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Baker McKenzie LLP


Australia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is 'very pragmatic and reasonable with a clear understanding of commercial details and industry precedents'. Its client roster spans equity investors, sponsors, borrowers and financiers with notable strength in the infrastructure, energy, healthcare, tourism and real estate sectors and acting for Chinese banks. Recent mandates include advising Foresight Solar Fund on the financing of its acquisition of equity interests in three Queensland solar farms, acting for the Home Investment Consortium on the finance elements of its acquisition of Masters Hardware business from Woolworths, and assisting Bangkok Bank with a $120m bridge financing for Mach Australia Holdings. Bank of China, Nomura Australia and Emeco Holdings are also clients. The 'highly knowledgeable' Sean Rush leads the department and is a key name for sponsor clients; other practitioners include George Harris, Bryan Paisley, who handles corporate finance and leveraged finance transactions; and 'high-quality' property finance expert Chuong Nguyen. David Cooper made partner in 2018.

Leading individuals

Bryan Paisley - Baker McKenzie

George Harris - Baker McKenzie

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Capital markets
Capital markets: debt - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Capital markets: equity - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

While traditionally strong on the ECM side, Baker McKenzie recently recruited new DCM practice head Duncan McGrath from Gilbert + Tobin; McGrath advised NAB and the other joint lead managers on a share offering by L1 Long Short Fund. Craig Andrade heads up the department and David Holland leads the firm's Asia Pacific capital markets group; other key names include US securities specialist Andrew Reilly, ECM-focused Lauren Magraith and Antony Rumboll. Recent notable ECM highlights are assisting Pyrolyx with its IPO of Chess Depository Interests and ASX listing, acting for the joint lead managers and underwriters on Link Administration Holdings' A$883m accelerated renounceable entitlement offer, and advising Moelis Australia Advisory as sole lead manager and underwriter of the IPO of Windlab. UBS, Macquarie Group and Goldman Sachs are also clients.

Leading individuals: Capital markets: debt

Duncan McGrath - Baker McKenzie

Leading individuals: Capital markets: equity

Craig Andrade - Baker McKenzie

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Competition and trade
Competition and trade - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie represented the ACCC in Full Federal Court proceedings brought against Medibank for misleading, deceptive and unconscionable conduct. The practice is distinguished for acting both for and against the regulator, representing clients subject to ACCC investigations and enforcement as well as those seeking merger clearance. Practice head Georgina Foster assisted Platinum Equity with obtaining ACCC clearance for its acquisition of OfficeMax in Australia. She also advised Mantra Group on obtaining clearance for its acquisition by Accor, which resulted in the merger of the two largest hotel operators in Australia. The firm’s client roster includes several multinational brands such as FedEx.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s five-partner practice, which is led by Anthony Whelan, remains busy with front-end work as well as construction and engineering disputes, and features the highly regarded Leigh Duthie, Alex Hartmann and counsel Geoff Wood. Wood advised architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners on the design of five metro stations as part of the Melbourne Metro Tunnel project. Aleisa Crepin continues to represent Built Environs in a dispute arising out of the Terminal 1 Perth domestic and international airport project, and Hartmann advises the University of Technology Sydney on several construction projects as part of its campus transformation plan; he also regularly acts for Aldi in front- and back-end matters, most recently on the refurbishment of over 300 stores.

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

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie has particular strengths in the healthcare, renewables and media sectors as well as a focus on cross-border transactions, frequently acting for foreign investors. Richard Lustig and Ben McLaughlin jointly head the 19-partner practice, which has been bolstered by a number of arrivals: special counsel Caroline Tait joined from an in-house position, Duncan McGrath from Gilbert + Tobin, Antony Rumboll from UBS, and special counsel Alan Darwin from J.P. Morgan. Lauren Magraith advised Mantra Group on Accor's proposal to acquire it; the merger of two major hotel industry corporations raised significant competition aspects. Christopher Saxon acted for Valeant Pharmaceuticals in the $930m sale of its iNova Pharmaceuticals business to a company owned by funds managed by Pacific Equity Partners and The Carlyle Group. Recent healthcare-sector work includes Rick Troiano’s advice to Canadian-listed NorthWest Healthcare Properties REIT on its takeover of ASX-listed Generation Healthcare REIT. Kate Jefferson, Andrea Kennedy and Peter Ickeringill also come in for praise.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie handles disputes in a wide range of sectors and practice head Alex Wolff is a commercial and regulatory litigator with experience in insolvency, competition, insurance and property law. He represents the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in enforcement proceedings against Medibank and Andrew Salgo continues to represent Unilever Australia in proceedings against Beiersdorf regarding allegedly misleading conduct during its sale of a product. Jo Delaney focuses on international arbitration. Of counsel John Lobban joined from Ashurst.

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’s ‘highly competent’ team is valued for its ‘very good understanding of the renewable energy sector’ and the ‘high involvement of very senior lawyers’. Renewables made up a significant part of the team’s work; highlights included advising London-based Foresight Solar Fund on its simultaneous acquisition of equity interests in three Queensland solar farms, DP Energy on the proposed sale of its combined wind and solar project in South Australia, and acting for Whitehelm Capital on its proposed acquisition of 17 small-scale energy generation assets, including landfill gas, bio generation, compressed natural gas refuelling and co-generation, from AGL Energy. Paul Curnow ‘provides excellent strategic insights’ and has ‘a remarkable network of contacts in the industry’; he jointly leads the 16-partner team with Christopher Saxon and Sean Duffy. The practice has seen some change, with Darren Fooks leaving for Thomson Geer, Martin Irwin departing to Norton Rose Fulbright, and environment and climate change lawyer Meredith Gibbs joining from HWL Ebsworth.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s ‘business acumen is excellent’ and ‘responses are pitched at exactly the right level in terms of detail and presentation’. The eight-partner team, which is headed by Andrew Stewart, is ‘excellent in cross-border privacy compliance and data security’ matters and has seen an increase in cybersecurity and data protection, blockchain and cryptocurrency, as well as artificial intelligence (AI) mandates. Payment systems services, technology transformation, smart meter data issues and healthcare industry work also kept the team busy. Anne-Marie Allgrove has ‘an excellent understanding of the industry and law’ and is ‘able to provide very customer-focused solutions, which hit the mark every time’. Adrian Lawrence, Andrea Kennedy, Toby Patten and senior associate Liz Grimwood-Taylor are also singled out.

Leading individuals

Anne-Marie Allgrove - Baker McKenzie

Next generation lawyers

Liz Grimwood-Taylor - Baker McKenzie

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

The ‘sophisticated, business-focused’ team at Baker McKenzie ‘is very responsive and has deep legal and commercial knowledge'. Richard Gough heads the national group, which provides the entire range of enforcement, protection and exploitation advice. Australian media and content practice head Andrew Stewart continues to represent 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 and Jonathan Flintoft represent a food and beverages manufacturer in misleading or deceptive conduct proceedings commenced by another beverages business. A technology and e-commerce conglomerate also counts among the team's clients. Byron Angelopulo, who has a ‘good understanding of commercial strategy’, leads the trade mark practice. The ‘technically good, unflappable’ special counsel Gillian Woon also comes in for praise.

Leading individuals

Elisabeth White - Baker McKenzie

Richard Gough - Baker McKenzie

Next generation lawyers

Gillian Woon - Baker McKenzie

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Michael Michalandos and Paul Brown jointly lead the practice at Baker McKenzie, which is 'at the top of its game' and provides 'an excellent service with to-the-point advice and a commercial and responsive approach'. The group handles the full spectrum of employment law advice with notable expertise in cross-border transactional work and labour law disputes, particularly anti-discrimination and equal employment opportunity issues. In a recent highlight, Sean Selleck represented Appco Group Australia in a class action alleging sham contracting and non-compliance with employment obligations; other work includes Brown acting for Unilever Australia before the Fair Work Commission in an application to terminate the enterprise agreement for one of its sites, representing Sydney International Container Terminals in the dismissal of a stevedore, and defending Serco Australia in an unfair dismissal application brought by United Voice Union relating to employee negligence issues following an escape from one of its immigration detention centres. AMP Group, Caterpillar and Dell are also clients.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie stands out for its ‘short response times and considered and thorough work’. The team, headed by Andrew Stewart, ‘delivers a level of service and expertise not experienced elsewhere’. Stewart focuses on new content distribution technologies and assisted the Motion Picture Association of America with its successful applications to prevent internet service providers (ISPs) from allowing access to sites that infringed copyrights of its members, which include Sony, Disney and Twentieth Century Fox. Peter Ickeringill and Andrea Kennedy ‘have an innate understanding of the media landscape’ and advise Daily Mail Australia on digital media agreements, content review and influencer arrangements. On the defamation front, the team represented The Guardian News and Media Australia following a claim by the owner of Bluefest Music Festival. Additional areas of expertise for the group include broadcasting regulation, copyright litigation, media transactions and pre-publication advice.

Leading individuals

Andrew Stewart - Baker McKenzie

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Natural resources (transactions and regulatory)
Natural resources (transactions and regulatory) - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP has notable cross-border capabilities and handled a range of foreign investment and joint venture matters. CleanTeQ instructed the team in relation to an $81 million placement from Chinese conglomerate Pengxin Mining. John Mollard and Sean Duffy head the eight-partner practice, which includes Richard Lustig and Mathieu Hanaut. Darren Fooks left to join Thomson Geer.

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Project development
Project development - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s 11-partner team is led by Sean Duffy and Paul Curnow and handles energy, renewables and infrastructure work. The latter also heads the firm’s Asia-Pacific renewable energy and clean technology group; he advised DP Energy on the project development and proposed sale of its combined wind and solar project in South Australia. Highfield Resources instructed the team in relation to its proposed Muga mine development in Spain, and health infrastructure work included the team’s advice to co-developer Monash University on the Victorian Heart Hospital procurement. ZoĂ« Hilson is also recommended.

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Project finance
Project finance - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie has seen particular growth in renewable energy financings and acted as lenders’ counsel to KfW IPEX-Bank, SociĂ©tĂ© GĂ©nĂ©rale and Korea Development Bank on the financing of Neoen’s integrated wind farm and Tesla battery storage facility in Victoria. London-based Foresight Solar Fund instructed the team on the financing of the equity interest acquisitions in three Queensland solar farms. The practice also assisted a solar power projects developer with the financing of a solar thermal power plant in South Australia, the first of its kind in the country. Sean Rush and Sean Duffy jointly head the 11-partner team.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

At Baker McKenzie, ‘advice is practical and lawyers are accessible’. The team, led by Bruce Webb and David Jones, who ‘has a common sense approach to complex issues’, has significant retail sector expertise acting for luxury brands, recently advising Nike on the lease at its Melbourne head office. It also regularly handles transactions in the hotel and tourism industry and assists with mixed hotel and residential developments. Recent work highlights include advising Golden Age on the sale of Melbourne's Sheraton hotel and assisting Aurrum Group and Home Consortium with the acquisition, development, leasing and potential sale of 61 stores and 21 development sites. Property development specialist Sebastian Busa and Roy Melick are the other names to note. The team also frequently acts for inbound investors.

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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; Sydney-based Georgie Farrant heads the group. Jurlique and Fujifilm Australia are clients on the procedural compliance advisory side. Senior associates Andrew Emmerson and Naomita Royan are also recommended.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie excels in the restructuring space and contentious work; it recently advised Emeco Holdings on the implementation of a binding restructuring support agreement and acted for FTI Consulting as administrators of Antares including related litigation and various asset sales. Other high-profile work includes acting for KordaMentha as deed administrators of Ten Network Holdings and 13 of its subsidiaries on its administration including the sale process and related litigation, assisting KordaMentha as administrators of Arrium and its 93 Australian subsidiaries on the operational aspects of its administration, and advising Macquarie Bank and Generation Investment Management as lenders on the voluntary administration of Maria's Farm Veggies. Maria O’Brien leads the team, which also includes David Walter and special counsel Ian Innes.

Jason Opperman leads the practice at K&L Gates, which handles transactional advice, planning and litigation work for lenders, borrowers, trustees, asset purchasers and receivers. In a recent highlight, Danielle Funston advised a global investment bank on the provision of a A$65m facility to the restructured Emeco Group following its merger with Orionstone and Andy's Earthmovers; other work includes Opperman assisting PPB Advisory as receivers and managers of certain companies in the insolvent BBY Group, Andrew Chambers advising Bendigo and Adelaide Bank and its subsidiaries on the recovery of monies advanced to borrowers to fund investments in various Great Southern managed investment schemes, and acting for the liquidators of Octaviar on issues surrounding its liquidation. Westpac, NAB, CBA, BlueScope Steel and Ferrier Hodgson are also clients. Special counsel Eric Boone joined from Baker McKenzie LLP.

Leading individuals

Maria O'Brien - Baker McKenzie

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

John Walker heads the team at Baker McKenzie and is an expert on multi-jurisdictional restructures and cross-border investments. The team also includes Dixon Hearder, who is strong in indirect tax, controversy matters and transfer pricing. Additional names to note are Miles Hurst, who focuses on major projects, M&A and financing arrangements, and property and energy sector expert Amrit MacIntyre. Senior associate and indirect tax specialist Simone Bridges is also singled out. The practice has expanded through the arrivals of William Malouf and Thomas Garwood from PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal as well as Struan Davidson from Ashurst.

Leading individuals

Amrit MacIntyre - Baker McKenzie

Next generation lawyers

Simone Bridges - Baker McKenzie

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