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Hall & Wilcox

LEVEL 9, 60 CASTLEREAGH STREET, SYDNEY, NSW 2000, AUSTRALIA
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Work +61 2 8267 3800
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Fax +61 2 8267 3888
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www.hallandwilcox.com.au

Australia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 5

Hall & Wilcox

Hall & Wilcox excels in the property finance space counting senior and mezzanine lenders, property funds and property developers as clients. Practice head Mark Inston led advice to Qualitas Securities on the provision of a mezzanine construction facility to BPM regarding a residential development in Melbourne, acted for Bendigo on the provision of debt funding to multiple community housing providers across Australia, and assisted DomaCom with the structuring of loans provided to DomaCom Fund. Other clients include Isuzu, Westpac, China Construction Bank, ICBC and Asia Debt Management. Nick Slack, superannuation experts Heather Gray and Anne MacNamara, Harry New and China practice head Eugene Chen are also key names to note.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 6

Hall & Wilcox

Hall & Wilcox has a particular focus on middle-market deals; jointly led by John Hutchinson and Martin Ross, the department has been bolstered by consultant and new European desk co-head Wolfgang Babeck joining from now-defunct firm DibbsBarker, and by special counsel Jonathon Wood from Herbert Smith Freehills. Dyson instructed the team on the acquisition of Shepparton Transit, it advised Cambridge Global Payments on the Australian aspects of the sale of its global business to Fleetcor Technologies, and it assisted a financial services group with its acquisition of a real estate funds manager. Key clients include Carlton and United Breweries, Arena REIT, BMW Financial Services and Australian Unity. Christopher Brown and Oliver Jankowsky are also recommended.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Hall & Wilcox

As well as handling commercial litigation and contractual disputes, Hall & Wilcox's¬†‚Äėbrilliant, knowledgeable and very thorough‚Äô team has experience in class actions and insolvency litigation. ‚ÄėSensible and pragmatic‚Äô group head Graydon Dowd¬†is representing the non-executive directors of Banksia Securities in shareholder proceedings filed on behalf of debenture holders. The ‚Äėvery smart and experienced‚Äô Natasha Toholka¬†is recommended for banking and finance litigation.¬†Stephen Klotz¬†and private client expert Tom McMahon¬†are also singled out. Noel Batrouney retired from the partnership.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 4

Hall & Wilcox

Hall & Wilcox's practice led by Rhett Slocombe welcomed a team from now-defunct firm DibbsBarker, including Angela Brookes, Terry Killian, Kelli Stallard and special counsel Chris West. It acts for insurers in class actions and personal injury claims arising from a range of incidents, including bush fires, and has strong expertise in professional indemnity matters, a focus area for Melbourne-based Matthew McDonald, who frequently handles coverage disputes. The firm has deep expertise in the worker coverage sector, representing government bodies and insurers. Sydney-based special counsel Leigh Parker and senior associate Emma Baker in Brisbane are also singled out.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 4

Hall & Wilcox

Hall & Wilcox's employment expertise encompasses employment litigation, industrial relations work, corporate support, discrimination, bullying and harassment issues, workplace investigations and immigration matters. Karl Rozenbergs heads up the group, which recently saw the expansion of its Sydney offering with the recruitment of Fay Calderone, who is a key name for professional services and not-for-profit clients, from now-defunct firm DibbsBarker. Mark Dunphy, Kylie Groves, Alison Baker and Aaron Dearden are also names to note. Dearden recently assisted AusNet Services with the negotiation of a new enterprise agreement covering its transmission and distribution operations and acted for a client in the prosecution of the Australian Workers' Union following an unprotected industrial action, and Groves represented five duty officers at South African Airlines in issues surrounding their employment status as either independent contractors or employees.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 3

Hall & Wilcox

Martin Ross heads the practice at Hall & Wilcox and has considerable experience working on media rights transactions, sponsorship agreements and sports-related mergers and acquisitions. Ross is supported by Mark Lebbon, a senior associate with particular strengths in sporting event and intellectual property commercialisation, technology licensing agreements and corporate governance and structuring. Clients include sporting organisations, public and private corporations and governing bodies.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Hall & Wilcox

Hall & Wilcox¬†stands out for its¬†‚Äėhigh level of personalised service, strong client engagement and ability to turn around matters quickly‚Äô. Melbourne-based Natalie Bannister is acting for an investment company on the development and leasing of an industrial village in Victoria; the team also advised on innovative green leases for the¬†40,000sqm, carbon-neutral mixed-use project. Hunter Development Corporation received advice on a A$200m Newcastle-based development to renew a heritage-listed building. The multidisciplinary practice covers acquisitions, disposals, leases and developments and is headed by the¬†‚Äėstraightforward, no-nonsense‚Äô Bannister and¬†John O‚ÄôKane. The team has been bolstered by the arrival of¬†Katrina Reye and Anna Bailey¬†following the firm's merger with Harris Wheeler Lawyers. Felicity Ford¬†joined from a role in-house, and¬†Rory O‚ÄôConnor¬†from Norton Rose Fulbright. Consultant Chris Hammond¬†receives praise.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 5

Hall & Wilcox

Hall & Wilcox's expertise encompasses restructuring issues, turnarounds, bankruptcies, receiverships, voluntary administrations and liquidations alongside corporate recovery, distressed trading, security enforcement and insolvency-related litigation experience. Wayne Kelcey is a key name to note, particularly for insolvency disputes. Other noteworthy practitioners include corporate insolvency specialist Mark Petrucco and Adrian Lasky.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Hall & Wilcox

The Melbourne-centred team at Hall & Wilcox is led by Peter Murray and has a focus on the banking, funds, insurance, property, construction and media and technology sectors. It handles the entire spectrum of tax-related matters and recently advised Hong-Kong based Eternal Best Industrial on the tax implications of its proposed acquisition of an Australian shoe manufacturer and retailer. Bucher Municipal receives ongoing advice on federal and state tax compliance. Anthony Bradica specialises in taxation planning and structuring for corporate clients and Marina Raulings excels at transaction-related stamp duty and GST matters. Michael Parker and Andrew O’Bryan are both well regarded for advice on income tax, capital gains tax and transactions.

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