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Squire Patton Boggs

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Construction - ranked: tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs’ ‘bright and very hard-working team’ features a number of recommended individuals, among them ‘strong technical lawyer and good strategistCris Cureton, who has ‘an excellent capacity for seeing the big picture and is also exceptionally good with details’. The team advises a contractor on Perth’s Forrestfield airport rail link project, currently the largest state government project in Western Australia, and Hong Kong conglomerate Far East Consortium on its Ritz Carlton development in Perth. Subsea 7 instructed the team in relation to an onshore pipeline fabrication facility in Western Australia, the second of its kind in the world, launching pipeline bundles into the Exmouth Gulf in order to service offshore gas fields. Greg Steinepreis, Avendra Singh and Fabio Fior jointly lead the team. Also recommended are Brendan Reilly and Carl Black, who ‘quickly understands issues’ and is ‘proactive in dealing with difficult situations’.

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

Squire Patton Boggs

At Squire Patton Boggs, ‘tight deadlines are met’. The team focuses on mid-market deals, recently advising military technology and equipment provider AMS Group on its proposed share and asset acquisition of Military & Aviation Spares. It also assisted Belron’s Australian and New Zealand entities, O’Brien Glass and Smith&Smith, on the acquisition of Laser Group's plumbing and electrical franchise network in Australia and New Zealand. Campbell Davidson in Sydney and Simon Rear in Perth jointly lead the three-partner practice; it includes the ‘very impressiveRichard Horton, who has ‘excellent industry knowledge and business acumen’; clients ‘rely on his experience in negotiating global contracts of significant importance to our company’. Clare Pope left to join PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs' ‘excellent, high-quality’ team, jointly headed by Amanda Banton and Greg Steinepreis, has been particularly busy with financial services and construction disputes. Brendan Reilly is representing a building products manufacturer in a contractual dispute in relation to a large-scale resources project. Cris Cureton, ‘among the best commercial litigation solicitors in the Northern Territory’, and Graeme Slattery are the names to note in Darwin and Perth respectively. The team has been bolstered by of counsel Susan Goodman, who joined from Ashurst.

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

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs stands out for its expertise in financial product and insolvency class actions with recent mandates including acting for the applicants in six separate class actions against Standard & Poor's and Fitch relating to credit ratings assigned to SCDOs, and representing a client in proceedings in the Federal Court regarding its acquisition of shares on the basis of allegedly misleading and deceptive product disclosure statements. Highly regarded insolvency specialist Amanda Banton leads the group, which also includes Shaan Palmer and of counsels Susan Goodman (who joined from Ashurst), Denée Muller and Lisa Gallate.

Leading individuals

Amanda Banton - Squire Patton Boggs

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

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs is active in the electricity and power sector and regularly represents North Asian clients in relation to joint ventures in oil and gas. The team acted for Complete Power Solutions in relation to its acquisition by a subsidiary of AmpControl, and continues to render advice to the Fiji government on its electricity industry regulation reform. Greg Steinepreis, Margie Tannock and Simon Rear are the names to note. Clare Pope left to join PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 5

Squire Patton Boggs

At Squire Patton BoggsBruno di Girolami and Anna Elliott lead the group from Perth and Sydney respectively; di Girolami is a key name for clients in highly unionised industries and Elliott focuses on the media, technology, recruitment and financial services sectors. The team's recent work includes di Girolami acting for Spotless Group in an investigation by the Office of Energy Safety following an electrical accident that occurred in a domestic residence in which the company provided maintenance services, and representing Scope Systems in claims against three former employees alleging breaches of contractual and statutory post-employment obligations; Elliott assisted the Association of Professional Staffing Companies of Australia with compliance issues and public policy mandates. Australian Radio Network, Cathay Pacific and Flight Centre are also clients. John Oakes joined the Sydney office in 2018 from Watson Mangioni.

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

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs focuses on cross-border coal sector transactions but regularly handles gold, lithium and base metal work. It has seen an increase in China-related work, a focus area for senior associate Tina Zhou. Simon Rear assisted Amani Gold in relation to a transaction with Hong Kong-based Luck Winner Investment to raise capital by way of a subscription for shares and options. The team also acted for MCM Mining (previously Coal of Africa) on its acquisition and disposal of various coal assets in South Africa, and advised Eastern Goldfields on a number of transactions, including a proposed cornerstone investment in Windward Resources. Rear and Margie Tannock jointly head the team.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 5

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs provides ‘great advice’ and the team includes a number of recommended individuals, among them Fabio Fior in Darwin and Perth-based Carl Black, who possesses ‘thorough knowledge’. Aligned FM receives ongoing transactional advice, with recent work being the acquisition of three hotels and serviced apartment assets. Frasers Hospitality Trust instructed it on a hotel management agreement for Sydney's Novotel Darling Harbour hotel. In addition to hospitality and leisure projects, areas of expertise include developments, urban renewals and leases. Dannelle Howley and Rahul Parrab are the names to note in Sydney. Parrab acts for a number of international investors and developers on both domestic and outbound transactions and Howley regularly advises global online retailers and luxury goods providers.

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

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs acts for clients in investigations across a wide range of sectors and attracts governance compliance work and anti-bribery matters. Practice head Margie Tannock advises a high-profile individual on corruption allegations and the related local government investigation. Labour expert Bruno di Girolami acted for Technip Oceania in an investigation brought by the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environment Management Authority regarding an alleged safety breach during its diving work for Chevron.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 5

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs excels in contentious work under the leadership of class action expert Amanda Banton. The group also counts Graeme SlatteryShaan Palmer and of counsels Lisa Gallate and Susan Goodman, who joined from Ashurst, as key names to note. Notable recent mandates include acting for Forge Group in litigation alleging breaches of directors' duties following its acquisition of CTEC and the management of the related newly acquired projects, representing the liquidators of two failed managed investment schemes in claims against the company, its directors and the schemes' auditors for loss and damages, and acting for Oztech in a class action relating to senior unsecured notes issued by Octaviar Investment Notes, a failed funds management and financial services company. Deloitte, Hall Chadwick and Ferrier Hodgson are also clients.

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