Firm Profile > Ashurst > Canberra, Australia

Ashurst
12 MOORE STREET
CANBERRA ACT 2601
Australia

Banking and finance Tier 1

Ashurst remains a trusted adviser to the four major Australian banks, while also attracting a broad client base of multinational investment banks, private equity sponsors, and top corporate entities. The banking and finance practice, headed up by Brenton Key, also has a standout capacity handling cross-jurisdictional instructions, drawing on the expertise of the firm's global network. Among the department's leading names, the highly respected Shawn Wytenburg regularly advises on market-leading transactions; Steve Smith and the Melbourne-based Martin Coleman are experts in corporate, project and infrastructure finance; and Jock O’Shea leads on property financing and asset financing and leasing, particularly in the aviation space. A name to watch on the junior end of the team is Kenneth Tang, who has recently been active in significant unitranche transactions. In internal team news, Melbourne-based Madeleine de Garis was promoted to partner in May 2019; her specialist experience lies in acquisition and corporate finance. Named partners are Sydney-based unless otherwise mentioned.

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Testimonials

Experts in banking and finance, especially property related. They ensure they are resourced to meet deadlines. Highly commercial and able to assist with structuring improvements.

Martin Coleman is highly accessible and very commercial, strong ability to communicate clearly and problem solve.’

The team has a practical can-do attitude. They have a deep working knowledge of our business and what we need to achieve with each transaction.

Madeleine de Garis has an intimate knowledge of our business. She is extremely knowledgeable about her area of law and has a “can-do” attitude. She is prepared to do complex work in tight turnaround time. She is easy to deal with and our go-to person for banking and finance.

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

MUFG

Nomura

Rabobank

RBC

RBS

Société Générale

Standard Chartered Bank

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

United Overseas Bank

White Oak ABL

White Oak Merchant Partners

Adamantem Capital

Affinity Equity Partners

Anchorage Capital

Apollo

Bain Capital

Blackstone

Brookfield

Challenger

Clean Energy Finance Corporation

Gordon Brothers

Hastings

HPS Investment Partners

IFM Investors

KKR

Macquarie Capital

MaxCap

Metrics Credit Partners

Oaktree

Partners Group

PGIM

Quadrant

White Oak

Wingate

AGL Energy

Australian Pharmaceutical Industries

Cleanaway

Coca-Cola Amatil

Cotton On

Crown

Downer

Galaxy Resources Limited

Gene

Competition and trade Tier 1

Ashurst’s lawyers offer ‘a fantastic range of skills’ across the areas of domestic and cross-border merger control, cartel defence, ACCC market enquiries and consumer law issues. The department is praised by clients for its expertise across a wide range of sectors, including technology, financial services, energy, consumer products, mining, and transport. Following the departure of former practice head Bill Reid who embarked on an in-house counsel career in October 2019, Peter Armitage now leads the practice out of Sydney. Also in Sydney, Ross Zaurrini and recently promoted partner Melissa Fraser have extensive experience acting for financial, infrastructure and consumer goods sector clients on complex regulatory matters, among others; counsel Tihana Zuk is also a key contact in Sydney. Taking the lead on key merger control highlights out of Brisbane, Alyssa Phillips also comes in for praise for being ‘a terrific, highly diligent competition partner’.

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Testimonials

Responsive, commercial and pragmatic.

Excellent technical expertise, coupled with a strong ability to provide pragmatic and user-friendly advice in an appropriate format and in a timely manner.

Great team led by Peter Armitage, with a fantastic range of skills across merger clearance, ACCC investigations and prosecutions, class actions and infrastructure regulation.

Peter Armitage has a brilliant judgement and encyclopedic knowledge of competition law drawn from longstanding experience.

Ross Zaurrini is highly competent and practical, with his knowledge of a range of industries being a major asset.

Ross Zaurrini is a really strong competition litigator who exercises great judgment and gets matters effectively resolved with the ACCC.

Alyssa Phillips is a terrific, highly diligent competition partner, with global experience behind her and a real strength in merger clearance.

Justin Jones is really thoughtful, practical and sensible: he gives clients great confidence and guidance through tough decisions.

Melissa Fraser has a wonderful focus on clients; she delivers great results in competition matters, fully aligned with the client’s objectives and ways of working.

Counsel Tihana Zuk is a delight to work with, as she is very engaged and interested in her clients’ business, very responsive when we need quick answers, and very pragmatic. She did a training session for my legal team which some said was the best they had ever been to.

Key clients

Google

Woolworths

Aurizon

Samsung Electronics Co.

Cleanaway

AGL Energy

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group

Cement Australia

AIA Group

Nine Entertainment Co Holdings

Woodside Energy

EnergyAustralia

Prosegur Australia

Honeywell

Nutrien

GFG Alliance

Construction Tier 1

At Ashurst, specialist areas include projects in the transport, social infrastructure, commercial, residential, energy and resources, telecommunications and sports sectors. Active across the entirety of Australia and New Zealand, the team is able to offer an end-to-end service, acting on procurement, contracting, project finance, delivery and a variety of dispute matters, among others. In Melbourne, Grant Rowlands represents numerous high-profile government entities in addition to private sector clients; he leads the practice together with Sydney-based Lee McDonald, the firm’s national head for global projects. Both PPPs and PFPs are fortes for the department which also includes Ben Kipic, a counsel with a track record of assisting on several major projects.

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Key clients

General Electric

Transport for NSW

Sydney Metro

WSA Co Limited, the company in charge of developing and operating Western Sydney Airport

Department of Defence

Transdev Australasia

Toll Holdings

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

As evidenced in its notable client list, Ashurst’s team in Australia utilises the firm’s global strength and is very active in the mining, energy, oil and gas, infrastructure, and construction sectors. Georgia Quick (Sydney) heads up the Australian international arbitration practice, while Brisbane-based Jeremy Chenoweth acts as head of the Asia Pacific dispute resolution group. Clients also single out Peter Voss in Sydney, who ‘provides an incredibly safe pair of hands’.

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The partners and associates go above and beyond what is required or expected to achieve consistently fantastic results for clients. They are a dream to work with.

Peter Voss provides an incredibly safe pair of hands for complex, sensitive, and strategically important disputes. He deftly manages complex multi-party arbitrations and provides exceptional, insightful, commercial, and timely advice. He would be the go-to for any dispute of material importance, especially if you are looking for a partner who is hands-on and knows the detail.

Key clients

AGL Energy

Airservices Australia

Alcoa Corporation

Australian Naval Infrastructure Pty

CBRE Pty

Gold Coast City Council

Hochtief AG

Idemitsu Australia Resources Pty

LafargeHolcim

Leighton Offshore Pte

MMA Offshore

MMI Indonesia Investments Pty

Nexus Infrastructure Pty

Northern Oil & Gas Australia Pty

Northern Star Resources

NorthWest Healthcare Australian Property Proprietary

NSW Government

Orica

Paladin Solutions PNG

Roads and Maritime Services

Shell International

SRG Global Limited

Sydney Metro

Whitehaven Finance Company Pty

Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal Pty

Woodside Energy

WorkPac Pty

WSA Co

Yanzhou Coal Mining Company

Dispute resolution: class actions Tier 1

In the words of one client, Ashurst fields a ‘high-powered practice with great client service from many of the partners’. The team is noted for its prominence in the financial services sector, among multiple others. Its client base is varied and consists of large banks and corporations, government bodies, liquidators, and insolvency firms. Brisbane-based Jeremy Chenoweth heads the national dispute resolution group. Based in Sydney and Melbourne respectively, Ian Bolster and Mark Bradley share leadership of the class action group. Of recent note, Bolster is taking the lead on acting for Woolworths Group in proceedings commenced in relation to the supermarket’s alleged underpayment of store managers. John Pavlakis in Sydney is known for his work relating to consumer class actions and third-party funding.

Testimonials

Diligent, high-powered practice with great client service from many of the partners.

Ian Bolster is a great litigator, with a good strategic approach, and great to work with.

Key clients

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group

Commonwealth Government of Australia

BMW Australia

KPMG

Murray Darling Basin Authority

Royal Bank of Scotland

Deloitte

NSW Government

Macquarie Bank

McGrath Nicol

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Kagara

Colonial Mutual Life Assurance Society

Woolworths Group

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 1

Led out of Brisbane by Jeremy Chenoweth, Ashurst's dispute resolution group is at the forefront of litigation in the financial services, energy and resources, construction, and infrastructure sectors. The group’s contentious consumer law workload is growing, as a reflection of the market’s ever-increasing activity in the class action arena. Andrew Carter (Sydney) has specialist expertise in corporate and securities regulation. Also based in Sydney, Wen-Ts’ai Lim is noted for the breadth of his practice, with more recent work highlights spanning corporate litigation in the automotive and ports sectors, among others. Formerly a practice leader at DLA Piper, 'excellent commercial litigator' Rani John arrived at the Sydney-based office; this appointment bolstered the group’s regulatory and commercial litigation offering.

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Testimonials

Ashurst provides a Rolls-Royce level of service, in terms of mastering legal issues, working hard to obtain and review all relevant material, and engaging with counsel, the client and other parties’ representatives.

Rani John is somebody you want in your corner in hard-fought litigation. She is determined, hardworking, practical, and has excellent drafting skills.

The team has a great ability to distill technical legal jargon into simple and manageable bites of information.

Ashurst’s lawyers are empathetic, commercially astute, and frame questions in a way that gets to the essence of the problem.

We have used Ashurst on complex media litigation issues, as well as during commercial litigation and pre-litigation stages. They have a great depth of knowledge of our industry and understand litigation dynamics well.

Rani John is an excellent commercial litigator – smart, diligent, super responsive, and willing to stand with her clients through difficult times.

Key clients

AGL Energy

Airservices Australia

Alcoa Corporation

Australian Naval Infrastructure Pty

CBRE Pty

Gold Coast City Council

Hochtief AG

Idemitsu Australia Resources Pty

LafargeHolcim

Leighton Offshore Pte

MMA Offshore

MMI Indonesia Investments Pty

Nexus Infrastructure Pty

Northern Oil & Gas Australia Pty

Northern Star Resources

NorthWest Healthcare Australian Property Proprietary

NSW Government

Orica

Paladin Solutions PNG

Roads and Maritime Services

Shell International

SRG Global

Sydney Metro

Whitehaven Finance Company Pty

Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal Pty

Woodside Energy

WorkPac Pty

WSA Co

Yanzhou Coal Mining Company

Energy (transactions and regulatory) Tier 1

Ashurst enjoys consistent relationships with blue-chip clients in the energy and oil & gas sectors, advising across a wide variety of transactional, regulatory, and project-related matters. Alongside high-value transactions, investments, and ventures, the team has notable capabilities in contentious matters and energy transformation projects, working with major domestic and international names on a push towards renewable energy. The team is led from Perth by Richard Guit, who oversees the energy practice and has a strong record in waste-to-energy projects, alongside oil & gas lead Peter Vaughan, who offers great transactional and regulatory expertise to projects across the Asia-Pacific. Brisbane's Paul Newman advises on large-scale energy and utility projects, encompassing LNG, electricity, and downstream gas. Michael Harrison is a highly experienced projects partner with international experience, while Brisbane-based senior associate Tara Graneri regularly works with foreign investors on oil & gas matters.

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Key clients

AGL

EnergyAustralia

Jemena

Mitsubishi

CleanCo

Shell

BP

Woodside

Santos

Alinta Energy

GLNG Operations

Oil Search

BHP

Mitsui

Environment and planning Tier 1

At Ashurst, the environment and planning team is extremely active in respect of major infrastructure schemes, recently acting on the WestConnex and Regional Rail Revival projects, among others; its expertise also extends to renewables and mining projects as well as related disputes, a front on which the group enjoys a proven track record in Federal Court proceedings issued by environmental NGOs. The practice has always been active as an advisor to governments and government agencies though has been increasingly busy in that space of late, often acting on planning-related appeals in the Planning and Environment Court. In Melbourne, Robert Jamieson’s status as an authority in the area is evident through his previously role as a part-time lecturer at the School of Environmental Planning at Melbourne University; he heads the practice together with Brisbane-based John Briggs who is a specialist in planning and local government law in Queensland in addition to environmental compliance matters, contamination issues and the laws governing carbon, water and the climate. The department has notable strength in depth with senior associates Paul Wilson and Jane Hall both playing active roles in key matters.

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Key clients

NSW Government

Victorian Government

Queensland Government

Melbourne City Council

Pedbody Australia

nbn

Alcoa of Australia

AGL

EnergyAustralia

MACH Energy Australia

IT and telecoms Tier 1

Ashurst advises corporate and public sector clients on a wide variety of tech-related projects and transactions, encompassing digital economy, infrastructure, digital transformation, and regulatory matters. Clients include tech-focused businesses, state and federal governments, and a range of corporates in the financial services, retail, and minerals sectors. Brisbane's Amanda Ludlow leads the global digital economy team, and focuses on digital infrastructure projects in Australia, Asia, and the United Kingdom, with several notable repeat clients. In Sydney, Tim Brookes is heavily involved in tech M&A, and also has extensive regulatory knowledge in the telecommunications sector. Canberra's Angela Summersby specialises in government technology work, including procurement, outsourcing, IP licensing, and technology/TMT contracts. Brisbane-based Clare Doneley specialises in outsourcing and procurement transactions for clients in a variety of industry sectors. Tech M&A specialist Andrew Craig arrived from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in a boost to the practice's transactional capabilities.

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Testimonials

Excellent and skilled team which understands the client’s needs.’

They have the ability to draw on lots of global expertise which is of great assistance when working on matters with an international aspect.’

‘Tim Brookes, one of the team leaders, is a highly experienced and savvy operator who looks for common-sense solutions. He is accessible and easy to deal with and has good people working with him.

‘Angela Summersby instils complete confidence that she is working for, and protecting us. Her advice is readily understood and unequivocal. She works to understand and further the business of this Department and is as invested as we are in our goals. Angela works well with the entire project team, which is comprised of both Departmental personnel and other external contractors, and she is highly respected and trusted.’

Key clients

AGL

Aurizon

City of Melbourne

Commonwealth Government of Australia (not including the ATO)

Crown Resorts

EnergyAustralia

Google

Horizon Ventures

LGIAsuper

Macquarie Group

Marubeni Corporation

Melbourne Stadiums

Monash University

Motorola Solutions

NSW Government

Resolution Life Group

Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV) Limited

Sonic Healthcare

State of Victoria

State of Western Australia

Westpac

Woolworths

WSA

Labour and employment Tier 1

Ashurst offers comprehensive coverage of workplace relations law, from employment law and executive remuneration through to industrial relations, and retains a highly impressive client base of Australian and international companies. Active at the forefront of recent developments in employment law, the practice has been providing strategic advice on the response to Covid-19 and acting on underpayment compliance matters for major Australian employers. Another area of strength is handling industrial relations for clients in the transport, retail, mining and government sectors. Practice head Stephen Woodbury in Sydney is a trusted adviser to his roster of market-leading clients. Other key team members include the Brisbane-based Ian Humphreys, a recognised name in complex strategic work, and financial services expert Jennie Mansfield in Sydney. A junior name to note is Julia Sutherland . In team news, Marie-Claire Foley retired to a consultant role in May 2020, and George Cooper moved in-house at IBM in January 2020.

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Key clients

AIA Australia

AGL

Airservices

Anglo American

ANZ

Aurizon Holdings Limited

Australian Building & Construction Commission

Australian Unity

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Commonwealth Government of Australia

Endeavour Energy

Fedex/TNT Australia

IBM

Lend Lease

Marsh Group

McDonald’s

Mitsubishi

Peabody Energy

Qantas Airways

Registered Organisations Commission

Shell

University of Sydney

Western Power

WorkPac

Woolworths

Victorian Government

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

Ashurst provides leading workplace health and safety advice to an impressive client base consisting of both private and public sector clients, such as state and federal government agencies, major infrastructure projects, and energy and resources companies. The practice regularly acts on some of the most significant incidents in Australia, often involving fatalities and serious workplace accidents, appearing in prosecutions and inquests, as well as advising officers on personal liability. Advisory work is also a mainstay of the practice. The team is known for its advice on legal compliance and risk management. Practice head Lea Constantine remains highly active in investigations and is often called upon to lead on board-level advice to the practice's top clients. Highly active in the Brisbane office, James Hall is the go-to lawyer in the Queensland coal sector, while Trent Sebbens in Sydney is growing an active practice.

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Testimonials

Strong technical knowledge, gets into the detail, takes time to understand business. The team you want for litigation.

Trent Sebbens – extremely detail orientated, gets into the nitty-gritty, will have all the technical aspects covered for any question. Fantastic availability and you feel like you are in a safe pair of hands when working with him; you know every angle will be covered.

 

Key clients

Anglo American (Capcoal Management) Pty Ltd

BOC Limited

Endeavour Energy Network Management Pty Limited

Lendlease Engineering Pty Ltd and Bouygues Construction Australia Pty Ltd Joint Venture

Port Kembla Coal Terminal Limited

Sydney Trains

Victorian Government

Media and entertainment Tier 1

Ashurst fields a full-service media and entertainment practice, specialising in transactions, regulatory and licensing matters, advertising, and pre-publication advice, among other matters. Practice head Lisa Ritson is also an expert when it comes to supporting media industry giants with IP matters while Robert Todd is widely considered one of Australia’s foremost defamation experts. The pair operate from Sydney, as does Anita Cade who is routinely engaged for production agreements, content licenses pertaining to movies, music, and television, as well as media-related disputes.

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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

Endemol Shine Australia

The Newspaper Works Limited

TheReadershipWorks

Native title Tier 1

Ashurst's dedicated native title team primarily supports major corporate clients, primarily in the mining and resources sectors, on native title elements of high-value transactions, including agreements with traditional owners, negotiations with governmental bodies, and high-level litigation. The practice offers considerable expertise in native title issues, regularly advising on government reviews of native title policy, providing evidence to hearings and litigation proceedings, and considering long-term operational issues such as taxation and trust management. The team is co-led by Brisbane-based Tony Denholder and Perth's Geoff Gishubl, both highly experienced native title lawyers who regularly advise on large-scale mining, resources, and energy projects, contributing to native title case law. Melbourne's Clare Lawrence is a specialist Aboriginal land lawyer who works with both public and private sector clients on land access, corporate governance, and monetary benefits issues.

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Key clients

Commonwealth of Australia – National Indigenous Australians Agency

New Century Resources

EnergyAustralia

Rio Tinto Group

BHP

Woodside Energy

Glencore

Yancoal

Adani

Urban Utilities

Whitehaven Coal

AGL

SeqWater

nbn

Newcrest Mining

Department of Defence

Transport for NSW

Natural resources (transactions and regulatory) Tier 1

Ashurst provides long-term advice to major mining and minerals companies in Australia and across the Asia-Pacific, working with clients through the life-cycle of projects, including regulatory and operational issues, as well as advising on major transactions within the industry. The firm also advises industry groups across Queensland and Australia on strategic matters, reflecting its profile within the sector. Lorenzo Pacitti leads the Asia-Pacific mining team from Perth, advising key clients on major project developments and transactions across the region, as well as in South America and Africa. Richard Guit focuses on infrastructure development and operations, while Sydney's Michael Harrison has a diverse practice encompassing procurement, commercial advice, and financing support for resources projects. In Melbourne, Lynda Tully advises on cross-border resources transactions, joint ventures, and restructurings in a range of jurisdictions. Perth-based senior associate Christopher Barry works on all elements of mining projects, with particular expertise in commercial considerations such as royalties and offtake agreements.

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Key clients

Northern Star Resources

Iluka Resources

Adani Australia

BHP

Anglo American

Yancoal

Peabody Australia

Rio Tinto

South32

Mitsui

Glencore

Vale

Sheffield Resources

Yara International

Indemitsu

Mitsubishi

Sojitz

Marubeni

Sumitomo

Galaxy Resources

New Century

Project development Tier 1

Ashurst is heavily involved in major projects across Australia, advising on large-scale road, rail, aerospace, and social infrastructure developments. The team is integrated nationally, and also regularly advises on projects across the Asia-Pacific, most notably the Honolulu Light Rail development in Hawaii. The team is led by Lee McDonald, who oversees the global projects team and regularly advises on major transport and infrastructure projects nationally and internationally, alongside Angus Foley, a regular adviser to public and private sector clients on transport and energy developments. Alex Guy specialises in infrastructure work and advises prolifically on PPP projects, while Melbourne's David Jardine is noted for his international expertise and role in major project procurements. Krista Payne has a strong record in light rail and other transport sectors, and has advised on projects in Australia and Europe. Lawyers are in Sydney unless otherwise stated.

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Key clients

Sydney Metro

General Electric

Keolis Downer

Transport for NSW

State Solicitor’s Office of Western Australia

WSA Co

Santos

Department of Defence

University of Melbourne

Transdev Australasia

Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation

Toll Holdings

Edify Energy

Project finance Tier 1

Ashurst advises lenders and borrowers on high-value and complex project financing matters in the transport, construction, natural resources, and energy sectors. The team works with the wider projects practice as part of life-cycle advice on major projects, as well as advising individually on standalone financing and refinancing matters. Of particular note is the firm's extensive cross-border capabilities, with integration across Asia-Pacific offices allowing the team to act for international clients across the region. David Mason is a highly regarded specialist property finance lawyer with great expertise in energy and infrastructure transactions across the Asia-Pacific and Africa. Practice head Chris Redden regularly advises international banks and consortiums on cross-border financings. Perth's Gaelan Cooney works in the energy and resources sectors, specialising in work for development sponsors. Angus Foley oversees the transport infrastructure team, while Lee McDonald is overall projects head. Lawyers are in Sydney unless otherwise stated.

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Key clients

Transport for NSW

Sydney Trains

State of NSW

AMP Capital

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Santos

BlackRock

Lendlease

Edify Energy

Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal

Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group

Fiji National Provident Fund

Metro Mining

Clean TeQ Holdings

Sheffield Resources

Thunderbird Operations

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Ashurst's restructuring and special situations group covers all bases across insolvency, turnaround, restructuring, and distressed investing, attracting a broad and impressive client roster including top banks, insolvency practitioners, funds, and companies. The team is distinguished by its commitment to novel approaches to the restructuring of distressed debt and equity, its record of advising on schemes of arrangement, and its involvement in the Australian secondary debt market. The Sydney-based James Marshall heads up the team, with support from Ross McClymont in Melbourne and Jason Salman in Perth. Other key names include Sydney-based Tony Ryan, an expert on the Australian personal property securities regime, and Melbourne-based Michael Sloan. Junior partner Camilla Clemente in Sydney has expertise in creditors' schemes of arrangement. In team news, Alinta Kemeny joined the Melbourne office in May 2020 from Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP following Lionel Meehan's departure to found Edwin Legal in November 2019.

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Testimonials

Alinta Kemeny – strong technical expertise together with a focus on meeting the commercial needs of the client. Works well with the client and wider advisers to ensure that the project is delivered to a high standard.

Good understanding of the restructuring environment. Good commercial advice. Knows all the key players in the market.

James Marshall is highly commercial.

Very experienced team, in-depth knowledge of the financial services industry, responsive and commercial. Good relationships with multiple lenders means ideal for syndicated exposures. Able to offer insights across the industry including emerging trends and potential for law reform.

Extremely responsive, always delivers on time and legal advice is presented in an easily digestible format. Seeks to understand commercial objectives as well as consideration of any conduct risk/reputational impact.

The Ashurst Sydney restructuring practice is unique from the diversity of situations which it can service clients, and at a very high quality of service.

James Marshall hits a wide range of situations, for a wide range of clients and a wide range of solutions. His depth of knowledge and experience is his differentiator. He has a strong support team, and his adaptability in an ever-changing environment is stunning.’

The reason I use this team is because they know their banking knowledge is just as strong as its restructuring and insolvency knowledge. You don’t need to waste any time updating them on how products work – which means that you can move quickly and their turnaround time is amazing.

Emmanuel Poulos is just amazing. I don’t know if any other partner would have his commitment to ensuring the customers has the support it needs. I will always be grateful.

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 Capit

Värde Partners

King Street Capital

Centerbridge

Davidson Kempner

Anchorage

Amgen Inc

BBY Limited

Boart Longyear Limited

Consolidated Press Holding

Cleanaway Operations

Ga

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Ashurst utilises its diverse range of sector focuses to play a key role in high-profile public and private M&A deals, working on major deals in the retail, energy, digital economy, and real estate sectors on behalf of blue-chip domestic and international clients. An area of focus for the firm during 2020 has been competitive sales and restructuring transactions impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The team also regularly acts for private equity investors such as Brookfield and Blackstone in a further reflection of its cross-border expertise. Melbourne's John Brewster heads up the team alongside Anton Harris, with both partners working prolifically on deals. Mark Stanbridge leads the private equity practice, regularly advising the firm's key PE clients and specialising in Asian investment work. Phil Breden is recognised as a highly accomplished transactional counsel, known for advising major Australian entities on complex regulated industry mandates.

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Testimonials

‘The Ashurst Corporate and M&A team is extremely responsive and capable, providing high quality legal and commercial advice.’

Key clients

AIA

Aurizon

Blackstone Group

Navitas

Nine Entertainment

NorthWest Healthcare

Oxford Properties

Resolution Life Group

Sunsuper

Tronox

Woolworths Group

Financial services regulatory Tier 2

Ashurst is regularly involved in complex and significant mandates for major clients in the financial services regulatory space. It has been highly active in the post-Royal Commission landscape, and in particular, has been instructed by a number of major Australian and international banks on the implementation of BEAR regulations. In addition to its strong advisory capability, the practice represents clients in major court proceedings, as well as investigation and enforcement activity. Sydney-based department head Jonathan Gordon focuses his practice on the regulation of financial services and financial markets, structured financial products, and corporate transactions. Philip Trinca in Melbourne, is an expert on retail, financial services, lending, regulatory compliance, FinTech, and dispute resolution. Other key lawyers are Silvana Wood, who brings many years of experience with the enforcement division of the UK FCA to her impressive roster of bank clients, and Corey McHattan, who also has a strong investment and trading bank client list.

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Key clients

ANZ

AxiCorp Financial Services

Judo Bank

Pershing Securities Australia Pty Ltd

Splitit Payments Ltd

Checkout Ltd (and Worldpay Ltd)

Westpac Banking Cooperation

UBS

J.P. Morgan

Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Forex Capital Trading Pty Limited

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Société Générale Securities Australia Pty Ltd

Morgan Stanley

QBE

Allianz

NAB

BGC Securities (Australia) Pty Ltd

AMP Limited

Citigroup

Deutsche Bank

Intellectual property Tier 2

Active across the spectrum of contentious and non-contentious IP, Ashurst’s strength in this area is seen in its ability to attract new major clients, adding to a client list that already includes ten of the world’s top 20 brands. The firm provides end-to-end support on patents, copyrights, designs, trade marks, and advertising. It also has niche expertise in the regulation of food and therapeutic goods, media, lotteries and promotions, and product launches and labeling. Practice head Lisa Ritson manages IP portfolios for multinationals including Condé Nast and Lindt. Key figures in the contentious space include Stuart D’Aloisio, who is representing Samsung Bioepis in a biosimilar case against Pfizer; and Kellech Smith and Nina Fitzgerald, two ‘outstanding IP litigators’. The practice group is split between Sydney and Melbourne.

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Testimonials

The team members I dealt with were incredibly approachable, professional, and very efficient at getting back to me on matters.

Nina Fitzgerald was incredibly helpful and always had my best interests at heart.

Technically excellent. Very client-focused. Very commercial.

Kellech Smith and Nina Fitzgerald are outstanding IP litigators. They have excellent legal knowledge and keep the client’s commercial interests at the forefront. They press hard when necessary, but their approach is governed by common sense, and the client’s needs.

Key clients

Combe

Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health

Conde Nast Publications

Lindt & Sprungli

Merisant

PGS

IBM

Henley Arch

News Life Media

SunPharma

Lifestyles Healthcare Pte

SPC Foods

Google Inc

LEGO Group

Crown Resorts / Consolidated Press Holdings

Nine Entertainment Co Holdings

Whirlpool

PGS Group

Baby Bunting Group

The Newspaper Works

Taylors Wines

Rolex SA

New South Wales Government

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group

Real estate Tier 2

Ashurst fields a full-service real estate team with reputed capacity for acquisitions and divestments, developments, leasing matters, financing, and corporate property investment. Pauline Tan is at the helm of the practice which is noted for its sector-specific expertise in the government, hotel and leisure, REIT, and real estate fund areas. John Stawyskyj is based alongside Tan in Sydney with the pair both notably active on the cross-border front where the team represents a number of international companies on their Australia-related activities. The Brisbane office saw a significant arrival in Tim Mathers, the former practice head of DLA Piper; he arrives with a proven track record for large-scale development projects.

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Key clients

Oxford Properties Group

NorthWest Healthcare Properties REIT

City of Parramatta Council

Crown Resorts Limited

The Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health Ltd

Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited

Urban Development Australia – a wholly owned subsidiary of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation

Logos Property Group

Woolworths Group Limited

Stichting Depositary PGGM Private Real Estate Fund

Greaton Development Pty Ltd

Lendlease Group

AGL Energy

Quantem (formerly known as ANZ Terminals)

Destination Brisbane Consortium

Tax Tier 2

Ashurst provides comprehensive coverage of all aspects of tax law, including in the context of major transactions, tax litigation, general advisory work through to specialist advice on major construction projects. Although the practice generates work from a wide range of industries, the real estate, transport and infrastructure, energy, banking and finance and funds sectors are areas of strength. Key clients include the big four Australian banks, major investment banks, corporations and government entities. The practice is also known for its tax dispute capabilities. Vivian Chang, an expert on Australian and international tax aspects of corporate and financial services transactions, heads up the APAC tax practice from Sydney. Other key names include indirect tax specialist Barbara Phair in Sydney and the Melbourne-based Ian Kellock, who has recenlty been involved in a major M&A transactions in the resources, financial services and manufacturing industries. A junior partner to note is corporate tax specialist Sanjay Wavde in Sydney.

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Testimonials

‘The Ashurst tax team is a stand out in the tax market, for transactional/advisory work and increasingly for disputes.’

‘Vivian Chang is very able technically and has real commercial savvy.’

‘Sanjay Wavde is careful and considered, and very knowledgeable.’

‘Barbara Pair is a market leader in GST.’

‘Deep tax expertise and expert understanding of industry issues and tax risk management and management of the ATO.’

‘Ian Kellock and Geoff Mann are leading tax experts in Australia and we can move forward with confidence in complex transactions with their advice as we know their tax advice is sound and defendable against the ATO. WE have also been well supported by Bronwyn Kirkwood, Senior Associate at Ashurst. She is responsive to questions and is considered a tax expert in her own right.’

Key clients

AMP Capital

ANZ Group Limited

Assembly Funds Management

Australian Unity Office Fund

The Bell Group (in Liq)

Brookfield Property Group

Downer EDI

Fletcher Building Limited

Macquarie Group

Mirvac Limited

NorthWest Healthcare Properties REIT

Oxford Properties Limited

PIMCO Australia Management Limited

Riversdale Resources Limited

Sydney Metro

Uber

Vodafone Hutchison Australia

Woolworths Group Limited

White-collar crime Tier 2

Ashurst's white-collar crime offering sits under the aegis of the departments of dispute resolution (headed by Jeremy Chenoweth), employment (led by Stephen Woodbury), strategic advisory (under Lea Constantine) and finance regulatory (with global head Jonathan Gordon). A major hiring coup for the firm was the arrival of leading white-collar crime practitioner Rani John from DLA Piper in November 2019, which significantly bolstered the firm's capability in this space. Her extensive experience encompasses ASIC and ACCC investigations, public inquiries and extends to high-profile white-collar trials. Other key lawyers include Alyssa Phillips in Brisbane, who regularly handles matters involving anti-bribery and corruption (ABC), competition and consumer protection laws, and junior partner James Clarke in Melbourne, whose practice includes advising clients in the energy and resources and financial services industries on ABC matters and investigations.

Testimonials

‘Ability to distill complex legal jargon into simple and crisp insights and advice.’

‘Very patient and a great ability to understand the client and assist them in understanding alternative points of view. Strong ability to assist in thinking about a question from the regulator so that the response is considered and factually correct.’

Insurance Tier 4

Fully integrated within the firm’s global network, Ashurst’s recent work stands out in the life insurance sector, where the group is acting on significant M&A transactions, including the Life Group’s A$3bn acquisition of AMP Life’s businesses in Australia and New Zealand. Other main areas of expertise are reinsurance and general insurance work, with a particular focus on the marine, aviation, space, construction sectors, among others. Rehana Box heads up the team, which acts for both insurers and insureds.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Ashurst’s insurance team combines technical and regulatory excellence with a commercial, client-driven focus.

Key clients

Swiss Re

ANZ

Comcover

Genworth Australia

AXA XL

Liberty Financial

Pacific Life

Munich Re

Marsh JLT

Mitsui

Aon

Willis Towers Watson

International Passenger Protection

Specialist Underwriting Agencies Pty

Accident & Health International Underwriting

Travelclick

Pacific Premium Funding

AGL

ANZ Bank

AGL

Aurecon

Boart Longyear

Qantas

Brookfield

Capital markets

Ashurst offers sophisticated and specialist advice across the range of work in capital markets. Jamie Ng heads up the global markets division (comprising DCM, structured finance, securitisation, and derivatives). His area of specialism is structured finance, and he is also known as a leading lawyer in strategic equity derivatives transactions. The DCM practice often acts for major banks and high-profile clients on the full range of products. Caroline Smart is a notable specialist in this space. On the securitisation side, the team is frequently involved in major transactions and has a strong cross-border capability; it also benefits from Ng's expertise in derivatives as well as the broad expertise of Jennifer Schlosser. Bruce Macdonald and Sarah Dulhunty head up the ECM side of the department. Clients in this space include ASX-listed entities, major banks, and international financial intermediaries. A notable junior member of the team is counsel Andrew Kim, who combines M&A and ECM experience.

Key clients

ANZ Securities Limited

Bank Australia

Brighte Capital

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Deutsche Bank

Energy Resources of Australia Ltd

Judo Bank

KKR

Latitude Financial Services

Macquarie Capital (Australia) Limited

Morgans Financial Limited

Morgan Stanley Australia Securities Limited

National Australia Bank Limited

Northern Star Resources

NorthWest Healthcare Properties Management Limited

Ord Minnett Limited

Qantas Airways Limited

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