Firm Profile > Norton Rose Fulbright > Brisbane, Australia

Norton Rose Fulbright
LEVEL 21
111 EAGLE STREET
BRISBANE, QLD 4000
Australia

Insurance Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright’s insurance team offers decades-long experience and is considered ‘one of the brightest stars in the field of insurance’. Tricia Hobson leads the practice, which handles both contentious and non-contentious matters including directors and officers liability, life and income protection, and insurance-related class actions. The group serves an extensive client roster of high-profile insurers, underwriters, claims managers, product developers, brokers and reinsurers. A key strategic advantage is the firm’s global presence, which allows the team to frequently act on cross-border matters including a stream of mandates from the London insurance market. It also advises on warranty and indemnity insurance, as well as cyber insurance coverage which 'highly skilled litigator' Jacques Jacobs is known for. Ray Giblett’s practice focuses on both contentious and non-contentious issues in the financial services sector. Samantha Kelly has left the practice, while John Moran and Nicole Wearne have departed to Clyde & Co LLP. Mark Attard is also a key figure in the team.

Testimonials

Norton Rose Fulbright has a solid reputation and is highly sought after for complex disputes and policy coverage litigation. Team members have an excellent grasp of technical issues, while their approach to issues remains commercial and client-friendly

An excellent team to work with – reliable, efficient, and with a strong legal knowledge

Tricia Hobson stands out as a strong and decisive lawyer, who always displays a comprehensive understanding of the needs of both insurers and insured and is extremely client-focused

Jacques Jacobs is an excellent lawyer who handles a case quickly and efficiently

Paul Baram and Paulina Moncrieff are both excellent

Key clients

Insurance Australia Group

QBE Insurance Group

Chubb Insurance Australia

Medical Indemnity Protection Society

Brit Insurance

Ansvar Insurance

Markel

Insurance and Care NSW

Munich Re

Liberty International Underwriters

MLC Limited

CommInsure Life Insurance

AMP Insurance

TAL Life Insurance

MetLife

Westpac Life Insurance

Allied World Assurance Company Holdings

Sonic Healthcare

Coromin

Winsure Underwriting Pty

Allity Pty

HDI-Gerling Australia Insurance Co Pty

WSP Australia Pty

Transport: aviation Tier 1

At Norton Rose Fulbright, Tom Young delivers extensive understanding of the regulations governing the aviation and airport industries. He is particularly experienced in the protection of prescribed airspace, controlled activity requirements and airport privatisation and is also increasingly developing a reputation in the drone space. Based in Brisbane alongside Young is special counsel Julie Brown, an up and coming expert on the regulatory and real estate considerations of airport commercial partnerships and privatisations. A highlight from the recent caseload saw the team act for Qantas in relation to an opposition filed against its trade mark application for QANTAS ASSURE.

Key clients

BNP Paribas

Apollo Aviation Group

Air Niugini Limited  Port Hedland Port Authority

Air New Zealand

Lufthansa Airplus Servicekarten GMBH

Menzies Aviation (Australia) Pty Ltd

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited

Queensland Treasury Corporation

PNG Air Limited

Jandakot Airport Holdings Pty Ltd

Essendon Fields Pty Ltd

Essential Energy

Qantas Airways Limited

Perth Airport Pty Ltd

Flight Safety Foundation

Asterion (Australia) Pty Ltd

Hobart International Airport

Western Sydney Airport CO

Mary Street Queensland Development Pty Ltd

Australia Pacific Airports (Melbourne)

Brisbane International Airport

ORIX Aviation Systems Limited

Mizuho Bank

HSBC Bank plc

Jackson Square Aviation

Global Knafaim Leasing

The Export-Import Bank of China

Willis Lease Finance Corporation

M2M Bank Europe

Banking and finance Tier 2

Under the joint leadership of Nuncio D’Angelo and Alex Mufford, Norton Rose Fulbright leverages its global network to act for domestic and international banks and finance providers, export credit agencies and corporate clients. The group is notably active in corporate, acquisition and property finance mandates across its Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth offices; Hamish Dixon is a key name for development, project and corporate financing work, and Chris Patten, who splits his time between Brisbane and Melbourne, also handles non-recourse lending and specialised finance matters. Energy sector specialist Kelly Davies and project finance lawyer Lisa Koch were promoted to the partnership in 2019.

Testimonials

Nuncio and his team take the necessary time to understand both the legal and practical issues with the client which helps form a balanced (but informed) view of the optimal position when negotiating. The group is always accessible and willing to help understanding on complex issues, and time frames are met as agreed.

The team stands out for its willingness to build a relationship to foster greater engagement and better outcomes for all parties. It is also generous with time (within reason) to help the deal team to achieve the best outcome.

Key clients

Nikko Asset Management

Associated Kiln Driers Pty Ltd

NAB

ANZ

Coronado Coal

AirTrunk

HSBC

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Sydney Branch

Daiwa House

Construction Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright possesses a distinct focus on projects and disputes in the transport and infrastructure, energy and natural resources, government and property sectors. Practice head Emanuel Confos is acclaimed for his drafting and negotiation of project documentation. He oversees a team which is active in both Australia and the wider APAC region, assisting clients at all stages of construction. Recommended alongside Confos are Melbourne-based Grant Ahearn, who has extensive expertise advising on commercial and residential constructions and Sydney-based Kevin Arkwright who focuses on representing federal, state and local government agencies. Four partner-level arrivals have significantly added to the department’s depth with Richard Morrison, Holly McAdam and Martin Taylor arriving from Sparke Helmore Lawyers and also Miriam D’Souza who joined from Herbert Smith Freehills.

Testimonials

‘The team is diligent, accurate and efficient in providing contractual advice and support. Relationships are managed in a professional yet friendly and engaging manner. Communications are articulate, concise and provide the right balance between not enough or too much information. Resultant fees and charges represent real value to our project delivery capabilities and bottom line.’

‘It is apparent the team is well experienced and supported accordingly. They are dedicated, accurate, efficient and are prepared to commit additional efforts over and above in order to meet timelines and goals.’

 

Key clients

ACCIONA Infrastructure

Lendlease

John Holland Group

Brookfield / Multiplex

Downer Group

Salini Impregilo

Clough

Samsung C&T Corporation

Grocon

Transport for NSW

City of Sydney

Goldwind Australia

McConnell Dowell

Vestas

Department of Defence

Qube RE Services

Airservices Australia

Urbanest

Cockram Construction

China Railway Construction Engineering

Thales Australia Limited

Canadian Solar

Roberts Pizzarotti

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright handles disputes across a wide range of sectors such as energy and mining, financial services, health and aged care, and infrastructure and construction. The team often adopts a multi-disciplinary approach; recent examples include close cooperation with the firm’s environmental, construction and energy teams. The practice is jointly headed by Rebecca Whittle and Melbourne-based Cameron Harvey. Clients single out the expertise of Grant Bonner, whose practice focuses on corporate litigation and regulatory investigations. ‘Excellent achiever’ Michael Sullivan has carved out a reputation as a preferred litigator for clients in the public sector. On the arbitration side, Andrew Battisson and Perth-based Dylan McKimmie lead the arbitration group, which has the ability to handle cross-border work under all main sets of international arbitration rules. In March 2019, Stephen Gorry departed to accept an in-house counsel position.

Testimonials

A large firm working in small, economical teams, which provide excellent commercial advice at great value

Experts at developing innovative and successful approaches to dispute resolution, with experienced and well-regarded partners

Norton Rose Fulbright’s dispute resolution team has a combination of skill and commercial judgement

The team is very experienced and capable in difficult, large-scale commercial litigation and works hard in perfect coordination for the benefit of the client

Grant Bonner is an expert in managing large teams on complex and time-critical litigation and in delivering results against well-resourced and difficult opponents. Grant has strong legal and analytical skills, and an excellent sense of how a case will play out before particular courts and judges, assists him to devise and execute strategies that avoid the pitfalls that others fall into. He is always well-prepared and trusted by his clients

Michael Sullivan is an outstanding young practitioner, one to watch. He has a diverse client base and people just want to work with him

Key clients

Acciona Infratructure Australia Pty Ltd

NSW Health

Tec Hedland Pty

Qantas Airways

Australian Securities and Investments Commission

Vocus Communications

Chubb Insurance Australia

Sharp Corporation of Australia Pty

Qantas Airways

Australia Securities and Investment Commission

Dispute resolution: class actions Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright handles  a wide variety of class actions, including shareholder, securities, environmental, consumer, and insolvency-related claims. Traditionally, the team also has a strength in the product liability space, particularly in relation to healthcare products and drugs. The group is also acting on multiple instructions in the financial services sector. A key strength for the firm is its ability to draw on the expertise of the firm’s global network. Tricia Hobson and Cameron Harvey, based in Sydney and Melbourne, respectively, jointly head up the practice, where Nicole Wearne is also a standout practitioner. Toby Biddle is recommended for ‘putting effort in resolving a dispute in the best and most suitable manner for his client’. Grant Bonner is also noted.

Testimonials

Norton Rose Fulbright’s lawyers invest time in gaining an understanding the client’s business, which allows them to adopt a more commercial approach to the issue at hand and to provide top-quality legal advice

The team provides pragmatic and efficient advice which addresses the client’s concerns

Toby Biddle is willing to talk through the issues and to brainstorm with the client in relation to various courses of action. He goes beyond purely legal advice, and is excellent at managing a large number of cases at the same time

Key clients

CGU Insurance

Chubb

Australian Department of Defence

Ferrier Hodgson

QBE 386

SunWater

Thorn Australia Pty

MLC

Energy (transactions and regulatory) Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright is home to an impressive team that provides the energy industry with the full range of skills in relation to both traditional and new energy technologies. It advises on the life cycle of energy projects including specialist financing and counts financiers and other investors among its clients. Head of the energy team and co-head of the APAC group, Paul Lingard in Perth has an established track record assisting Australian and multinational companies with their operations in the power and oil and gas sectors and counts Woodside, Osaka Gas, Quadrant and ConocoPhillips among his clients. Kelly Davies heads the power industry team from Sydney and Claire Forster has a focus on utilities and national energy law; the Snowy Hydro retail business is a long-standing client. The enlarged team includes Miriam D’Souza who joined from Herbert Smith Freehills; David Jewkes from King & Wood Mallesons and Jessica Davies from Clifford Chance.

Key clients

Shell Australia

Woodside

Chevron

Snowy Hydro

Powerlink Queensland

Schlumberger

BP

Essential Energy

Intellectual property Tier 2

As part of the firm’s global IP group, Norton Rose Fulbright's IP team in Australia is appreciated for its ‘high-quality commercial advice’. Teams in Sydney and Melbourne are recommended by clients for their ability to handle complex, cross-border work of a contentious or advisory nature. The ‘truly impressiveFrances Drummond specialises in trade mark law, handling all issues regarding portfolio management, enforcement and exploitation. Drummond jointly heads the national practice with Cameron Harvey, who takes the lead on contentious matters. Other key contacts include Georgina Hay, who assists clients with brand and other IP asset management, and Jackie O’Brien, who often assumes a managing role in litigation, most recently leading a team representing Aldi Foods Pty and Aldi Pty in a trade mark case against Moroccanoil Israel. Senior associate Alyson Poole is also noted.

Testimonials

Frances Drummond and Georgina Hey are very impressive and great to work with; Frances’ ability to provide direct and commercial legal advice tailored to the client’s business and risk profile is extremely useful; Georgina’s detailed and methodical approach to legal issues is much appreciated

Key clients

Accolade Wines

Aldi

Australia Post

Caltex

Carnival plc

Morphe

Country Road

GlaxoSmithKline Beecham

Luxottica Retail Australia

Koch Industries

Murray Goulburn Co-operative

Nando’s

Royal Bank of Canada

Target

Quay Australia

Reflector Entertainment

Qantas Airways

Goodman Fielder Pty

IT and telecoms Tier 2

Based in Sydney, Nick Abrahams, Martyn Taylor and Peter Mulligan lead the Norton Rose Fulbright TMT group which deals with contentious and non-contentious telecoms and technology matters for Australian and internationally-based clients including on cross-border transactions. It also includes state and federal government agencies among its clients. It handles the gamut of mandates - in addition to areas such as outsourcing and cloud computing, it also advises on big data analytics, privacy, cyber security and AI.

Key clients

Vodafone Hutchison Australia

Vodafone Group

Accenture

AT&T

ANZ Bank

Air Trunk

NEP Australia

Dimension Data

NSW Government

Ausgrid

7 – Eleven

Megaport

Du (Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company)

Indosat

Ooredoo Myanmar

Metcash

Victoria Government

Department of Defence

Labour and employment Tier 2

Jason Noakes sits at the helm of Norton Rose Fulbright's labour and employment team in the Sydney office. The group is regularly engaged to represent its enviable client roster in civil court cases and tribunal advocacy in complex employee disputes, and is well-known for its strong industrial relations expertise, particularly on large construction and energy projects. Also notable is the group's outstanding track record in the public sector where it routinely acts for state and federal government entities. Sally Woodward is another key name in Sydney; Sarah Ralph is based in Melbourne and Martin Osborne sits in Brisbane.

Testimonials

‘The team always provides commercial advice and can be relied upon to help you work out the most pragmatic solution for your business.’

‘Year after year, this team performs at the highest level.’

‘Martin Osbourne is a true ‘trusted advisor’. He knows and understands our business and is always a pleasure to deal with.’

Sally Woodward and her team are outstanding in their field. What really sets them apart is their client management – their ability to effectively balance the needs of multiple clients and priorities without compromising their excellent service is unparalleled.’

Project finance Tier 2

Jo Crew heads the Norton Rose Fulbright project finance and infrastructure group from Melbourne. The team advises sponsors, financiers, infrastructure funds, government departments and corporates on the financing of major transport, energy and social infrastructure projects. Crew has led teams on projects relating to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, the Ararat Wind Farm and Melbourne University's student accommodation expansion. Rob White, Alen Pazin (Perth) and Lisa Koch are other key team members.

Key clients

Westpac Bank

National Australian Bank

Commonwealth Bank

Australia and New Zealand Banking Corporation

SMBC

ABN Amro

Clean Energy Finance Corporation

Mizuho Bank

Natixis

Crédit Agricole

Macquarie Capital

Dutch Infrastructure Fund

AirTrunk Pty Ltd

University of Wollongong

Perth Airport Pty Ltd

Maoneng Australia

Capella Capital

CWP Renewables

Regulatory compliance and investigations Tier 2

The team at Norton Rose Fulbright possesses expertise in regulatory approvals and clearances, regulatory audits, reviews, investigations and enforcements as well as issues such as fraud investigations and recovery actions. It is also well placed to provide strategic risk management advice and operates across the financial services, life sciences energy and natural resources, transport and telecommunications sectors. The team also advises regulators on investigation and enforcement matters. Practice co-head Scott Atkins acted for liquidators Grant Thornton in its trans-national investigation and recovery action for allegedly misappropriated funds. Grant Bonner operates from Sydney alongside Thornton and they head the department alongside Melbourne-based Peter Cash.

Key clients

ACCC

Accenture

Air Trunk

AMP Capital

Aon Hewitt

Asian Development Bank

Australian Catholic Super

AustralianSuper

Australian Securities and Investment Commission

BDO

BP

BT Financial Group

Caltex

Chubb Insurance Australia Ltd

Citibank

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Commonwealth Department of Defence

Commonwealth Department of Health

Deloitte

Dick Smith

Essendon Fields Pty Ltd

GAIN Capital

GlaxoSmithKline Plc

Grant Thornton

Hansen Yunken

HostPlus Super

HSBC

Janus Henderson

Jones Lang LaSalle

KordaMentha

Local Government Super

LendLease Group

Linfox

Macquarie Bank Limited

Mercer

MLC Limited

National Australia Bank

NGS Super

North of England P&I Association Limited

Qantas Loyalty

TAL Life Limited

Thorn Group

Water NSW

Westpac Banking Corporation

Vodafone Hutchison

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright handles contentious and non-contentious mandates for a mixture of domestic and international clients including financial institutions, creditors, syndicated lenders, investors and insolvency practitioners; notable examples include ANZ, Grant Thornton, KordaMentha and CBA. Alongside traditional financial and operational restructuring matters, the group is singled out for its distressed transactional lending and enforcement work and ability to handle cross-border mandates. Steven Palmer and Alex Mufford jointly lead the group from Melbourne and Sydney respectively; other noteworthy names include Scott Atkins, who is particularly praised for his cross-border insolvency expertise; and the highly regarded John Martin.

Testimonials

Under the leadership of Steve Palmer I feel that the NRF team would go to war for me. They absolutely and genuinely have my interests at heart.

Steve Palmer has created the team’s culture, supported by technical and commercial aptitude. First class, and my lawyer of choice. Very good listeners. Able to cut through the noise to the nub of an issue. Shuffles his diary to accommodate. Makes me feel safe.

Key clients

Asian Development Bank

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group

Bank of America

Bank of New York Mellon

BDO

Blue Sky Alternative Investments

Citibank

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Deloitte

Ernst & Young

Ferrier Hodgson

Grant Thornton

KordaMentha

McGrathNicol

National Australia Bank

PwC (acquired PPB Advisory)

Westpac

Transport: shipping Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright is reputed for its extensive industry knowledge, namely in the mining, oil and gas, marine insurance, commodities, financial services and government sectors. Forming its caseload are a range of regulatory issues, casualty response, shipping finance, sanctions, cybersecurity, marine insurance claims and risk advisory matters. Sydney-based senior associate Jacob Smit is an expert in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious international trade. Hazel Brasington departed to Ashurst and former practice head Ernest van Buuren has departed to join Clyde & Co LLP.

Key clients

CASA Engineering Brisbane Pty Ltd

DP World Australia Limited

Flotespace Pty Ltd

The APEC Papua New Guinea 2018 Co-ordination Authority

Skuld Assuranceforeningen (Gjensidig) (Skuld P&I)

Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Plc

Michael Else & Co (Charterers P & I Club)

CGU Professional Risks Insurance

QBE

Liberty Mutual Insurance

Travelers Underwriting Agency

Winsure Underwriting

MMG

Wartsila Australia

Toll

Newcrest

Silverseas Cruises

Austal Shipyards

Wartsila

Linfox

QUBE Ports

ConocoPhillips Australia Pty Ltd

Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd and Mitsui-Soko Co Ltd

Brisbane Marine Pilots

Torres Pilots

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Competition and trade Tier 3

Jointly headed by Nick McHugh and Martyn Taylor, Norton Rose Fulbright fields a sizeable competition and trade department, which acts for domestic and international clients on merger clearances, contentious competition matters and regulatory affairs. In one notable work highlight the group is acting for Vodafone Hutchison Australia on the A$15bn merger of Vodafone and TPG Telecom. Apart from telecoms, the department also has experience of industries including healthcare and pharmaceuticals, fast-moving consumer goods, transport. Belinda Harvey and Melbourne-based Andrew Riordan are other key names to note.

Key clients

Vodafone Hutchison Australia Pty

GlaxoSmithKline Plc

Energizer Brands LLC

Gemalto NV

Linfox

Vodafone Hutchison Australia Pty

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright is known for its global capabilities; in addition to acting of Australia-based companies, it advises incoming investors and private equity houses. It is especially active in the resources and energy markets in addition to a focus on the telecoms, life sciences and financial services sectors. It has experienced a turnover of personnel and this year has recruited a number of new lawyers, especially in the Perth office. Richard Lewis and Alison Deitz head the group from Sydney and the highly experienced John Elliott, also based in Sydney, has led on a number of high-value transactions. Shaun Clyne also offers many years of experience on public M&A and Adam Edelman heads the Perth office. Effective July 2020, Deitz will become the Australia managing partner.

Testimonials

The team is dedicated and has great expertise, are timely in responding to emails and queries and complete work to a high standard. Very dependable and proactive in their approach to work. Personable and professional lawyers go the extra mile in the way that they approach work.’

Key clients

Vodafone Hutchison Australia Pty Ltd

Cliffs Asia Iron Ore Pty Ltd

Tiger Resources Ltd

POSCO

Ferrier Hodgson

Downer EDI Works Pty Ltd

The Hammon Family

Linfox

Nature’s Care/ Wu Family

Longmoat Pty Ltd

Golden Energy and Resources

Labour and employment: workplace health and safety (WHS) Tier 3

At Norton Rose Fulbright, Katherine Morris heads up the practice following Aaron Anderson’s departure to Herbert Smith Freehills; Morris is singled out for her knowledge of the infrastructure and energy sectors and also acts for global high-risk organisations and government agencies. Clients also benefit from the firm’s global network and its health and safety legal risk management and 24/7 emergency response services in addition to its  national offices in Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.

Natural resources (transactions and regulatory) Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright provides 'a strong balance of the commercial with the legal' and the Perth lawyers are especially highlighted. The 'pragmatic' Keira Brennan and 'high-calibre' Jake Howard lead the practice; Gavin Scott specialises in front-end transations, native title and regulatory matters and Lisa Koch, who has relocated to Sydney from the London office, advises on the financing aspects of mining deals. The firm is well known for its multi-jurisdictional capabilities and a number of new hires and internal promotions has refreshed the practice.

Testimonials

The team has a broad and deep knowledge base in respect of a range of issues relevant to the mining sector, coupled with an excellent technical legal skill set. They make a particular effort to generously pass on this knowledge and experience to clients.’

Gavin Scott has delivered commercial, practical and innovative advice on a native title matter in the context of a mining project. This approach combined with his personable and enthusiastic nature makes Gavin great to work with.’

There is a strong balance of commercial with the legal which is very useful in negotiation processes.’

Turnaround is good, we are not required to chase the Perth team for deliverables.

All partners we deal with are of a high calibre and key relationship partner (Jake Howard) is very knowledgeable in the areas of specific support that we have been running through over the last few years (offtake and project finance). Jake is also able to co-ordinate well across the other partners, as necessary.’

Keira Brennan offers her services in a very pragmatic manner and replies to requests very quickly.’

Key clients

Anglo American

Glencore

South32

BHP

Schlumberger

Project development Tier 3

At Norton Rose Fulbright, Jo Crew leads the infrastructure and project finance group; she is especially highly rated for the project finance side of her practice. Kevin Arkwright advises a range of government clients on major infrastructure and PPP matters in areas such as transport, telecoms and health and the team has a strong focus on infrastructure projects in the energy industries in addition to transport and social infrastructure. Other key team members include Emanuel Confos (construction and engineering) and a number of project finance  and construction partners. It also provides a full range of related specialisms including in corporate, environment and insurance.

Key clients

ACCIONA Infrastructure

Lendlease

John Holland Group

Brookfield / Multiplex

Capella Capital

Dutch Infrastructure Fund

Macquarie Capital

Downer Group

Salini Impregilo

Clough

Samsung C&T Corp

Grocon

Transport for NSW

Roads and Maritime Services

City of Sydney

Goldwind Australia

OMERS Infrastructure

Maoneng Australia

McConnell Dowell

Vestas

Department of Defence

Qube RE Services

Airservices Australia

Urbanest

University of Wollongong

China Railway Construction Engineering

Anglicare

Thales Australia Limited

Great River City Light Rail

Real estate Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright represents both onshore and offshore real estate investors in relation to investment grade real estate and also assists local and international clients with transactions in the residential, mixed-use, office, retail, agricultural and renewable energy sectors. Michael French heads the practice, practising with a focus on development, financing, acquisitions and disposals, leasing and managed funds. The practice continues to develop its reputation in the social infrastructure sector and was recently bolstered by the arrival of Adrian Jones who works on joint ventures, management agreements and due diligence. Recently made up partner, Will Webster represents institutional investors, developers and government agencies and Peter Trevaskis departed to Johnson Winter & Slattery. While  French and Webster are Brisbane-based, other key lawyers are located in Sydney.  

Testimonials

‘The team’s strengths are their client service, technical expertise and proven ability to take feedback and action it with visible results. Their key capabilities are in capital transactions and leasing. They make it a seamless process for their client in bringing in lawyers from within the firm from other practice groups who are needed to give specialist advice’.

‘The firm also offers good value for money in terms of the expertise versus the charge out rates. It is also beneficial that the firm is part of a global network for cross jurisdictional queries that may arise from time to time.’

Michael French is an outstanding real estate lawyer. He provides excellent client service and is able to draft documents and work under extremely tight time frames to achieve significant results.’

Michael French is the pre-eminent real estate lawyer in Australia and his abilities exceed those of his competitors. Michael also ensures that his team work effectively and efficiently on our matters and he will step in where required if someone is unavailable or does not have capacity.’

Key clients

BP

Goodman

University of Wollongong

Asterion

GM Holden

Growthpoint

Reserve Bank of Australia

Fortius Funds Management

TIAA-CREF

Blackstone

Caydon

Tax Tier 3

Keystones of Norton Rose Fulbright’s practice include the charity, financial and insurance sectors with the team handling the full suite of direct and indirect tax advice including income, GST, duty and other state taxes. Sydney-based Greg Reinhardt oversees the department with a distinct focus on managed investment funds, derivative markets, insolvency and restructuring. In Melbourne, Adam Smith is developing a reputation as a ‘leading tax advisor’ in sectors such as banking and finance, property, telecommunications, retail and technology.

Testimonials

‘Adam Smith is a leading tax advisor in warranty and indemnity insurance in Australia. He is commercial, astute, driven and goes above and beyond for clients’ needs.  Adam is an incredible value-add to Norton Rose Fulbright’s offering in the M&A insurance space.’

 

Key clients

AIG

The Chappell Foundation

QBE Insurance

The Bond & Credit Company

Sacred Heart Mission

Airtrunk

National Australia Bank

Capital markets

Norton Rose Fulbright handles debt, equity and securitisation mandates with James Morris, Melbourne-based Jeremy Wickens and Alex Mufford leading each group respectively. The practice leverages the firm’s global network to advise on cross-border capital markets transactions; it is part of the team that assisted the Bank of New York Mellon on its Euro-denominated debt issuances. It has also been active in the social impact bond space and is increasingly handling securitised and structured capital markets mandates. ECM practitioner David Jewkes, who is based in the firm’s Perth office, recently rejoined the firm from King & Wood Mallesons.

Testimonials

James Morris is a trusted adviser. Very talented and experienced in the DCM space and also covers regulatory capital matters. Highly approachable, committed and collaborative.

Key clients

National Australia Bank

ANZ

Deutsche Bank

Citibank

Bank of New York Mellon

ME Bank

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Challenger

The firm: Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm. It provides the world’s pre-eminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. There are more than 4,000 lawyers and other legal staff based in more than 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.

Recognised for its industry focus, it is strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare. Knowing how its clients’ businesses work and understanding what drives its industries is fundamental to the firm. Through its global risk advisory group, it leverages its industry experience with its knowledge of legal, regulatory, compliance and governance issues to provide its clients with practical solutions to the legal and regulatory risks facing its businesses.

It operates in accordance with its global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. It aims to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of its offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.

Norton Rose Fulbright Verein, a Swiss verein, helps co-ordinate the activities of Norton Rose Fulbright members but does not itself provide legal services to clients. Norton Rose Fulbright has offices in more than 50 cities worldwide, including London, New York, Houston, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Toronto, Sydney and Johannesburg. For more information, see nortonrosefulbright.com/legal-notices.

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