Firm Profile > Ashurst > Sydney, Australia

Ashurst
LEVEL 11, 5 MARTIN PLACE
SYDNEY NSW 2000
Australia

Australia > Banking and finance Tier 1

Ashurst‘s global loans group is famed for its ‘exceptional knowledge‘ in M&A, disputes, restructuring and insolvency, asset finance and leasing. Led by Brenton Key, a property finance expert, the practice is particularly accomplished within the media, financial services, aviation, healthcare industries and caters to a client roster of global corporates and investment banks, major financial institutions, funds, alternative lenders and private equity sponsors. Shawn Wytenburg and Melbourne-based Martin Coleman are experts in respect of corporate, leveraged, acquisition and infrastructure finance meanwhile Steve Smith holds distinguished capabilities in ABL, holdco facilities and sovereign debt transactions. At the more junior end of the partnership spectrum, Kenneth Tang is carving out a prominent reputation for debt financings. Named lawyers are based in Sydney unless otherwise stated.

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Testimonials

‘Excellent delivery, exceptional knowledge, great solution providers, highly commercial and good value for money.’

‘Martin Coleman is readily accessible, a gifted and warm communicator, and very solution-focused.’

‘The team takes a commercial approach to legal negotiations and formal documentation. It is clear that the team have a deep understanding and wide coverage of industry standards as well as commercial terms – both leading to acceptable commercial outcomes and streamlined negotiations.

The team is also very responsive, and partners are well supported by their associates. In most instances, work is done in a timely manner to meet commercial outcomes.’

‘Kenneth Nguyen from the Melbourne office is a standout.

‘Good market understanding, responsive and available as required.’

‘Jock O’Shea is a pleasure to work with. He is always on top of matters and ensures that not only is he available and engaged throughout the transaction but he is also supported by a great team of associates who are equally excellent in the support and advice they provide.’

Key clients

ANZ

CBA

ING Bank

NAB

Westpac

Bank of America

Bank of China

BNP Paribas

China Construction Bank

Crédit Agricole CIB

Credit Suisse

Goldman Sachs

HSBC

Bain Capital

Barings

Blackstone

Macquarie Capital

Coca-Cola Amatil

Crown

Nine Entertainment

Qantas

Woolworths

Australia > Competition and trade Tier 1

Ashurst has a strong record across merger clearances, ACCC enquiries, cartel defence and energy market issues. The team has multi-jurisdictional expertise and maintains a top-tier client list in a variety of industries, including the financial services, technology, government, and energy sectors. Of particular note is the firm’s work on ACCC’s long-running Big Tech investigations, alongside a number of major competition and market investigations. The team is led by Peter Armitage, an experienced figure who regularly advises on merger clearances and defends clients in high-profile ACCC litigation. Ross Zaurrini specialises in cartel and enforcement proceedings, while Brisbane’s Alyssa Phillips is highly active in merger control proceedings. Melbourne’s Justin Jones has a strong focus on infrastructure access and energy matters, and Melissa Fraser combines merger clearance work with standout work on ACCC investigation and enforcement proceedings across the financial services, infrastructure and consumer goods sectors. Tihana Zuk was promoted to partner in early 2021, and is noted for her work on high-profile digital economy issues.

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Testimonials

‘Excellent technical knowledge coupled with experience across a range of industries enables the team to deliver accurate and pragmatic counsel.’

‘Justin Jones is accessible and has a great ability to communicate in a way that’s relevant to his clients. A wise counsellor.’

‘Experienced practitioners from quite senior partners to quite young (but really good) ones, experience across contentious and non-contentious matters.’

‘Tihana Zuk is my go to person. She’s responsive, pragmatic, engaging for training with our business people.’

‘A team of great individuals, who work very effectively together, to deliver great insight and strategic direction to matters, as well as market-leading service and attention to the detail.’

‘The Ashurst Competition team is particularly effective because they work so well together as a team.’

‘Peter Armitage is a stand out for clear, practical, considered advice on strategic direction and likely outcomes. His judgment is genuinely exceptional. Ross Zaurrini is a very experienced regulatory litigator and is a cool head in high-stakes investigations and prosecutions.’

‘Alyssa Phillips is exceptional in merger clearance and transactions. Her global experience gives her a terrific perspective and approach.’

‘Melissa Fraser is outstanding in her client service and is building deep experience in merger clearance, difficult consumer protection issues etc.’

Key clients

AGL Energy

AIA International

Air Niugini

Alkaloids of Australia

Arrotex

Aurizon Holdings Limited

Australian Shopping Network Pty Ltd

B.Solar

Baby Bunting

Bank of America

Cardtronics

Cleanaway Waste Management

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Downer EDI

EnergyAustralia

Fletcher Building

GLNG

Goldman Sachs

Google

Hipages

Imperial Brands

Informed Sources

Kellogg

Lendi

LVMH Moët Hennessy

McLaren Group Limited

Mitsubishi Development

Nick Scali

Nine Entertainment

Nutrien

Prosegur

Rolex

Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia, Inc

Samsung Electronics

True Alliance

Uber

Woodside Energy

Woolworths Group Limited

Australia > Construction Tier 1

Ashurst provides clients with comprehensive advice during major real estate projects, with a particular focus on energy, infrastructure, natural resources, transport and telecommunications. The firm is also well-equipped to handle construction litigation, relating to infrastructure projects, commercial and residential developments. Melbourne based partner Grant Rowlands stands out for his expertise in major public sector-led projects such as advising the Department of Defence on the construction of a number of facilities across Australia. Sydney partner Georgia Quick specialises in complex construction disputes and arbitration proceedings while Gareth Sage, who is also based in Sydney, is advising Transport for NSW on several major projects, including the Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link programme. Ben Kipic (counsel) is part of the teams handling a number of complex public transport construction projects and Bree Miechel joined from Reed Smith LLP in late 2020.

Practice head(s):

Grant Rowlands; Gareth Sage; Georgia Quick

Other key lawyers:

Ben Kipic; David Jardine; Olivia Lau; Krista Payne; Bree Miechel

Testimonials

‘Excellent industry experience and knowledge. Always flexible, motivated and highly responsible. Commercial approach with good understanding of government requirements for infrastructure project delivery.’ 

‘I have worked with most of the partners and many of the senior team within this firm. I’m always impressed with substantive depth of this team – particularly its partners. Their technical skills and those of the senior lawyers is undoubtedly exceptional. Their advice and communications are commercial and client-orientated – and never esoteric like some of their competitors.

‘Ashurst are budget conscious and regularly send updates as to how the matter is tracking against the budget – there are no nasty surprises on the billings front. The Ashurst team make my job easier. They are a pleasure to work with. I couldn’t rate them highly enough.’

‘Angus Foley is the lead infrastructure partner. He is incredibly knowledgeable about the industry and adept at overlaying this knowledge so that legal advice as imparted is strategic and given in a commercial context. Although he is clearly very busy, he always makes himself available when needed.’

‘Krista Payne imparts a resolute calmness in the midst of high-stakes transactions that means that we, as clients, feel the she is on top of things no matter how complex. Her sharp intellect reassures us that we have one of the best legal minds in our corner. Despite this her unassuming manner means she’s a pleasure to work with.’

‘Bree Miechel is relatively new to the Ashurst partnership, but already she has built a reputation for being smart, hard-working, solution-orientated and focused on meeting deadlines.’

‘Gareth Sage has a strong reputation in the Australian market as an expert in construction. He is technically brilliant, leads a good team and is easy to work with. He knows how to add value. What more could a client ask from from its lawyer.’

Key clients

Sydney Metro

General Electric

Keolis Downer

Transport for NSW

State Solicitor’s Office (WA)

WSA Co Limited

Santos Limited

Department of Defence

University of Melbourne

Transdev Australasia

Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation

Edify Energy

Endeavour Energy

WaterNSW

Parramatta City Council

Australia > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

Ashurst is active in both international and domestic arbitration within the energy and resources and construction arenas. The team is co-led by Brisbane-based Jeremy Chenoweth, head of the firm’s Asia Pacific dispute resolution practice, who has particular expertise in project development disputes, and Georgia Quick, who was also appointed president of ACICA in June 2021. Peter Voss is also a notable member of the team, with extensive experience in cross-border disputes, as is Bill Smith. All named lawyers are based in Sydney unless stated otherwise.

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Testimonials

‘The team are extremely bright, practical and easy to work with.’

‘Bill Smith is outstanding: very clever, extremely knowledgeable and very pragmatic and commercial, as well as being a delight to work with.’

‘Georgia Quick is a star: hardworking, technically brilliant and very responsive. It’s a pleasure to work with her team.’

‘I value Georgia Quick’s responsiveness and availability. She always looks for solutions through the lens of what the client needs. In the past year she has delivered some great outcomes for us.’

Key clients

AGL Energy Limited

Airservices Australia

Alcoa Corporation

Australian Naval Infrastructure Pty Ltd

CBRE Pty Limited

Gold Coast City Council

Hochtief AG

Idemitsu Australia Resources Pty Limited

LafargeHolcim Ltd

Leighton Offshore Pte Limited

MMA Offshore Limited

MMI Indonesia Investments Pty Ltd

Nexus Infrastructure Pty Ltd

Northern Oil & Gas Australia Pty Limited

Northern Star Resources Ltd

NorthWest Healthcare

NSW Government

Orica Limited

Paladin Solutions PNG Ltd

Roads and Maritime Services

Shell International Limited

SRG Global Limited

Sydney Metro

Whitehaven Finance Company Pty Ltd

Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal Pty Limited

Woodside Energy Ltd.

WorkPac Pty Ltd

WSA Co Limited

Yanzhou Coal Mining Company Limited

Australia > Dispute resolution: class actions Tier 1

Ashurst‘s class action team is strong in a variety of areas, including financial services, employment, automotive and shareholder disputes, acting for corporates, financial services firms and government bodies. Jeremy Chenoweth leads the dispute resolution practice in Brisbane, whilst Ian Bolster and Mark Bradley head up the class action practices in Sydney and Melbourne, respectively. Sydney-based John Pavlakis is recognised for his skills in consumer class actions and third-party funding orders. The team continues to act for Woolworths Group in defending the claim brought against it regarding alleged underpayment of store managers.

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Testimonials

‘Experienced, thoughtful and well-rounded litigators.’

‘Easy to work with, highly commercial and switched-on disputes team. Good understanding of our values and commercial drivers. Bring thoughtful and clearly explained solutions to the client’s problems.’

‘The team has offered us great strategic insight, blended with very efficient and responsive client service and communication.’

‘Ian Bolster is an energetic, intelligent and perceptive partner. He is particularly sought after in financial services litigation. A very solid analytical lawyer with an unpretentious and genuine manner.’

‘Ian Bolster and his team are an absolute stand out. Easy going, commercial and able to think outside of the box to find solutions to complex problems. Happy to trust them with the most important pieces of litigation we have.’

‘Ian Bolster is exceptional as a litigator – focused, practical and with a clear view of the longer term objectives. ’

Key clients

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited

Commonwealth Government of Australia

BMW Australia

KPMG

Murray Darling Basin Authority

Deloitte

NSW Government

Macquarie Bank

McGrath Nicol

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Kagara Ltd

Colonial Mutual Life Assurance Society

Woolworths Group

Australia > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 1

Ashurst‘s dispute resolution team is highly adept at handling energy and resources, financial services, construction and infrastructure disputes, as well as class actions and domestic and international arbitrations. The practice is heavily involved in contentious litigation, regulatory and corporate investigations, and enforcement. Brisbane-based Jeremy Chenoweth is practice group head, and the team has benefitted from the arrivals of financial services litigator Nicholas Mavrakis from Clayton Utz, and construction and projects disputes specialist Matthew Blycha, who was previously managing partner at HFW and is based in the Perth office. Andrew Carter has specialist expertise in corporate and securities regulation and litigation and Rani John and Wen-Ts’ai Lim have strength in commercial litigation. All named lawyers are based in Sydney unless noted otherwise.

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Testimonials

‘The team is great in all aspects of its practice and provides excellent analysis and support.’

‘The team has offered us both great strategic insight, blended with very efficient and responsive client service.’

‘Easy to work with, highly commercial and switched on Disputes Team. Good understand of our values and commercial drivers. Bring thoughtful and clearly explained solutions to complex problems.’

‘Experienced, thoughtful and well-rounded litigators.’

Key clients

AGL Energy Limited

Airservices Australia

Alcoa Corporation

Australian Naval Infrastructure Pty Ltd

CBRE Pty Limited

Gold Coast City Council

Hochtief AG

Idemitsu Australia Resources Pty Limited

LafargeHolcim Ltd

Leighton Offshore Pte Limited

MMA Offshore Limited

MMI Indonesia Investments Pty Ltd

Nexus Infrastructure Pty Ltd

Northern Oil & Gas Australia Pty Limited

Northern Star Resources Ltd

NorthWest Healthcare Australian Property Proprietary Limited

NSW Government

Orica Limited

Paladin Solutions PNG Ltd

Roads and Maritime Services

Shell International Limited

SRG Global Limited

Sydney Metro

Whitehaven Finance Company Pty Ltd

Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal Pty Limited

Woodside Energy Ltd.

WorkPac Pty Ltd

WSA Co Limited

Yanzhou Coal Mining Company Limited

Australia > Energy (transactions and regulatory) Tier 1

With broad capabilities, Ashurst’s team has a particularly strong reputation in projects relating to renewable energy, new technologies and the move towards becoming net zero. Paul Curnow, who leads the team from Sydney, is highly regarded in the Australian market, given his strong reputation in renewable energy and sustainable finance. His recent work highlights include advising EDF renewables on its first investment in Australia. In the Perth office, Peter Vaughan is regularly retained by clients to assist them with strategic gas projects in Australia and overseas. In Brisbane, Paul Newman is recognised for assisting clients with project development and critical acquisitions underpinning major energy initiatives. Caroline Lindsey in Perth has notable expertise in domestic gas sales, which is supplemented by broader experience in energy and natural resources projects. Tara Graneri is on parental leave.

Practice head(s):

Paul Curnow

Testimonials

The Ashurst team provides quality advice across the broad spectrum of Energy sector agreements. My experience is in Oil and Gas with Ashurst and I have found their work exceptional from joint venture agreements, marketing agreements – GSAs and LNG SPAs, transport agreements (including LNG Shipping time charters), terminal use agreements to name just a few. I have experience working with other firms and also across the table from other firms and the individuals I have worked with at Ashurst are the best practitioners I have come across.’

Peter Vaughan is the standout lawyer I have worked with in Oil and Gas industry. Peter is often sought out by senior executives in the companies I have worked with – he provides concise, quality advice from a legal, commercial and strategic perspective. Peter is also highly professional and a great guy to deal with.’

The individual lawyers responsible for the key disciplines of law we deal with are truly dedicated, highly experienced in their field of expertise and deliver exceptional and sound advice. More importantly they think outside the box and are very driven in delivering the best outcome for us. This is very evident in their collaborative nature and working closely with you to achieve the desired outcome.’

Key clients

AGL

Jemena

BHP

CleanCo

EnergyAustralia

Macquarie

Vena Energy

Shell

Santos

Oil Search

Edify Energy

Australia > Environment and planning Tier 1

The powerhouse environment and planning team at Ashurst continues to be a market leader, advising domestic and international corporations and governments on a broad range of environmental and regulatory matters. These include major infrastructure, mining and renewables projects, environmental litigation and climate change issues. Headed in Sydney by environmental law authority Tony Hill, the team’s client portfolio includes EnergyAustralia and Crown Resorts. The full service practice also covers environmental risk management, local government obligations and requirements, investigations and enforcement, and contamination disputes. The group also incliudes resources sector expert Mark Brennan in Sydney, John Briggs and associate Paul Wilson in Brisbane, and senior energy consultant Robert Jamieson and compliance specialist Jane Hall in Melbourne.

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Testimonials

‘The Ashurst team provides definitive advice. We get a clear, succinct answer to our questions. Where there are options, these are described clearly with the respective advantages and disadvantages. The padding and unnecessary discussion we have seen from other practices is not present.’

‘Mark Brennan is simply excellent. His experience and focus on black letter law is excellent.’

‘Rob Jamieson has extraordinary experience.’

‘Jane Hall is a highly personable and experienced ambassador for the firm.’

Key clients

NSW Government

Victorian Government

Queensland Government

Melbourne City Council

Malabar Coal

NBN Co

Alcoa of Australia

AGL

EnergyAustralia

Crown Resorts Ltd

Australia > Intellectual property Tier 1

Split between Melbourne and Sydney, Ashurst's dedicated IP team is active in significant litigation and commercial mandates regarding patents, copyright, designs and trade marks for both local Australian and major international clients. Particular sector focuses include food and therapeutic goods regulation, product launches and labelling, lotteries and promotions, and media regulation. The team is also active academically, publishing IP-related articles, podcasts and analysis. Anita Cade  is now practice group head after taking over from Hall of Fame lawyer Lisa Ritson, who still plays an active role in the team managing IP portfolios. Kellech Smith, Stuart D’Aloisio and Nina Fitzgerald are also significant team members.

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Testimonials

‘They are one of the leading intellectual property practices in Australia capable of handling large scale patent, trade mark and copyright litigation, which they do on a regular basis. They are also part of a major international law firm which brings various advantages. They have very good teams of associates and lawyers working with them. In my experience, collectively they provide great service to their clients both in terms of their legal ability and in their approach to the strategy of litigation. I regularly recommend them to clients seeking representation in the intellectual property space in Australia.’

‘Technically excellent. Very client-focussed and commercial.’

‘Amazing attention to detail and incisive thinking, great project management.’

‘Stuart D’Aloisio (partner, Melbourne) is an excellent litigator, with a particular focus on patent litigation. He regularly acts in major pharmaceutical and life-science patent cases. In my experience he is a shrewd litigator and an outstanding lawyer, with great judgment and appropriate attention to detail in the way that he prepares cases. To my observation he also has good client relationship skills. He has a first rate team of associates and lawyers working with him.’

‘Stuart D’Aloisio is a great all rounder. He is exceptionally knowledgeable and a clear thinker, but also across the details of project management and client management.

‘Nina Fitzgerald is a great client manager and a good team manager.’

‘Nina Fitgerald and Kellech Smith partners. Both outstanding lawyers.

Key clients

Advance Magazine Publishers

AGL Energy

AIA Australia

AliBaba Group

Ant Group

ANZ Bank

Apotex

Arrotex

Australia Post

Baby Bunting

BHP Group

Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health

Bubs Australia

CBRE

Certegy

Challenger

Chicago Mercantile Exchange

Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli

City of Melbourne

Clifford Hallam Healthcare

Combe International

CondeNast Publications

Crown Resorts

Diageo

Discovery Communications

EC Design

Endemol Shine Australia

EnergyAustralia

Facebook

Fila

Google

Henley Arch

IGT Australia

Lego Group

Lifestyles Healthcare

McCain Foods

Merisant

Monster Energy

Mylan

Navitas

Peloton Interactive

PGS Australia

Resolution Life

Samsung Bioepis

Shopify

SPC Foods

SunPharma ANZ

Sydney Opera House Trust

Tat’s Trading

Woolworths Group

WSA

Australia > IT and telecoms Tier 1

The Australian digital economy team at Ashurst works closely with the firm’s international team on major projects within the technology, financial services, telecoms, government, energy and resources, and infrastructure sectors. Telecoms strategies, international projects, digital infrastructure and transformations, and advising on digital regulation, are also core focuses of the group, in addition to providing support on technology-focused M&A deals. Brisbane-based Amanda Ludlow is the global co-head of the group and is particularly strong in the legal and regulatory space regarding digital infrastructure, such as subsea and terrestrial fibre networks. Tim Brookes in Sydney advises technology suppliers and customers on technology and outsourcing contracts, whilst Angela Summersby in Canberra is notable for her governmental sector work, including procurement, contracts, software development and licensing, and data protection and privacy. Clare Doneley in Brisbane specialises in procurement and outsourcing transactions across a range of sectors.

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Testimonials

‘Passion for telecommunications work and great business partners.’

‘The Ashurst team has deep experience of submarine cable construction and related terrestrial network infrastructure build arrangements.’

‘The team is led by a very capable partner with many, many years of experience in this area in the Australian market. Plus the team includes very capable junior lawyers with lots of drive.’

‘Rebecca Cope is very responsive, creative in her problem-solving and brings a commercially pragmatic mindset to her work which is valued. She is trusted not only by the client but puts the counter-party at ease over extended negotiations, and helps smooth the path to contract closure.’

‘Amanda Ludlow is highly experienced in the telecoms infrastructure business. She’s unflappable under pressure and combines her strong technical skills with a firm commitment to getting the deal over the line.’

‘Tim Brookes is an extremely experienced partner who is able to execute very large deals smoothly and with good rapport with all parties involved.’

‘Emma Butler is exceptionally accommodating with billing arrangements and has provided an innovative retainer, delivering enormous value at very substantial discounts. She is very personable and has gone out of her way to look after the wellbeing of her clients.’

‘Geoff McGrath is exceptionally strong in telecommunications regulations and commercial contracts. He is very detailed and thorough in his advice, and does his best to provide a quick turnaround. He mixes legal knowledge with business acumen and a practical approach.’

Key clients

AGL Energy Limited

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Commonwealth Government

Meta (Facebook)

NBN Co Limited

NSW Government

Rio Tinto Limited

Toll Holdings Limited

Westpac Banking Corporation

Woolworths Group Limited

Australia > Labour and employment: workplace health and safety (WHS) Tier 1

Ashurst fields a leading workplace health and safety team with a strong client roster consisting of both public and private clients, including state and federal government agencies, major infrastructure companies and energy and resources businesses. The team is highly adept at advising on major safety incidents regarding fatalities and serious incidents, prosecutions and work-related coronial inquests, in addition to advising officers on personal liability work. Compliance and governance mandates are also handled by the team. Lea Constantine heads up the team from Sydney and frequently advises boards and senior officers on compliance issues. Brisbane-based James Hall has particular expertise in the coal arena and is sought after for advise in Queensland, and Trent Sebbens is skilled in industrial relations.

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Testimonials

‘The team goes above and beyond to meet our needs.’

‘Incredibly responsive, well informed and familiar with this particular industry and its regulators across Australia.’

‘Lea Constantine is always available to give a quick suggestion on how to appropriately respond in investigations and in slower litigation/prosecution alike. Systematic and able to anticipate regulator behaviours in a way that allows me to prepare the board for next steps.’

‘James Hall is incredibly responsive, strategic and commercial.’

‘Ian Humphreys has enormous experience and always looks to provide the personal touch to assist our business.’

Key clients

Qantas Airways

IBM

Alcoa Corporation

Workpac

Lend Lease

Anglo American

Woolworths

University of Sydney

Norske Skog

Commonwealth Government of Australia

McDonalds

Airservices Australia

NSW Government

AGL

Optus

University of Tasmania

Sports Integrity Australia

Puma Energy

Nova Group

Australia > Labour and employment Tier 1

Ashurst has a strong practice that offers advice across the whole spectrum of contentious and non-contentious employment law mandates to national and Asia-pacific-based clients; these matters include workplace relations issues, executive remunerations, industrial relations in the rail, transport, mining and government sectors, discrimination matters and workplace health and safety work. The group has also played an active role in assisting its corporate clients with rectifying past underpayments. Stephen Woodbury  is based in Sydney and is the global head of employment with an impressive list of clients, including Woolworths, McDonalds and the University of Sydney; Woodbury is adept at advising on industrial issues as well as employment litigation. Brisbane-based Ian Humphreys has expertise in complex strategic matters, while in Sydney, Jennie Mansfield is adept at acting for major banks and other financial institutions. Julia Sutherland  advises private and public sector clients on workplace health and safety compliance.

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Testimonials

‘The team goes above and beyond to meet our needs.’

‘James Hall is incredibly responsive, strategic and commercial.’

‘Ian Humphreys has enormous experience and always looks to provide the personal touch to assist our business.’

Key clients

Qantas Airways

IBM

Alcoa Corporation

Workpac

Lend Lease

Anglo American

Woolworths

University of Sydney

Norske Skog

Commonwealth Government of Australia

McDonalds

AGL

NSW Government

Commonwealth Government

Airservices Australia

Optus

University of Tasmania

Sports Integrity Australia

Puma Energy

Nova Group

Australia > Media and entertainment Tier 1

The media law practice at Ashurst remains a market leader, providing strategic counsel to high-profile clients involved in commercial transactions and media disputes. An experienced team led by Anita Cade advises television broadcasters, print and news media outlets, and global tech conglomerates such as Conde Nast, News Corporation, and Google, on a broad spectrum of matters. These include the liability of search engines for defamatory results, IP portfolio management, and responding to applications for permanent injunctive relief. The team is supported by media reform authority Robert Todd, IP expert Lisa Ritson and Peter Armitage, known for his expertise in competition law. All lawyers mentioned are at the Sydney office.

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Testimonials

‘Experienced partners, who have worked on a wide range of matters across the media industry.’

‘Anita Cade is the principal partner that we work with, and she is a standout. She understands our business and our needs, she is very responsive and provides practical solution-oriented advice on a wide range of areas from corporate, marketing, product counseling and content licensing and defamation matters.’

‘Anita Cade for general IP is engaging and client focussed. Robert Todd is very experienced in litigation for defamation and related matters – passionate about the industry and protection of journalists.’

The Ashurst team lead by Robert Todd is inquisitive, innovative and solutions focused. They are aware that the operation of the law occurs against and within policy and political spheres, and they bring broad experience across these spheres to clients. The team is comfortable with ambiguity and saying so, with planned strategies to deal with all foreseeable eventualities – while producing exceptional work product. They are very comfortable pushing boundaries and innovating to achieve clients’ outcomes.’

Key clients

Nine Entertainment Co. Holdings Limited

News Corporation / Nationwide News

Google LLC

Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC)

Re.Group Pty Ltd and Naveen David Singh

Trusted Media Brands, Inc.

ITV Granada

News Life Media

Discovery Communications

Conde Nast Publications

Australia > Native title Tier 1

Ashurst has a strong proponent-side practice, advising major energy and resources companies, governments and infrastructure providers, working on major native title agreements relating to significant developments, including high-value matters and precedent-setting agreements and litigation. The team also advises traditional owners, and operates on a national basis. The team is led from Brisbane by Tony Denholder, a leading specialist within native title law, who advises major mining companies and Aboriginal corporations on an array of land access, native title and mining law issues. Clare Lawrence in Melbourne is active in legislative change, and has handled innovative governance reforms and sensitive heritage issues. Perth’s Andrew Gay is a strong performer within the Western Australia resources space, securing complex native title agreements and the successful implementation of said agreements. Also in Perth, senior associate Cheyne Jansen combines advice to proponents on native title agreements with representing clients in compensation proceedings. In Brisbane, senior associate Libby McKillop works with a number of major resources clients on land access and cultural heritage matters.

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Testimonials

‘Ashurst are the leading firm in Western Australia for matters relating to Native Title. Their expertise and long-held reputation sets them apart from similar firms.’

‘Andrew Gay is a stand out amongst the legal advisers we work with across a range of matters. He is personable, knowledgeable, easy to deal with, and consistently delivers above expectations.’

‘The Ashurst team are very highly skilled and experienced, use a range of strategic approaches and can quickly deliver practical advice and results. Their fees are very reasonable, but given the service and expertise they bring, higher fees wouldn’t deter me in the least.’

‘The Ashurst Native Title practice have been a constant source of guidance and support in navigating the complex aspects of this area of law. Most impressive has been their ability to interpret legal aspects of our activities and apply this guidance in the context of our operational goals and plans.’

‘Highly engaging, superbly competent and an ability to recruit specific expertise from across the Ashurst environment to compliment the Native Title advice where required.’

‘Nationwide expertise that supports our operations.’

‘The Ashurst Native Title team holds a sound knowledge of all relevant legislation, legal issues and key industry stakeholders & native title parties, which are maintained through a demonstrated passion for this area of law. All advice is tailored to client needs and delivered in a practical fashion allowing for a quick absorption of key, salient issues.’

‘Clare Lawrence – incredible strategy and knowledge. Absolute trust in her ability to provide timely advice. Nothing is ever too much.’

Key clients

Transport for New South Wales

New Century Resources

Evolution Mining

Regis Resources

nbn

Gold Fields Australia

Glencore

Yancoal

AGL

Urban Utilities

Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation/Northern Land Council

Adani

Urban Utilities

Australia > Natural resources (transactions and regulatory) Tier 1

Ashurst’s practice supports clients in the natural resources sector throughout the project value chain, focusing predominantly on the mining industry. Alongside its strong transactional and regulatory work, the firm handles litigation arising in the sector, including various fore majeure and frustration claims brought following disruption caused by COVID-19. Gaelan Cooney leads the practice from Perth, focusing primarily on assisting lenders and borrowers with financing transactions, including project finance, acquisition finance and asset finance. Lorenzo Pacitti (Perth) specialises in mining transactions and commercial agreements not only in Western Australia, but also on a global basis. Antonella Pacitti (Perth) has an exceptional transactional practice, having led on several of the largest M&A deals in 2020, including Galaxy Resources $4bn merger with Orocobre Limited. Senior associate Christopher Barry and associate Marina Tinning are also core members of the group.

Practice head(s):

Gaelan Cooney

Key clients

Adani Australia

Anglo American

BHP

Deterra Royalties Limited

Evolution Mining Limited

Galaxy Resources

Glencore

Iluka Resources Limited

Indemitsu

Ioneer Ltd

Marubeni

Minerals Council of Australia

Mineral Resources Limited

Mitsubishi

Mitsui

New Century

Northern Star Resources Limited

Peabody Australia

Regis Resources

Rio Tinto

Roy Hill Holdings Pty Ltd

Sandfire Resources NL

Sheffield Resources

Sojitz

South32

Sumitomo

Vale

Yancoal

Yara International

Australia > Project development Tier 1

Headquartered in Sydney, Ashurst’s nationwide practice is best known for its role in major transport projects and its expertise in emerging sectors, such as renewable energy and Infratech. Of particular note, the firm recently advised on the Honolulu Light Rail Project. Lee McDonald  (Sydney) stands out for his role in the aforementioned project, in addition to Sydney Metro City & Southwest project. Angus Foley (Sydney) specialises in advising public and private sector clients in relation to major infrastructure projects and project financing transactions. Brisbane partner Alex Guy is currently advising Transport for New South Wales on the large-scale regional rail DBFM project while Krista Payne is entrusted with major mandates by the likes of Sydney Metro.

Practice head(s):

Lee McDonald; Angus Foley

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Testimonials

‘Ashurst has led project development on many of the major infrastructure projects across Australia in the past decade. The strength of its know-how in this space positions it as the pre-eminent practice in this area. They invest in client relationships such that they work with us in a seamlessly collaborative manner.’

‘Angus Foley and Krista Payne are star performers in this field. They deeply understand the market within which our projects are procured and how risk appetite can shift from mega-project to mega-project. There are layers of excellent SAs and lawyers underneath them that gives depth to this team. The team is responsive and friendly: a pleasure to deal with.’

Key clients

Sydney Metro

General Electric

Keolis Downer

Transport for NSW

State Solicitor’s Office

WSA Co Limited

Santos Limited

Department of Defence

University of Melbourne

Transdev Australasia

Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation

Edify Energy

Australia > Project finance Tier 1

The team at Ashurst remains a leader in project finance work, advising major international corporations, financial institutions, public sector entities and developers on every stage of large high-value projects, from M&A to dispute resolution. The group’s client portfolio features Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Transport for NSW, with recent work covering a broad spectrum of sectors including the energy (a 209MW wind farm in Victoria), mining (a $300m gold mine in Papua New Guinea), and infrastructure (the North East Link PPP project, which includes the construction of a Melbourne freeway) industries. The team is led by cross-border financing authority Chris Redden, resource project expert David Mason, and procurement specialist Simon Irvine in Sydney, financial products adviser Gaelan Cooney in Perth, and power development doyen Chris Skordas in Melbourne. The group also fields associate Douglas Fung in Sydney.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Strong experience and ability to clearly present the issues from a lender’s standpoint, and to best defend the lenders’ interests during negotiations.’

‘Gaelan Cooney provides solid and sound advice on a timely basis when requested.’

‘High knowledgeable partner open to introducing non-market standard concepts and mechanisms into financing agreements.’

‘Chris Redden is highly experienced and provided a strong guiding hand to assist us in our first project financing. It’s reassuring to have that support. Chris is very good at explaining the rationale for commercial positions and is open-minded to introducing new ideas/mechanisms that are non-market standards. Chris is very responsive to client enquiries, provides high-quality deliverables, and has good bench strength/resourcing to turn documents around quickly.’

‘Pragmatic, client focused approach to closing the transaction.’

‘Very knowledgeable and responsive. Focused on commercial intent as opposed to being stuck in the legal drafting.’

Key clients

Macquarie

Santos

Edify

NAIF

Bank of America Merill Lynch

Sheffield Resources

Transport for NSW

Vena Energy

Infrastructure Capital Group

EnergyAustralia

Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal

Australia > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Ashurst is active across the restructuring and insolvency space, handling distressed acquisitions on behalf of buyers and sellers, advising on complex domestic and cross-border restructurings, and playing a key role in insolvencies and corporate collapse matters. James Marshall  leads the team, working across the Asia-Pacific on major financial restructurings and distressed acquisitions, advising investors, lenders and company boards; while Ross McClymont in Melbourne is another key figure with a strong record in restructuring and insolvency administrations of significant size. Tony Ryan primarily acts for lending banks, syndicates and debt market participants, while Michael Sloan plays a key role in large-scale business turnarounds, and Camilla Clemente handles receiverships and schemes of arrangement. Perth’s Jason Salman has a strong focus on the energy and resources sector, working with major distressed players in the sector. Melbourne-based Alinta Kemeny has international experience from the firm’s London office and notable capabilities in high-profile, multi-jurisdictional consensual financial restructurings. Lawyers are in Sydney unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Able to tap into a global network. Can scale quickly if required.’

‘Alinta Kemeny is a stand-out – young, connected, significant US and UK experience, always available. Really terrific to deal with.’

‘Top tier team with top tier partners and staff. Usually unconflicted when it comes to global mandates and they have the ability to think out the box to derive creative solutions. Thoughts leaders in the field with great breadth across the country.’

James Marshall – Industry leader in the restructuring and insolvency field. Known for the ability to drive an outcome with a creative solution. A great degree of executive presence and is around most of the large mandates. A sought after practitioner in the market especially if getting to an outcome is going to be difficult.’

Key clients

ANZ

CBA

NAB

Westpac

HSBC

Deutsche Bank

BAML

Macquarie

Mizuho

Wells Fargo Bank

KordaMentha

McGrathNicol

Deloitte

PPB Advisory

FTI Consulting

KPMG

Ernst & Young

Grant Thornton

Ferrier Hodgson

PwC

Bain Capital Credit

KKR

Apollo

CPPIB

Oaktree Capital

Värde Partners

King Street Capital

Centerbridge

Davidson Kempner

Anchorage

Amgen Inc

BBY Limited

Boart Longyear Limited

Consolidated Press Holding

Cleanaway Operations

Galaxy Resources

GE Commercial Corporation (Australia)

Norske Skog AS

NorthWest

Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal Pty Ltd

Australia > Tax Tier 1

Ashurst bolstered its tax practice with the addition of indirect tax specialist Costa Koutsis from PwC LLP, diversifying the expertise of a team already recognised for its strength in transactional tax matters and complex restructurings. Clients include a number of listed companies, as well as private equity and other investment funds, including superfunds. Vivian Chang  leads the team and advises on corporate and financial services transactions both domestic and international, while Barbara Phair has a strong track record in transactional and project taxation work alongside representing clients before regulators in contentious cases. Sanjay Wavde advises on income tax matters, most notably relating to fund management, transactional and infrastructure mandates. Melbourne’s Geoff Mann specialists in indirect taxes, advising on GST, stamp duty, land and human resources tax. Lawyers are in Sydney unless otherwise mentioned.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Ashurst’s Tax team covers income tax and GST, as well as state based taxes such as stamp duty and land tax and Ashurst Tax have advised our group in these areas. While the tax team is a small team within a larger legal practice, the team is of good size, which is important to ensure a quality work product, produced in a reasonable time. The Ashurst Tax team works very well with the our disciplines within the larger Ashurst practice and this has been important for us, having engaged Ashurst on numerous “whole of firm” major projects over the past few years.’

‘The main individuals we work with are Vivian Chang, Barbara Phair and Costa Koutsis (all partners) and Steve Whittington (Senior Associate). These individuals are very strong tax technicians and frequently demonstrate a legal knowledge beyond tax. I would use this team if I need heavy duty tax research and analysis of issues as this is their strength. The team have been able to work through and implement, together with their corporate colleagues, a number of restructures and it has been helpful to our business to have one legal firm implementing these major transactions rather than us having to co-ordinate multiple advisers.’

Key clients

Oxford Properties Group

Woolworths Group Limited

NorthWest Healthcare Properties

ANZ Group Limited

Uber

Downer EDI

Macquarie Group

Brookfield Property Group

Mirvac Limited

Toll Group

Energy Australia

Ivanhoe Cambridge

PIMCO Australia Management Limited

University of Melbourne

Intermediate Capital Group

Lendi/Auscred

Fletcher Building Limited

Sydney Metro

GFG

VGW

QUBE

Endeavour Energy

Plenti

Australia > Capital markets Tier 2

The capital markets group at Ashurst remains a key market player, advising major national and multinational banks, non-bank lenders and international corporates on a diverse spectrum of matters in the debt, equity and securitisation areas. Headed up by Bruce Macdonald and Sarah Dulhunty, and supported by Andrew Kim, the equity capital markets team acts for clients on IPOs, block trades, acquisitions and mutual capital instruments. The debt capital markets and securitisation teams, which are overseen by global finance co-head Jamie Ng and field Jennifer Schlosser and Caroline Smart, assist dealers, arrangers and managers with high-value issuances, and advise originators and financiers on new investments. All lawyers mentioned are based in the Sydney office.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The Ashurst Capital Markets – Debt practice team is highly experienced, professional and efficient. The breadth of knowledge of the team supports coverage across a range of structured credit solutions and innovations.’

‘Our key partner is Jennifer Schlosser who advises on a range of transactions both for issuers and funders as well as providing advice to other parties, including on the buy side. Jennifer is excellent with clients and provides insightful and well-informed views on a range of specific matters and end-to-end transactions whether in drafting or reviewing counsel capacity.’

Key clients

ANZ Securities

Bank Australia

Brighte Capital

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Deutsche Bank

Energy Resources of Australia

Judo Bank

KKR

Macquarie Capital (Australia)

Morgans Financial

Morgan Stanley Australia Securities

National Australia Bank

Northern Star Resources

NorthWest Healthcare Properties Management

Ord Minnett

Woolworths Group

Australia > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Ashurst works with an array of household-name corporates on major public M&A, working effectively on cross-border deals in collaboration with its global teams. The team also works with major private equity clients and investment funds on buyouts and investments, and has strong sector focuses including the real estate, financial services and resources industries. The team is led by Melbourne’s John Brewster, who advises on large-scale public and private M&A mandates, active dealmaker Anton Harris and Mark Stanbridge , who leads on the firm’s largest private equity transactions. Phil Breden remains a key player, working with blue-chip clients on major strategic deals, while Perth’s Antonella Pacitti is noted for her combination of transactional and board-level advice. Andrew Kim was promoted to partner in late 2020. Lawyers are in Sydney unless otherwise stated.

Testimonials

‘Breadth and depth of their experience and talent. A top flight law firm providing a top flight service.’

‘John Brewster is an excellent M&A lawyer. He is able to get to the core of the issue and provides advice in a calm and measured manner.’

‘We trust Ashurst with our most complicated legal requirements and they always deliver great results.’

‘Phil Breden is a stand out partner who leads a team of dedicated associates.’

‘Ashurst has a strong corporate franchise in Perth. A strong understanding of the resources sector combined with a market leading corporate M&A skill set position Ashurst to participate in many of the major transactions centred in Perth.’

‘Roger Davies has a commanding position in Perth amongst corporate and M&A lawyers, which is thoroughly deserved. With the assistance of his team, he strikes the right balance of conservatism and commerciality, while remaining good natured and friendly even under pressure.’

Key clients

Allegro Funds

ANZ

Auscred (Lendi)

Automotive Holdings Group

Barclays PLC

Blackstone Group

Deterra Royalties

Downer EDI

DW Healthcare Partners V, LP

HOCHTIEF AG

Infrastructure Capital Group

Mortgage Choice Ltd

Macquarie Group

Northern Star Resources

Mortgage Choice Ltd

Tilt Renewables

Woolworths Group Limited

Australia > Financial services regulatory Tier 2

The financial services regulation group at Ashurst combines the experience of its team with its Ashurst Risk Advisory Consulting service, to advise major domestic and international banks and insurers on executive accountability, risk management, regulatory change programs, and operational risk. The team is known for having a 'very deep knowledge of the Australian regulatory landscape', and its ability to give 'clear advice across a wide range of markets topics'. The group is headed by regulatory authority Jonathan Gordon at the Sydney office and backed by payment services expert Philip Trinca in Melbourne, dispute resolution specialist Andrew Carter, and investigation and enforcement advisor Corey McHattan in Sydney.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Very deep knowledge of the Australian regulatory landscape – able to give clear advice across a wide range of markets topics. They have a commercial approach, but balanced with firm risk culture as well. Ashurst is the go-to firm for financial regulatory work.’

‘Jonny Gordon is an outstanding regulatory partner – he is responsive, intelligent, always pleasant and has his pulse on the regulatory approach.’

‘Cory McHattan is also a very good regulatory partner with deep experience and a commercial approach.’

Key clients

Société Générale

AxiCorp Financial Services

Till Payments Solutions Pty Ltd

Worldpay (Worldpay (UK) Limited, Worldpay Limited, Worldpay AP Ltd and Worldpay Pty Ltd)

J.P. Morgan

National Australia Bank

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Westpac

Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

UBS

Credit Suisse

Pershing Securities

Goldman Sachs

ANZ

Allianz

Australia > Real estate Tier 2

With its headquarters in Sydney, Ashurst’s team expanded with the recruitment of Tim Mathers and Arthur Chong  from DLA Piper in May 2020 and May 2021, respectively. Its work is extremely varied, encompassing real estate acquisitions and divestments, developments, financing arrangements and investments across various sectors, including healthcare, logistics and education. Pauline Tan , who leads the team from Sydney, stands out for handling a high volume of major real estate transactions in which she advises major property developers and investment funds. Fellow Sydney partner John Stawyskyi is also a core remember of the team, known for his dual experience in major transactions and project development. In Melbourne, Jason Cornwall-Jones is a highly active real estate partner.

Practice head(s):

Pauline Tan

Testimonials

‘Technically excellent, highly responsive, commercial and very easy to deal with. Ashurst’s property team is a key partner in my organisation’s retail strategy, particularly in relation to commercial leasing. I couldn’t recommend them highly enough.’

‘Vicki Aron – nothing is ever too difficult or too much trouble for Vicki. She always provides sound, sensible and timely advice. I trust her judgment absolutely and couldn’t recommend her highly enough.’

‘Ashurst provides exceptional service. Their Real Estate partner based in Melbourne, Australia, Arthur Chong is an excellent lawyer who takes pain to understand the client and is service-oriented. Arthur provides good value for money, ensures a quick turnaround time and offers pragmatic commercial legal advice and at reasonable rates.’

Key clients

Woolworths

Crown

PGGM

Greaton

Box Hill Institute

Aventus

Destination Brisbane Consortium

NorthWest Healthcare

Queensland Government

Commonwealth Government

Australia > White-collar crime Tier 2

The corporate crime practice at Ashurst takes a multidisciplinary approach, working across its dispute resolution, competition, employment and financial regulatory departments to provide solutions for financial institutions, multinationals, government bodies and senior executives involved in high-profile investigations and prosecutions. Led by white-collar crime authority Rani John in Sydney, the team’s client roster includes CPH Crown, Freedom Foods Group and TerraCom Limited and also spans the energy, financial services, mining and construction sectors. The group assists with a wide range of issues, from public inquiries and ASIC matters to cartel claims, commercial disputes and internal assessments. The team also includes enforcement expert Ian Bolster in Sydney and anti-corruption and bribery specialist James Clarke in Melbourne, and was bolstered by the mid-2021 arrival of Nicholas Mavrakis from Clayton Utz.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The white collar crime team at Ashurst has deep understandings of corporate regulators and how to approach breaches and material reporting matters. We trust the Ashurst team implicitly.’

‘Jonathan Gordon – an excellent advocate with strong knowledge of regulatory frameworks. Jonny has been a great advocate when dealing not only with breaches, but also on reporting requirements with regulators and strategic thinking and improvements to enhance existing approaches and to reach best practice. We trust Jonny’s advice at every stage of the regulatory reporting journey.’

Key clients

CPH Crown Pty Limited

Freedom Foods Group Limited

Societe Generale Securities Australia Pty Ltd

TerraCom Limited

Alkaloids of Australia Pty Ltd

Australia > Insurance Tier 4

The experienced group at Ashurst acts for national and international insurers, brokers, corporate policyholders, and government agencies, advising on a broad spectrum of issues. They include IPOs, portfolio transfers, reinsurance, captive insurance arrangements, D&O claims, and warranty and indemnity policies. Led by Rehana Box in Sydney, the group’s client portfolio ranges from the Commonwealth Department of Defence and Westpac to ANZ Bank and Swiss Re.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Wen-Ts’ai Lim; Con Tzerefos; Silvana Wood; Hazel Brasington

Testimonials

‘Ashurst’s team has a thorough knowledge of the shipbuilding insurance market.’

‘A very dedicated team that provides the necessary advice on shipbuilding insurance decisions that could help our organization save millions of dollars in the future.’

‘They are technically excellent.’

‘Rehana Box has unique experience acting for Commonwealth Government Agencies.’

Key clients

Swiss Re

Prudential Financial US

Willis Towers Watson

ASIC, APRA

ANZ Bank

Commonwealth Department of Defence

Deutsche Bank

Westpac

Samsung Australia

Western Sydney Airport

Australia > Transport: shipping

The Ashurst shipping team in Melbourne advises shipowners and marine insurers on a comprehensive range of disputes and project matters involving commercial and maritime law.

Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration > Leading firms Tier 3

Jeremy Chenoweth leads Ashurst‘s Asia Pacific international arbitration team from Brisbane while in Sydney ACICA president Georgia Quick is strong for arbitration arising from energy, construction and infrastructure projects. Other names to note in Sydney include Peter Voss and Bill Smith, while in Singapore where the team is particularly active in LNG pricing disputes, Rob Palmer and Michael Weatherley are highlighted.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Chenoweth

East Midlands > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property

Clients of Potter Clarkson LLP praise the firm's 'exceptional patent prosecution work' and 'very proactive, commercial approach'. Matters involve a variety of trademark, patent and copyright disputes and the team, which has particular expertise in the automotive and pharmaceutical sectors, offers support on non-contentious issues, such as portfolio optimisation and complex intellectual property transactions. The firm sports an independent IP consultancy division to support clients with tailored IP advice. Steve Smith, Richard Bassett, Charlotte Crowhurst, Sanjay Kapur, Caroline Marshall, Nick McDonald and Stephanie Pilkington head the department. Mark Snelgrove, Richard Roberts and Oliver Laing are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Steve Smith; Richard Bassett; Charlotte Crowhurst; Sanjay Kapur; Caroline Marshall; Nick McDonald; Stephanie Pilkington

Testimonials

‘Exceptional patent prosecution work.’

‘We use a small but very good team to assist us with IP infringement matters. The team has a very proactive, commercial approach and I trust them to provide sound, pragmatic advice.’

‘A key strength of Potter Clarkson is their combination of expert attorneys with solicitors, which gives comprehensive advice on highly technical matters using patent attorney expertise and solicitor know-how, as well as commercial and branding matters with trade mark attorneys and solicitors working together.’

‘Potter Clarkson have a strong European presence, which means our interests were well represented in Europe post Brexit. They also have a good knowledge of the US market, which has been useful for us as we explore international expansion.’

‘They are an innovative firm, having developed and launched innovative platforms for portfolio management and brand protection with have international reach.’

‘Individuals at Potter Clarkson take the time to understand your business and ask intelligent questions; on each issue they offered me a range of options with implications to consider and a lot of clarity around each of these.’

‘They are also highly responsive, which for an agile start-up, is extremely important: they can adapt their pace to mine when needed.’

Key clients

Astellas Pharma Inc.

AstraZeneca

Clippasafe Limited

General Hotel Management Limited

Ineos Industries Holdings Limited

Kymab Limited

Novo Nordisk A/S

Singapore > Energy: foreign firms

Ashurst LLP continues to demonstrate a huge commitment to the energy sector. Having brought in senior figure Michael Harrison from the Sydney office in January 2020, it then followed this up by relocating project development specialist Richard Guit to Singapore from Perth in December 2020, and it hired project finance partner Andrew Roche from Latham & Watkins LLP in January 2021. This expansion of the team has enabled the firm to cement its leading position in gas and LNG across Asia Pacific, and achieve further growth in renewables, mining and power infrastructure. The Singapore group continues to be active in gas-to-power projects, notably in Indonesia, Vietnam, Pakistan and Bangladesh, and it is increasingly focused on LNG-import arrangements for Chinese national oil companies (NOCs). Daniel Reinbott remains a market leader in LNG projects and transactions, with counsel Jessica Ham offering senior-level support. Alfred NG is another notable name in project finance. Counsel Giles Ashman is also a key team member.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Reinbott; Michael Harrison

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Good value for money.’ 

‘Ashurst Singapore practice – I have had the pleasure of working with professionals from the Ashurst Singapore office on a number of high-value Oil & Gas industry transactions. I find their team have excellent market knowledge, are highly committed and highly skilled in preparing and negotiating agreements and supporting the client in delivering value. The key Ashurst people I have dealt with are more than just lawyers, they are an extension of our team. I have also had experience working with other firms and across the table from other firms. I have found the professionals at Ashurst represent the best I have seen in oil and gas.’

‘Prompt and precise legal advice from the partner Daniel Reinbott.’

‘Dan Reinbott is experienced in the energy industry and provides solid practical advice in addition to helping with legal issues.’

Dan Reinbott is a highly regarded Partner in the Singapore office. I have worked with Dan on a number of transactions including LNG terminal use / inter-user agreements, LNG SPAs and time charter parties. Dan is very knowledgeable and persuasive and I have seen first hand his delivery of significant value for clients. Dan is also a very easy going and hard working committed individual.’

‘One of the best lawyers I have worked with. Jessica Ham is a committed Counsel in the Singapore office. I have worked with Jessica on several LNG SPAs and her work is always first class. Jessica displays a great understanding of her clients’ requirements and commitment to delivering quality advice and agreements. Jessica is very impressive in negotiations, quietly and effectively explaining the position of her Client to support the achievement of quality results for her clients.’

‘Priya Shah is a Senior Associate in the Singapore office. I have had the pleasure to work with Priya on terminal use agreements. Priya is highly articulate and demonstrates great depth in her practice areas. A very impressive individual, focussed on quality and commitment to delivering on client’s requirements and demonstrates the capacity for breaking down complex concepts into concise, clear drafting.’

Key clients

Total

BP

Shell

Mitsubishi Corporation and its subsidiaries Diamond Gas International and Tabeer Energy

ENI

Tokyo Gas

Woodside

BHP Billiton

PT Pertamina (Persero)

Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand

Singapore > Labour and employment: foreign firms

Ashurst LLP‘s Singapore office has a lengthy history in the labour and employment segment. Senior associate Karen Mitra is now leading the team, supported by colleagues around Asia Pacific, including global head of employment Stephen Woodbury  in Sydney. The Singapore team continues to play a pivotal role in regional transactions and advisory engagements, notably for blue-chip multinationals, particularly those headquartered in Asia Pacific. Much of the practice has recently centred on Covid-19 related restructurings and downsizing programmes.

Practice head(s):

Karen Mitra

Key clients

Apollo Global Management

Pico Quantitative Trading

Gain Capital

McLaren

IHS Markit

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group

ResMed

The Silanna Group

Mizuho Asia Partners

Westpac Banking Corporation

University of Sydney

Petroleum Geo-Services

Rio Tinto

Qantas

Singapore > Projects: foreign firms

Latterly, Ashurst LLP has been strategically repositioning its capabilities to match the opportunities in the Southeast Asia region; Richard Guit, global co-head of international projects, relocated from Australia to Singapore to lead the offering in the final quarter of 2020, and was joined by respected partner Andrew Roche, formerly of Latham & Watkins LLP, in January 2021. The consolidated senior team also includes Michael Harrison, energy specialist Daniel Reinbott and financing expert Alfred Ng. The firm has the expertise to advise on any projects in the natural resources and infrastructure sectors in the Asia Pacific region, including assisting with projects aimed at decarbonising the energy supply to major industrial entities, and major transportation projects.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The team has a set of well-experienced attorneys which shall give clients confidence in appointing them. The team is also active in helping clients in business areas that are currently growing, such as distributed renewable power generation.’

‘I always enjoy working with Andrew Roche. He is very hands-on, accurate in documentation, astute in identifying legal risks but yet very practical and solution-oriented. What I value the most is balance between legal and commercial considerations and Andrew always maintains such a balance very well.’

‘Deep knowledge of the industry that they are representing. Beyond legal knowledge they seek to deliberately understand the industry in which their customers reside.’

‘Engaged, collaborative, very commercial, up to date and extremely knowledgeable. They support diversity.’

‘The Ashurst team is very knowledgeable in the specific industries with strong track records of getting deals done (from advisory to execution). They are focused on getting the transaction through and often offer practical solutions to allow for a “win-win” solution between the banks and the clients.’

‘Alfred Ng is meticulous in his approach and always seeks to provide the voice of reason and practical solutions to any issues.’

‘Richard Guit is highly knowledgeable and experienced in his domain which he provides very useful advice to lenders.’

Alfred Ng is a very hands-on partner and is always available to assist or discuss issues which is much appreciated. His approach is always pragmatic and helpful. He is very responsive and you know you can rely on him to get back to you in the required time frame‘.

Key clients

Asian Development Bank

JBIC

I-Squared Capital

Macquarie Capital / Green Investment Group

DBS Bank

World Bank Group

ING Bank

Bank of China

China Construction Bank

Freepoint Commodities Singapore

Bank of Baroda

CDC Group

Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group

Brunei Economic Development Board

United Overseas Bank

Mining Industry Indonesia (MIND ID), formerly PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium

Habib Bank Limited

Societe Generale

Asian Development Bank

Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL)

OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID)

Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD)

ABN AMRO Bank

BNP Paribas

Bank of Montreal

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Natixis

Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL)

OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID)

China > Corporate and M&A: foreign firms

At Silver Circle firm Ashurst, lawyers of the Chinese offices frequently work alongside their colleagues, spread across its 29 global offices, on the full array of cross-border M&A deals, both inbound and outbound, in addition to joint ventures, governance and regulatory matters. In Shanghai, Michael Sheng handles both inbound and outbound investments while elsewhere in Beijing, the office was recently bolstered by the relocation from Sydney of Dan Yang, a lawyer whose experience renders him a natural choice for outbound Chinese investment to Australia. The team enjoys a close relationship with Guantao Law Firm, an alliance that renders it well-placed to advise on both international and PRC law considerations.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is very knowledgeable with good commercial sense. They understand the business intricacies between the transacting parties and do a great job in advising risks and proposing mitigating actions.’

Key clients

Tyme Group

Mobvista Inc.

SYNthesis med chem Pty Limited

The founder and shareholder of Kokido Development Limited

Beijing Energy International Holding Company Limited

Facebook

Mirae Asset Securities (HK) Limited

Star Combo Phara Limited

Lotus Investment Holdings Pty Ltd

Indonesia > Foreign firms

Ashurst LLP has a full service offering with an active presence in the commodities sector and a recognised projects practice, with expertise in renewables and gas infrastructure. Rob Palmer heads the disputes team and has extensive experience acting on LNG price review disputes. Richard Guit heads the Asia-Pacific projects practice and works alongside Michael Harrison, Daniel Reinbott and Alfred Ng. The team’s projects offering was bolstered with the arrival of Andrew Roche from Latham & Watkins LLP in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Rob Palmer

Testimonials

The firm has a very good profile in Indonesia and Japan in the energy sector.’

Rob Palmer has been based in the APAC region for many years and knows the region very well. He is a go-to partner for anything related to infrastructure and construction. Particularly knowledge of power plant projects‘.

Key clients

PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Persero)

PT Bukit Asam

PT Aneka Tambang

Government of the Republic of Indonesia

PT Bank China Construction Bank Indonesia, Tbk

China Construction Bank

Bank of China

ICBC

The Chugoku Electric Power Co., Inc.

YOU Private Limited

PT Pertamina (Persero)

Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

China Development Bank

Freepoint Commodities Singapore Pte Ltd

Ashurst is a leading global law firm advising the world’s largest companies, financial institutions and governments. We operate from 26 offices across 16 countries advising across a broad range of industry sectors, including digital economy, energy and resources, funds and banks, infrastructure, and real estate. With a focus on quality, collaboration and a progressive culture we deliver a distinctive service to our clients that sets us apart from other law firms.

Ashurst is one of the largest firms in Australia and acts on the market’s leading transactions, projects and disputes. The firm combines extensive business experience with deep knowledge of Australia’s major industry sectors, developed over its history of more than 175 years in this market. Clients include major Australian corporations, financial institutions, federal and state governments, and international companies investing and undertaking business in Australia. Ashurst’s representation of nearly two thirds of ASX100 companies and more than 80% of Australian companies in the Forbes Global 2000 demonstrates the trust placed in the firm by today’s most influential organisations.

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Partners : 150
Lawyers : 500

Ashurst is a leading global law firm advising the world’s largest companies, financial institutions and governments. We operate from 26 offices across 16 countries advising across a broad range of industry sectors, including digital economy, energy and resources, funds and banks, infrastructure, and real estate. With a focus on quality, collaboration and a progressive culture we deliver a distinctive service to our clients that sets us apart from other law firms.

Ashurst is one of the largest firms in Australia and acts on the market’s leading transactions, projects and disputes. The firm combines extensive business experience with deep knowledge of Australia’s major industry sectors, developed over its history of more than 175 years in this market. Clients include major Australian corporations, financial institutions, federal and state governments, and international companies investing and undertaking business in Australia. Ashurst’s representation of nearly two thirds of ASX100 companies and more than 80% of Australian companies in the Forbes Global 2000 demonstrates the trust placed in the firm by today’s most influential organisations.

Partners : 150
Lawyers : 500

Ashurst is a leading global law firm advising the world’s largest companies, financial institutions and governments. We operate from 26 offices across 16 countries advising across a broad range of industry sectors, including digital economy, energy and resources, funds and banks, infrastructure, and real estate. With a focus on quality, collaboration and a progressive culture we deliver a distinctive service to our clients that sets us apart from other law firms.

Ashurst is one of the largest firms in Australia and acts on the market’s leading transactions, projects and disputes. The firm combines extensive business experience with deep knowledge of Australia’s major industry sectors, developed over its history of more than 175 years in this market. Clients include major Australian corporations, financial institutions, federal and state governments, and international companies investing and undertaking business in Australia. Ashurst’s representation of nearly two thirds of ASX100 companies and more than 80% of Australian companies in the Forbes Global 2000 demonstrates the trust placed in the firm by today’s most influential organisations.

Partners : 150
Lawyers : 500

Ashurst is a leading global law firm advising the world’s largest companies, financial institutions and governments. We operate from 26 offices across 16 countries advising across a broad range of industry sectors, including digital economy, energy and resources, funds and banks, infrastructure, and real estate. With a focus on quality, collaboration and a progressive culture we deliver a distinctive service to our clients that sets us apart from other law firms.

Ashurst is one of the largest firms in Australia and acts on the market’s leading transactions, projects and disputes. The firm combines extensive business experience with deep knowledge of Australia’s major industry sectors, developed over its history of more than 175 years in this market. Clients include major Australian corporations, financial institutions, federal and state governments, and international companies investing and undertaking business in Australia. Ashurst’s representation of nearly two thirds of ASX100 companies and more than 80% of Australian companies in the Forbes Global 2000 demonstrates the trust placed in the firm by today’s most influential organisations.

Partners : 150
Lawyers : 500

Ashurst is a leading global law firm advising the world’s largest companies, financial institutions and governments. We operate from 26 offices across 16 countries advising across a broad range of industry sectors, including digital economy, energy and resources, funds and banks, infrastructure, and real estate. With a focus on quality, collaboration and a progressive culture we deliver a distinctive service to our clients that sets us apart from other law firms.

Ashurst is one of the largest firms in Australia and acts on the market’s leading transactions, projects and disputes. The firm combines extensive business experience with deep knowledge of Australia’s major industry sectors, developed over its history of more than 175 years in this market. Clients include major Australian corporations, financial institutions, federal and state governments, and international companies investing and undertaking business in Australia. Ashurst’s representation of nearly two thirds of ASX100 companies and more than 80% of Australian companies in the Forbes Global 2000 demonstrates the trust placed in the firm by today’s most influential organisations.

Partners : 150
Lawyers : 500

Ashurst is a leading global law firm advising local and global corporates, financial institutions and governments on their most complex transactions, disputes and projects. Founded almost 200 years ago, the firm today has more than 3,600 people, including some 450 partners, working across 28 offices in 16 countries, offering the reach and insight of a global network, combined with the knowledge and understanding of local markets. The firm brings together lawyers of the highest calibre with the technical knowledge, industry experience and regional know-how to provide the incisive advice clients need.
Ashurst’s vision is to be the most progressive global law firm, and it is committed to taking a fresh perspective, to deliver practical, commercial solutions to the challenges faced by clients in today’s rapidly changing business landscape.

Main areas of practice
Corporate: With its extensive network of global corporate partners, Ashurst is well-resourced in major commercial centres to advise on public and private M&A, private equity, joint ventures, equity capital markets, reorganisations, governance and regulatory issues.

Finance, funds and restructuring: Ashurst has a premier global finance team, based in all the major financial centres around the world, with deep product expertise and extensive multi-jurisdictional experience. Its global capacity and technical capability covers global loans, global markets, finance regulatory, restructuring & special situations, investment funds and high yield.

Projects and infrastructure: The global team has unmatched depth and operates across the energy, resources, transport and infrastructure sectors, advising the full range of market participants, including lenders, governments and sponsors on innovative and high profile matters.

Strategic advisory: The market leading specialist advisory teams are focused on delivering strategic innovative solutions to its clients’ most complex business critical challenges. They have leading expertise in employment, competition, intellectual property, international arbitration, investigations, tax and disputes.

Ashurst advance: Ashurst delivers client-facing innovation through Ashurst Advance, its “NewLaw” platform comprising cutting edge technology, process experts, and high quality cost effective resources in a single dynamically managed package which is fully integrated with its legal subject matter experts.

Industry focus
Banks and private capital: Ashurst supports the business and transactional activities of its domestic and global bank and private capital clients in an environment of increased regulatory change and commercial pressure.

Digital economy: The firm’s digital economy group adopts a tailored approach to the digitalisation of particular industries, with a key focus on fintech, infratech, proptech and TMT. The team advise on all aspects of work in the industry, including strategic commercial arrangements, M&A, IPOs, financing, joint ventures, outsourcing, disputes, exploitation of IP, tax and other key commercial activities.

Energy and resources: The firm’s specialists provide an end-to-end advisory service covering the full energy and resources value chains, including their various sub sectors, working on high profile projects and transactions globally which will shape the industry for decades to come. This experience spans renewables, energy from waste, oil & gas, mining & metals, decarbonisation technologies (e.g. energy storage, hydrogen, smart meters), conventional power and nuclear.

Infrastructure: Ashurst work as key advisers on iconic infrastructure projects across the transport, social infrastructure, energy and resources and telecommunications sectors for both public and private sector clients. Its in-depth knowledge of the industry and its history of working with governments, sponsors and financiers means it has a comprehensive and balanced view, and understands how projects work from all perspectives.

Real estate: The team advises on all aspects of real estate activity including high-profile acquisitions and divestments, asset management, large-scale development schemes, real estate finance, funds, joint ventures, construction, planning, environment and tax advice. Its one-stop-shop offering allows it to work with its clients on landmark, first of a kind deals across the entire market and the many sectors within it.

Partners : 169
Lawyers : 645
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