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McCullough Robertson

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Derek Pocock

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McCullough Robertson

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Corporate Advisory




Derek practices in corporate law with a focus on capital markets, including mergers and acquisitions and capital raising, primarily in the energy and resources sector.  Derek’s particular industry areas of expertise are the oil and gas and electricity sectors.

As a strong advocate of the dynamic small-mid cap market in Australia, Derek  has guided numerous companies, through his ‘trusted adviser’ relationship with entrepreneurs and founders, to successful listings on the Australian Stock Exchange, including ERM Power Limited, Shine Lawyers, Superloop Limited, Megaport Limited, Novonix Limited and State Gas Ltd.

In addition, Derek has a particular interest and passion in shareholder activism.  He is regularly appointed to act for major shareholders seeking board renewal and strategic change to proactively protect their investments.  In that role, Derek’s strategic advice is regularly sought on Takeover Panel proceedings.

Clients seek his forensic knowledge and understanding of equity markets and appreciate his strategic and personal approach to every deal.  He is known for his ability to be easy to work with, to simplify rather than complicate issues and to be a formidable advocate in hostile or contested corporate actions. 


Queensland  Law Society
Director of the Flight Centre Foundation
Director of the Biopixel Oceans Foundation
Director of the Spellbrook Foundation
Chairman of the Law Council of Australia (Business Law Section) Corporations Committee (Queensland)


Bachelor of Laws - Queensland University of Technology
Bachelor of Economics - University of Queensland


Capital markets

Within: Capital markets

McCullough Robertson handles ECM transactions with notable expertise in primary and secondary raisings in the small to mid-cap sector, particularly in the resources, industrial, life sciences, travel, technology and start-up fields. The primarily Brisbane-based group includes Derek Pocock, Reece Walker, Jim Peterson and Diana Lohrisch with group head Adrian Smith and Ben Mortimer practising out of the firm's Sydney office. Walker recently led advice to Wagners on its ASX listing and related restructuring, Pocock acted for State Gas on its IPO, and also assisted Megaport with its A$28m private placement and institutional placement to aid with the expansion of the group's international platform. Metro Mining, Oventus Medical and KGL Resources are also clients.

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Natural resources (transactions and regulatory)

Within: Natural resources (transactions and regulatory)

McCullough Robertson has a strong track record of coal-sector work, but increasingly attracts base metal matters and is one of the few firms advising on uranium mining issues. Practice head Damien Clarke assisted Malabar Coal with its acquisition of Anglo American’s 88.17% interest in the Drayton thermal coal mine and Drayton South project as well as the acquisition of the remaining 11.83% interest from minority shareholders. Louise Horrocks assisted Bounty Mining with the purchase of the Cook Colliery coal mine and mining assets from the liquidator, involving secured creditors issues. Whitehaven Coal instructed the team on its purchase of the remaining 30% stake in its Boggabri mine in New South Wales. The 22-partner practice also includes Jim Peterson, Derek Pocock and John Kettle, and can draw on the firm’s strong workplace health and safety (WHS) and dispute resolution capabilities in the sector.

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