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Baker McKenzie


Australia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s practice makes excellent use of the firm’s global presence, and has notable strength in depth. Department head Sean Rush acted for Platinum Equity on the Term Loan B financing of its A$200m purchase of Staples Australia and New Zealand from its US holding company Staples. The widely recommended Bryan Paisley assisted Emeco Holdings with its high-profile recapitalisation. On the property finance side, Chuong Nguyen, who made partner in July 2016, advised United Overseas Bank and Malayan Banking as lead arrangers on A$200m-worth of loans to WCL-Southbank for the first development phase of Australia 108, set to be the tallest residential tower in Australia. Nguyen also acted for Bank of China on a A$78m loan to the bank’s investment arm for the purchase of a new headquarters at 140 Sussex Street, Sydney. George Harris, Howard Fraser and regulatory expert Stephen Watts are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Bryan Paisley - Baker McKenzie

George Harris - Baker McKenzie

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

The ‘prompt, commercial’ team at Baker McKenzie delivers ‘well-considered, insightful advice’ even in ‘tight timeframes’. It is noted for its multi-jurisdictional capabilities, thanks in part to Ben McLaughlin and Andrew Reilly being US- and Australia-qualified. The ‘responsive’ Lauren Magraith has ‘best-in-class industry knowledge’ and provides ‘well-balanced advice’; she and David Holland acted for APN News & Media on its $273m underwritten placement and entitlement offering. Craig Andrade and special counsel Hoda Nahlous are also recommended. US-qualified senior associate Paul Anderson arrived at the Sydney office from Shearman & Sterling LLP in August 2017.

Leading individuals

Craig Andrade - Baker McKenzie

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Competition and trade
Competition and trade - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Georgina Foster sits at the helm of Baker McKenzie’s competition group, which has previously acted for FedEx and the ACCC in matters pertaining to enforcement and merger clearance. In Melbourne, special counsel Helen Joyce and senior counsel Penny Ward are singled out. The firm’s litigators advise clients on civil and criminal cartel prosecutions, predatory pricing matters and class action suits.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s five-partner practice handles a wide range of construction matters, covering commercial offices, shopping centres, industrial plants, hotels and greenfield sites, among other kinds of construction work. The team covers front- and back-end work, including construction and engineering litigation as well as alternative dispute resolution. It represented Built Environs WA in a A$250m dispute arising out of the T1 Perth Domestic and International Airport project, and acted for Cbus Property in relation to the $1.25bn construction of the Collins Arch project in the Melbourne CBD. The government of the Territory of Wallis and Futuna instructed the team on the construction of an offshore subsea telecoms cable with the government of Samoa. Geoff Wood is recommended alongside Anthony Whelan, Leigh Duthie and Aleisa Crepin.

Leading individuals

Geoff Wood - Baker McKenzie

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s team often handles high-value public M&A, and counts healthcare, biotech, energy and media as particular sector strengths. It is also active in TMT, including fintech: Guy Sanderson acted for Afterpay Holdings on its A$600m merger with Touchcorp, and assisted BigAir Group with its A$200m takeover by Superloop. Bryan Paisley advised Emeco Holdings on its recapitalisation and merger with Andy’s Earthmovers and Orionstone, while Steven Glanz assisted HanesBrands with its A$1.1bn takeover of Pacific Brands. Ben McLaughlin, Kate Jefferson, Richard Lustig and public M&A expert David Holland are also recommended.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie handles a wide range of dispute resolution, including class actions. Mark Chapple defended AECOM Australia in a class action concerning its alleged negligence regarding the traffic forecasts it made for the Clem Jones Tunnel in Brisbane; over A$2bn was being claimed. Practice head Alex Wolff is a commercial and regulatory litigator with experience in insolvency, competition, insurance and property law; he acted for the ACCC in enforcement proceedings against Medibank after the latter changed certain benefits it was paying to members without informing them. Andrew Salgo represented Unilever Australia in proceedings against Beiersdorf regarding the latter’s allegedly misleading conduct during its sale of a certain anti-perspirant. TMT and cybersecurity specialist Paul Forbes, finance and insolvency expert David Walter and corporate regulatory specialist Georgie Farrant are also recommended. Jo Delaney is the group’s international arbitrator.

Leading individuals

Andrew Salgo - Baker McKenzie

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Energy (transactions and regulatory)
Energy (transactions and regulatory) - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie has been busy advising on a growing number of renewables matters, such as acting for both Neoen Australia and Megawatt Capital Investments on the disposal of a 20% minority interest in each of the 100MW and 109MW Hornsdale wind farm projects to John Laing Investments. DP Energy instructed the team on the proposed sale of its combined wind and solar project in South Australia. Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec received advice on the partial sell-down of its 25% interest in TransGrid, New South Wales’ electricity transmission network, to Hastings Funds Management. Christopher Saxon and Paul Curnow jointly head the team, which also includes Sean Duffy.

Leading individuals

Darren Fooks - Baker McKenzie LLP

Next generation lawyers

Chris Taylor - Baker McKenzie

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s ‘excellent’ team is led by Sydney-based Andrew Stewart, who also heads the firm’s Australian media and content practice, and was recently bolstered by the promotion to partner of Toby Patten in the Melbourne office. Motorola appointed a team led by Adrian Lawrence to oversee its acquisition of Gridstone. Patrick Fair is advising on the licensing and regulatory requirements pertaining to a new Internet of Things venture, and assisted a client with the setting up of broadband in aircrafts. On the contentious side, Melbourne-based Andrea Kennedy has been providing advice to an ombudsman involved in land access disputes under the Telecommunications Act. Clients also recommend corporate partner James Halliday and Anne-Marie Allgrove, who focuses her practice on commercial issues.

Leading individuals

Anne-Marie Allgrove - Baker McKenzie

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

The ‘timely, thoughtful, practical and overall excellent’ team at Baker McKenzieworks collaboratively to anticipate the issues and legal questions to ensure the best work product for the client’. Richard Gough sits at the helm of the national intellectual property group, which provides the entire range of enforcement, protection and exploitation advice. Head of the Australian media and content practice Andrew Stewart is representing the Motion Picture Association of America, its members and Village Roadshow in copyright litigation seeking to block access to several websites allegedly infringing copyrights; Elisabeth White is acting for Lion in misleading or deceptive conduct and passing off proceedings commenced by The A2 Milk Company in connection with the client’s claim that two of its products ‘contain A2 protein’. A major global technology entity engaged a team led by the ‘easy-to-work-with’ Robert Arnold to oversee its monitoring and enforcement programme in Australia, and Byron Angelopulo leads the advice to a multinational retailer with regards to the management and protection of its entire trade marks and brand portfolio. Sydney-based senior associate Victoria Bell also receives praise.

Leading individuals

Richard Gough - Baker McKenzie

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

The ‘proactive, considerate and client-focused’ team at Baker McKenzie has strong transactional, regulatory and contentious capabilities. The ‘calm, thorough and client-focused’ Michael Michalandos, who heads the group jointly with Paul Brown, acted for Trilogy in proceedings brought by Crowe Howarth regarding the enforcement of post-employment restrictions following the departure of three key executives from the latter. Together with the ‘friendly, proactive, creative and solution-focused’ Ben Burke, Michalandos advised Ardent Leisure on the investigation into the death of four people at its Dreamworld theme park in Queensland. Other clients include Appco Group, Caterpillar, Dell and Unilever. The Melbourne-based Sean Selleck is also recommended.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

At Baker McKenzie the media and content practice ‘is more client-focused than other teams’, and one ‘can’t fault the level of industry expertise, acumen or appropriateness of advice’. Andrew Stewart heads the Australian TMT group and represents major media companies while the recommended Peter Ickeringill and Andrea Kennedy continue to act for Euromoney and one of its subsidiaries from the Melbourne office in breach of contract, warranty and duty, and fraud and deceit against the former owners of CIE which was acquired by the client in 2015. Andrew Stewart is currently defending The Guardian Australia in defamation appeal proceedings brought by Rabbi Yosef Feldman, and in a suit filed by one of Bluefest’s organisers, Peter Noble, pertaining to an article about the impact of the festival on the local koala population.

Leading individuals

Andrew Stewart - Baker McKenzie

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Natural resources (transactions and regulatory)
Natural resources (transactions and regulatory) - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s nine-partner team has a focus on cross-border transactions, recently advising Clean TeQ on an A$81m private placement from Chinese conglomerate Pengxin Mining. Gulf Industrials received advice on its A$8m share placement to professional investors, and on its joint venture with Cassius Mining for the Gbane gold project in Ghana. Highfield Resources, FAR, Unity Mining and Peabody also count among the team’s clients. John Mollard and Christopher Saxon, who heads the energy, resources and infrastructure practice, are singled out.

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Project development
Project development - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie has advised on a number of public infrastructure matters, and is increasingly active in renewables projects work. It assisted Neoen Australia with the development of three solar projects in New South Wales, and assisted Highfield Resources with its proposed A$35m development of the Muga mine in Spain. Office des Postes et Télécommunications (OPT) New Caledonia, the only telecoms operator and internet services provider in New Caledonia, received advice on the construction of a $45m second subsea telecoms cable in the Pacific region. Christopher Saxon and Michael Kunstler jointly head the firm’s infrastructure group.

Leading individuals

Christopher Saxon - Baker McKenzie

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Project finance
Project finance - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is noted for its work on behalf of government vendors, bid leaders and consortium partners; it has particular experience in renewable energy project financings and in acting for Chinese banks such as Bank of China, China Development Bank and Industrial Commercial Bank of China. The team advised Neoen as lead sponsor on the Hornsdale wind farm in South Australia, which involved syndicated project financing that used senior debt provided by KfW Ipex-Bank and Société Générale. Highfield Resources received financing advice regarding its proposed A$350m Muga mine development in Spain. The practice acts for both borrowers and sponsors; group head Sean Rush and Chuong Nguyen are the names to note. The department also fields a US-qualified capital markets team, which is led by the Sydney-based Andrew Reilly.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenziestands out, especially in the hospitality space’ with ‘an incredibly deep understanding of the market’. The team features the recommended David Jones and Roy Melick who ‘provide exceptional and responsive client service’ from the Sydney office. Sebastian Busa is also a noteworthy name in Sydney and is part of the team advising a leading aged care home provider on its acquisition, redevelopment and leasing of a retail property portfolio; he is also lead counsel to a number of retailers including Decathlon, for whom he is handling the developments of its first sites in Sydney and Melbourne. On the development side, the Melbourne-based Bruce Webb – who co-heads the practice with Jones – is working with Dora Stilianos and the construction team to oversee a number of high-value mixed-use developments including luxury hospitality assets. Sydney partners Graeme Dickson and Caroline Ho are also a key contacts in the hotel and resort sector.

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Regulatory compliance and investigations
Regulatory compliance and investigations - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

The key pillars of Baker McKenzie’s department are corporate investigations, front-end compliance work and risk assessments; corporate crime, anti-bribery and corruption are areas of particular expertise for the team. The firm’s cross-border connections lend the practice a multi-jurisdictional scope; the Sydney-based Georgie Farrant heads the group jointly with the Hong Kong-based Mini vandePol. Jurlique and Suez Environment are clients on the procedural compliance advisory side. Senior associate Andrew Emmerson is also recommended.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Frequently advising debtors, creditors and insolvency practitioners on high-profile matters, Baker McKenzie’s department is led by Maria O’Brien. Along with Bryan Paisley, O’Brien assisted Emeco Holdings with implementing a restructuring support agreement with its creditors and those of Orionstone and Andy’s Earthmovers. She also acted for KordaMentha as administrators of Arrium Group on property and equipment finance matters relating to Arrium’s offshore subsidiaries, which are not in administration. David Walter is especially busy on the creditor side: he advised Macquarie Bank and Generation Investment Management on A$42m-worth of loans defaulted on by Maria’s Farm Veggies. His other clients include Fortress Credit Corporation (Australia) II, Australia Capital Financial Management and The Trust Company. Insolvency litigator Ian Innes arrived as special counsel from Ashurst in February 2017, bringing with him clients such as PPB Advisory and FTI Consulting.

Leading individuals

Maria O’Brien - Baker McKenzie

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie advises clients such as LinkedIn, Origin Energy, RBS and the NSW government on regulatory issues and the tax implications surrounding transactions and provides ‘outstanding direct access to a knowledgeable and technically expert team’. The ‘savvy and astute’ practice head John Walker has developed a strong expertise in the financial services sector, and ‘standout performer’ Amrit Macintyre has experience in the property and energy sectors and is ‘unbelievably accessible, approachable and reliable’. Dixon Hearder advised a major financial services institution on its acquisition of another global institution’s commercial distribution finance and vendor finance platforms as well as a portion of its corporate finance business. Other work highlights include ongoing goods and services and indirect tax advice to a longstanding client and heavyweight name in the retail space, and Hearder’s representation of a multinational in an anti-avoidance law review by the Australian Tax Office. Senior associate Simone Bridges is another key contact.

Leading individuals

Amrit MacIntyre - Baker McKenzie

Next generation lawyers

Simone Bridges - Baker McKenzie

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