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Thomson Geer

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The firm: Thomson Geer is a large Australian corporate law firm. The firm has around 500 people including 97 Partners operating out of our offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide.

By size Thomson Geer is one of the ten largest firms operating in Australia.

The firm's origins date back to 1885.

Areas of practice: The firm's clients: ASX Top 200: it works closely with and is retained regularly by over ten ASX Top 200 corporations. Their industry coverage includes banking, construction, entertainment and media, oil and gas, telecommunications, and transport and logistics.

Major global foreign corporations: it regularly represents the Australian interests of over ten major global foreign corporations. These corporations operate principally in the agricultural investment, building materials, household and healthcare products, life sciences, mining equipment and motor vehicles sectors and are controlled out of Britain, Western and Central Europe, Hong Kong, Japan and the United States.

ASX mid and small caps/government enterprises/large and medium private corporations: it has an extensive client base covering these classes. Over 40 ASX-listed corporations, over ten government enterprises and over 50 large and medium private corporations regularly retain it for legal advisory, transactional or dispute assignments. Key industry coverage of these client classes include aviation, finance, food, gaming and leisure, healthcare, mining and resources, private equity, property development and wealth management.

The firm's work: the nature of its legal assignments is what you would expect of a large corporate law firm. Thomson Geer is regularly engaged in challenging and complex work.

Recent examples include acting for a non-profit superannuation fund, QSuper, as the super fund giant launches its own life insurance company, QInsure; QSR on the conditional sale of 100% of shares in the company, which owns and operates 42 KFC stores in NSW to New Zealand Stock Exchange-listed Restaurant Brands Limited; Tetra Tech Inc, as it launched a $109m takeover bid for all of the shares in ASX listed Coffey International Ltd; and Malaysian developer UEM Sunrise in its maiden Australian project, Aurora Melbourne Central. The 92-level tower will include more than 900 apartments.

The depth and quality of its track record is demonstrated by its day-to-day activities across the Australian economy. For example, recently its banking team has advised on more than five AUD$100m financing facilities principally in connection with construction projects; its equity capital markets team have worked on 20+ ASX capital raising assignments; and the gaming and leisure industry specialists have been involved in 5+ development projects with combined project values in excess of AUD$500m.

In parallel with all of the above project work, its dispute resolution, industrial relations, intellectual property and tax teams have been retained continuously on advisory and dispute assignments in their areas of expertise by the above described client classes.

Quality, values and value: it is not the only large law firm in Australia retained for similar quality work by similar client classes and that has a deep cultural commitment to the highest ethical standards and strong independent Australian legal counsel.

It does, however, believe that it is among a select class of large Australian law firms that offers a depth of quality legal skills and know how across Australia coupled with strong value driven standards and settings.

  • Number of lawyers: 282
  • at this office: 87
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  • The Interlex Group

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