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Adrian Smith

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McCullough Robertson

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Corporate Advisory




Adrian is a partner in the firm’s corporate group.  He has over 20 years legal experience in both Australia and previously the UK where he was admitted and worked for a global law firm for five years in London.

Prior to his role at McCullough Robertson, Adrian was a corporate partner in the Sydney office of a leading global law firm.

Currently, Adrian advises clients on corporate and securities law issues, where his practice focuses on company and business acquisitions and disposals, private equity transactions, capital raisings, joint ventures, corporate restructurings and commercial transactions.

Adrian advises a wide range of listed and private companies on transactional and corporate governance issues, and has a particular focus on the financial services and technology industries. 

Adrian recently won the Lawyers Monthly Lawyer of the Year award in the category of Travel and Tourism law.  He is recognised in Legal 500 Asia-Pacific as a recommended lawyer Capital Markets lawyer.


New South Wales Law Society


Bachelor of Laws – King’s College London


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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Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

McCullough Robertson’s practice, headed by Damien Clarke, maintains its strong presence in Queensland but has significantly sharpened the profile of its Sydney offering, where Adrian Smith increasingly attracts cross-border work, frequently referred form overseas firms. In a recent cross-border matter Smith advised the majority shareholders on the sale of Krispy Kreme Australia and New Zealand to its US licensor, Krispy Kreme Doughnut. The Sydney team has been further bolstered by now-defunct firm Henry Davis York’s former practice co-head Ben Mortimer and his team. Advising small to mid-cap public and private transactions in the resources, technology, media and agribusiness sectors are the team’s strengths, but the 14-partner practice increasingly acts for financial services clients. In a recent example, Mortimer assisted Westpac with its further investment in fintech mortgage broking company Uno Home Loans. Reece Walker and Jim Peterson advised Viralytics on its acquisition by Merck & Co, a transaction that represents the greatest sum ever offered for a local drug developer in the history of Australian biotech.

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