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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance

As a key name for cross-border finance transactions, Clifford Chance's recent work includes acting for the arrangers on PAI Partners' acquisition and refinance of Froneri, advising the lenders and USPP investors on the refinancing of the Eastlink toll road project by constructors ConnectEast, and assisting Latitude Financial Services with the first master trust securitisation transaction in the Australian market. Group head Richard Gordon specialises in financing transactions including leveraged acquisitions, project and infrastructure transactions and restructurings; counsel Alastair Gourlay is also a name to note for acquisition finance, corporate lending, real estate finance and financing by alternative capital providers. Caroline Jury joined Morrison & Foerster LLP's London office in 2018.

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Competition and trade
Competition and trade - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance's team is led by Dave Poddar, who counts ‘among the leading competition lawyers in Australia’ and his ‘knowledge of the law is second to none’. The practice ‘continually provides an outstanding service and is always very responsive’. Poddar assisted Glencore with successfully convincing the Australian Competition Tribunal to declare the port of Newcastle as under the National Access Regime, resulting in the ACCC's ability to regulate prices and terms of access. A notable highlight was the team's clearance advice to General Electric for the merger of its oil and gas business with Baker Hughes. Senior associate Mark Grime has ‘an excellent regulatory background and knows how to best position the client’ and instructing Elizabeth Hersey is a ‘huge advantage in any lengthy competition matter’. Alice Bradshaw joined from Arnold Bloch Leibler.

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Dave Poddar - Clifford Chance

Next Generation Partners

Mark Grime - Clifford Chance

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 4

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s team has a focus on handling cross-border work out of its Sydney and Perth offices. It maintains a busy private equity practice; Andrew Crook, who joined from Hogan Lovells, led advice to Carlyle Group on its acquisition of Accolade Wines Australia from CHAMP Private Equity and Constellation Brands. Jointly with the firm’s Beijing office, Lance Sacks acted for the consortium of China Jianyin Investment, JIC Huawen Investment and Tamar Alliance Capital on the acquisition of a majority stake in Australian vitamins and supplements business Nature’s Care. Sacks also assisted William Hill with the auction sale of its Australian bookmaking business to Australian gaming and entertainment group CrownBet. Mantra Group instructed the team on its sale to Accor Hotels, a transaction that creates the largest hotel group in Australasia. The team also features key partners Richard Graham and Tracey Renshaw.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance's ‘diligent and commercially astute’ practice is noted for its international capabilities and the team, led by Perth-based Ben Luscombe, has grown significantly at senior associate and associate level. Luscombe continues to represent an energy-sector client in an arbitration relating to a contractual dispute. ‘Superb, motivated and hardworking’ commercial litigator Angela Pearsall has a strong financial sector client base. Sam Luttrell has ‘excellent technical knowledge, particularly in investor-state arbitration’. Jenni Hill is singled out in Perth, as is Tim Grave in Sydney. Diana Chang retired from the partnership and is now a consultant to the firm.

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Angela Pearsall - Clifford Chance

Ben Luscombe - Clifford Chance

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

Clifford Chance

At Clifford Chance, Angela Pearsall, Diana Chang and Tim Grave are the key names to note for class action expertise with Pearsall recently defending Deloitte in shareholder claims arising from the collapse of Hastie Group, and Grave working with Chang to represent S&P Global and related entities in multiple Federal Court class actions relating to ratings assigned by Standard & Poor's to various SCDOs. The group also acted for Deloitte in proceedings arising from the collapse of the Dick Smith Group.

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

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance capitalises on its network and regularly acts for international oil and gas companies, as well as domestic Australian utilities and power companies. It advised Royal Dutch Shell on the multibillion-dollar sale of its interest in Woodside, and, in a notable renewables transaction, assisted Global Infrastructure Partners with its $5bn acquisition of Equis Energy’s renewable power assets in Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Thailand and Taiwan. Practice head Paul Lingard is set to join Norton Rose Fulbright in late 2018, a significant loss for the team. However, Ben Luscombe, who ‘provides succinct, commercially sensible advice even when considering technically complex legal questions’; Asia-Pacific renewable power head Philip Sealey; and co-head of the firm’s global oil & gas group Tracey Renshaw all come in for praise. The team has also been bolstered at the senior associate level.

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

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance has seen the departure of practice head and global co-head of mining and metals, Paul Lingard, to Norton Rose Fulbright, but the team has grown significantly on junior level and has been attracting an interesting spread of work, such as Ben Luscombe’s advice to Rio Tinto on a cross-border regulatory investigation related to Rio Tinto Coal Mozambique. A multi-jurisdictional team assisted EVRAZ with its $354m sale of the entire issued share capital of subsidiary EVRAZ Nakhodka Trade Sea Port. Counsel Jessica Davies is also recommended.

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Project finance
Project finance - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s two-partner team, led by Richard Gordon, has a strong international focus and regularly attracts cross-border work for a range of clients including export credit agencies, development finance institutions and commercial lenders. It acted for the sponsors on the development of the Formosa offshore wind farm development in Taiwan, the first of its kind in Asia, and advised the lenders on the project financing for the Tailem Bend solar farm in South Australia. A particular highlight is the team’s continued advice to JBIC, K-EXIM and other lenders in relation to the financing of a coal-fired power plant project in Vietnam. Philip Sealey heads the Asia Pacific renewables practice and has a focus on project financings in the sector.

Leading individuals

Richard Gordon - Clifford Chance

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