Firm Profile > Ashurst > Sydney, Australia

Ashurst
LEVEL 11, 5 MARTIN PLACE
SYDNEY NSW 2000
Australia

Banking and finance Tier 1

Brenton Key heads up the department at Ashurst, which has an active lender client base encompassing major Australian and global banks, private equity sponsors, funds and alternative lenders; the group is also expanding its borrower representation and counts Qantas, Woolworths and Oxford Properties as key examples. Notable areas of expertise for the team include acquisition and leveraged finance, corporate finance, property finance and asset finance mandates; it also stands out for its unitranche financing knowledge and ability to utilise the firm’s wider global network on cross-border matters. Shawn Wytenburg and Steve Smith are key practitioners in the Sydney office, while Martin Coleman is a noteworthy name in the Melbourne office. Jock O’Shea and counsel Paul Zanelli are recommended for property finance matters.

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Key clients

ANZ

CBA

ING Bank

NAB

Westpac

Bank of America

Bank of China

BNP Paribas

China Construction Bank

Crédit Agricole CIB

Credit Suisse

DBS Bank

Goldman Sachs

HSBC

Mizuho

J.P. Morgan

MUFG

Nomura

RBC

RBS

Société Générale

Standard Chartered Bank

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

United Overseas Bank

White Oak ABL

White Oak Merchant Partners

Apollo

Bain Capital

Barings

Blackstone

Brookfield

Cbus

ISPT Pty

KKR

Rockworth Capital Partners

Quadrant Private Equity

United Super

PGIM

Challenger

Downer/Spotless Group

Galaxy Resources Limited

Oxford Properties Group

Qantas

Santos

HT&E

Woolworths

Nine Entertainment

Norske Skog

Competition and trade Tier 1

Ashurst’s team attracts commendations from clients for its experience in handling multi-jurisdictional matters as well as for its ‘unique ability to quickly understand its clients’ needs and address them’. The group is frequently instructed by overseas counsel in relation to matters specific to the Australian market. The team covers the full spectrum of both contentious and non-contentious competition law work, but is particularly recommended for efficiently handling contentious issues. In one highlight Peter Armitage and Bill Reid acted on the defence of  Google in a case brought by Unlockd alleging abuse of the client’s position in the media sector. In Melbourne, Justin Jones stands out for his experience in competition law enforcement matters, as well as for his niche expertise in consumer law and regulated utilities. Acting from Brisbane, Alyssa Phillips’ practice places emphasis on high-value merger transactions and investigations. In Sydney, recently promoted partner Melissa Fraser and counsels Angie Ng and Tihana Zuk are also noted.

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Testimonials

One of the key strengths of Ashurst’s team is its ability to handle crucial aspects of transactions in a streamlined and targeted fashion, which requires a strong understanding of clients’ commercial intentions and key legal concerns

Team members are quick to respond and always ensure that the legal issues are addressed efficiently, which increases the level of certainty when it comes to reaching certain outcomes for our stakeholders

The department understands all relevant commercial drivers in the industry and all associated pressures – it is able to handle these without overcomplicating its legal advice

Ashurst fields a highly collegial and professional team — an impression based on the efficient interaction between team members which I have observed

All team members focus on understanding the things which are important to the client commercially, without losing sight of the importance of paying attention to the relevant legal details

Peter Armitage and Tihana Zuk could be relied upon to provide practical legal advice that leads to success of the deal

Alyssa Phillips and Angie Ng are just awesome – they are very helpful, demonstrate strong skills in working as a team, and work tirelessly to protect the client’s interests

Key clients

Aurizon

Nine Entertainment Co. Holdings

Google LLC

NorthWest Healthcare Properties Real Estate Investment Trust

Thales S.A.

Co-operative Bulk Handling

PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium

Woolworths Group

Construction Tier 1

Active on matters across the entirety of Australia and New Zeeland, Ashurst’s team handles construction projects from concept to delivery across the energy and resources, infrastructure and telecommunications sectors. Sydney-based Georgia Quick and Melbourne-based Grant Rowlands jointly lead the practice which represents public sector clients in addition to those from the private sector, including all three levels of Australian government. Construction-related disputes are an additional core strength, as are PPPs. In a market leading highlight, the group is advising Sydney Metro on all aspects of the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project,  one of Australia’s largest public transport ventures. Counsel Ben Kipic is recommended for his expertise in contract and tender documentation drafting.

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Led by Mark Elvy, the work of Ashurst’s dispute resolution department encompasses an impressive breadth of court proceedings, investigations, and enforcement matters. The ‘personable and professional’ team has a bench strength in infrastructure disputes, with clients singling out the expertise of Jeremy Chennoweth, who is ‘bright and hard working, leads by example and provides efficient guidance to his team’. Chennoweth’s cross-border practice also stands out in relation to arbitration — an area where Georgia Quick is also prominent. The ‘highly strategicAndrew Carter has built a reputation for representing corporate and financial institutions in the area of corporate litigation, while Wen-Ts’ai Lim stands out for commercial litigation work. Clients also single out the ‘amazingJohn Pavlakis and the ‘thorough and efficientIan Bolster. The team is further boosted by 'the technically brilliant and commercially astute' Rani John who has joined from DLA Piper.

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Testimonials

A large and experienced team which adopts a proactive approach and draws upon the expertise of the firm’s resources nationally, when necessary.

The practice is unique because it comprises a team of people who are passionate about their cases and really go the extra mile to achieve the very best result for their clients.

The team combines top-quality technical skills with efficiency, cost management and commercial practicality.

Jeremy Chennoweth is particularly good with both clients, colleagues and consultants.

Jeremy Chennoweth is a strong team leader.

Andrew Carter is a consummate professional, who provides great strategic insights to clients.

Ian Bolster is an excellent communicator, who is committed to his clients and a pleasure to deal with.

Jeremy Chenoweth is in tune with client perceptions and needs. Astute at assembling the right team for the right job.

‘Rani John stands out among her peers because she is technically brilliant, commercially astute, and her recommendations reflect a deep understanding of our business and its drivers. I know I can trust her with a wide range of matters affecting our business. She also thinks proactively and is quick to offer thoughts and insights into matters she hears about affecting our business.‘

‘Rani John is eminently knowledgeable on litigation procedures and whistleblower legislation. She articulates complicated matters with ease and diplomacy.‘

Key clients

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group

BMW Australia Finance

Crown Sydney Property Pty

Hyundai Mobis

Bombardier Inc.

SunSuper Pty

Dispute resolution: class actions Tier 1

Mark Elvy heads Ashurst's dispute resolution group, which includes the class action practice jointly led by Sydney-based Ian Bolster and Melbourne-based Mark Bradley. Bolster ‘not only possesses exceptional legal skills, but also shows boundless energy and enthusiasm in running a case’. John Pavlakis is also a key figure and is leading a team representing BMW Australia in class action proceedings at the Supreme Court of New South Wales, in relation to over 200,000 vehicles fitted with allegedly defective Takata airbags. Senior associate Ellena Petinos works alongside Pavlakis and is also noted. Apart from experience in the automotive sector, team members are also prominent across other key sectors such as financial services, utilities, and the public sector.

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Testimonials

A team of lawyers which are strong across all levels

All lawyers are first-rate, so whoever is working on the matter would do a great job

Key clients

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group

Commonwealth Government of Australia

BMW Australia

KPMG

Murray-Darling Basin Authority

Royal Bank of Scotland

Deloitte

Government of New South Wales

McGrathNicol

Ernst & Young

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Kagara Ltd

Energy (transactions and regulatory) Tier 1

A collaborative team at Ashurst attracts impressive work in areas including LNG, renewables, waste and regulatory and carbon issues. It can handle the life cycle of projects from development and financing to M&A and disputes. It also has the capability to manage cross-border projects; together with London colleagues it is acting for an Austrian company regarding a joint venture with a Malaysian oil and gas independent. Peter Vaughan in Perth heads Asia oil and gas - his expertise is sought by the likes of Woodside Energy and Oil Search and corporate specialist Shane Kyriakou in Melbourne leads on power and utilities. Some of the other senior team members include the Sydney-based seasoned operator Michael Harrison and Paul Newman in Brisbane who counts Shell Australia and Enel Green Power among his clients. Tara Graneri is a noted senior associate and the team has further expanded with Dan Brown and Alex Guy having joined from DLA Piper.  

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Key clients

Woodside

Oil Search

Santos

GLNG Operations

AGL

Alinta Energy

Synergy

BP

BHP

Jemena

Mitsubishi

Mitsui

Marubeni

Sojitz

POSCO

Edify Energy

GE

EnergyAustralia

Korea Gas Corporation

Shell

WA Government

INPEX

Macquarie

Schlumberger

Alcoa

Arrow Energy

IT and telecoms Tier 1

The 'very intuiative team' at Ashurst is well known for being entrusted with large-scale IT and telecoms projects by Commonwealth and State government departments and corporations. Amanda Ludlow and Tim Brookes are the global co-heads of the firm's digital economy practice in addition to the Australian team. Ludlow, who is based in Brisbane, advises well-known international IT and telecoms companies including on data protection and privacy law. Also in Brisbane, Clare Doneley  focuses on major IT systems implementation, outsourcing and procurement and Angela Summersby in Canberra acts for a range of Commonwealth and other government departments.

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Testimonials

The team is responsive and outcomes focused. They are able to adapt their practice to the needs of the client. Legal work is of a consistently high technical standard. The team is co-operative, co-ordinating and drawing on other expertise across the firm as required.’

Amanda Ludlow is outcomes focused and responsive. She is able to draw on a pool of expertise to flex capacity as required for a matter.’

They have the ability to turn work around quickly, provide practical and commercial advice and are able to engage with the business well (and not just legal). Attention to detail is first class as well as communication and contact unlike other firms and teams. Very intuitive team with an ability to read what the business might need next or assist with next steps to facilitate a transaction/project.’

Clare Doneley is exceptional on all fronts – turnaround times, negotiation skills, constant communication, commercial approach and pragmatic advice. First class attention to detail.’

Key clients

Commercial Radio Australia

Conde Nast Publications

Crown Resorts

Discovery Communications

Endemol Shine

Eurosport

Expedia

Foxtel

Google LLC

HP Inc

Microsoft

Monsido

Mood Media Australia

Nationwide News

Nbn co limited

New York Public Radio

News Corporation Limited

News Life Media

Nine Entertainment

OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) Inc

Perform Group

Quintus

Random House

RightShip Pty Ltd

Samsung Electronics

Sony Computer Entertainment

The Narrative Investments Pty Limited

The Newspaper Works

Tourism Australia

Tourism Fiji

Trusted Media Brands

Virgin Media

Labour and employment Tier 1

At AshurstStephen Woodbury's labour and employment team continues to advise the leading employers in the energy, mining and resources sector on their industrial relations and workforce organisations issues. The group also has an outstanding track record in workplace investigations for public and private clients, the management of high-ranking executives, the structuring of work forces, trade union negotiations and litigation in the financial services sector. Team-wise, Elissa Speight and Julia Sutherland were made partner in Canberra and Perth, respectively; Robert Lilburne and Stephen Nettleton retired from the partnership in Perth and Sydney, respectively. Other key names to note include Jennie Mansfield in Sydney, Brisbane-based James Hall and Jane Harvey who works out of Melbourne with Jon Lovell.

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Testimonials

‘Ashurst fields very capable team members who always make themselves available at short notice when required.’

‘This is a large team for a Brisbane-centred employment practice. It has expertise in all areas of employment law, including industrial relations, general employment law and safety. Due to the size of the team, the Ashurst employment team is able to mobilise and assist on short notice with complex, time-critical matters.’

‘Ashurst has an expert client-focused labour and employment practice. The lawyers are prompt, responsive and understanding of business needs when delivering quality accessible advice and services. They are our trusted advisers and key business partners across a wide range of legal and industrial challenges. They are a highly recommended practice of choice.’

‘The employment experts at Ashurst are exceptionally commercial and practical in their advice and are great listeners about what we want to do as a business, steering us through the legal framework to help achieve that outcome where possible.’

‘Jane Harvey and Emilie Maddox are the stand out contacts at Ashurst. They have gained a very good understanding of our business and risk appetite. They always make themselves available at short notice to deal with unexpected issues that arise from time to time. This is what makes them different to competitor firms.’

‘James Hall has strong attention to detail, does not mind workshopping issues over the phone and providing quick advice. James also leads a high performing, capable team who businesses can rely on for first class legal services.’

‘Kathy Srdanovic is an excellent practitioner and essential business partner. Kathy’s high quality legal advice and support is reliable and timely with a strong practical business focus.’

‘Talia Firth is a highly skilled practitioner and knowledgeable about how the law can impact on our business and employment and industrial practices. Both Kathy and Talia can be relied upon to provide exceptional service and practical tactical and strategic advice in complex situations. They are both highly recommended experts in their fields.’

‘Jennie Mansfield is always available at short notice and is a great listener to understand the problem or issues and craft an appropriate response or advice.’

Key clients

Airservices Australia

Alcoa of Australia Limited

FedEx/TNT Australia

Nine Entertainment Co Holdings Ltd

Qantas Airways

University of Sydney

Woolworths Supermarkets

WorkPac Pty Ltd

Western Sydney Airport (formerly known as WSA Co)

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

Ashurst’s work health and safety practice regularly advises on the management of major safety incidents including fatalities, serious accidents and injuries including representing clients in workplace health and safety prosecutions and coronial inquests, handling officers’ personal liability issues and advising boards on their duties. The group counts public and private sector companies as clients and also acts for state and federal government agencies. Lea Constantine heads up the department, which also counts industrial relations specialist Ian Humphreys, Brisbane-based James Hall, who has notable expertise in the coal industry and newly promoted Perth-based partner Julia Sutherland.

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Testimonials

This team put the effort into understanding the business and its drivers and can tailor advice accordingly – which means it is practical and efficient.

Ashurst’s strength is its responsiveness and the commerciality of its advice.

The team at Ashurst LLP understand our business and are responsive, comprehensive and practical in their advice.

James Hall is great to deal with and is very commercial. Ian Humphrey is responsive and goes above and beyond to protect our company’s interests.

Lea Constantine and Julia Sutherland have excellent industry knowledge and experience and provide clear, concise and relevant advice tailored to the business.

Key clients

Alcoa of Australia Limited

BOC Limited

South32

Downer Infrastructure

Newcrest Mining Limited

Lendlease

Media and entertainment Tier 1

The full service media offering at Ashurst supports clients with transactional work, litigation, branding and advertising, classification, licensing and regulatory matters, in addition to pre and post-publication advice. Lisa Ritson, a trade mark and copyright expert, heads the practice and is regularly instructed to draft and negotiate content, talent release and sponsorship agreements. Another key member of the practice is Robert Todd who is based in Sydney alongside Ritson and is a leading name in the defamation space. He is currently representing Google in two separate proceedings where the respective plaintiffs assert that the client constitutes the publisher of specific search and autocomplete results.

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‘Robert Todd and Tim Brookes show their client commitment on a daily basis. Their advice is strategic, practical and reflects their genuine understanding of client commercial objectives.’

‘Anita Cade is one of the best operators in the country in this space – for her analytical ability, her managerial skills, her innate understanding of clients’ needs and interests and her sheer hard work.’

Key clients

Commercial Radio Australia

Conde Nast Publications

Crown Resorts

Discovery Communications

Endemol Shine

Eurosport

Expedia

Foxtel

Google LLC

HP Inc

Microsoft

Monsido

Mood Media Australia

Nationwide News

Nbn co limited

New York Public Radio

News Corporation Limited

News Life Media

Nine Entertainment

OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) Inc

Perform Group

Quintus

Random House

RightShip Pty Ltd

Samsung Electronics

Sony Computer Entertainment

The Narrative Investments Pty Limited

The Newspaper Works

Tourism Australia

Tourism Fiji

Trusted Media Brands

Virgin Media

Natural resources (transactions and regulatory) Tier 1

Ashurst, which 'does a great job in this area', attracts some of the largest, most critical transactions and disputes. It can provide end-to-end assistance to its mining clients, including explorers, producers and investors. The 'technically astute' team is led by Lorenzo Pacitti in Perth with Richard Guit, Michael Harrison and Murray Wheater being some of the senior advisors. A strong cohort of more junior lawyers includes the recommended senior associate Christopher Barry. Advising on both domestic and global transactions, the team covers initial capital raisings, debt finance, corporate/M&A through to rehabilitation work and dispute resolution.

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Testimonials

The team is attentive, patient, technically astute and efficient.’

Lorenzo Pacitti is super responsive and has a can-do attitude – nothing is ever too hard.’

‘Senior associate Christopher Barry explains complex regulatory and governmental policies in an easy to understand format that helps to contextualise issues.’

Ashurst also do a great job in this area –  Murray Wheater in particular.

Key clients

BHP

Rio Tinto

Alcoa

Glencore

Vale

Newcrest

Anglo American

South32

Yancoal

Adani

GVK Hancock

China Minmetals

Sheffield Resources

Yara International

Clean TeQ

Gold Fields

Iluka Resources

Idemitsu

Atlas Iron

Mitsubishi

Mitsui

Marubeni

Sojitz

LG International

Sumitomo

Galaxy Resources

Project development Tier 1

Ashurst is well known for its ability to deliver on the largest, iconic transport and other infrastructure projects and providing 'top quality technical skills with commercial practicality'. In addition to road and rail projects such as the Sydney Light Rail development, it also handles telecoms, resources/energy and university projects. Lee McDonald and Angus Foley head the team, Foley is in demand for his project management and finance skills; he is leading a team advising Sydney Motorway Corporation and Roads & Maritime Services on Stages 1, 2 and 3 of the A$15bn WestConnex Motorway Project. Grant Rowlands is advising the City of Melbourne on the construction and procurement arrangements for the city's historic Queen Victoria Market redevelopment and Alex Guy is a key advisor to Transport for NSW. Richard Guit, Harvey Weaver and the 'standout' Olivia Lau are other highly regarded partners. Providing 'highest level advice and intellectual input' junior partner Krista Payne is part of the teams on a number of large transport projects and Andrew Gay is noted for providing the real estate and native title assistance required on such projects.

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Testimonials

Great legal advice complemented with commercial/banking expertise for balanced client outcomes.’

The Ashurst team combines top quality technical skills with efficient practice and cost management and commercial practicality.’

Individuals work hard and have the required levels of expertise. Olivia Lau has been a standout partner for many years.’

Andrew Gay is knowledgeable of the market, delivers timely and cost-effective advice and is always responsive to changing needs of our business.’

Highest level legal advice and intellectual input from Krista Payne across the full spectrum of issues associated with world scale and complexity government infrastructure/PPP procurement is differentiated by having Angus Foley’s banking knowledge, usually with best credit skills in the room and diverse government project financing experience.’

Key clients

PANEL APPOINTMENTS

AGL

Apotex Inc

Aurizon Holdings Limited

Australian Unity Group

BP International Limited

Commonwealth Government of Australia

EnergyAustralia

General Electric Company

GFG Alliance (GFG)

LendLease

NBN Co Limited

NSW Government

Queensland Government

State Government of Victoria

Toll Holdings Limited

Project finance Tier 1

Located on the east and west coast, Chris Redden, Matthew Bubb, David Mason, Simon Irvine and Gaelan Cooney are the lead lawyers at Ashurst, a team that is considered 'unique in the bespoke niche skills base of its partners'. Redden is also highlighted for his international experience. The team advises on mega projects valued in the billions of dollars, such as public transport, motorway projects, a multi-cargo port development and a range of power utilities financings. In a transaction worth A$1.5bn over 30 years, it is advising Phoenix Energy on the project financing (and development) of a large-scale waste-to-energy project – the Kwinana project in Western Australia.

Testimonials

Ashurst appears as a single provider. That is, we deal with different Ashurst teams in different locations, but they communicate directly with each other and follow up together to provide us a consolidated service.’

The individuals I work with have a good balance between discussing an approach to an issue and getting on with things to close them out. They are approachable, contactable and knowledgeable in the issues we are dealing with.’

What makes this practice unique is the bespoke niche skill base of Partners such as Chris Redden.  Chris’s team’s strength lies in its ability to deliver when it matters. This is not always the case for other similar firms.’

Chris Redden’s deep knowledge of the documentation and structuring of reserve base loans puts him ahead of many of his peers.  This experience comes from international work in London and other locations. This sets him and his team apart.

Key clients

Transport for NSW

Sydney Trains

State of NSW

Sydney Motorway Corporation

Aquasure Finance Pty Ltd

Australian Unity

Asian Development Bank

Edify Energy

Endeavour Energy

NSW Land and Property Information

Kidston Solar

Bank of South Pacific

Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal

Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group Pty Limited

Fiji National Provident Fund

Metro Mining Limited

Clean TeQ Holdings Limited

Sheffield Resources Limited

Thunderbird Operations Pty Ltd

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

James Marshall heads up the restructuring and special situations practice at Ashurst, which is recognised for its substantial expertise across high-profile restructuring work, scheme of arrangement structures, distressed investing and security enforcement and litigation. The group’s client roster encompasses senior lenders, debtors, bondholders, insolvency practitioners, private equity houses and distressed asset and debt control buyers; notable examples include ANZ, HSBC, KordaMentha and Bain Capital Credit. Ross McClymont is also highly regarded in the field, Tony Ryan specialises in insolvency, distressed debt and restructuring work; and Emanuel Poulos also has expertise in personal property securities law. Michael Murray left the legal profession in 2019.

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Testimonials

Ashurst is very commercial and outcome focused, and creates a team with the client.

They never leave you hanging out to dry.

Key clients

Australia and New Zealand Bank

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

National Australia Bank

Westpac Banking Corporation

HSBC

Deutsche Bank

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Macquarie

Mizuho

KordaMentha

McGrathNicol

Deloitte

PPB Advisory

FTI Consulting

KPMG

Ernst & Young

Grant Thornton

Ferrier Hodgson

PwC

Bain Capital Credit

KKR

Apollo Global Management, LLC

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Oaktree Capital

Värde Partners

King Street Capital

Centerbridge Partners LP

Davidson Kempner

Anchorage

Carlyle

Abu Dhabi Investment Council

Lone Star

Capital Partners

Carval

Amgen Inc

BBY Limited

Boart Longyear Limited

Consolidated Press Holdings

GE Commercial Corporate (Australia) Pty Ltd

Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited

Norske Skog AS

Yancoal

Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal

Wellard Limited

MMA Offshore Limited

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Ashurst's 'collegiate' team offers international reach in combination with its national breadth of offering. In addition to its reputation acting on large-scale infrastructure projects, it also attracts mandates in diverse areas including financial services, real estate and technology together with work instigated by private equity houses. Elspeth Arnold, who has long-standing expertise in equity raisings as well as M&A and corporate governance, heads the group; Mark Stanbridge counts the likes of Bain Capital, Deutsche Bank and the Downer Group among his clients and senior associate Samantha Robson is experienced in transactions in the energy and infrastructure spaces. Phil Breden's expertise spans public M&A and capital markets work - his clients include European- and US-based corporates. Other well-regarded team members include Bruce Macdonald and the 'fantastic' Anton Harris. The  group has been enhanced with the addition of Greg Golding who has a track record advising on contested public company takeovers, reconstructions and capital raisings and Rob Hanley who brings many years of corporate expertise from Seyfarth Shaw LLP in London.

 

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Testimonials

We find that Ashurst will accurately resource our matters with one partner pretty much being the face of the firm rather than bringing a team of lawyers to meetings and phone calls.’

Bruce Macdonald and Jonathan Gordon provide focused contextual targeted advice with accessibility and timeliness.’

One of their key strengths is their ability to conduct crucial aspects of transactions in a streamlined and targeted fashion which requires a strong understanding of our commercial intentions and key legal concerns. What makes Ashurst unique is they have the capability to understand commercial drivers, pressures and strategic objectives without over-complicating their advice.

Bruce Macdonald, Samantha Robson, Molly Woods and a broader team are all good operators and were very helpful during our various projects and could be relied upon to provide practical legal advice that led to the success of the deal.’

Ashurst have a collegial team, I can see that they regularly speak and genuinely interact with each other.’

Key clients

Oxford Properties

NorthWest Healthcare

Resolution Life Group

Sunsuper

Tronox

Nine Entertainment

AIA

AGL

ANZ

Ausgrid

Bank of China Limited

GFG

Lend Lease Corporation

Mirvac Group

NBN Co Limited

Woolworths

Intellectual property Tier 2

Led by the ‘simply amazingLisa Ritson, the IP department at Ashurst handles a wide-ranging spectrum of both contentious and non-contentious matters. The group advises on issues concerning anti-counterfeiting, advertising and brand ownership and protection, food labelling and regulation, regulation of therapeutic goods, cosmetics and devices. The team has a noteworthy reputation in the life sciences and biotechnology sectors. Kellech Smith and counsel Joanna Lawrence are singled out by clients for being ‘prominent figures on the IP litigation scene in Melbourne’. Also recommended for ‘the high quality of his market-leading IP work’ is recently promoted partner Stuart D’Aloisio, whose practice encompasses both litigation and transactional work. The Sydney office has bolstered its capabilities in the contentious IP space with Nina Fitzgerald, who joined from Deacons in Hong Kong. The team has however undergone changes: Mary Padbury retired from the partnership,  Grant Fisher and Andrew Rankine departed to Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Jones Day, respectively.

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Testimonials

The strength of the team lies in its cohesiveness, which is combined with team members’ top-notch legal skills and experience

The team is highly skilled in handling complex appeal proceedings – there are barely any surprises when it comes to the hearing stage

Ashurst’s IP team actively works closely with clients to achieve the best outcome for their business; everyone on the team is honest, hardworking, experienced and very capable

The team produces top-quality documentation

Anita Cade is a standout: she has a fantastic combination of excellent legal skills, management skills, understanding of clients’ needs, which are all coupled with an unwavering drive to work hard to achieve the best results for her clients

Kellech Smith is incredibly quick at researching matters and assessing critical evidence; she also makes sure to keep her clients involved and up-to-date

Joanna Lawrence is the go-to person for all trade mark matters; she also uses her years of experience in the field to provide carefully considered and well-researched advice

Key clients

Apotex

Combe International

Condé Nast Publications

The Kellogg Company

KitchenAid

Merisant

Moroccanoil Israel

The Government of New South Wales

PGS Australia

Samsung Bioepis

Sun Pharma ANZ

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Regulatory compliance and investigations Tier 2

Ashurst's financial services regulatory practice is headed by the highly experienced Jonathan Gordon who recently represented Barclays Bank and Judo Capital on obtaining banking authorisations. The practice is engaged for all market segments including matters across credit, payment systems, funds, superannuation, custody, insurance regulations and derivatives. Contentious and non-contentious affairs are handled for both domestic and international banks relying on the team for all regulations pertaining to licensing, conduct and disclosure. Recommended counsel Silvana Wood recently advised ANZ on its implementation of the Banking Executive Accountability Regime while senior associate Nicky Thiyavutikan is an up and coming name in the licensing and authorisation space. Named lawyers are Sydney-based with other key names located in Melbourne. Rani John, who has joined the team from DLA Piper  ‘is a leader in the regulatory space’ and ‘presents issues calmly, succinctly and with an eye to sensible and practical solutions’.

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Testimonials

‘Rani John is a leader in this area. She is tenacious, thorough, and prepared to make recommendations – she is not one for sitting on the fence’.

Key clients

ANZ

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

UBS

Judo Capital

Australian Finance Industry Association

Westpac Banking Corporation

National Australia Bank

AxiCorp

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Bank of America Merill Lynch

Morgan Stanley

Macquarie Bank

eToro

JP Morgan

Tax Tier 2

Ashurst fields an ‘experienced team with detailed knowledge of various state tax legislation’ and a ‘commercial understanding of what works’. It provides a comprehensive range of direct and indirect services including income, corporate and international tax along with stamp duty, GST and land tax. Practice head Vivian Chang is based in Sydney and handles the domestic and international tax components of corporate and financial services transactions. Sanjay Wavde provides a 'professional, knowledgeable and friendly service'. Other key names are located in Melbourne.

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Testimonials

‘The team takes a pragmatic and engaging approach to all issues, and brings a good understanding of the parameters of what can be and cannot be done.’

‘Detailed knowledge of various state tax legislation. Pragmatic business partners.’

‘Ability to identify potential tax risks associated with complex transactions. Barbara Phair has a detailed knowledge of industry segment and associated tax issues.’

‘Experienced team with commercial understanding of what works.’

‘Peter McCullough and Barbara Phair have a wealth of knowledge and experience and combine it with commercial realities.’

‘Innovative, practical and pragmatic approach focused on achieving clients objectives.  Has the ability to work with other firms seamlessly where required. Proactively considers the issues and provides constructive recommendations.’

‘Geoff Mann, in particular, is consistently a go-to person. Level of indirect tax real estate understanding is second to none and the amount of money his advice has saved my organisation has been substantial. He remains focused on the big picture and developing quality partnerships with clients.’

‘Paul Glover and Sanjay Wadve provide a professional, knowledgeable and friendly service that just about makes tax issues enjoyable to deal with.’

Key clients

ANZ

BHP

Brookfield

Downer EDI

Fletcher Building

General Electric Company

Macquarie Group

NBN

NSW Government

Tronox

UBER

Real estate Tier 3

There is ‘considerable depth of knowledge’ at Ashurst with the team praised for its ‘extremely personable approach and can-do attitude’. Pauline Tan is adept on direct and indirect investments and heads a team which includes John Stawyskyj, a leading name for transaction work. Other core components of the practice include developments and real estate funds with industry specific expertise held in relation to the hotels and leisure, government, energy, alternative asset class and resources sectors. Named lawyers operate from Sydney though other integral members of the team are also based in Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

The team is small but there is considerable depth of knowledge, particularly amongst senior practitioners who have handled a variety of complex matters. The team is extremely personable and easy to approach, with a can-do attitude.’

‘Jason Cornwall-Jones is very client and result focused meaning he will address any concerns raised by me instantaneously. He can also be relied on to provide great strategic guidance.

‘Andrew Deane is an exceptional lawyer who merges quality legal advice based on black letter law with a commercial nous which is enviable.’

‘Richard Brooks can be relied on to provide solid legal advice with an eye for approaching matters from left of centre’.

‘Gaby Stach is an excellent lawyer who adds to the depth of the team.  She couples a knowledge of the law with an eye to the client’s commercial drivers.’

‘Andrew Gay is knowledgeable in the market, delivers timely and cost-effective advice and is always responsive to changing needs of our business.’

‘Ashurst have a very strong property team with all key speciality areas covered.’

‘Individuals work hard and have the required levels of expertise. Olivia Lau has been a standout partner for many years.’

 

Key clients

AIG

AMP Capital Investors Limited

Aurizon Holdings Limited

Australian Unity Limited

Avant Insurance Limited

Equity Trustees Limited

Lend Lease Corporation Ltd

Mirvac Group

Mitsubishi Development Pty Ltd

MLC

Northern Territory Government

Standard Chartered Bank

V/Line Pty Ltd

Transport: shipping Tier 3

The ‘very knowledgeable and experiencedHazel Brasington heads the practice at Ashurst following her arrival from Norton Rose Fulbright. Based in Melbourne, she brings expertise in chartering and commodities with a proven track record of representing ship operators and owners, oil majors, marine insurers, mining companies and commodity traders. The practice is particularly adept in the oil and gas and defence sectors and is frequently engaged for employment and safety matters, shipping finance and acquisitions, disputes and infrastructure projects at ports.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The practice is reinstating its shipping practice with return of Hazel Brasington who is very experienced in this area, having worked for a number of the leading Australian shipping practices over the years.’

‘Hazel Brasington is a very knowledgeable, experienced and commercial litigator’.

‘A very flexible team that can accommodate changing circumstances. Very experienced in the areas of defence and the ship industry. They go the extra mile to assist. Definitely client focussed.’

‘Defintely Steve McKinney and Hyans Mach from the Canberra office have provided outstanding service over a number of years.Their efforts have been extremely supportive and their knowledge of Defence and ship acquisition was instrumental in achieving commercial outcomes.’

‘This practice has individuals that have knowledge and experience’.

‘The individuals that I work with are easily accessible for face to face discussions to canvass all issues before providing an advice. The advice provided is wide ranging but not overly worked and that makes it easy to understand the issues and options. Commercial understanding of where matters might end up are also valued’.

Key clients

Viva Energy/Shell

Department of Defence

AGL Energy Limited

BHP Freight

Transdev

Toll

GLNG

Trident/Shell Shipping

Teekay Shipping

INPEX

Insurance Tier 4

At Ashurst, Rehana Box heads up the insurance department, which forms part of the firm’s global integrated insurance group. The practice advises clients on insurance-related issues arising in relation to construction projects, M&A transactions, environmental matters. The team’s client roster includes notable international insurers and intermediaries for whom the team handles both contentious and non-contentious matters. Apart from its traditional strengths in areas such as directors’ and offices’ liability insurance as well as warranty and indemnity insurance, team members are also adept at providing advice regarding cyber insurance.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Expert knowledge of the insurance market, as well as a depth of knowledge of the defence sector in particular

Rehana Box stands out because of her expert knowledge, high-quality advice, quick speed and diligence

Key clients

AIA

Allianz

ANZ

Avant

Berkshire Hathaway

Challenger Life Company

Comcover

Genworth Australia

Insurance Australia Group

Latitude General

Liberty Financial

Marsh

Mitsui

Munich Re

Nippon Life

Pacific Life

Swiss Re

Westpac Life

Capital markets

Ashurst’s ‘innovative and fast-moving’ department has substantial expertise across ECM, DCM and securitisation work at a domestic and international level and leverages the firm’s global network to act for a range of international clients including HSBC, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Goldman Sachs and Coca-Cola. The firm’s structured finance and securitisation practice is a key name in the market for originators and financiers; it also regularly establishes new programmes and funding platforms, has substantial derivatives expertise and is increasingly active in regulatory mandates. On the debt side, the group acts on mandates for both issuer and arranger clients including programme establishments, standalone and repeat issuances and liability management issues. The group’s equity expertise spans the full range of equity raisings including IPOs, secondary raisings and entitlement offers. Jamie Ng is a highly regarded name for debt work, while Bruce Macdonald and Sarah Dulhunty jointly lead the ECM practice, and Jennifer Schlosser is the key contact for securitisation work. Caroline Smart is also recommended for debt work and counsel Andrew Kim is an equity specialist.

Testimonials

The team is innovative and fast moving.

They think outside the box and are solutions oriented.

Jamie Ng is one of the leading structured debt capital markets lawyer in Australia.

Key clients

National Australia Bank

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Westpac Banking Corporation

Royal Bank of Canada

Bank Australia

HSBC

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ

Lloyds Bank plc

UOB

Rabobank

L-Bank

Macquarie Capital

Goldman Sachs

Credit Suisse

JP Morgan

Fortress

Santos

Coca-Cola

Element/Custom Fleet

EBOS

BMW

Crown Resorts

Downer EDI

NIB

StockCo

OnDeck

Fleetcare

Brighte

Victorian Mortgages Group

Newcastle Coal and Infrastructure Group

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Global Managing Partner Paul Jenkins +61 2 9258 6000
Office Managing Partner, Sydney Anita Cade +61 2 9258 6000
Office Managing Partner, Brisbane Gabrielle Forbes +61 7 3259 7000
Office Managing Partner, Perth Richard Guit +61 8 9366 8000
Office Managing Partner, Melbourne Ross McClymont +61 3 9679 3000
Office Managing Partner, Canberra Paul Vane-Tempest +61 2 6234 4000
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 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