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Thomson Geer

LEVEL 25, 1 O'CONNELL STREET, SYDNEY NSW 2000, AUSTRALIA
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Australia

Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 5

Thomson Geer

Thomson Geer's team is ‘incredibly knowledgeable, accessible’ and ‘always available’. In a recent contentious highlight, it represented Civil Mining & Construction in claims against Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal (WICET), and subsequently in counterclaims made by WICET against its client, both in relation to the development of Queensland’s Wiggins Island coal export terminal. On the advisory side, Chinese Wanda Group instructed the practice on the redevelopment of Sydney’s Goldfields House in Circular Quay into a luxury mixed-use complex with a 59-storey residential tower and a 28-storey hotel. CPB Contractors received advice in relation to the Capricornia Correctional Centre expansion project. ‘Excellent lawyer and construction litigator’ Andrew Kelly leads the nine-partner team, and is rated as ‘highly experienced, creative and passionate about delivering sound outcomes’. Also recommended are Josh Marchant, Luke Aiken and Adam Wallwork; Wallwork, who joined from McCullough Robertson, ‘provides practical and no-nonsense advice’.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 5

Thomson Geer

Thomson Geer’s ‘excellent’ team gives ‘concise and commercially realistic advice’; it includes the well-regarded Dan Kramer, Adam Brooks, David Zwi, who has a focus on acting for listed public companies and private equity funds, and newly promoted partner Peta Thompson. Eugene Fung provides ‘commercial and sound legal advice that is always practical and relevant’; he advised Domino’s on its minority share acquisition of Bain Capital’s shares in Domino’s Pizza Japan. The practice also acted for Village Roadshow on the sale of its 50% stake in Singapore cinema exhibition business Golden Village to Orange Sky Golden Harvest Entertainment, and assisted PrixCar with its acquisition of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics’ inland transportation and technical service business in Australia in exchange for a 20% ownership share in PrixCar.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 4

Kemp Strang

Thomson Geer

Kemp Strang has particular expertise in banking litigation and security enforcement, shareholder and partner disputes, as well as in the property, construction, and planning and environment sectors. It is acting for Australian Financial Planning Group in enforcing its rights in relation to misuse of confidential information and breaches of restraints by a former employee. The seven-partner practice, led by Peter Harrison, Glen Cussen and Sarina Roppolo, has been strengthened by Nora Minassian from Dentons. Phil Kaunitz, Ian Marsden and  Jacob Rodgers are other names to note.

Thomson Geer's ‘incredibly knowledgeable and accessible’ department, which is headed by Harold Werksman, has a focus on construction contracts and automotive manufacturing disputes and experience defending superannuation funds against pension claims. Melbourne-based Lousie Gehrig represented Patrick Stevedores in A$18m Victorian Supreme Court lease proceedings against the Port of Melbourne and successfully defended APS Satellite against a NSW Supreme Court claim relating to broadband services pricing arrangements. Julie Callea-Smyth is noted for her expertise in contractual as well as fraud and misrepresentation disputes.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Thomson Geer

Thomson Geer’s ‘excellent’ nine-partner team ‘asks the right questions’ and ‘thinks outside the box to ensure the advice is fit for purpose’. The practice has particular expertise in the utility industry, acting for utilities and suppliers, and regularly advises international IT suppliers as well as telecoms providers. Practice head Mark Feetham advised Itron Networked Solutions regarding the deployment of an IoT network in Singapore for Singapore Power; he also assisted the Courts Administration Authority of South Australia with the procurement of a new electronic courts management system from US supplier Journal Technologies. Demetrios Christou’s advice is ‘always commercial, reliable, well-considered and easy to understand’.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Thomson Geer

The ‘commercially strong’ team at Thomson Geer manages significant trade mark portfolios of clients including Reckitt Benckiser, the Oberoi Hotels Group and Le Cordon Bleu. George Lukic and Bronwyn Furse continue to represent a real estate company in proceedings arising from the rebranding of a leading franchised real estate network. In the media space, Constant Media instructed Peter Le Guay in proceedings it brought against TV channel Ten’s morning show for airing photographs of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle without Constant’s license. Ben Coogan, Tony Conaghan and Katrina Chambers are also names to note.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 5

Thomson Geer

Thomson Geer handles matters for clients across a wide range of sectors including manufacturing companies, transport providers, financial services companies and retailers assisting with enterprise and workplace agreements, compliance programs, unfair dismissal and discrimination claims and general employment disputes. David Davies and Jacquie Seemann are the key practitioners for contentious mandates along with Adelaide-based Karl Luke, who also advises on health and safety matters. Other key names include Mark Branagan, Paul Ronfeldt, investigations expert Andrew Cardell-Ree and industrial relations specialist Jonathan Corlett.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Thomson Geer

Thomson Geer's team is ‘diligent, attentive and responsive’ and provides an ‘excellent service’. Practice head Brett Hawkins joined from McCullough Robertson, along with Justin Madden and Adam Wallwork. The team further expanded through the arrivals of Sarah Rizk and Michael Liebich from Page Seager Lawyers and Minter Ellison respectively, as well as the promotion to partner of Chris Kelly. It excels at inbound investment work, leasing, urban renewals and frequently handles work in the non-profit and public sectors. Highlights included acting for Wanda Group on its A$1.5bn acquisition of Gold Fields House, Fairfax House and Rugby Club and the subsequent One Circular Quay redevelopment of the consolidated site. Sydney-based Melinda Graham displays ‘complete knowledge and understanding of the sector’.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 5

Thomson Geer

Following its acquisition of Kemp Strang in October 2018, Thomson Geer's team now includes Peter Harrison, who advised PPB Advisory as liquidators of DCM Green on its administration and creditors' voluntary winding up following its collapse, and assisted Rabobank Australia as secured creditor of a group of corporate entities with several receiverships and voluntary administrations. Nora Minassian joined from Dentons; Jim Graham and Kevin Pringle retired; Alex Linden joined Henry William Lawyers; Matthew Pike left to HWL Ebsworth; Glen Cussen has launched Cussen Advisory and Sarina Roppolo is now a partner at Kardos Scanlan.

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