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Squire Patton Boggs

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Construction - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs acts for residential construction companies, hotel developers and subcontractors. It also has a focus on energy sector construction matters, where it regularly acts for engineering companies and – particularly out of its Darwin office – oil and gas and mining companies. Work highlights include the team’s advice to the Australian subsidiary of Chinese developer YMCI regarding the A$2bn mixed-use residential development of 3,500 apartments near Sydney Olympic Park. WTCP received advice on the development of Perth’s A$1.85bn integrated World Trade Centre complex, which will include a 70-storey tower and retail complex, the first unsolicited bid in Western Australia under the state government’s new unsolicited bids policy. A number of partners come in for praise, among them Greg Steinepreis, Cris Cureton, Fabio Fior and Avendra Singh.

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

Squire Patton Boggs

Based across Sydney and Perth, the team at Squire Patton Boggs is mostly active on the buyer side, especially on the East Coast, and its most impressive deals are in the energy and mining sectors. Campbell Davidson acted for Takara Shuzo on its purchase of A$16m-worth of newly issued shares in Nippon Food Supplies, and advised Vp on its purchase of TR. He also assisted Ashland Holdings with the demerger of its Valvoline business. Clare Pope and Simon Rear are the key partners in Perth: Rear acted for General Mining on its A$700m merger with Galaxy Resources, and advised Coal of Africa on its A$126m takeover offer for Universal Coal. US- and Australia-qualified ‘rockstarRichard Horton, who splits his time between Palo Alto and Sydney, is recommended for venture capital and technology M&A: he advised Anchor Systems on its sale to Digital Pacific Group.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

Financial services and construction litigation have been especially busy areas for Squire Patton Boggs’ ‘prompt, commercial’ team, which also has experience in class actions. Multi-jurisdictional work is a strength of the practice: Avendra Singh represented the Fiji Road Authority in various contract disputes, including one against MWH New Zealand. Brendan Reilly acted for Dalian Huarui Heavy Industry Group in international arbitration concerning a construction contract with a Spanish company for the Roy Hill iron ore mine project. Amanda Banton, Cris Cureton and Graeme Slattery are the partners to contact in Sydney, Darwin and Perth respectively; Perth-based arbitrator Greg Steinepreis is also recommended.

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Energy (transactions and regulatory)
Energy (transactions and regulatory) - ranked: tier 5

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs’ growing practice includes Clare Pope, John Poulsen and Simon Rear. It has been involved in a number of cross-border matters for several overseas clients. Domestic matters include advising clients on competitive bids for wind farms, and Elixir Petroleum on its A$5m unsolicited offer for Australian Worldwide Exploration (AWE)’s interest in the Cliff Head oilfield off the coast of Western Australia.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 5

Squire Patton Boggs

Noted for its ‘great strength in depth’ and its ‘excellent knowledge of federal and state employment law’, Squire Patton Boggs’ department is based across Perth and Sydney, where the key partners are Bruno di Girolami and Anna Elliott respectively. While the Sydney office mostly handles day-to-day advisory work and transactional matters, the Perth office covers litigation and investigations. The ‘very professional, sensitive’ di Girolami acted for Murdoch University on an investigation into misconduct claims concerning the Vice Chancellor, while Elliott assisted Live Nation with the employment aspects of its acquisition of Secret Sounds Group. Kylie Groves and special counsel Felicity Clarke left to join Hall & Wilcox in 2017.

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Natural resources (transactions and regulatory)
Natural resources (transactions and regulatory) - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs advised General Mining on its A$700m merger with Galaxy Resources, and acted for Coal of Africa on its A$126m takeover offer for Universal Coal. Eastern Goldfields instructed the team on corporate transactions with an aggregate transaction value of A$115m. Clare Pope, John Poulsen and Simon Rear are the names to note.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 5

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs’ ‘absolutely top-rate’ team has been bolstered with Rahul Parrab from Baker McKenzie and Dannelle Howley from Allen & Overy LLP in the Sydney office, and by client wins such as Avant Hotels, Alceon Group and BIM Group. In Perth, ‘stand-out partnerCarl Black, who ‘knows his stuff and does it well’, is representing Woolworths in a challenge to a regulatory change by the Northern Territory government in relation to the client’s effort to open its first Dan Murphy liquor store in Darwin airport. New client the World Trade Centre Perth receives advice from of counsel Mark Palermo on the development of a A$1.85bn integrated World Trade complex, and Parrab advised Indochina Capital Corporation on its joint venture with Kajima Corporation to develop several projects in Vietnam. Government procurement and landmark development project expert Fabio Fior in Darwin is another name to note. Of counsel Josh Clarke joined HFW.

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Regulatory compliance and investigations
Regulatory compliance and investigations - ranked: tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs

Although it doesn’t handle regulatory work for banks or financial institutions, Squire Patton Boggs’ practice acts for clients in investigations across a wide range of sectors, and is active in governance compliance work and anti-bribery. Labour and WHS expert Bruno Di Girolami acted for Technip Oceania in an investigation and quasi-criminal proceedings brought by the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environment Management Authority (NOPSEMA) regarding an alleged safety breach during its diving work for Chevron in the Wheatstone gas field. He also acted for a multinational corporation on a significant employee investigation concerning allegedly fraudulent claims. Margie Tannock advised one high-profile individual on corruption allegations and the related local government investigation.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 5

Squire Patton Boggs

Contentious work is the key strength of Squire Patton Boggs’ practice; it has a particular strength in insolvency-related class actions, due to practice head Amanda Banton. Banton advised over 80 client creditors in a class action against Lehman Brothers Australia, and acted for Oztech as lead applicant in a class action on behalf of unsecured noteholders who had invested a total of A$348m in Octaviar Investment Notes. She also represented the liquidators of Equitrust Income Fund and Equitrust Premium Fund in bringing claims against the funds’ directors totalling A$240m and A$35m respectively. Shaan Palmer is also recommended.

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Australia: Dispute resolution

Class actions
Dispute resolution: class actions - ranked: tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs

Noted for its plaintiff-side activity and its financial services expertise, Squire Patton Boggs’ practice is led by Amanda Banton, who acted for numerous public and private group members in the high-profile class action against S&P Global regarding ratings it assigned to various synthetic collateralised debt obligations. She also represented plaintiffs including Coffs Harbour City Council in a class action against ANZ, alleging negligence and misleading conduct during its role in the sale of Credit Sail II financial instruments to the plaintiffs. Shaan Palmer, who is dual qualified in Australia and the UK, is also recommended.

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