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Arnold Bloch Leibler

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Within Banking and finance, tier 4

Arnold Bloch Leibler is particularly strong in property finance and restructuring and insolvency matters. Stephen Sharp heads the team and work highlights included acting on behalf of the senior lenders in the restructure of Nine Entertainment.

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Within Competition and trade, tier 4

Arnold Bloch Leibler’s ‘tough litigators’ advise on contentious competition matters ranging from cartel investigations to allegations of misleading representation. The practice, headed by Zaven Mardirossian, is also advising the Australian Constructors Association on compliance matters.

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Within Corporate and M&A, tier 4

The ‘effective and commercially pragmatic’ team at Arnold Bloch Leibler is recognised for its ‘business acumen and dedication’. Practice head Jonathan Wenig and Jeremey Leibler have ‘excellent negotiating skills’. Andrew Silberberg is ‘one of the sharpest tools in the M&A shed’ and the ‘meticulous’ David Speiser is also recommended.

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Within Dispute resolution, Arnold Bloch Leibler is a second tier firm,

The ‘very goodArnold Bloch Leibler has a strong dispute resolution practice, led by Leon Zwier. Highlights included acting for two of the former executive directors of Great Southern, in defending numerous class actions in Victoria and Western Australia arising from the collapse of Australia’s largest agricultural managed investment scheme manager. Zaven Mardirossian ‘has a wealth of litigation experience’, and Justin Vaatstra is also recommended.

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Within Employment, tier 5

Arnold Bloch Leibler is noted for its ‘outstanding industry knowledge’. James Simpson, whose practice covers a broad range of employment matters, now heads the team following Henry Skene’s departure for Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

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Within Intellectual property, tier 4

Arnold Bloch Leibler has a ‘very good’ practice, led by Zaven Mardirossian. Recent work highlights included successfully defending Ice Jewellery Australia in relation to a misleading and deceptive conduct and passing off dispute with Ice Design.

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Within Real estate, tier 5

Arnold Bloch Leibler acted on behalf of an Intrapac/Brencorp consortium in relation to a new residential development at Keysborough, Victoria. Team head Ken Gray led the advice. The ‘tactical and responsive’ Lily Tell is well regarded. Kevin Frawley and Stephen Sharp are also recommended.

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Within Restructuring and insolvency, Arnold Bloch Leibler is a second tier firm,

On a complex restructuring or insolvency that requires a high level of partner involvement, look no further’ than Arnold Bloch Leibler. The team ‘shares a culture of driving outcomes for its clients. Practice head Leon Zwier is ‘brilliant, practical, creative and completely devoted to his clients’.

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Within Tax, Arnold Bloch Leibler is a second tier firm,

Arnold Bloch Leibler’s tax team delivers comprehensive advice to corporate clients and high-net-worth individuals alike. It is noted for its expertise in charitable giving, both on the donor and recipient side. Ross Paterson and Paul Sokolowski are praised for their ‘practical and technical advice’.

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