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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's 'sound level of industry knowledge' encompasses corporate banking transactions for domestic lenders and borrowers, international finance issues and project finance work. Clients include Link Group, which the team advised on its IPO-related debt financing; Bank of Melbourne and Citibank, which it assisted with debt facilities provided to Glenwaye; and the Destination Brisbane Consortium, which it acted for on a bank guarantee facility with ANZ for the provision of guarantees to the State of Queensland for the development of the Queen's Wharf Brisbane integrated resort. The 'technically solid, responsive and commercial' Onno Bakker heads the team, which also includes Alex Regan and Hugo Thistlewood. Simon Huxley joined Allen & Overy LLP.

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Capital markets
Capital markets: equity - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper receives recognition for its technology-sector expertise, regularly handling IPO matters for clients in the sector, alongside advice in the mining and resources sector and cross-border expertise, particularly assisting US clients with Australian listings and capital raisings. David Ryan heads up the department and recently led advice to Riversdale Resources on its proposed IPO; he also assisted Credible with its A$300m IPO of Chess Depository Interests and listing on the ASX and acted for Downer EDI on the A£2bn restructuring and recapitalisation of Reliance Rail. Other key practitioners include Joel Cox, Marc Wilshaw and Scott Gibson; Cox and consultant James Philips advised Webjet on the equity raising for its acquisition of JacTravel, Wilshaw assisted a client with a capital raising via oversubscribed placement, and handled an issuance of convertible notes for Berkeley Energia. Catherine Merity joined Maddocks in 2018.

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Competition and trade
Competition and trade - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper handles the full spectrum of competition and trade law matters, acting for both the regulator and corporate clients with particular expertise in the energy and infrastructure sectors. On the regulatory side, practice head Simon Uthmeyer advised the ACCC on the authorisation process for the high-profile A$11.3bn merger between Tabcorp and Tatts . It also assisted the regulator in relation to the proposed joint venture between Glencore and Yancoal. Fleur Gibbons, a well-regarded practitioner in the utility sector, is advising Icon Water following an investigation of the pricing of its water and sewerage services. Clients include Perth Airport, Hyundai and the Australian Health Services Alliance. Leanne Hanna has taken up a role in-house.

Leading individuals

Simon Uthmeyer - DLA Piper

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Construction - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper‚Äôs ‚Äėstrong and committed‚Äô team delivers a ‚Äėgreat service‚Äô characterised by ‚Äėclear business acumen and industry knowledge‚Äô. Highlights included advising the Destination Brisbane Consortium on its ¬£1.6bn¬†Queen‚Äôs Wharf development in the Brisbane CBD, and the team assisted the Australian Football League (AFL) with the ¬£127m Etihad Stadium and Docklands precinct redevelopment. Jane Baddeley¬†and Mark Huntington¬†have ‚Äėa¬†wealth of industry knowledge and experience‚Äô and are ‚Äėgreat assets to a project team‚Äô. John Gallagher¬†and Richard Edwards¬†jointly head the practice that includes the ‚Äėextremely good‚Äô disputes specialist Gitanjali Bajaj; she led on a number of high-value construction disputes in the energy sector. David Nancarrow left to take up a role in-house, while infrastructure lawyers Dan Brown¬†and Alex Guy¬†departed to Ashurst.

Leading individuals

John Gallagher - DLA Piper

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

DLA Piper

DLA Piper‚Äôs ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô team is ‚Äėalways practical and responsive‚Äô. The 14-partner practice, which is headed by Grant Koch,¬†focuses on cross-border work and has particular expertise in the technology sector, where it regularly acts for technology, e-commerce and fintech businesses. Recent examples include Koch‚Äôs advice to Dimension Data on its global infrastructure-as-a-service cloud business sale to Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT). Mark Burger, who possesses ‚Äėvery good industry knowledge‚Äô, acted for Newell Rubbermaid on its ¬£1.45bn tools business sale to Stanley Black & Decker. Notable work in the funds management space included the team‚Äôs advice to Pengana Holdings on its merger with Hunter Hall International, creating the funds management business Pengana Capital Group, as well as assisting Australian listed company Link Group with its ¬£888m acquisition of Capita Asset Services from Capita. Consultant James Philips¬†and Lyndon Masters¬†also come in for praise; Stefan Luke¬†joined from King & Wood Mallesons, and special counsel Amit Jois¬†from Allens. UPDATE: Shane Bilardi, James Stewart, Jyoti Singh, Chris Mitchell, and Andrew Fisken are to join from¬†Norton Rose Fulbright.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's practice head Rani John¬†gives advice that is both ‚Äėlegally sound and commercially astute'.¬†Gitanjali Bajaj, Richard Edwards¬†and¬†Liam Prescott¬†are recommended for international arbitration, a particular strength of the practice. It welcomed Natalie Caton¬†from King & Wood Mallesons, who specialises in cross-border corruption litigation, and handled several high-profile matters stemming from the Banking Royal Commission for two large financial institutions. It also represented the Securities and Exchange Board of India in relation to India‚Äôs largest Ponzi scheme to date, valued at $8bn and involving over 58.5 million Indian investors.

Leading individuals

Rani John - DLA Piper

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Dispute resolution: class actions
Dispute resolution: class actions - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper 'consistently provides a professional, high-quality service' rendering 'timely and strategic advice and going the extra yard to ensure the best possible results'. Clients single out department head Kieran O’Brien, 'a strong negotiator who is highly articulate, proactive and client friendly in his approach'; he recently defended Liability Mutual Insurance in a class action relating to the 2014 Mickleham bushfire. Other work includes Cameron Maclean acting for Western Power following a wildfire causing property damage in 2014 and also defending the State of Western Australia and its reinsurers in property damage, business interruption and associated claims.

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

DLA Piper

DLA Piper‚Äôs ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô team is ‚Äėproactive, reliable and easy to deal with‚Äô, and possesses ‚Äėstrong industry knowledge and business acumen‚Äô. The practice, headed by Stephen Webb,¬†has been busy with renewables transactions and often attracts cross-border matters. It acted for ActewAGL in regulatory matters, drawing on the team‚Äôs energy pricing expertise, and remains a key adviser to the government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. Kate Papailiou¬†is ‚Äėwilling to make judgement calls‚Äô and is rated for her ‚Äėstrong expertise‚Äô and ‚Äėclear understanding of evolving energy market dynamics‚Äô. Alex Regan¬†and regulatory experts Fleur Gibbons¬†and Rhys Davies¬†are also singled out. Dan Brown¬†left to join Ashurst.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper‚Äôs team features ‚Äėheavy hitters in the world of outsourcing‚Äô, with ‚Äėdeep industry knowledge, strong commercial nous and a tireless work ethic that helps achieve strategic objectives‚Äô.¬†Tim Lyons¬†heads the practice after Peter Jones¬†joined Herbert Smith Freehills¬†in May 2019. It acts for private and public sector clients and regularly handles cross-border work, drawing on its wide network. Government-sector work included advice to Victoria Police in relation to the introduction of body-worn cameras, as well on procuring a mobile automatic number-plate recognition solution for its highway patrol fleet. It also assisted Kapsch, an international road telematics company, with providing tolling and freeway control systems to Melbourne‚Äôs multibillion-dollar West Gate tunnel project. Senior associate¬†Sarah Dolan¬†is also recommended.

Next Generation Partners

Sarah Dolan - DLA Piper

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Insurance - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

DLA Piper¬†is noted for its ‚Äėexcellent business acumen and industry knowledge‚Äô. The team is acting for Western Power and its Lloyd‚Äôs underwriters in four class actions relating to wildfire damage in Western Australia, and is advising the former CEO of Westfund, an insured of Vero Insurance, in proceedings regarding allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination. On the non-contentious side, the practice provides regulatory advice and handles policy reviews under the leadership of group head Samantha O‚ÄôBrien¬†in Brisbane. Perth-based¬†Louise Coleman¬†joined from Wotton + Kearney. The team has seen some departures; Toby Barrie, Jason Hart¬†and Belinda Randall¬†left to join¬†Barry.Nilsson.,¬†and Natasha Stojanovich¬†joined¬†Lander & Rogers.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's¬†five-partner team is led by global co-chair of the firm‚Äôs trade mark, copyright and media group Melinda Upton, who has substantial experience across the gamut of intellectual property work, and advises a client roster including names such as Fitbit and Gucci. Sydney-based¬†Nicholas Tyacke, who is ‚Äėwise, experienced and fast‚Äô, is acting for Pfizer in numerous proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia, including the first cases in Australia¬†to address claims on undertakings as to damages¬†by generic pharmaceutical companies, their suppliers and the Commonwealth of Australia.¬†Robynne Sanders¬†is¬†acting for a client in its suit against Mattel for patent infringement in the Federal Court of Australia. Upton continues to advise the Australian Wool Innovation non-profit on its trade marks portfolio.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's team is singled out for its 'great, clear and commercial advice, quick turnaround and hardworking nature' and practice head Nicholas Turner has 'exceptional international employment law experience and is incredibly easy to work with'. Other noteworthy names include Melbourne group head Rick Catanzariti, who has particular expertise with employment elements of large projects and senior associate Clancy King, who 'works unbelievably hard to make sure her clients get the best outcome'. Turner recently led advice to Insurance Australia Group in relation to its contractual arrangements with its IT services provider IBM, handled multiple senior executive exits and related compliance issues for several ASX-listed companies and assisted Link Group with the employment aspects of its international acquisition of Capita Asset Services. Andrew Ball joined EY Law.

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

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s 16-partner team attracted a steady domestic and international deal flow, advising the SGX-listed Alliance Mineral Assets on its announced merger with the ASX-listed Tawana Resources, as well as Atlas Iron on its agreement with Mineral Resources to combine via a scheme of arrangement. Regulatory work included advising Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal Management on access and regulatory issues. Alex Jones co-heads the global mining group out of Perth; the team includes regulatory expert Simon Uthmeyer, transactions specialist Michael Bowen and counsel Joanne Steer, who has a particular focus on advising mining sector clients. David Nancarrow left to take up a role in-house at Byrnecut Australia.

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Project development
Project development - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper¬†possesses considerable PPP expertise, including advising governments on structuring PPP schemes, and handles a range of infrastructure as well as renewables and mining sector matters. The team has seen some change, with Dan Brown¬†and former head of PPP and transport Alex Guy¬†leaving for¬†Ashurst, and Simon Huxley¬†joining Allen & Overy LLP; however, the firm has appointed new partners Alyson Eather¬†and Rhys Davies¬†and grew at associate and counsel level. Resolute Mining received advice on the development of the Syama and Ravenswood mining operations in Mali and Queensland, respectively. Infrastructure work included the team‚Äôs advice to the Acciona Ferrovial joint venture on the Melbourne Metro Tunnels and Stations PPP project. Alex Jones¬†leads on mining project matters, and Stephen Webb¬†handles energy projects work. Alex Regan¬†and John Gallagher¬†are also names to note. Finance and projects lawyer Kate Papailiou¬†has ‚Äėstrong business acumen and industry knowledge‚Äô and displays ‚Äėa¬†strong work ethic‚Äô.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's¬†‚Äėexcellent and responsive team shows initiative in solving problems efficiently and quickly‚Äô. Sydney-based¬†Les Koltai¬†has a significant international practice, advising both established and new inbound investors on high-value and complex acquisitions. Practice head¬†Tim Mathers, noted for his ‚Äėknowledge and approachability‚Äô, is well regarded for his expertise in retail, industrial and commercial transactions as well as development and commercial and retail leasing matters. Mathers assists the Destination Brisbane Consortium with its Queen‚Äôs Wharf Brisbane development. Astrid Beemster¬†acted for Vicinity Centres on the sale of its Salamander Bay Centre and Terrace Central properties. Kate Howson¬†and Caroline Najjar¬†joined from Mills Oakley Lawyers¬†and now-defunct¬†TressCox Lawyers¬†respectively.

Leading individuals

Les Koltai - DLA Piper

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Regulatory compliance and investigations
Regulatory compliance and investigations - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's¬†team is led by¬†Rani John, who ‚Äėexcels at what she does‚Äô and ‚Äėconsistently delivers a very strong client service‚Äô.¬†John is assisting a major financial services company with its responsibilities in relation to the Banking Royal Commission. The Malaysia- and Australia-qualified Gowri Kangeson¬†is an expert in anti-bribery, corruption, white-collar crime and investigations. Brisbane-based¬†Natalie Caton¬†joined from King & Wood Mallesons. Other practitioners to note include Samantha O‚ÄôBrien¬†and Jonathon Ellis.

Leading individuals

Rani John - DLA Piper

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

DLA Piper has 'significant expertise in the field', 'knows the insolvency market well' and 'consistently takes a commercial approach to its clients and their issues'. The group is recognised for its cross-border experience; it recently advised Deutsche Bank on the administration process of Paladin Energy and assisted Zetta Jet with bankruptcy proceedings across multiple jurisdictions following its collapse. Department head Kon Tsiakis led the matters and 'knows his clients well'. Amelia Kelly is also a key name to note; she advised the secured surety provider and receivers on the surety providers' exposure to the Diploma Group which collapsed in late 2016.

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Tax - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's 'excellent' practice¬†is led by Jock McCormack, who¬†possesses ‚Äėcommercial acumen combined with industry knowledge‚Äô. The team handles the full spectrum of tax issues, with particular expertise in transfer pricing and international tax. Newly promoted partner¬†Eddie Ahn¬†is ‚Äėvery practical, responsive and knows his area very well‚Äô. James Newnham¬†rounds off the three-partner team and assist clients with international expansion projects and is experienced in capital gains tax, tax consolidation and trusts. McCormack and Ahn advised a Korean asset management company on its acquisition of an equity interest in Endeavour Energy Australia. Senior associate¬†Kenny Mui¬†joined from Deloitte Lawyers.

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    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.‚Ä©
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