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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3


Timothy Lipscombe heads up the group at Dentons, which is a key name in the market for project and construction finance work; recent highlights include advising a senior lending syndicate on a residential apartment syndicated construction financing and acting for Chiyu Banking Corporation on the financing of its purchase of a site in Sydney. The primarily lender-focused practice counts all four major Australian banks as clients and also acts for Macquarie Bank, Bank of China and Central Bank of PNG. Other noteworthy individuals include Anthony Walsh and Jason Morris, who joined from legacy firm DibbsBarker in 2018 along with David Carter, Jeff Baker and Peter Luke. Helen Ord and Ruth Neal left for in-house positions at the Bank of Queensland and Commonwealth Bank of Australia respectively.

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


Dentons’ practice, which is led by Kym Livesley, is based across Sydney, Melbourne and Perth and has grown significantly with two internal promotions, the addition of Geoff Cairns, John Reen, Paul Schmidt-Uili, and Lis Boyce in Sydney from now-defunct firm DibbsBarker, Hamish Walton joining from Dechert LLP, and Nick Stretch and Alexander Nielsen joining from now-defunct firm Nick Stretch Legal in Melbourne. Andrew Chan’s arrival from Gilbert + Tobin and Robyn Chatwood’s relocation from the firm’s London office round out the offering. The practice has strengths in the energy and natural resources sectors as well as in life sciences and healthcare, and regularly advises clients with operations in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the Pacific, most recently acting as PNG counsel to listed Canadian entity Cobalt 27 Capital. It also handles a notable amount of Chinese investment work, capitalising on the firm’s network in the region. Nielsen, who is valued for his ‘excellent approach and communication’ and is ‘trusted to give sound advice’, is advising Bayer on the Australian aspects of its sale of selected crop science businesses to BASF ahead of Bayer’s acquisition of Monsanto.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 5


Dentons possesses broad commercial litigation capabilities; practice head Louise Massey is acting for a major financial institution as co-defendant in a mortgage fraud case and Ben Allen represented FAL Group in proceedings in the New South Wales Supreme Court regarding losses caused by unauthorised transactions and misapplication of funds by the defendant. Lisa Wright is also singled out.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 5


Dentons' 'exceptional' practice is headed by 'excellent communicator' Mark Sant and includes director Brendan Milne, who is 'responsive, professional and possesses a sharp legal mind'. Sant is active in the hotels and leisure industries and Milne is a key name for industrial relations and enterprise bargaining work; Sant recently advised VenuesLive Management Services on the renegotiation of its third generation enterprise agreement and assisted AccorHotels with its general employment work; Milne acted for Qube Ports on multiple issues relating to its stevedoring workforce including roster variation and notification matters, unfair dismissal claims and Fair Work Commission disputes. UPDATE:  Since publication, Mark Sant and Brendan Milne have joined HFW.

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


Dentons ‘provides excellent legal support across PNG and Australia’; its very established practice ‘has performed exceedingly well over a long period of time’. Notable PNG-related work included advice to Bougainville Copper on corporate issues arising from major shareholder Rio Tinto selling its over-50% share to both the PNG government and the autonomous Bougainville government. David Perks assisted Ganfeng Lithium with acquiring a stake in the Mt Marion lithium mine. Regional head of energy and resources Kym Livesley leads the 12-partner team, which grew through the promotion of transactions lawyer Sally Weatherstone, who regularly acts for resources companies.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 5


Dentons provides a 'consistently exceptional service' and is noted for its ‘sound, practical advice and very good response times’. The practice has significantly expanded following its merger with DibbsBarker; Matthew Rollason, who ‘genuinely cares about his clients, going above and beyond to ensure a brilliant service', joined alongside David Sharpe, Mahoney Smith and Kristen Pike . The team covers the full spectrum of real estate matters and regularly acts for real estate investors and developers such as Bridgehill, Crown Group and Mirvac. Highlights included acting for Penrith Council on a ten-year development project creating 1,400 residential units, a public plaza and retail premises. AMP Capital receives advice on its 11,000sqm Quay Quarter Sydney redevelopment.

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


Dentons' ‘very responsive team provides great commercial advice and possesses in-depth knowledge’. It is well-versed in advising, investigating and litigating all forms of government inquiry from federal and state investigations to civil litigation, criminal trials and enforcement actions. The team is led by Ben Allen and Amber Warren, who both act for a number of large corporations and financial institutions domestically and internationally. Elise Ivory advised a financial institution on its acquisition of a banking business in two Asian jurisdictions. Stephen Schoninger is also singled out; Lynsey Edgar and Mandi Jacobson joined from K&L Gates and Baker McKenzie respectively. Ruth Neal and Iris Dielmann have both left for roles in-house.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 4


The 'highly competent' group at Dentons is 'a reliable safe pair of hands that compares favourably to other firms in the same space', and is led by Justin Bates, who is 'incredibly easy to deal with and is always on top of the detail'. With a key focus on the SME market and the capacity to handle cross-border work, the group recently advised 20th Century Fox on the administration of Network Ten Holdings and its subsequent sale to CBS, represented Bell Group (UK) Holdings in litigation relating to the distribution of settlement funds, and assisted a syndicate of lenders with the Australian aspects of a cross-border restructuring of an ASX-listed company. David McIntosh, Hector West and Kylie Britton are key names in the team, which recently saw substantial expansion following the firm's merger with DibbsBarker including gaining the highly regarded John Stragalinos and Scott Guthrie.

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