehills
    • Jon Webster - Allens

Next generation lawyers

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The ‘solution-oriented, practical’ team at Allens provides ‘exceptionally high-quality advice’ on high-end public and private M&A, and shows ‘great attention to detail when it comes to complex matters’. The ‘exceptionally well-qualified, easy-to-deal-with’ partners are supported by a bench of ‘highly skilled and experienced’ associates and counsels. Guy Alexander, Tom Story and the ‘very responsive’ Wendy Rae, who has ‘knowledge spanning a wide range of industries’ and ‘excels in cross-border M&A’, assisted the Rail Consortium with its A$9.1bn purchase of Asciano. The ‘practical, creative’ Mark Malinas advised Vocus Communications on its A$807m acquisition of NextGen Networks. In the private equity space, Story acted for Bain Capital Private Equity, Pacific Equity Partners, HRL Morrison and Patties Foods on separate acquisitions worth billions of Australian dollars in aggregate. Alexander and Robert Simkiss, based in Sydney and Melbourne respectively, head the practice. Andrew Pascoe is the key partner in Perth; in Brisbane, Chelsey Drake, Andrew Knox and Franki Ganter are the names to note. Richard Kriedemann and Jon Webster are recommended in Sydney and Melbourne respectively.

Ashurst’s practice provides ‘outstanding service’, and frequently handles high-profile, high-value M&A; energy and mining are areas of particular activity. Murray Wheater acted for IFM Investors and AustralianSuper on their purchase of a 50% stake in a 99% lease of electricity distribution network Ausgrid. Anton Harris, Mark Stanbridge and Sarah Dulhunty assisted Downer EDI with its A$1.3bn takeover bid for Spotless Group Holdings. Harris and Phil Breden acted for Crown Resorts on the demerger of its global operations and the A$3.2bn sale of its interests in Melco Crown Entertainment to Melco Leisure. Simon Fraser is also recommended. The ‘calm, experienced and well-organised’ Elspeth Arnold has ‘excellent technical skills’, is ‘great at building relationships with clients’ and shows ‘excellent judgement’; she, Con Tzerefos, Nick Terry and Kylie Lane, who all provide ‘fantastic client service’ and are ‘a treat to work with’, are the key partners at the ‘market-leading’ Melbourne office. Roger Davies is the name to note in Perth. ‘Extremely hardworking’ senior associate Andrew Kim ‘gets documents turned around quickly’, while Samantha Robson is another senior associate to note. In 2017, Shane Kyriakou, Nigel Deed and John Brewster arrived from Herbert Smith Freehills, Norton Rose Fulbright and Clayton Utz respectively.

Noted for its ‘exceptional client care’, Gilbert + Tobin’s ‘outstanding’ practice acts on high-profile, cross-border M&A across a wide range of sectors. Craig Semple acted for Telstra on the A$1.5bn buy-back of its ordinary shares, while Peter Cook and Rachael Bassil advised APN Outdoor Group on its proposed A$1.6bn merger with oOh!media. Both Alex Kauye and Costas Condoleon, who heads the team jointly with Neil Pathak, are recommended for public M&A. On the private M&A side, John Williamson-Noble and Tim Gordon assisted SAI Global with its A$1.1bn purchase by Baring Private Equity Asia. The ‘commercially minded, solution-focused and good-humouredBill Spain acted for the New South Wales government on the A$2.6bn concession of its land titling and registry operations to a consortium led by Hastings Funds Management. Julie Athanasoff, Marcello Cardadi, Justin Little, Sarah Turner and the ‘excellent’ Justin Mannolini are recommended in Perth; in Melbourne, Semple, Ben Macdonald and Nirangjan Nagarajah are the names to note. Andrew Bullock left to go in-house at Adamantem Capital in June 2017.

The ‘top-notch, extremely thorough’ practice at Herbert Smith Freehills is renowned for its ‘incredibly powerful’ strength in depth, its high-profile and multi-jurisdictional mandates and its ‘first-class service’. Praised by clients for its ‘responsiveness, thoughtful advice and flexibility’, the team counts energy, infrastructure and financial services as particular sector strengths, though it is active across a broad range of areas: numerous partners from the team’s four offices advised Brookfield Infrastructure Partners on its A$9.05bn takeover of Asciano, alongside a consortium led by Qube Holdings. Public M&A specialist Rodd Levy is ‘an acknowledged industry leader and a first-class technical expert’; he assisted Tabcorp Holdings with its A$11.3bn merger with Tatts Group. In Sydney, the ‘strategic’ Rebecca Maslen-Stannage is ‘extremely knowledgeable in public M&A’, and provides ‘sophisticated technical advice, responding to on-the-spot questions immediately’; Andrew Rich has ‘first-class public M&A knowledge’; Stephen Dobbs ‘combines big-picture thinking with real attention to detail, and covers an amazing breadth of areas’; and Tony Damian is ‘commercial, pragmatic and wise’. In Melbourne, ‘always available, solution-focused’ partners Baden Furphy and Tim McEwen provide ‘quick and pragmatic advice’. Robert Nicholson and Philippa Stone are also recommended.

The senior partners at King & Wood Mallesons are ‘available 24/7’, while ‘more junior team members are dependable, responsive and equally accessible’. The practice handles high-value public M&A and impressive private equity transactions; these groups are headed by David Friedlander and Mark McNamara respectively. Friedlander and Meredith Paynter advised Woolworths on its exit from its Home Improvement joint venture with Lowe’s Companies. Stephen Minns advised Asciano on its A$9.1bn sale to consortia led by Brookfield Infrastructure Partners and Qube Holdings; David Eliakim acted for the Cheung Kong Infrastructure consortium on its proposed A$7.3bn takeover of DUET Group. The ‘organised, thorough, concise and thoughtful’ Jason Watts ‘knows the market well’ and has ‘real commercial acumen’; he and Brian Murphy advised Charter Hall on the restructure and merger of seven unlisted REITs to create the Charter Hall Long WALE REIT, which had its A$827m IPO in November 2016. Evie Bruce, Greg Golding and Lee Horan are also recommended in Sydney; the key Melbourne partners are Nicola Charlston, Diana Nicholson and Peter Stirling. Nigel Hunt is the name to note in Perth.

Clayton Utz’s team works ‘very quickly’, has ‘a strong sense of responsibility’ and is noted for its ‘wide-ranging knowledge and experience’. ‘Completely client-focused’ practice head Rory Moriarty acted for Virgin Australia Holdings on the sale of 40% of Air New Zealand’s interests in Virgin Australia to HNA Group and Nanshan Group, and advised Woolworths Group on the A$1.8bn sale of its retail fuel distribution business to BP. Andrew Walker assisted Tatts Group with its A$11.3bn takeover by Tabcorp Holdings, and advised Warrnambool Cheese & Butter Factory Company Holdings on its A$698m takeover by Saputo Dairy Australia. The ‘gentlemanly, friendly’ David Wilkie is ‘highly sensitive to clients’ intentions and concerns’; Jonathan Algar, Matt Anderson and private equity expert Niro Ananda are also names to note in Sydney. Mark Paganin and Andrew Hay are recommended in Perth and Brisbane respectively. The Brisbane-based Hiroyuki Kano is US-, Japan- and Australia-qualified.

The ‘accessible, commercial, pragmatic and extremely knowledgeable’ practice at Minter Ellison is ‘delightful to work with’. It is noted for its strong links with Chinese corporations and institutions such as Baosteel, China Hanking Holdings and Nanshan Group; Benjamin Smith advised CIMIC on its A$500m takeover bid for UGL. Privatisations are another key strength of the firm: the Brisbane-based Andrew Rentoul acted for the Victorian government on its A$9.7bn sale of a lease of the Port of Melbourne. Christopher Brown’s departure to Hall & Wilcox in December 2016 was offset by the arrival of Chris Carr from King & Wood Mallesons. In March 2017, Paul Shillington came from in-house at Oryx Petroleum to join the Perth office, where Adam Handley is the key partner. John Steven heads the practice; he, Bart Oude-Vrielink and Jeremy Blackshaw are recommended in Melbourne. Con Boulougouris and Ron Forster are the names to note in Sydney.

Counting energy, natural resources, infrastructure, TMT and financial institutions as key sector strengths, Allen & Overy LLP’s department handles ‘tricky’ public and private M&A ‘of all sizes’, and is ‘responsive at all times of the day and night’. Michael Parshall has ‘unrivalled technical M&A knowledge, keeps a cool head in heated discussions and holds the room well’; he and practice head Aaron Kenavan advised Bradken on its A$975m takeover by Hitachi Construction Machinery. Kenavan also acted for Chow Tai Fook Enterprises on its acquisition of Alinta Energy for nearly A$4bn. ‘Great all-round M&A specialist’ Jamie Palmer has ‘amazing energy’ and pays ‘great attention to detail’; Tony Sparks and Michael Reede are also recommended in Sydney. Geoff Simpson and Meredith Campion are the key partners in Perth.

Baker McKenzie’s team often handles high-value public M&A, and counts healthcare, biotech, energy and media as particular sector strengths. It is also active in TMT, including fintech: Guy Sanderson acted for Afterpay Holdings on its A$600m merger with Touchcorp, and assisted BigAir Group with its A$200m takeover by Superloop. Bryan Paisley advised Emeco Holdings on its recapitalisation and merger with Andy’s Earthmovers and Orionstone, while Steven Glanz assisted HanesBrands with its A$1.1bn takeover of Pacific Brands. Ben McLaughlin, Kate Jefferson, Richard Lustig and public M&A expert David Holland are also recommended.

Energy, natural resources, healthcare and life sciences are areas of particular strength for Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s ‘really impressive’ practice, which maintains strong links with Chinese clients. Group head Sandy Mak advised a consortium that included China Resources (Holdings) and Macquarie Corporate Holdings on its purchase of a 66% stake in GenesisCare. Robert Franklyn assisted Gold Road Resources with its A$350m sale to Gold Fields of a 50% stake in the Gruyere Gold Development Project in Western Australia. Private equity expert Gaynor Tracey arrived from Thomson Geer in January 2017; Justin Fox, the ‘first-classJonathan Farrer and Brisbane-based special counsel Joanne Dwyer are also recommended.

Infrastructure and energy are notable sector strengths of Norton Rose Fulbright’s team, which is headed by Richard Lewis. Shane Bilardi acted for BP on its purchase of Woolworths Group’s retail fuel distribution business. Public M&A is a strength of the practice: James Stewart assisted Pulse Health with its A$150m takeover by Healthe Care. John Elliott is also recommended. The departure in 2017 of infrastructure M&A expert Nigel Deed and Japan-related M&A specialist Michael Joyce – to Ashurst and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP respectively – were partly offset by the arrival of infrastructure specialist Martin Irwin and Jasmine Sprange, from Baker McKenzie and Clayton Utz respectively. Norton Rose Fulbright and Henry Davis York have announced their intention to merge towards the end of 2017.

Clifford Chance Australia’s ‘very quick, communicative’ department is commended for its ‘good knowledge of the Australian financial services sector’, though it is active in a wide range of areas. The ‘highly efficient’ Richard Graham has ‘striking people skills’ and ‘in-depth knowledge of all aspects of real estate M&A’; he also acted for Mondelez International on the A$460m sale of most of its grocery goods business in Australia and New Zealand to Bega Cheese. Lance Sacks advised Biostime International Holdings on its A$311m purchase of the remaining 17% stake in Swisse Wellness. Energy, mining and aviation M&A specialist Tracey Renshaw is the key partner in Perth: she assisted Royal Dutch Shell with its $250m sale of Shell Aviation Australia to Viva Energy.

Technology is a sector of particular strength for DLA Piper’s practice, which is based across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. James Philips and David Hallam assisted Surbana Jurong on its A$451m acquisition of SMEC. On the private equity side, Grant Koch acted for KKR Asia on the A$1.7bn sale of its stake in GenesisCare to China Resources Group and Macquarie Capital. The Perth office, where Marc Wilshaw and Scott Gibson are the key partners, counts mid-market public M&A as a particular strength. Wilshaw advised Teranga Gold on its A$86m takeover of Gryphon Minerals. David Ryan is also recommended.

Johnson Winter & Slattery provides ‘expert advice’ across a range of sectors, most notably aviation, FMCG, private equity, energy and natural resources. Jeremy Davis, who heads the practice alongside John Keeves, advised Air New Zealand on its A$333m sale of 26% of Virgin Australia to parties including Nanshan Group. Paul Vinci and Justin Harris, who arrived in Perth from Clifford Chance Australia in May 2017, acted for Macmahon Holdings on its purchase of A$194m-worth of mining equipment in exchange for 44% of Macmahon’s issued equity. The US- and Australia-qualified Marcus Clark, ‘a lawyer of the highest calibre’, is ‘extremely well connected throughout Asia’; Byron Koster is ‘technically strong, solution-oriented and commercial’. ‘Pragmatic, commercial’ private equity specialist Andrew Williams is a ‘stand-out performer’. Damian Reichel and James Rozsa are also recommended.

McCullough Robertson’s ‘outstanding’ team is active across a variety of sectors, though clients commend it for its ‘deep resources industry knowledge in Eastern Australia’. The practice is mostly Brisbane-based, though Adrian Smith is based in Sydney. Along with a team from Stikeman Elliott LLP, Reece Walker advised Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan on its A$1bn purchase of Constellation Brands Canada. The ‘efficient, commercialJim Peterson has ‘a good eye for detail’, and acted for RACQ on its A$3.9bn merger with QT Mutual Bank. Peter Williams and healthcare and life sciences expert Aaron Dahl made partner in July 2017; Diana Lohrisch, Damien Clarke and energy and natural resources specialist Kristen Podagiel are also recommended. Isaac West left for Jones Day in September 2017.

The largely Melbourne-based team at Arnold Bloch Leibler handles public and private M&A in a wide range of sectors; it counts retail and private wealth as particular areas of activity. Jeremy Leibler, who heads the practice jointly with Jonathan Wenig, advised Specialty Fashion Group on a proposed A$135m takeover by Al Alfia Holdings, and assisted RCG with its A$105m purchase of Hype DC. In Sydney, Paul Rubenstein acted for Executive Channel Network on the A$69m sale of its Australian business to oOh!media. Other clients include Luxury Retail Group, IDP Education and Spicers. Michael Dodge, Jane Sheridan and Christine Fleer are also recommended.

Based mostly in Melbourne but with several partners in Brisbane, Gadens Lawyers’ practice counts logistics, real estate, healthcare, technology and manufacturing as key sector strengths. Jol Rogers, who is recommended for public M&A, counts Mach7 Technologies as a client. Other clients of the group include Australian Unity, Citadel Group, Rinnai, Tabcorp and Mitre 10. Jeremy Smith heads the practice; Richard Partridge and the Brisbane-based Khilen Devani are also recommended. Michael Kenny made partner in July 2017.

HWL Ebsworth’s work for and involving funds, which is largely led out of its Sydney office, is a notable strength. James Lonie advised Centuria Capital Group on its A$320m takeover bid for GPT Metro Office Fund, and assisted the founders of Eureka Funds Management with the company’s sale to AXA Investment Managers. Jamie Restas acted for S. Kidman & Co on its A$386m takeover by Hancock Prospecting and Shanghai CRED Real Estate Stock. Restas heads the department jointly with Robert Gibson, who advised Golden Horse Australia on its A$380,000 joint venture with Greenland Australia to acquire an urban regeneration project in Erskineville, Sydney. Public M&A expert David Woodford and Justin Pasa, who has particular experience in the automotive industry, made partner in Melbourne in July 2017.

The ‘great’, ‘knowledgeable’ team at Henry Davis York is ‘very commercial, practical, reasonably priced’, and provides ‘good access to partners’. With its excellent connections in the banking space, the practice frequently advises financial institutions on M&A, increasingly in the fintech space: the team acted for Westpac on its separate investments in two fintech companies. Macquarie, Black Diamond Capital Management and SC Lowy Financial (HK) are additional clients.Edward Nixey and Robert Tracy left the firm to join Gadens, and Ben Mortimer joined McCullough Robertson. Henry Davis York and Norton Rose Fulbright have announced their intention to merge in late 2017.

More active than ever in public M&A, K&L Gates’ practice acts for corporates and funds in a variety of sectors. Hal Lloyd advised Hunter Hall International on its merger with Pengana Holdings. Private equity expert Nick Humphrey, who is increasingly busy with healthcare and life sciences M&A, advised Everlight Radiology on its A$100m management buy-out by Intermediate Capital Group. Infrastructure and energy specialist Adam Levine, who is based in Perth, acted for Moon Lake Investments on its A$280m purchase of dairy company Van Diemen’s Land from Tasmanian Land. Daniel Atkin is recommended for venture capital and technology-related M&A. Chris Nikou, Simon Salter and Murray Landis are also recommended in Melbourne, Perth and Sydney respectively.

Particularly strong in the financial services and funds sector, including insurance and superannuation, the ‘very good’ team at Lander & Rogers is also very active in retail, energy, natural resources and agribusiness. Chinese and Japanese clients are a regular source of business: Deanna Constable acted for ITOCHU on its A$32m acquisition of the Kooragang Industrial Water Scheme from Hunter Water, while China expert Alex Ding advised Henderson Group on the Australian aspects of its merger with Janus Capital Group, and assisted Arthur J. Gallagher & Co with its purchase of Complete Financial Balance. Practice head Jackie Solakovski is ‘impressive’; Gregg McConnell is also recommended.

Healthcare, financial services, retail, education and technology are key areas of activity for Maddocks’ practice, which is based across Melbourne and Sydney. Damien Wurzel, who heads the department jointly with Duncan Hall, acted for Camp Australia on its purchase by Bain Capital Private Equity, while Robert Gregory advised Swinburne University of Technology on the sale of 30% of its 50% stake in Online Education Services to its joint venture partner SEEK for A$119m. Angela Wood assisted Regis Aged Care with its acquisition of millions of Australian dollars’ worth of allocated places for residential aged care in Queensland, New South Wales and the Northern Territory. Catherine Debreceny and healthcare expert Aaron Kloczko are also recommended.

The team at PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal has been expanding rapidly, with numerous hires from premier M&A practices. Between July 2016 and February 2017, Ashley Poke, financial services and agribusiness M&A expert Tiffany Barton and public M&A specialist Karen Evans-Cullen arrived from Baker McKenzie, Ashurst and the Australian Takeovers Panel respectively. Danny Simmons ‘provides competent, highly technical advice on complex matters in a concise, measured and efficient manner’; he and Joni Henry assisted Bellawest with its A$213m privatisation of Payce Consolidated. Poke advised JB Hi-Fi on its A$870m purchase of The Good Guys. Cameron Whittfield is supported in his TMT M&A work by Adrian Chotar, who made partner in July 2017.

Commended for its ‘excellent business acumen, industry knowledge and value for money’, Thomson Geer’s ‘responsive’ practice counts healthcare and mid-market private equity as areas of particular activity; representative clients include Calvary, Ingenia and Mercy Health on the healthcare side, and CVC Private Equity, Anacacia Capital and Adexum in private equity. Elsewhere, Adam Brooks advised Sumitomo Forestry Australia on its purchase of a 51% stake in Wisdom Properties Group, and Eugene Fung assisted CellNet Group with the acquisition of 83% of its shares by Wentronic Holding, structured as a proportional takeover bid. Dan Kramer advised Montech Holdings on its A$9m purchase of Tetran Group. The ‘committed, empathetic’ Peta Thompson made partner in July 2017. David Zwi, who heads the practice jointly with Brooks, Fung and Kramer, is highly active in the space.

Dentons’ ‘commercial, problem-solving’ practice is especially strong in energy, natural resources and aged care, and has strong links with Chinese and Papua New Guinean entities. The ‘knowledgeable’ David Perks is praised by clients for his ‘calm manner and ethical approach to challenges’; he advised Ganfeng Lithium on its A$100m purchase of a stake in the Mt Marion lithium mine. The ‘very commercial’ Kym Livesley acted for China National Gold Group on its $300m purchase of Sino Mining Guizhou from Eldorado Gold. Paul Brown, who is ‘always happy to workshop issues and ideas’, advised St Ives Group and RACWA Holdings on forming a A$300m joint venture.

Healthcare, life sciences, renewable energy and professional services have been keeping DibbsBarker’s ‘exceptionally available’ M&A team especially busy. ‘Calm, practical’ department head Geoff Cairnsknows his stuff’; he advised Fresenius Group on its purchase of a 70% stake in CURA Day Hospitals Group, and assisted Edale Capital with the A$10m sale of its minority interests in Gulf Alumina to Metro Mining. The ‘practicalPaul Schmidt-Uili advised Australian Wool Network on its acquisition of Adelaide Wool North and Hedrena, and acted for the shareholders of Multimedia International Services Holdings (UK) on the sale of their stake in the Australian advertising operation, known as The Community Network, to Medical Channel. Lis Boyce is also recommended for healthcare and life sciences M&A.

The ‘brilliant, efficient, client-focused’ team at Hall & Wilcox is ‘very thorough, knowledgeable’, and has ‘great strength in depth’. It counts IT, sports, financial services and real estate as sector strengths, and has a burgeoning Korea-focused practice led by senior associate Jung Ryu. Oliver Jankowsky, who heads the department’s international desk, advised Sealed Air on the Australian aspects of the sale of its Diversey Care division and food hygiene and cleaning business to Bain Capital Private Equity. Group head John Hutchinson acted for Moelis Australia on its A$29m purchase of Armada Funds Management. Financial services M&A expert Christopher Brown joined from Minter Ellison in February 2017; Conrad Smith made special counsel in July 2016. Jacqui Barrett, Deborah Chew, Ed Paton, James Morvell and Martin Ross are also recommended.

Hive Legal’s ‘always excellent, commercially focused’ practice has ‘excellent legal-market connections in overseas jurisdictions’, and gives ‘good, clear and sensible advice’ at ‘good value for money’. It is increasingly active in the privatisations space. Jacinda de Witts, who has ‘deep knowledge and a sharp, commercial mind’, is especially busy in regulated industries such as healthcare, energy and transport; she and department head Peter Monk advised Yooralla on its bid for assets and services across New South Wales as part of the state government’s privatisation of the National Disability Insurance Service. De Witts and the ‘always commercial, practical’ Simon Davidson assisted the Port of Melbourne with its sale by the Victorian state government to a consortium including Future Fund, QIC and Global Infrastructure Partners. Mitzi Gilligan and John Malon are also recommended.

With strong capabilities in public M&A and cross-border matters, Hogan Lovells’ department is rapidly building a presence in Australia. Practice head Tim Lester is ‘a market leader in M&A, whose technical expertise and commercial approach are second to none’; he advised HC2 Holdings on its purchase of BDS VirCon. Private equity expert Andrew Crook acted for Partners Group on its A$250m acquisition of the Sapphire wind farm in New South Wales, and assisted Intuit with its purchase of Bankstream, a New Zealand-headquartered company operating mostly out of the UK. Matthew Johnson joined the Perth office from Clayton Utz in February 2017; his clients include Wolf Minerals and Grange Resources.

Based across Sydney and Brisbane, the team at Jones Day has strong international capabilities, and handles public M&A for high-profile clients. Mark Crean has strong experience in financial services and TMT; he assisted Kaplan with its purchase of Red Marker. He also advised CIC Capital as consortium member on the consortium’s acquisition of Asciano for A$9.1bn. The Brisbane-based Brett Heading acted for Central Petroleum on its proposed A$81m takeover by Macquarie MPVD; Heading is also increasingly active in agribusiness M&A. Chris Ahern and Matthew Latham are the other key partners.

Mills Oakley Lawyers’ ‘client-focused’ department is praised for its ‘excellent teamwork and commercial acumen’. Particularly active in renewable energy and – especially in Sydney – aviation, the team counts Windlab, Oil Search and Qantas Airways as clients. ‘Stand-out partner’ Mick Coleman is ‘responsive, understanding, passionate and insightful’; he advised Elecnor on its sale of a 25MW Barcaldine wind farm to Korean and Singaporean investors represented by UK-based fund managers. Daniel Livingston has ‘excellent transactional acumen', and, along with Warren Scott, assisted Cox Automotive Enterprises with its purchase of CarsGuide and Autotrader. The Brisbane-based Tim Cox is ‘very client-focused’; the Sydney-based Gavin Douglas is also recommended. Public M&A expert Tony Lalor joined the Brisbane office from Clayton Utz in October 2016.

Based across Sydney and Perth, the team at Squire Patton Boggs is mostly active on the buyer side, especially on the East Coast, and its most impressive deals are in the energy and mining sectors. Campbell Davidson acted for Takara Shuzo on its purchase of A$16m-worth of newly issued shares in Nippon Food Supplies, and advised Vp on its purchase of TR. He also assisted Ashland Holdings with the demerger of its Valvoline business. Clare Pope and Simon Rear are the key partners in Perth: Rear acted for General Mining on its A$700m merger with Galaxy Resources, and advised Coal of Africa on its A$126m takeover offer for Universal Coal. US- and Australia-qualified ‘rockstarRichard Horton, who splits his time between Palo Alto and Sydney, is recommended for venture capital and technology M&A: he advised Anchor Systems on its sale to Digital Pacific Group.

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