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Competition and trade
Competition and trade - ranked: tier 4

Jones Day

Led by Nick Taylor, Jones Day’s team stands out through its ‘strong knowledge of competition regulation’. In recent developments, the group added Lucas Wilk to its ranks in Perth from Ashurst and gained Aldi, Racing Victoria and Tully Sugar as clients. Of counsel Prudence Smith’s ‘practical experience and history in this area make her a standout’; she recently advised new client Peabody on the sale of the Colleries to South32, which was eventually abandoned due to commercial reasons. On the contentious front, litigation partners Tim L’Estrange and John Emmerig handled claims relating to allegations of market manipulation and foreign currency rigging, and Steven Fleming specialises in criminal cartel matters, especially with regards to individuals.

Leading individuals

Nick Taylor - Jones Day

Next generation lawyers

Prudence Smith - Jones Day

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Construction - ranked: tier 3

Jones Day

Jones Day’s team leaders John Cooper, Simon Bellas and Bill Napier are spread across Brisbane, Perth and Sydney respectively, and regularly attract high-value matters; the practice has a good reputation for handling contentious issues. On the non-contentious side, it has been advising Lendlease, which is working with Crown Resorts and the NSW government’s Barangaroo Delivery Authority as sponsors, on the A$1.5bn hotel resort complex at Barangaroo South; the same client’s Singapore branch has been advised in its capacity as construction contractor on the Paya Lebar Central project in Singapore, a A$3bn mixed-use urban development site. In other work, the practice represented Monadelphous in Supreme Court of Western Australia proceedings concerning the construction of a 270km gas pipeline in Western Australia’s Pilbara region. Fluor is a longstanding key client. Greg Begaud left to join Colin Biggers & Paisley.

Leading individuals

John Cooper - Jones Day

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 6

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Based across Sydney and Brisbane, the team at Jones Day has strong international capabilities, and handles public M&A for high-profile clients. Mark Crean has strong experience in financial services and TMT; he assisted Kaplan with its purchase of Red Marker. He also advised CIC Capital as consortium member on the consortium’s acquisition of Asciano for A$9.1bn. The Brisbane-based Brett Heading acted for Central Petroleum on its proposed A$81m takeover by Macquarie MPVD; Heading is also increasingly active in agribusiness M&A. Chris Ahern and Matthew Latham are the other key partners.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

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Jones Day’s practice is based across Sydney, Perth and Brisbane, where the key partners are John Emmerig, Simon Bellas and John Cooper respectively. Class actions, major insolvencies and disputes for high-profile corporates are key strengths: John Emmerig defended Sanofi and Bristol-Myers Squibb against a claim by the Australian government concerning losses incurred by originator pharmaceutical companies using patent rights to prevent generics from coming to market. He also represented IBM in litigation against the Australian government regarding the failure of the Australian Census website project on census day. Tim L’Estrange acted for the Insurance Commission of Western Australia as creditor in numerous proceedings concerning the collapse of Bell Group. Stephen McComish and Steven Fleming, based in Perth and Sydney respectively, are also recommended.

Leading individuals

John Emmerig - Jones Day

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Energy (transactions and regulatory)
Energy (transactions and regulatory) - ranked: tier 4

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Jones Day frequently handles large-scale transactions and acts for a wide range of clients, including governments, national oil companies, developers, electricity and gas trading companies, and financial institutions. It advised Australian Coalbed Methane on issues arising from its Gunnedah coal seam gas joint venture arrangements with Santos, and acted for Slipstream Resources on the sale of its lithium assets in Portugal and on its investment in US resources assets. On the regulatory side, the team represented seven energy network companies as interveners in a limited merits review challenge before the Australian Competition Tribunal. Energy regulatory expert Nick Taylor and Tony Wassaf are singled out. Andrew Smith joined the team in Brisbane from Clayton Utz.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

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Jones Day is noted for its patent litigation work in the life sciences space and recently made new client gains such as AbbVie, Biogen and Sanofi. Anthony Muratore and Lisa Taliadoros jointly head the firm’s Australian intellectual property group from the Sydney office and are advising Merck in proceedings arising from an allegation by Gilead Sciences that the client’s patent for compounds used in the treatment of HCV infection – among others – is invalid, as well as Merck’s counter-claim of patent infringement against Gilead. The team’s recent workload also includes high-value patent registration application oppositions, and a high-profile test case in which the Australian government sought compensation from an originator company arising from its behaviour in obtaining a patent against a generic manufacturer entering the market. Other noteworthy clients include Bradken, Johnson & Johnson, SharkNinja Operating and Toolgen.

Leading individuals

Anthony Muratore - Jones Day

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 5

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Adam Salter is the key partner at Jones Day’s practice; he is particularly active on the contentious side, though also handles employment transaction-related employment work. Salter advised Boeing Australia Component Repairs on a dispute with the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union regarding the reclassification of numerous employees and their associated back-pay. He also assisted the administrators of Payless Shoes with making redundant the company’s 870 employees. Other clients include Aldi, Cylance and RTI Surgical.

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

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Jones Day acted for Dart Mining on its farm-in and joint venture agreement with Northern Mine Ventures on gold exploration tenements in Victoria, and advised Highlands Pacific in relation to its PNG Frieda River copper-gold joint venture dispute with PanAust. Australian Coalbed Methane, Resource Generation and Slipstream Resources are also clients. Tony Wassaf heads the team.

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Project development
Project development - ranked: tier 3

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At Jones Day, a large number of partners come in for praise, among them John Cooper, Bill Napier, Simon Bellas and Paul Riethmuller. The team has a focus on energy and resources projects, and advised Energy Developments (EDL) on the Coober Pedy renewable hybrid project, under which EDL plans to install 1MW of solar panels and 4MW of new wind generation assets adjacent to an existing wind turbine. It also advised the PPP Center of the Philippines and the Department of Public Works and Highways on the $2.7bn Laguna Lakeshore expressway dike PPP, which involves the construction of a 47km flood control dike on top of a six-lane expressway, a matter handled jointly with the firm’s Hong Kong office.

Leading individuals

John Cooper - Jones Day

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 5

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Advising debtors and creditors in equal measure, the team at Jones Day is based mostly in Sydney, with Lucas Wilk the key partner in Perth. Widely respected practice head Roger Dobson acted, alongside commercial litigator Steven Fleming, for Lehman Brothers Holdings in litigation over estate assets relating to collateralised debt obligations. Dobson also represented Ferrier Hodgson on its voluntary administration of Payless Shoes, advised McGrathNicol on its voluntary administration of American Apparel, and acted for the receivers of NewSat in seeking damages against NewSat’s directors for financial and operational mismanagement. On the creditor side, John Emmerig acted for Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) and CommSec in a case brought against the now-collapsed ABC Learning Centres concerning the latter’s sale of A$600m-worth of unsecured notes to the banks without disclosing its true financial situation.

Leading individuals

Roger Dobson - Jones Day

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