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Corrs Chambers Westgarth

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Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Port Moresby, Sydney

Australia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Corrs Chambers Westgarth's client base of banks, alternative capital providers, international financial institutions, private equity firms and corporates benefits from the team's experience across acquisition finance, corporate finance and property finance work alongside notable regulatory expertise. Brad Robinson and Michael Chaaya jointly lead the group, which recently recruited Ben Emblin and Patrick O’Grady  from now-defunct firm Henry Davis York, Fadi Khoury from Norton Rose Fulbright and Kon Mellos from Herbert Smith Freehills. Rommel Harding-Farrenberg recently advised on a bid to acquire Ten Network and its subsequent refinancing, Robinson assisted Southern Cross Austereo with the refinancing of its core debt, and Clare Corke acted for Mach Energy on the extension of a corporate facility for the financing of the Mount Pleasant coal mine.

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Capital markets
Capital markets: debt - ranked: tier 3

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Capital markets: equity - ranked: tier 3

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Corrs Chambers Westgarth practises across ECM, DCM and securitisation including high-yield financings, non-bank lending and equity raisings. Perth-based Russell Philip acted for Dacian Gold on a A$110m equity raising by way of institutional placement and accelerated entitlement offer, Sandy Mak assisted Restaurant Brands New Zealand with its foreign exempt listing on the ASX, and Christian Owen advised Greenstone Resources on its role in a combined equity and debt fundraising by Heron Resources. The team also fields debt and securitisation expert Brad Robinson, who is particularly active in the warehouse financing sector and transactions involving non-bank lenders, practice head Robert Regan and ECM specialist Jeremy Horwood, who regularly handles transactions in the energy, natural resources and financial services sectors.

Leading individuals: Capital markets: debt

Brad Robinson - Corrs Chambers Westgarth

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Competition and trade
Competition and trade - ranked: tier 3

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Corrs Chambers Westgarth¬†is noted for its ‚Äėgood response times, industry knowledge and business acumen‚Äô. The arrival of the ‚Äėunreservedly recommended‚Äô Ian Reynolds¬†from Clayton Utz¬†bolstered the practice, which is jointly headed by¬†Mark McCowan¬†and¬†Andrew Korbel.¬†It is acting for BP on its highly contentious acquisition of Woolworths‚Äô national network of 527 retail service station and development sites, and advises Dell on all of its competition and consumer protection issues. Brisbane-based Eddie Scuderi, who has ‚Äėgreat¬†knowledge of the relevant regulatory landscape‚Äô, is advising the state of Queensland on proposed amendments to the Competition and Consumer Act. The practice also has expertise in Chinese international trade matters.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s team has strong contentious capabilities, coupled with a busy infrastructure and transport front-end practice, and remains a key player in the market. Regarded practice head Ben Davidson has been busy representing a client in a high-value dispute, and, in a separate matter, acted in an international arbitration matter. Chris Ryder continues to represent an engineering and infrastructure company in contentious matters in the resources sector; he and Rod Dann regularly act for a number of major contractors. Serco sought the team's advice in relation to its successful bid to operate and maintain facilities under the Grafton Prison PPP, New South Wales’ largest correctional centre. Jane Hider regularly acts for government clients. Civil engineer and lawyer Michael Earwaker is regarded for technical disputes. Andrew Stephenson is highly regarded. Simon Ashworth left to join K&L Gates.

Leading individuals

Andrew Stephenson - Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Chris Ryder - Corrs Chambers Westgarth

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

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s capabilities encompass the technology, media and telecoms, healthcare, energy and real estate sectors. The 34-partner team, which is headed by Sandy Mak, maintains a busy China desk. It has been bolstered by Adam Foreman joining from Clayton Utz; Kon Mellos, who has a focus on advising financial institutions, from Herbert Smith Freehills; and Fadi Khoury from Norton Rose Fulbright. Jonathan Farrer is representing the Life Without Barriers and Cerebral Palsy Alliance on its successful bids as part of the NSW government privatisation process for disability services. Justin Fox assisted SMS Management & Technology with its proposed acquisition by ASX-listed technology services management company DWS; he also acted for Southern Cross Media Group on the sale of its Northern NSW Television operations to WIN. Cross-border work included Mak’s advice to a Singapore-based security company on the acquisition of one of Australia’s largest privately owned security companies. Special counsel Joanne Dwyer is also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Joanne Dwyer - Corrs Chambers Westgarth

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Corrs Chambers Westgarth's¬†‚Äėbrilliant‚Äô practice, led by¬†James Whittaker, handles complex, high-value litigation and class actions, and regularly represents the government in contentious matters. It is acting for Trevor Flugge, the former head of the Australian Wheat Board (AWB), in civil penalty proceedings brought by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) against him, centred on allegations of payments by AWB to the Iraqi government in breach of UN sanctions. The team is also acting for Hancock¬†Prospecting in its defence of claims brought by two children of Australian billionaire Gina Rinehart and two third parties. Names to note include Mark Wilks, Stan Lewis, Chris Pagent¬†and Bronwyn Lincoln. The team has been bolstered by¬†Felicity Healy¬†from now-defunct Henry Davis York and Joshua Paffey¬†from Norton Rose Fulbright.

Leading individuals

James Whittaker  - Corrs Chambers Westgarth

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Dispute resolution: class actions
Dispute resolution: class actions - ranked: tier 3

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Corrs Chambers Westgarth's notable work highlights include Mark Wilks acting for Hancock Prospecting in claims brought by the children of Australian billionaire Gina Rinehart regarding the ownership of its key mining assets, advising litigation funder IMF Bentham on multiple class actions related to new residential developments in the Australian Capital Territory, and Chris Pagent defending Serco Australia and Broadspectrum in actions relating to immigration detention facilities the clients operate on Christmas island and Manus island and the treatment of detainees. Other key practitioners include practice head James Whittaker, Stan Lewis and financial services and product liability expert Brad Woodhouse.

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Energy (transactions and regulatory)
Energy (transactions and regulatory) - ranked: tier 2

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s 27-partner practice, which is headed by Michael MacGinley, has seen some change with the addition of former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Singapore managing partner, transactional lawyer and new firm CEO Gavin MacLaren , and with Vaughan Mills joining from Allens; Mills now leads the firm’s Papua New Guinea (PNG) efforts, splitting his time between Brisbane and the new Port Moresby office. Peter Jarosek advised Woodside Energy on its $400m acquisition of a 50% interest in the Scarborough gas field from Esso Australia Resources; he also assisted Macquarie with its proposed acquisition of Central Petroleum. Domestically, Clare Corke acted for Australian Questus Energy regarding the acquisition of Origin’s Lattice energy assets in a competitive bid process. Nick Thorne has been promoted to the partnership.

Leading individuals

Peter Jarosek - Corrs Chambers Westgarth

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s ten-partner team is jointly headed by technology expert Philip Catania and James North, who focuses on telecoms work. The practice attracted some high-value projects work for key clients, among them advising Adobe on data ownership, AI and data analytics in relation to the launch and development of products and services across the Asia Pacific region. Facebook instructs the team in licensing and data privacy matters linked to its Australian operations, and financial services work included Catania’s advice to investment company Vanguard Australia on the establishment of a wealth management platform. Helen Clarke assists the Queensland Department of Science, Information Technology & Innovation with its Information Communications & Technology modernisation project, which will modernise how government entities procure technology. Frances Wheelahan and Eugenia Kolivos are also singled out.

Leading individuals

Philip Catania - Corrs Chambers Westgarth

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

The well-respected¬†Frank Lawson¬†heads the team at Corrs Chambers Westgarth, which¬†has strong experience acting for policyholders, especially in the infrastructure and construction space. On the insurer side, it represents a number of insurers in relation to coverage issues in claims for indemnity. Special counsel and¬†policyholder issues specialist¬†Catherine Oldenburg¬†works closely with Lawson on the team‚Äôs key matters. Melbourne-based Daniel Marquet¬†is ‚Äėexcellent, with great industry knowledge, responsiveness and sound judgement‚Äô. Patrick O‚ÄôGrady¬† joined from now-defunct firm Henry Davis York.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Corrs Chambers Westgarth¬†renders ‚Äėprompt and concise‚Äô advice and the team is ‚Äėexcellent in terms of professionalism, business acumen and commerciality‚Äô; it recently welcomed high-profile litigation specialist David Fixler¬†to its Melbourne office from King & Wood Mallesons. Also singled out is¬†Odette Gourley,¬†who is representing¬†New York's Hospital for Special Surgery¬†Pty in a passing off and misleading conduct action against Hospital for Specialist Surgery and related parties.¬†In Melbourne, Kate Hay¬†is recommended for Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and consumer law matters. She is handling a number of copyright, patent and design matters in the Federal Court and is supporting 'outstanding' practice head Stephen Stern¬†to oversee Lundbeck‚Äôs longstanding claim against four generic companies over a drug patent.

Leading individuals

Odette Gourley - Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Stephen Stern - Corrs Chambers Westgarth

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Recent mandates for Corrs Chambers Westgarth include Stephen Price representing the Australian Building and Construction Commission in proceedings relating to unlawful industrial action against BKH, Jack de Flamingh acting for Glencore in the Oaky Creek Coal dispute, the longest lockout of employees in Australia's history, and Nick Le Mare representing International Piping Products in Supreme Court proceedings related to breaches of duty against three former senior executives and directors. The team has particular strengths in the mining, construction, manufacturing, energy and financial services sectors and regularly acts for DOF Subsea, Weir Minerals and Endeavour Foundation. John Tuck heads up the department, which also fields Nicholas Ellery, Stephen Price and special counsel Marie Costa. Paul Burns joined from Herbert Smith Freehills.

Leading individuals

John Tuck - Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Next generation lawyers

Marie Costa - Corrs Chambers Westgarth

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

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

With notable expertise in the energy, natural resources and mining and minerals sectors, Corrs Chambers Westgarth counts International Piping Products, the Australian Building and Construction Commission and Glencore as clients. Other key clients include Weir Minerals Australia, which it advised on multiple health and safety issues, and DOF Subsea, which it acted for in issues arising from a group of deep sea divers who are claiming long-term serious health issues resulting from a dive. John Tuck leads the department, which also includes Jack de Flamingh and Nicholas Ellery.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 2

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Corrs Chambers Westgarth ‚Äėprovides an excellent service‚Äô and possesses ‚Äėgreat media sector knowledge‚Äô. Practice head¬†Richard Leder¬†is ‚Äėsuccinct and approachable, with a vast knowledge of the industry‚Äô. Defamation is a core focus and the team represented actress Rebel Wilson in her highly publicised claim against Bauer Media, which (prior to a successful appeal) resulted in the highest award for defamation-related damages in Australian history.¬†James North¬†is the name to note on the transactional side; he advised Toronto-based Blue Ant Media on its purchase of Australian media company Racat Group. Other areas of expertise include contempt, privacy, and legislative restrictions. Adam Foreman¬†joined from Clayton Utz. Special counsel Jennifer Dean is recommended for competition and regulatory matters in the media sector.

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Natural resources (transactions and regulatory)
Natural resources (transactions and regulatory) - ranked: tier 2

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Corrs Chambers Westgarth increasingly attracts cross-border work and capitalises on its PNG office, which opened in late 2017. Michael MacGinley heads the 27-partner team, which includes coal acquisitions expert Bruce Adkins and special counsel Stuart Clague, who has a mining sector focus. Adkins assisted Peabody Energy with the sale of its Burton coal mine to New Hope and Formosa, and Robert Franklyn led advice to Gold Road Resources on its acquisition of Sumitomo Metal Mining Oceania’s 50% interest in the South Yamarna project. Cape Coal instructed the team on the sale of its subsidiary, Bowen Coking Coal, to Cabral Resources. Nick Thorne, who divides his time between Brisbane and Port Moresby, has been promoted to the partnership.

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Project development
Project development - ranked: tier 2

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Corrs Chambers Westgarth has a clear focus on infrastructure work and acts for both government and private sector clients. David Warren heads the 28-partner team; it includes Peter Schenk, who is representing the Queensland government in relation to the $2.2bn Queen’s Wharf project, which involves the redevelopment of nine hectares in the Brisbane’s CBD; Warren acts for two longstanding clients on the development of a facility to supply precast structural elements to the West Gate Tunnel project. Airlie Fox is assisting the Altrac consortium, consisting of Capella, Acciona, Alstom and Transdev, with the delivery of the $1.2bn Sydney Light Rail project, which includes a rail network extension through Sydney’s CBD. John Walter, Andrew Chew and Clare Corke are also recommended. Jared Heath has been promoted to partner.

Leading individuals

David Warren - Corrs Chambers Westgarth

John Walter - Corrs Chambers Westgarth

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Corrs Chambers Westgarth's¬†‚Äėbusiness savvy‚Äô team¬†is noted for its ‚Äėcommercial advice and short response times‚Äô. The ‚Äėvery diplomatic‚Äô practice head¬†Nathaniel Popelianski¬†assisted the Aspire Consortium with its successful tender application for the Ivanhoe Estate project, Australia‚Äôs largest social and affordable housing redevelopment. In a further highlight, Sydney-based¬†Paul Carrick¬†is advising Vicinity Centres on its acquisition of 50% in three shopping centres. Peter Calov¬†and Simon Doyle¬†are ‚Äėvery knowledgeable and understand business drivers‚Äô;¬†Alan Churley¬†is another name to note. David Ellenby¬†and¬†Natalie Bryant¬†have both been promoted to the partnership.

Leading individuals

Nathaniel Popelianski - Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Peter Calov - Corrs Chambers Westgarth

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

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

White-collar crime, anti-bribery and corruption are the key areas for Corrs Chambers Westgarth's department, which is led by Richard Flitcroft. Simon Johnson represented a client in relation to an investigation and potential litigation arising from a so-called pyramid scheme in the online payments space. Sydney-based Sam Delaney acts for a global security company in an investigation of fraud perpetrated by a former employee. James Whittaker has particular expertise in class actions, corporate governance of government-related entities and Royal Commissions. The team also includes forensic technology expert Phillip Magness.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 2

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Building on the substantial recruitment it saw in 2017, Corrs Chambers Westgarth has notable breadth in restructuring and insolvency with considerable strength advising on restructurings in the mining and logistics transport sectors. Cameron Cheetham heads up the department and acted for Rogers Reidy as voluntary administrators of eChoice, Ben Emblin advised McGrathNicol on the liquidation of Babcock & Brown group's assets, and Michael Catchpoole represented HLB Mann Judd in its role as liquidators of Bruck Textile Technologies in litigation relating to an allegedly unlawful restructuring. Other key individuals include Sam Delaney, Craig Ensor, litigators Mark Wilks and Jade Rowarth, and Patrick O’Grady .

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Corrs Chambers Westgarth provides strategic tax advice to domestic and overseas government, corporate and institutional and private equity clients. The practice is well regarded for its knowledge of real estate tax structuring and is jointly headed by Rhys Jewell and Mark Payne. Jewell advised Southern Cross Media Group on tax implications arising from the sale of its television assets and operations in the Northern New South Wales TV license area. Payne assisted Blue CHP and Home4Life with the structuring and financing of a national disability accommodation project. The team also acts for Frasers Property, developer of the large-scale Ivanhoe Estate project in New South Wales. Notable clients include AIG, National Australia Bank and realestate.com.au.

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