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Norton Rose Fulbright

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright's practice was recently bolstered by its merger with now-defunct firm Henry Davis York, which saw five practitioners join its banking and finance group. Dr Nuncio D’Angelo and Alex Mufford jointly lead the department. Tim Mornane handled a high-value asset-based syndicated credit facility and Hamish Dixon assisted a client with a significant refinancing matter; Scott Millar has been active in the property finance sector. Other noteworthy names include Jo Crew and Nino Di Bartolomeo. Dale Rayner joined King & Wood Mallesons.

Leading individuals

Dr Nuncio D'Angelo - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Capital markets
Capital markets: debt - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Capital markets: equity - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright covers the full spectrum of capital markets work including DCM, ECM and securitisation transactions; James Morris and Alex Mufford are the key names to note. Mufford recently joined the firm following its merger with now-defunct firm Henry Davis York in 2017 along with Vittorio Casamento. Morris' recent work includes advising on a bond issuance, and assisting a client in relation to a mortgage-backed securitisation programme. Shaun Clyne assisted a client with a two tranche share issuance. Iain Laughland joined Mills Oakley.

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Competition and trade
Competition and trade - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Nick McHugh and Martyn Taylor jointly head the practice at Norton Rose Fulbright, which advises on merger clearances, regulatory matters and competition-related litigation. Highlights included assisting a key client with the implementation of its privatisation and restructuring to meet regulatory requirements. It also assisted a client with competition clearance issues prior to a multibillion-dollar merger. Stephen Gorry joined from now-defunct firm Henry Davis York, and both Belinda Harvey and Claire Forster, who has broad expertise across competition law, have been promoted to the partnership.

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Construction - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has seen some change, with a team of four departing to Pinsent Masons LLP; Kevin Arkwright, Graham Read  and Alex Whiteside joining as part of the firm’s merger with the now-defunct Henry Davis York; and back-end partners Penelope Ford and Phillipa Beck joining from Minter Ellison and a consultancy, respectively. One consortium of construction companies instructed the team on a high-value, high-profile PPP in Melbourne. Construction disputes are another strength of the practice. Practice head James Morgan-Payler and Grant Ahearn are well regarded.

Leading individuals

Grant Ahearn - Norton Rose Fulbright

Kevin Arkwright - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has been busy handling matters in the technology, health and pharmaceuticals, energy, financial services and infrastructure sectors. The practice has seen a number of departures, though the firm's combination with the now-defunct Henry Davis York bolstered the team with the arrival of funds expert Nikki Bentley, Jon Ireland, who has a focus on financial services, as well as M&A and competition partner Stephen Iu. In a notable highlight, John Elliott advised on a high-value telecoms merger. Alison Deitz heads the practice; Shaun Clyne and Richard Lewis are also recommended. UPDATE: Shane Bilardi, James Stewart, Jyoti Singh, Chris Mitchell, and Andrew Fisken are to join DLA Piper.

Leading individuals

John Elliott - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Following the firm‚Äôs merger with now-defunct Henry Davis York, Norton Rose Fulbright¬†added eight new partners to the ‚Äėhighly regarded‚Äô team, which is jointly led by Rebecca Whittle¬†in Sydney and Cameron Harvey¬†in Melbourne. Whittle acts in a significant matter for a government entity, and¬†Dylan McKimmie¬†represents an energy-sector company in¬†a breach of contract claim. Other additions to the team include¬†Ann Donohue¬†and¬† Penelope Ford, who both joined from Minter Ellison, Phillipa Beck, who¬†joined from Beck Consulting, and Andrew Battisson¬†from Allen & Overy. It has also seen some departures, notably Rob Buchanan, Adrienne Parker, Bill Ryan¬†and Matthew Croagh, who all left to join¬†Pinsent Masons LLP.

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Dispute resolution: class actions
Dispute resolution: class actions - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright's 'highly experienced team' is recognised for its 'commercial and responsive approach' and 'excellent industry and legal knowledge' which 'consistently leads to practical and easily applicable advice'. 'Incredibly hands-on' global chair Tricia Hobson and Cameron Harvey jointly lead the practice, which is active in the insurance market and has substantial expertise in shareholder, securities, environmental, consumer, insolvency and product liability claims. Hobson's recent work includes working with Abigail McGregor for several clients in relation to a securities class action. The 'well-organised' Nicole Wearne, the 'exceptionally knowledgeable' Grant Bonner, product liability expert Toby Biddle, and insurance specialist Jacques Jacobs are also names to note. Ann Donohue joined from Minter Ellison and Rebecca Whittle and Michael Sullivan joined via the firm's merger with now-defunct firm Henry Davis York.

Leading individuals

Tricia Hobson - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Energy (transactions and regulatory)
Energy (transactions and regulatory) - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright¬†renders ‚Äėcommercially appropriate, timely, well-considered advice that assists with closing complex transactions on an accelerated schedule‚Äô. Practice head and former global head of energy Simon Currie left to set up advisory firm Energy Estate, though former Clifford Chance¬†practice head Paul Lingard, who has ‚Äėa¬†strong understanding of commercial drivers‚Äô and ‚Äėfinds effective solutions to bring about a satisfactory outcome, often for both parties‚Äô, is set to join in late 2018. Further additions to the team include Natalie Lonergan, who joined from Herbert Smith Freehills, Gavin Scott¬†from Ashurst, Martin Irwin¬†from Baker McKenzie, Penelope Ford¬†from Minter Ellison, and Jasmine Sprange¬†from Clayton Utz. Currie remains a consultant to the firm.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has been strengthened by the addition of Peter Mulligan, who joined through the firm's merger with now-defunct firm Henry Davis York. He now heads the eight-partner team jointly with Nick Abrahams and Martyn Taylor. The practice handled some high-value technology transactions, assisted with regulatory matters and IT infrastructure work, and maintains a busy privacy law team. It counts state governments and blue-chip corporates among its client roster. Bernard O’Shea is also singled out.

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Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright's practice head¬†Tricia Hobson¬†is noted for her ‚Äėunderstanding of clients and the market‚Äô. Insurance and litigation expert¬†Mark Attard¬†and special counsel Sarah Metcalfe, along with¬†Nicole Wearne,¬†Matthew Ellis, Ganga Narayanan¬†and Jacques Jacobs, are other names to note. The team has been bolstered by the addition of¬†Rebecca Whittle¬†and Michael Sullivan¬†following the firm's merger with now-defunct Henry Davis York.¬†Ray Giblett¬†is also singled out.

Leading individuals

Mark Attard  - Norton Rose Fulbright

Nicole Wearne  - Norton Rose Fulbright

Ray Giblett  - Norton Rose Fulbright

Tricia Hobson  - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright's team is jointly led by the Sydney-based head of intellectual property, Frances Drummond, and Cameron Harvey, who leads the disputes resolution practice from the Melbourne office. Jackie O’Brien has handled a number of high-profile matters for the team. Sydney-based Georgina Hey advised on the intellectual property aspects of high-value transactions. The team has been bolstered by special counsel Tony Sergi, who joined from the Bar.

Leading individuals

Frances Drummond - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright excels in the public, construction, transport, energy and mining sectors; it represented a client in an application to the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission to have a notice from the Construction Industry Long Service Payments Board relating to whether an employee was working in the construction industry or not and their related long service leave contributions. The team also handled a significant unfair dismissal claim, and acted for a client in an anti-bullying application in the Fair Work Commission. Martin Osborne heads up the group, which also fields public sector expert Sarah Ralph, litigation specialist Sally Woodward, Jason Noakes and David Cross, who regularly handles investigations.

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Labour and employment: workplace health and safety (WHS)
Labour and employment: workplace health and safety (WHS) - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright 'provides an amazing service with short response times, highly appropriate, tailored and digestible advice and a deep understanding of the market and its clients'. The department handles safety prosecutions, compliance issues and assists with emergency responses and the management of crisis situations. Aaron Anderson leads the group; he recently assisted a client with the safety elements of its operations and represented another client in an inquest relating to the fatal electrocution of a worker at a construction site. Katherine Morris is also recommended and is a key name for construction, property, transport and energy clients.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright's team has been bolstered by Peter Mulligan, following the firm’s merger with now-defunct Henry Davis York. He adds a number of new entertainment-sector companies to the client roster. Nick Abrahams and Martyn Taylor jointly lead the practice, which has a particular focus on digital content and internet-based media. The team also handles transactions, recently advising a client on a significant acquisition, including advice on cross-media ownership regulation and regulatory approvals.

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Natural resources (transactions and regulatory)
Natural resources (transactions and regulatory) - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright¬†‚Äėundoubtedly has strength-in-depth‚Äô and gives ‚Äėpractical guidance on difficult issues‚Äô. It advised on the sale of a natural resources project in Africa to a consortium of Chinese investors. The 17-partner team is jointly headed by the ‚Äėabsolutely first-rate‚Äô Keira Brennan, who is ‚Äėone of the top lawyers in the mining business‚Äô, and mining sector financing expert Jake Howard. It has seen some significant arrivals with Paul Lingard, who has ‚Äėvery strong technical knowledge‚Äô and ‚Äėprovides commercial and pragmatic legal advice‚Äô, joining from Clifford Chance, Gavin Scott¬†from Ashurst, and Natalie Lonergan¬†from Herbert Smith Freehills.

Leading individuals

Keira Brennan - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Project development
Project development - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has seen an increasing stream of energy sector projects, continues to handle significant transport and infrastructure work and attracted a number of PNG-related matters. Notable infrastructure work included advising the successful bidders on a high-profile PPP project in Melbourne, and acting for one construction company on a very large PPP in New South Wales. Energy-sector work has seen the team advise on wind, solar, waste-to-energy and hydropower projects. The firm also attracts mining sector projects work, an area of expertise for head of infrastructure, mining and commodities Keira Brennan. Jo Crew heads the firm’s infrastructure and project finance group, which includes James Morgan-Payler, Mark Waddell, Graham Read and Kevin Arkwright. Miriam D’Souza joined from Herbert Smith Freehills, and Alice Chen through the firm’s merger with the now-defunct Henry Davis York.

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Project finance
Project finance - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has seen a steady flow of renewables matters, increasingly handles alternative financings and continues to advise on infrastructure project financings. Jo Crew heads the five-partner practice, which includes Rob White, who joined from the now-defunct Henry Davis York, and Chris Patten, a recent addition from Allens. Crew advised a syndicate of domestic and foreign banks on one of the largest PPP refinancings to date in Australia, and in a novel renewables matter, the team advised two financiers on the financing of a wind farm in South Australia. Chris Redden departed to Ashurst.

Leading individuals

Jo Crew - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright¬†acts for domestic and overseas real estate investors with a focus on residential and mixed-use developments as well as agricultural transactions. Social infrastructure and renewable energy projects are areas of expertise, and following its merger with now-defunct firm Henry Davis York, it now also acts for an increasing number of government clients. Brisbane-based Michael French¬†heads the Australian practice and Peter Trevaskis¬†in Sydney is the firm‚Äôs global head of real estate.¬†Michael McKee¬†is ‚Äėtechnically sound and prepared to take a commercial approach in relation to legal risks'.

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Regulatory compliance and investigations
Regulatory compliance and investigations - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

The 'professional and responsive' team at Norton Rose Fulbright has been strengthened through its merger with now-defunct firm Henry Davis York, with notable additions including Claudine Salameh, co-lead Scott Atkins and Helen Taylor. Ann Donohue joined from Minter Ellison. The team acts for large financial institutions on regulatory compliance matters, including defending them in ASIC investigations, and is involved in anti-bribery work. Sydney-based Jon Ireland  advised a client on a project to simplify and update its full suite of client-facing documents. Abigail McGregor is acting for another client in relation to an investigation involving international bribery and corruption matters. Other names to note include Zein El Hassan and Tricia Hobson. The team is co-led by Grant Bonner and Peter Cash.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Following its merger with now-defunct firm Henry Davis York in late 2017, Norton Rose Fulbright's 'smart and commercial' group gained notable practitioners John Martin and Scott Atkins  who are key individuals along with group co-heads Steven Palmer, who is 'one of the best restructuring lawyers in Australia with incredible intelligence measured by a commercial focus', and Alex Mufford, who has 'exceptional industry knowledge'. The department recently advised a financial institution as trustee for senior noteholders following the appointment of voluntary administrators, receivers and managers to a distressed company. Chris McLeod is also a name to note in the firm's Perth office.

Leading individuals

John Martin - Norton Rose Fulbright

Scott Atkins - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Tax - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright¬†fields a team of¬†‚Äėtechnical experts who are responsive and easy to deal with‚Äô. Andrew Spalding¬†‚Äėis at the top of his field when it comes to stamp duty and GST issues‚Äô; he jointly heads the practice with the ‚Äėpragmatic, timely and technically considered‚Äô Greg Reinhardt. The latter joined following the firm‚Äôs merger with now-defunct firm Henry Davis York and acts for clients in the corporate, financial, property and government sectors. Seema Mishra¬† who also joined through the merger, is ‚Äėa star who provides a great service‚Äô and Adam Smith¬†is ‚Äėa very good technical lawyer‚Äô. The practice handles the full spectrum of direct and indirect tax matters.

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Australia: Transport

Transport: aviation
Transport: aviation - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

Ernest van Buuren heads the transport practice at Norton Rose Fulbright and is experienced in handling major aviation incidents, regulatory matters and air charter and ground handling agreements. Aviation team practice head Tom Young is an expert in the use and regulation of drones. He also excels in aviation and airport industry regulatory matters and recently advised a client on aeronautical legislation and environmental requirements in relation to a major construction project. In another highlight, the practice advised an airline on its lease renewals. Dale Rayner left to join King & Wood Mallesons.

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Transport: shipping
Transport: shipping - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright comprehensively covers the sector, assisting with matters related to ship finance, asset restructuring and insolvency, commodities, casualty response, environmental and regulatory issues, sanctions, and cybersecurity. The international client base includes financial institutions, government departments and marine insurers, as well as oil and gas and commodity companies. Ernest van Buuren and Hazel Brasington jointly head the 11-partner team, which handles high-quality contentious and non-contentious work.

Leading individuals

Ernest van Buuren - Norton Rose Fulbright

Hazel Brasington - Norton Rose Fulbright

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