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McCullough Robertson

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The firm: McCullough Robertson is the largest independent law firm in Queensland with offices and clients across the entire country. The firm is a proxy for all that is good about the Australian market ie energy, mining, agribusiness, corporate and ICT. The firm is a mid-market specialist.

Areas of practice: Banking and finance: The firm represents leading Australian and international financial institutions and corporate borrowers on all aspects of financing transactions. The firm also advises on administration, bankruptcy, insolvency, litigation, directors' duties, including insolvent trading, liquidation, receivership and schemes of arrangement. McCullough Robertson's work in finance spans a number of industries including: real estate, international trade, mining and resources, infrastructure, agribusiness, manufacturing, retail and tourism.

Capital markets: The firm combines industry knowledge with expertise in corporate finance and financial instruments, debt capital markets, equity, capital raisings and IPOs and capital management to create innovative solutions. The firm advises companies in respect of listings on the ASX and BSX in Australia, NASDAQ in the United States and the London Stock Exchange in the UK.

Competition: The team draws on its local experience as well as its in-depth European experience. From developing and facilitating compliance programs, to advising on the impact of company action or the next step, to notifying, seeking merger clearance or authorisation from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. We advise Australian and overseas companies undertaking mergers.

Construction and infrastructure: The firm is known as one of the most resourced and conscientious full service construction practices in Australia with particular recognition in the natural resources, energy, infrastructure and urban major development sectors. lts equal strength in advisory and disputes in the area is unusual in the market. The team has particular expertise in public private partnerships, market-led proposals and business cases relating to public infrastructure.

Corporate and M&A: The firm offers leading advisory services and integrated solutions to Australian and global companies in relation to divestments, acquisitions, structures and restructures, capital raising initiatives, tax driven structuring, tax roll-overs and transactional tax advice. The team focuses on small to mid-cap public and private M&A, with a particular strength in resources and renewables, TMT, tourism, life sciences and agribusiness.

Dispute resolution: The firm provides strategic advice and legal services in litigated matters acknowledging the need for innovative dispute resolution solutions to clients across a wide range of industries, including multinational corporations.  Where disputes cannot be avoided, the firm has the experience and expertise to take advantage of the range of resolution methods available including, mediation, expert determination and arbitration. McCullough Robertson's arbitration lawyers are at the forefront in the shift by large companies away from traditional methods of litigation, towards arbitration as an alternative method to resolve international disputes,

Employment: The team advises and represents both private and public sector clients in all aspects of the employment relationship under federal and state employment relations and health and safety legislation. We provide practical, timely, and cost-effective advice. We assist clients with employment contract and policy drafting, workplace compliance, investigations, restructuring and workplace change management, employment and industrial relations litigation, enterprise bargaining and dispute management. 

Workplace health and safety: The firm advises on all aspects of compliance and risk management, and works closely with clients in unfortunately critical cases, such as fatalities and coronial enquiries, to develop and implement health and safety policies and procedures.  Our clients include multi-national corporates, domestic enterprises and federal, state and local government departments and authorities. We also assist our clients manage the ever-changing legal landscape relating to immigration, to ensure the ongoing access to the best available workforce.

Energy (transactions and regulatory): One of the largest practices in Australia, the firm continues to build its reputation in the energy  industry. The firm maintains a large client base comprised of international and domestic clients and is a market leader in the mid-market resources space.

Insurance: The team is focused on ensuring clients enjoy the broadest possible insurance coverage and that claims are satisfied in accordance with policy obligations. The practice is renowned for its technical and insurance industry market knowledge and experience.

Intellectual property: The firm has acted in many signature intellectual property deals and is sought out by local and international clients to provide IP and corporate/commercial advice.  McCullough Robertson also assists in IP issues worldwide, including cross border trademark mark disputes and oppositions.

Natural resources (transactions and regulatory): Known for its focus on operational excellence, the firm leverages its commercial and industry expertise to strategically support organisations from inception, during expansion, and into maturity. This unrivalled offering is complemented by the firm's significant industry experience in advising on joint ventures, structuring, mergers and acquisitions, contract negotiations, commercial and tax issues, regulatory and approvals, as well as significant cross-border and Foreign Investment Review Board advice. A resulting strength of the firm is its ability to carry a project from start to finish, from the initial transaction, to matters involving complex regulatory and approvals pathways and then into the construction and operational phases.

Project finance: The team advises on complex financing transactions, involving combinations of equity, mezzanine debt, security trusts, syndications and offshore securities and on priority and inter-creditor arrangements

Life sciences:  Our life sciences team is one of the largest nationally with our clients ranging from ASX-listed life sciences companies, to emerging companies, universities and research institutes. We advise on all aspects of this industry and bring additional expertise with several of our specialists having science qualifications.

  • Contacts

  • John Kettle, partner

  • Number of lawyers: 167
  • Languages
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Afrikaans
  • Cantonese
  • Dutch
  • Japanese
  • Malay
  • Mandarin
  • Portuguese
  • Samoan
  • Chinese
  • Member
  • IBA (International Bar Association)
  • Insolvency and Bankruptcy Professionals
  • INSOL - International Association of Restructuring

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