The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Piper Alderman

LEVEL 23, GOVERNOR MACQUARIE TOWER, 1 FARRER PLACE, SYDNEY, NSW 2000, 2000, AUSTRALIA
Tel:
Work +61 3 8665 5555
Fax:
Fax +61 3 8665 5500
Email:
Web:
www.piperalderman.com.au

Australia

Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 4

Piper Alderman

Piper Alderman’s ‘excellent’ team is ‘hard to fault’ and ‘gives direct access to the most experienced partners, who provide immediate responses’. The broad practice has particular expertise acting for contractors, recently advising Watpac Construction on the demolition of Brisbane’s former Royal Children’s hospital and the construction of a public health facility, forming the first stage of the Herston Quarter redevelopment; the matter was led by the ‘commercially savvyTed Williams, whose ‘industry standing carries weight in negotiations with other parties’. The ‘very commercialTim Coleman assisted Ridley with the redevelopment of Sydney’s education department building into a 6-star hotel. Geoff Emmett, an ‘exceptional lawyer who always adds value’, assisted Coopers Brewery in relation to the design and construction of a facility, Coopers’ largest single facilities investment in its 155 years of operation. Also recommended are Megan Calder, who ‘understands the industry’ and ‘gets things done’ and Tim Lange, a ‘thought-leader who is focused on providing solutions’. The five-partner team, which is led by Emmett, has been bolstered by Robert Riddell and special counsel Daniel Fitzpatrick arriving from Dentons.

[back to top]

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

Piper Alderman

Piper Alderman’s ‘excellent’ team has seen significant growth due to its merger with boutique corporate firm Norton Gledhill, adding Alasdair McLean, Bruce Cameron, James Macdonald, Michael Coker and Hugh Scales as well as consultant David Burridge to the practice. It has been further bolstered by a number of lateral hires and internal promotions; the team, which is jointly led by James Dickson and Macdonald, now counts 28 partners. The latter displays ‘an amazing work ethic’, ‘is calm under pressure and is extremely competent’; he recently assisted the AFL Players’ Association with establishing its injury and hardship fund. Southern Cross Equity Group instructed the team on the sale of Axiom Islington North’s 50% interest in the Churchill Centre North shopping centre. The team is ‘pragmatic and uses astute business judgement to get the deal done’. Michael Bacina 
leads the growing cryptocurrency practice.

[back to top]

Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Piper Alderman

Piper Alderman's team is ‘first rate in every respect’ and has expertise in debt recovery and commercial litigation. ‘Solid litigator’ and practice head Simon Morris as well as ‘exceptional negotiator’ Gordon Grieve are singled out; Grieve and Greg Whyte successfully represented DIF III Global Co-Investment Fund in its recovery of a failed investment in the acquisition of a US-listed company. The team has been strengthened by the arrival of special counsel Susanna Khouri, who joined from litigation funding company IMF Bentham; Leneen Forde has left to join the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

[back to top]

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Piper Alderman

Piper Alderman is noted for its ‘excellent level of service’. Practice head Tim Clark continues to represent the Australian Digital Health Agency in a patent opposition matter and is acting for a healthcare client in the potential commercialisation of a vaccine technology. The ‘highly knowledgeable' Tim O’Callaghan acts for Australian finance company Pepper Group in opposition proceedings against parties infringing Pepper’s trade marks in Israel, the EU, Australia and New Zealand. Sarah Johnson joined from Kemp Strang.

[back to top]

Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 4

Piper Alderman

Piper Alderman's 'concise, commercially oriented, practical and fearless' team is led by the 'astute and measuredTim Lange, who is 'sensational to work with, responsive, attentive and aware of the client's needs and expectations'. The firm merged with legacy firm Norton Gledhill, which brought several employment lawyers including principal Chris Hartigan, who is experienced in industrial relations and discrimination claims and 'delivers to an impeccable standard'. Recent mandates include representing Sodexo in an unfair dismissal claim, and advising Dufry on its enterprise bargaining process including related union issues. Adelaide-based David Ey and Tim Capelin in Sydney are also a key name to note.

[back to top]

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 5

Piper Alderman

Piper Alderman's ‘client-focussed’ practice is ‘outstanding’ and possesses ‘good depth beyond partner level’. The team is led by managing partner Tony Britten-JonesLexia Wilson acted for Charter Hall in the A$100m acquisition of three Brisbane industrial assets and assisted Tian An Australia with the development of 98 apartments spanning three residential buildings. David Burridge and Gordon Bell joined following the firm's merger with Norton Gledhill; Mark Askin, who has ‘in-depth sector knowledge and commercial insight’ and Adam Rinaldi have both been promoted to partner. The team has expertise with handling construction and development agreements, stamp duty and transactions, and regularly acts for local developers, real estate companies and government entities.

[back to top]

Regulatory compliance and investigations
Regulatory compliance and investigations - ranked: tier 4

Piper Alderman

Piper Alderman represented a number of financial services clients placed under scrutiny in the Banking Royal Commission. The team also defended Aurora Funds Management in proceedings brought by both ASIC and Molopo Energy and is on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency panel, advising on, and appearing in, appeals by practitioners against board decisions. Joint practice heads Tom Griffith and James Dickson are the names to note. Andrea Beatty, a partner in the firm's financial services practice, is also a member of the team after joining in November 2018.

[back to top]

Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 4

Piper Alderman

Piper Alderman fields 'an excellent team that is well skilled and highly knowledgeable in the area' with 'a great depth of talent' including 'technically brilliant' Melbourne-based department head Michael Lhuede and the 'experienced and client-focusedJoanne Hardwick, who has been 'a strong addition to the Melbourne team' following her move from legacy firm DibbsBarker in 2018; Thomas Russell in Sydney is 'quick to develop and articulate compelling arguments and commercial solutions', and Adelaide-based Mike Hayes 'provides solid and reliable advice'. The group's recent work includes acting for US Bank National Association as the US note trustee on the reconstruction of Boart Longyear, and representing Dye & Co as liquidator of Mamounia in multiple Supreme Court claims.

[back to top]


Further information on Piper Alderman

Please choose from this list to view details of what we say about Piper Alderman in other jurisdictions.

Australia

Offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney

Legal Developments worldwide

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • Consolidated Group (Income Tax) Rules, 2019

    On 31 May 2019, Malta published the “Consolidated Group (Income Tax) Rules". The rules will come into force as from year of assessment 2020 and the rules introduce the concept of fiscal units into Maltese tax law .
  • Renewable energy in Ukraine: green auctions launched

    In the first half of 2019 alone, renewable energy facilities with a capacity of more than 1.5 GW were connected to the Ukrainian grid, with about 96% of those being solar and wind energy facilities. In the whole of 2018, which has been a record-breaking year so far, numbers were almost half as high. The Ukrainian market also remains very attractive to foreign investors, not least because of the lucrative feed-in tariff rates, which are paid out regularly. Now, after the adoption of the so-called law on green auctions, significant changes can be expected.
  • Economic Substance Requirements - Fund Managers

    The International Tax Co-operation (Economic Substance) Law, 2018 (the “ES Law”) came into effect in the Cayman Islands on 1 January 2019, requiring in-scope entities that carry on particular activities to have demonstrable economic substance in the Cayman Islands.
  • Shipping at the spotlight of terrorism

    Is terrorism the new norm for shipping?
  • Adidas three stripe Trademark Revocation

    In a judgment of the General Court of the European Union of the 19th June 2019, Adidas saw their hopes of extending their three stripes trademark dashed, as the court ruled that there was no distinctiveness in the three stripes trademark. Furthermore, the court held that the Adidas had failed to prove that the mark had acquired distinctive character through use throughout the member states of the EU.
  • David against Goliath – Libra vs Central Banks: Who will win?

    Working in the crypto and DLT space is like being on an emotional rollercoaster with feelings which range from curiosity, excitement, euphoria, revelation, shock, disappointment, hope, wonder and determination – did I miss any?
  • UK Telecoms company fined £100K over unsolicited marketing messages

    The Information Commissioner’s Office (‘ICO’) which is the UK’s data protection supervisory authority, recently issued a fine of £100,000 to EE Limited, a telecoms company operating in the UK. The fine was issued in response to EE Limited having sent two and a half million unsolicited direct marketing messages to its customers, back in early 2018. The direct marketing messages were sent without EE Limited having first obtained the required consent to send them to its clients.
  • British Airways and Marriott International Inc. face huge fines from UK data protection authority

    British Airways (‘BA’) may be hit with what will be the highest-ever penalty which the Information Commissioner’s Office (‘ICO’), the UK’s data protection supervisory authority, has handed out.
  • UAE Tax domicile certificate

    Issued by the Ministry of Finance in the United Arab Emirates (‘UAE’), the Tax Domicile Certificate (also referred to as the Tax Residency Certificate) enables eligible government entities, companies and individuals to take advantage of double taxation avoidance agreements on income signed by the UAE.
  • The Cayman Islands Data Protection Law, 2017

    The following information relates to the enactment of The Cayman Islands Data Protection Law, 2017 (" DPL "), which was expected to come into force on 29 January 2019, will now come into force in September 2019. The DPL will regulate the future processing of all personal data in the Cayman Islands.