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Thomson Geer

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Australia

Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 4

Thomson Geer

Thomson Geer’s front-end and back-end practice acts for both contractors and principals. Flagship Property Holdings received advice on the second stage of the extension of Melbourne’s Convention and Exhibition Centre, particularly regarding an A$80m hotel development as part of the exhibition centre. On the contentious side, it represented Grocon in a A$20m dispute between co-developers and builder in relation to the construction of 150 Collins Street, Melbourne. Andrew Kelly, John Frawley and Josh Marchant are recommended.

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

Thomson Geer

Commended for its ‘excellent business acumen, industry knowledge and value for money’, Thomson Geer’s ‘responsive’ practice counts healthcare and mid-market private equity as areas of particular activity; representative clients include Calvary, Ingenia and Mercy Health on the healthcare side, and CVC Private Equity, Anacacia Capital and Adexum in private equity. Elsewhere, Adam Brooks advised Sumitomo Forestry Australia on its purchase of a 51% stake in Wisdom Properties Group, and Eugene Fung assisted CellNet Group with the acquisition of 83% of its shares by Wentronic Holding, structured as a proportional takeover bid. Dan Kramer advised Montech Holdings on its A$9m purchase of Tetran Group. The ‘committed, empatheticPeta Thompson made partner in July 2017. David Zwi, who heads the practice jointly with Brooks, Fung and Kramer, is highly active in the space.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 5

Thomson Geer

Construction contracts, automotive manufacturing and defending superannuation funds against pension claims are areas of particular activity for Thomson Geer’s department, which is headed by Harold Werksman. Construction litigation specialist Andrew Kelly represented Civil Mining & Construction in bringing a A$15m claim against Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal regarding variations and delays to the project. Other clients include Brambles Australia, Chemtura, Adelaide Brighton, United Petroleum and the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board. Stephen Voss is recommended for automotive litigation; Claire Gitsham is the superannuation specialist. Sonya Parsons and construction litigator Simon Ralton made partner in July 2017.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Thomson Geer

Thomson Geer’s Mark Feetham and newly promoted Demetrios Christou handle a vast range of matters such as the negotiation of a contract extension for the deployment of a sensor network in Singapore on behalf of Silver Spring Networks, and advising Western Power with regards to NBN’s request for access to its power poles. Hyland Software also appointed the firm to oversee a contract for the supply of software and services to Icare, and Melbourne-based Graham Phillips led the advice to Trident Subsea Cable on its acquisition of submarine cables between Indonesia and Singapore. In Adelaide, Matthew Prescott specialises in IT procurement and intellectual property work.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Thomson Geer

Thomson Geer works with clients such as major manufacturers, universities, life sciences companies and software developers – among others – to create, exploit, acquire and enforce intellectual property assets. Bronwyn Furse was recently made partner in the Adelaide office and jointly with Josh Simons represented Harcourts International in longstanding proceedings arising from the rebranding of a leading franchised real estate network. Sydney-based special counsel Dianne Beer led the advice to Guess? with regards to the Australian front of a complex trade mark dispute with a high-profile competitor whose opposition to one of Guess?’s prominent trade marks is being appealed. In the technology space, Gotop International received Peter Le Guay’s advice in connection with proceedings brought by Fascinations, which claimed the client’s imported 3D metal model kits infringed its copyright. Ben Coogan and Tony Conaghan are names to note in Brisbane; they were recently joined by special counsel Katrina Chambers from Gadens Lawyers.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 4

Thomson Geer

With capabilities across four offices, Thomson Geer’s practice has strength in depth and counts transactional support as a core capability. Litigators David Davies and Jacquie Seemann are the key partners in Sydney; Seeman is noted for her expertise in discrimination, harassment and investigations, and counts education, healthcare and sport as sector strengths. The Adelaide-based Karl Luke is best known for his health and safety work in heavy industry, and handles board training as well as advising clients on their compliance regimes and crisis management. Mark Branagan and Paul Ronfeldt are recommended in Melbourne; Andrew Cardell-Ree is the name to note in Brisbane.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 5

Thomson Geer

Melinda Graham in Sydney leads Thomson Geer’s team with a focus on corporate matters, especially commercial portfolios across a wide range of industries. The team’s recent caseload includes residential property developments, leasing mandates for large corporate landlords and tenants, and commercial property asset transactions by high-profile Asian clients, including in the agribusiness. Melbourne-based Eu Ming Lim represented Longriver in the development of a skyscraper and acted for Jimmy Goh on the purchase of the Total House car park. Other names to note are Chris O’Shea in Brisbane, and David Beer and Sian Rees in Adelaide.

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