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Minter Ellison
Governor Macquarie Tower
1 Farrer Place
SYDNEY NSW 2000
Australia

Australia > Infrastructure projects and construction Tier 1

MinterEllison‘s project, infrastructure and construction team that advises on the full lifecycle of a product. In particular, the firm has a proven track record advising the largest construction contractors and developers in business critical litigation and arbitration. The team also acts on complex and high-profile projects in the healthcare, transport, aerospace, and communications sectors. Group head Peter Wood possesses considerable experience in construction litigation and alternative dispute resolution, while infrastructure team chair Owen Cooper advises on the delivery of major upgrades for important government clients. Stewart Nankervis is a highly experienced practitioner who plays a prominent role in some of Australia’s most significant road, rail, transport, energy, and healthcare infrastructure projects. Meanwhile, Elizabeth McKechnie is experienced in all forms of complex property development and large scale infrastructure contract negotiations.

Practice head(s):

Peter Wood; Owen Cooper

Other key lawyers:

Stewart Nankervis; Elizabeth McKechnie; Peter Block; Andrew Orford

Testimonials

‘Experienced and pragmatic group of lawyers who can distill the theoretical legal issues from the issues and come up with realistic, commercial and practical solutions to resolve.’

‘Owen Cooper: very savvy and innovative in terms of solution-finding and advising on legal risks.’

Key clients

Rail Projects Victoria

Sydney Metro

Pacific Partnerships, CPB Contractors, Ghella, DIF Capital Partners consortiumNoDepartment of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

John Holland Seymour Whyte Joint Venture

Icon Construction

Dexus

John Holland

Victorian Department of Health

CPB Contractors Pty Ltd and Acciona Infrastructure Projects Australia Pty Ltd (formerly Lendlease Engineering Pty Ltd)

CIMIC Group Limited

LendLease Corporation Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Huayou, the world’s largest producer of Cobalt in 2020, on its USD377.8 million (AUD528.4 million) all-cash acquisition of Prospect Resources’ lithium Arcadia Project in Zimbabwe.
  • Advised Anglo American in relation to its equalisation of ownership across the Moranbah-Grosvenor complex, by way of sale of its 12 percent interest in its Grosvenor metallurgical coal mine. The total transaction value was in excess of US$1 billion.
  • Advised ConocoPhillips on the AUD2 billion acquisition of an additional 10% of the shares in Australia Pacific LNG Pty Ltd from Origin Energy.

Australia > Labour and employment Tier 1

With the bench strength of 8 national locations, complemented by offices in London and throughout the Asia Pacific region, the labour and employment group at Minter Ellison advises a stellar roster of domestic and multinational corporates, financial institutions, and government bodies on a wide spectrum of matters across the practice area – particularly in the energy and resources sectors. Headed by Trent Forno in Brisbane, the team’s extensive capabilities notably encompass industrial disputes, strategic employment litigation, discrimination claims, major projects, enterprise bargaining, and restructuring. The firm’s robust national bench strength includes such key names as industrial strategy experts Jim Fox and Dan Williams – based in Sydney and Brisbane respectively – as well experienced employment litigators Amanda Watt in Melbourne and Kathy Reid in Perth.

Practice head(s):

Trent Forno

Testimonials

‘Responsive and commercial, accessible and user-friendly.’

‘Their expertise and understanding of public sector requirements and practices is fantastic. Very approachable and are prepared to provide fearless and frank advice, no matter the issue. Very accommodating to client’s needs.’

‘Strategic in their thought processes – see the long-term picture. Great team to work with – highly skilled and lateral thinkers.’

Key clients

BHP

Peabody Energy

Linfox Australia Pty Ltd (Linfox)

Optus

Association of Independent Schools NSW Limited (and member schools)

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Deliveroo Australia Pty Ltd (Deliveroo)

Department of Education and Training of Victoria (DET): Strategic industrial relations and litigation

Australian Building and Construction Commissioner

BIS Industries Limited

Co-operative Bulk Handling

Work highlights

  • Advised BHP successfully on an unfair dismissal proceeding arising from a sexual assault allegation.
  • Advised and represented Linfox in a complex industrial dispute with the Transport Workers Union (TWU) at first instance before Commissioner Cambridge of the Fair Work Commission (FWC), and on appeal before a full bench of the FWC.
  • Advised the commissioner in a successful High Court appeal relating to the role and purpose of civil penalties where there has been conduct contravening a statutory regime (having previously acted for the Commissioner in the Federal Court and full court of the Federal Court in relation to the same matter).

Australia > Real estate Tier 1

Counting a number of major landlords and developers among its stellar client base, the team at Minter Ellison is steered by the ‘genuine, responsive and personableCarla Deluca in Melbourne, together with Adrian Rich and Peter Mitchell, based in Brisbane and Melbourne, respectively.  Variously praised for his client focus and 'great' leadership, Rich's recent highlights include high-value real estate divestitures, acting on behalf of investment management companies. Fellow co-chair Mitchell also heads up the firm’s infrastructure, construction and property volume business group, working with a range of blue-chip and ASX-listed property developers, owners, and managers across the country. Other names to note include the Brisbane-based Cameron Charlton, who is particularly well-versed in urban renewal, precinct development, and placemaking work.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Rich; Peter Mitchell; Carla Deluca

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Poynton; Virginia Briggs; Cameron Charlton

Testimonials

‘With his deep understanding of both the business and the sector, Anthony Poynton remains a long-standing and trusted advisor.’

‘They just understand their clients. They are a  fail-safe real estate team – evidenced by the fact that most major landlords/developers fight to use them first!’

‘Adrian Rich goes above and beyond to ensure he has his clients interests at centre focus. Always offering up additional assistance, and a great leader.’

‘Carla Deluca is incredibly client focussed – she is genuine, responsive and personable, which makes her a delight to work with.’

Key clients

Lendlease

Stockland

Dexus

Mirvac

Frasers Property Australia

Australian Unity

AMP Capital

Challenger

Vicinity Centres

Government entities (both Federal and State)

Work highlights

  • Advising Qantas on the A$800 million sale and leaseback of industrial land near Sydney Airport as part of its re-invigoration post-COVID.
  • Advising Dexus on their A$1.4 billion acquisition of a majority ownership interest in Atlassian’s new headquarters in Sydney, and continuing to advise on the development of the HQ and surrounding precinct.
  • Acting for AMP Capital on the sale of their 50% stake in the EY building at 200 George Street, Sydney for A$578.5 million.

Australia > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Minter Ellison regularly assists clients with high-value, cross-border insolvencies, working on a mix of fraud investigations, external administrations and disputes across multiple Australian and international jurisdictions. The practice is headed up by the Sydney-based Michael Hughes, noted for the breadth of his capabilities across restructuring, insolvency and related litigation matters. Melbourne-based Catherine Macrae is praised by clients for her ‘great balance of commercial and technical acumen’, while the ‘tenacious advocate’ Brendon Watkins – also based in Melbourne – is regularly engaged on multijurisdictional finance sector insolvencies. Caitlin Murray in Sydney assists some of Australia’s leading financial institutions such as Westpac and HSBC.

Practice head(s):

Michael Hughes

Other key lawyers:

Michael Vickery; Brendon WatkinsCaitlin MurrayCatherine Macrae; David Suttner

Testimonials

‘Sydney’s insolvency and litigation team demonstrated the capability to run complex fraud investigations, external administrations and litigation with multiple work streams across multiple Australian and international jurisdictions.’

‘Proactive advice, very pragmatic.’

‘The knowledge and depth of the partner and senior lawyer team together with access to other practice groups of the firm is excellent.

‘Michael Vickery provides a commercial and collaborative approach to the problems being solved.’

‘Brendon Watkins who is a tenacious legal advocate with a strong technical legal mind. Catherine McCrae was recently promoted to partner, which is a well deserved promotion. She is a talented legal mind who has a great balance of commercial and technical acumen.’

Key clients

McGrathNicol

KordaMentha

Centerbridge Partners, L.P.

National Australia Bank (NAB)

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ)

Westpac Banking Corporation (Westpac)

Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA)

Deloitte

Ernst & Young

Work highlights

    Australia > Tax Tier 1

    Maintaining eight national locations – and working with the firm’s offices in London and throughout the Asia Pacific region – the experienced tax group at Minter Ellison is a premier choice for government bodies, multinational corporates and organisations on high-value, multi-jurisdictional transactions, tax disputes and indirect tax matters, including GST and stamp duty. The team is jointly chaired by Melbourne-based corporate tax head Adrian Varrasso; tax controversy and transfer pricing head Carmen McElwain, who brings over 25 years acting for and against the ATO; and Syndey-based Rhys Guild, who heads the indirect tax team. Other key figures include Rimma Miller in Sydney, who provides tax litigation expertise at both the federal and state levels; Nathan Deveson, Sydney-based chair of the team’s indirect tax and stamp duty practice group; corporate tax structuring expert Elissa Romanin in Melbourne; and special counsel and emission trading expert Craig Bowie, based in Brisbane. The team’s active client base spans the sports, energy and resources, government, financial services, and tech sectors. Stephen Chen in Melbourne was promoted from special counsel to partner in July 2022.

    Practice head(s):

    Adrian Varrasso; Rhys Guild; Carmen McElwain

    Testimonials

    ‘MinterEllison’s approach has always been very collaborative and they go beyond to support and understand the clients’ needs. They provide valuable time when needed and they ensure the right team is allocated and are very proactive. They explain terminology in a very clear and concise manner, ensuring the client is completely comfortable in the advice provided. They are very interactive and extremely supportive.

    ‘Stephen Chen; great case management.’

    ‘MinterEllison have a number of tax experts with experiences that enable them to provide unique insights and perspectives.’

    Key clients

    Salter Brothers Group

    Qantas

    Australian Unity Funds Management Limited

    AMP Capital Funds Management Limited

    Albemarle

    Landcom

    Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)

    Commisioner of Taxation

    Greyhound Australia

    Department of Families, Fairness and Housing

    Work highlights

    • Assisted the Qantas’ side to finalise an $800m sale and lease-back for its Mascot landholdings.
    • Acted for Albemarle Corporation in relation to its US$1.3bn acquisition of a 60% interest in Mineral Resource Limited’s Wodgina Lithium Project in Western Australia, sale of a 40% interest in part of the Kemerton lithium hydroxide facility and formation of the MARBL Lithium joint venture with Mineral Resources.
    • Assisting FIFA with its tax and structuring requirements to successfully deliver the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 competition across Australia and New Zealand.

    Australia > Banking and finance Tier 2

    The ‘knowledgeable and innovative‘ team at Minter Ellison acts for prominent lenders, borrowers and sponsors across the full range of banking and finance matters, with a particular focus on asset, structured, property, corporate and leveraged finance. James Mok, who leads the finance solutions group, boasts key expertise in asset-based lending and structured finance, especially in the aviation and equipment financing space. Tony Berriman heads up the firm’s property finance group, advising borrowers and developers on high-value property and construction financing matters. Daniel Marks is frequently engaged by leading banks and lenders on project financing negotiations, while Geoff Earl handles corporate and acquisition finance for banks, borrowers, and private equity sponsors. Amela McPherson joined the team in January 2022 after having worked in-house at Westpac Banking Corporation.

    Practice head(s):

    James Mok

    Other key lawyers:

    Tony Berriman; Daniel Marks; Geoff Earl; Amela McPherson; Matthew Cunningham; Darren Sumich; Leigh De Jong

    Testimonials

    ‘The Minters team are very knowledgeable and innovative in their approach to transactions. They are creative in their solutions to issues that arise and can seamlessly involve staff in other locations to provide local expertise where required.’

    ‘The partners (Geoff Earl in particular) in the team are very involved and accessible whenever required. There is a feeling that the correct level of expertise is involved at all times.’

    ‘The associates demonstrate excellent knowledge and there is a calmness under pressure that flows from the Partners (even after very long days) that boosts confidence as a client.’

    Key clients

    Australia and New Zealand Banking Group

    Commonwealth Bank of Australia

    National Australia Bank Ltd

    Westpac Banking Corporation

    Macquarie

    Goldman Sachs

    Bank of Queensland

    Caterpillar Financial Australia

    GIC

    Qualitas Property Partners

    Carlyle Group

    Clean Energy Finance Corporation

    BlackRock

    Cromwell Property Group

    Geocon Group

    Hometown Australia

    Sekisui House Australia Limited

    Village Roadshow Limited

    Challenger

    Brisbane Airport Corporation

    Cliffbrook Capital Partners

    QANTAS

    Starwood Capital

    Avolon

    Bolton Clarke

    Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

    Humm Group

    Work highlights

    • Advising Westpac Banking Corporation in the long-term lease of 5 fixed wing aircraft to be used by Pel-Air Aviation in the provision of air ambulance services to NSW Ambulance under a 10-year contract for such services, following the commencement of the operations phase of the NSW Ambulance contract.
    • Continuing to act for various lending syndicates to The Blackstone Group in a range of market-leading transactions totalling over AUD2.7billion.
    • Acting for Challenger in the Highland Beef matter, which involved a bespoke receivables funding structure in respect of livestock. The matter also involved a number of unusual security and structuring considerations, and allowed Challenger to provide financing in a manner that reflected the industry and commercial requirements of the borrower.

    Australia > Capital markets

    Working across eight locations nationally, the capital markets group at Minter Ellison regularly advises underwriters, lead managers, issuers, and existing shareholders on a gamut of matters. John Elias leads the debt capital markets team from Sydney, assisting clients with corporate bond issuance programmes, tend offer process, and acquisition finance. Elias also heads the securitisation team, which principally advises on warehouse funding facilities, mezzanine finance and the issuance of high-value notes. The equity markets team, led by the Sydney-based Daniel Scotti and the Melbourne-based James Hutton, supports clients throughout high-value IPOs, mergers, and block trades.

    Practice head(s):

    Daniel Scotti; James Hutton; John Elias

    Key clients

    Ginkgo Bioworks, Inc

    Jefferies Group

    Education Australia Limited

    CIMIC Group Limited

    NobleOak Life Limited

    Qualitas Limited

    Johns Lyng Group Limited

    Bell Potter Securities Limited

    BWX Limited

    Salter Brothers Emerging Companies Limited

    DGL Group Limited

    Wilsons Corporate Finance Limited

    The Co-operative Bank Limited

    Mirvac Treasury Limited

    Albemarle Corporation

    Suncorp Corporate Services Pty Ltd

    Nissan Motor Company (Australia) Pty Ltd

    Challenger Life Company Limited

    Perpetual Investment Management Limited

    Westpac Banking Corporation

    Australia > Competition and trade Tier 2

    Minter Ellison enjoys a strong market reputation on account of its proficiency in high-value domestic and international merger clearances, complex cartel investigations – including ACCC-driven matters – and litigation.  Paul Schoff, who heads up the competition, risk and regulatory group, is routinely sought out for his ‘world-class’ expertise in a range of significant competition law matters. Miranda Noble regularly advises on high-profile global merger matters, complex behavioural matters, and ACCC investigations. Following his promotion to partner in January 2021, Haydn Flack has continued to works on a number of ACCC merger clearances and behavioural matters, including high-profile litigious proceedings.  Tom Faulls stands out at the associate level, advising on the competition aspects of mergers, as well as in restrictive trade practices investigations.

    Practice head(s):

    Paul Schoff

    Other key lawyers:

    Haydn Flack; Miranda Noble; Geoff Carter; Katrina Groshinski; Tom Faulls

    Testimonials

    ‘Paul Schoff is a world-class expert and one of the smartest practitioners in his field, providing commercial and practical advice. The Minters team also has excellent industry knowledge across many sectors.’

    ‘Minters have a very strong team with a great deal of experience in this field. Their advice has been excellent and extremely well communicated. They have strong contacts in this area, bringing very experienced barristers and consultants to the table when necessary. Their strength lies in matching their individuals both internal and external to their customer, especially when emotions can be running high.’

    ‘Haydn Flack has been advising us for many months, and his advice on a very complex matter has proven to be excellent.’

    ‘We worked predominantly with Miranda Noble and Tom Faulls on a large and complex merger case. The team was great – very responsive and clear, practical advice on procedural as well as substantive aspects. The team was also very efficient in handling the technical aspects around the submission of the client’s internal documents to the ACCC.’

    ‘Miranda Noble is always on top of the details, provides great and clear advice, and possesses a good understanding of the Australian role in the wider global process.’

    Tom Faulls is very responsive, and provides clear and to-the-point advice. Very good understanding of the client’s products.’

    ‘Paul Schoff and Haydn Flack are exceptional – they are technically very strong, commercially savvy, generally accessible, and understand the industry in which we operate.’

    ‘The team are highly responsive and quick to understand the industry and commercial drivers relevant to the advice provided. Highly collaborative in approach.’

    Key clients

    Allianz

    KraftHeinz

    ConocoPhillips

    Raytheon

    International Air and Transport Association (IATA)

    Qantas

    Deliveroo

    Hertz

    Commonwealth Bank of Australia

    Global Forest Partners

    Cargotec

    Insurance Australia Group (IAG)

    Optus

    AT&T/Warner Media

    Cummins

    State of NSW

    Albemarle

    Helloworld

    Viasat

    Kustomer

    Work highlights

    • Advised US-based Global Forest Partners with regard to competition clearance for forestry assets that it buys and sells in Australia.
    • Advised Kustomer on Australian competition aspects relating to its acquisition by Facebook, with a reported value of approximately USD 1bn.
    • Represented the State of NSW in defending high-profile competition law litigation brought by the ACCC, where the ACCC alleged that certain clauses in NSW Ports’ agreement with the State relating to the privatisation of Port Botany and Port Kembla had an anti-competitive purpose and effect in contravention of Australian competition law.

    Australia > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

    Minter Ellison's broad offering spans public and private M&A, private equity deals, spin-offs and demergers, bolt-on acquisitions, joint ventures, and strategic alliances. The Melbourne office fields practice co-head Joseph Pace, alongside other recommended practitioners such as Bart Oude-Vrielink and Jeremy Blackshaw. Pace’s counterpart Constantine Boulougouris can be found over in Sydney, where he regularly advises ASX company boards on governance and strategy issues. In March 2022, Boulougouris was appointed by the Australian Government as a member of the Takeovers Panel – a peer review body which regulates corporate control transactions – serving as testament to his public M&A expertise.

    Practice head(s):

    Constantine Boulougouris; Joseph Pace

    Other key lawyers:

    Bart Oude-Vrielink; Jeremy Blackshaw; Shaun Clyne; Nick Kipriotis

    Testimonials

    ‘Very well resourced to handle significant M&A, across partner and associate levels. Takes a highly commercial approach.’

    ‘Jeremy Blackshaw is highly experienced and has an excellent commercial approach.’

    ‘The team at ME where an absolute pleasure to work with and we could not imagine doing our transaction with anybody else. The ME team went above and beyond during a stressful time for us, being consistently available at any hour.’

    ‘They were extremely helpful in breaking down the legal jargon allowing us to easily understand each step of the process. What makes this practice unique is that throughout each step of the transaction we felt that they were genuinely invested in getting the best outcomes as opposed to just finalising the deal.’

    ‘Throughout the journey with ME the whole team stood out. I want to make a special mention to Nick Kipriotis who was our point of contact. He really stood out for us as he was always honest and really fun to work with. We saw him stand his ground continuously on all fronts to ensure we got the best deal and we were extremely satisfied with his approach.’

    Key clients

    AMP

    Australian Unity Office Fund

    CIMIC Group

    Dexus

    Lendlease

    Sigma Healthcare

    Humm Group

    HUB24

    Helloworld Travel

    Washington H Soul Pattinson & Company

    Qantas

    Greenlit Brands Household Goods Pty Limited (owned by Steinhoff International)

    JBS S.A.

    Essity Aktiebolag

    Salter Brothers

    Anchorage Capital Partners

    Liberty Hall Capital Partners

    Centerbridge Partners

    Bain & Company

    Kudu Investment Management

    K1 Investment Management

    Work highlights

    • Advising WHSP on Wesfarmers’ A$687m non-binding indicative proposal to acquire all of the shares in API.
    • Advising Salter Brothers, GIC and Partners Group on their A$620m acquisition of the Travelodge hotel business.
    • Advising Amplifon on its A$550m purchase of 100% of the shares in the capital of Bay Audio.

    Australia > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 2

    The dispute resolution team at Minter Ellison ably handles an exhaustive range of matters - from commercial and regulatory disputes and commissions of inquiry, to specialist work involving intellectual property, tax, insurance, and insolvency. Shareholder class actions are also a key workflow for the team. The firm, which boasts broad industry coverage, is particularly strong in the gaming, entertainment, and financial services sectors - acting for both corporates and individual directors and executives. Experienced commercial litigator James Beaton spearheads the practice from the Sydney office, where he is particularly well regarded for his financial services sector representation. In Melbourne, Ross Freeman is noteworthy in both the class actions and white-collar proceedings, advising both corporate and individual clients with equal fluency. Sydney-based Beverley Newbold is well-versed in major corporate disputes, including cross-border work and international arbitrations, while Glen Ward in Melbourne is a key contact for gaming clients.

    Practice head(s):

    James Beaton

    Other key lawyers:

    Glen WardRoss FreemanBeverley Newbold; David Taylor; Richard Murphy; Michelle Power

    Testimonials

    ‘The litigation team was exceptional, having to coordinate with many other legal teams in a complex, high-profile matter. Their interaction with my barristers as well was seamless and their communication and engagement were always perfect. They helped me win a 5-year case through grit and perseverance, I couldn’t have asked for a better legal team than Minters.’

    ‘The team has particular strengths in the depth of knowledge in its team.’

    ‘Beverley Newbold is simply a tremendous lawyer, with of course deep legal knowledge but additionally an ability to understand clients on a personal level and always was there to understand the personal toll my case was exacting. She was instrumental in winning one of the biggest cases in Australia for many years.’

     

    Key clients

    Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC)

    Bellamy’s Organic

    Colonial First State Investments Ltd

    Commonwealth Bank of Australia

    Crown Resorts Limited

    EnergyAustralia

    Estia Health Limited

    G8 Education Limited

    Mercer

    National Australia Bank Limited

    NULIS Nominees (Australia) Limited

    OnePath Life Limited

    Qantas Airways

    Rio Tinto

    The Colonial Mutual Life Assurance Society Limited

    Work highlights

      Australia > Energy (transactions and regulatory) Tier 2

      MinterEllison‘s energy and resources team comprises partners working across a range of disciplines, including project development, commercial, finance, regulatory, and M&A. The team is also capable in high-profile transactions within the oil and gas and utilities sector. Simon Scott heads the team, with a reputation for handling some of the most sophisticated projects and transactions within the mining sector. Brendan Clark leads the firm’s project solutions business unit, advising public and private sector clients on projects and transactions in the petroleum, power generation, water and hydrogen sectors. The ‘outstandingKathryn Finlayson is an experienced regulatory and dispute resolution specialist, while special counsel Fiona Lewis specialises in regulatory compliance and climate change law. Fellow special counsel Simon Batten joined the team this year after a decade working in-house for Energy Queensland.

      Practice head(s):

      Simon Scott

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘Brendan Clark has outstanding technical and commercial knowledge, having worked across many sectors. Brendan is a trusted advisor, with a knack for finding solutions while providing strategic and practical advice to manage legal and commercial risk across our business.’

      ‘Kathryn Finlayson is outstanding. Kathryn really excels at translating her technical knowledge into practical and commercial advice.’

      ‘Minters has a depth of talent across regulatory and commercial aspects of energy and other infrastructure projects and programs that is unmatched, and keeps building its team upon success across both government and private sector large-scale solar, wind and energy storage initiatives.’

      ‘The team is diverse and work together well. I always know the work will go to the right expert and that relevant experts will be involved as needed.’

      ‘Fiona Lewis is a superstar. Great sector knowledge, and I feel confident when she talks about how our regulatory powers may work in practice.’

      ‘Simon Batten is a star: knowledgeable, personable and a good communicator.’

      Key clients

      AGL Energy

      Anglo American

      Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)

      Australian Government

      Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA)

      ConocoPhillips

      DevelopmentWA

      Endeavour Energy

      Energy Queensland

      EnergyAustralia

      Inpex Corporation

      Jemena

      Power and Water Corporation

      Powerlink

      Rio Tinto (including Oyu Tolgoi LLC)

      SA Power Networks

      South32

      Stanwell Corporation

      Vintage Energy

      Zen Energy

      Work highlights

      • Advised ConocoPhillips on the AUD2 billion acquisition of an additional 10% of the shares in Australia Pacific LNG Pty Ltd from Origin Energy.
      • Advised the State of Victoria through its Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning on the design and implementation of its second renewable energy reverse auction (VRET2) to contract for at least 600 MW of renewable energy capacity in Victoria.
      • Advising Stanwell on its formation of the CQH2 consortium to fund studies to investigate a green liquefied hydrogen supply chain from Central Queensland to Japan.

      Australia > Environment and planning Tier 2

      Sought out by a variety of public and private sector clients, the environment and planning team at Minter Ellison has a significant presence in every jurisdiction of Australia, underpinned by a wealth of experience in land use and planning law, environmental approvals, regulatory compliance, and litigation. Simon Ball, who heads up the practice group, regularly advises on large resources, energy, and infrastructure projects, as well as on planning, protection, and administrative law concerns.  Tim Hanmore has significant experience in all stages of project development, operations and compliance, while Luke Walker is praised for his expertise in waste and resource recovery, on both the front and back end.

      Practice head(s):

      Simon Ball

      Other key lawyers:

      Tim Hanmore; Antra Hood; Luke Walker; Joshua Dellios

      Testimonials

      ‘Extremely professional, friendly, responsive, caring, passionate, and extremely knowledgeable. They have been our consistent advisors for 30 years with exceptional service and advice. Their billing process is easy and never overstated.’

      ‘Luke Walker is very commercial and understands each area of our business often offering different options dependent upon the scenarios. Luke’s excellent relationship skills, commerciality and knowledge which assists him in forming excellent partnerships with all stakeholders.’

      ‘Strong legal advice complemented by strategic support. Very collaborative engagement style, understand the issues of industry and can appreciate the need for business to evaluate and strategise an issue from all angles.’

      ‘Simon Ball’s support with strategy is superior to other engagements we’ve had.’

      Key clients

      Transport for NSW

      Shenhua Watermark

      Yancoal

      Department of Defence

      Yarra Ranges Council

      AMP Capital

      Whitehaven Coal Limited (Whitehaven)

      Mount Ramsay Coal Company Pty Ltd

      Ravenswood Gold Pty Ltd

      The Climate Foundation

      Springfield City Group (SCG)

      Pacific International Development Corporation (Pacifiq)

      EMR Capital (EMR)

      Veolia

      Queensland Trust for Nature

      Dexus

      Australia > Insurance Tier 2

      Led by experienced insurance litigator Chern Tan in Sydney, Minter Ellison leverages its considerable national and international presence to advise major insurers, underwriters, and brokers – as well as corporate and finance clients – on a diverse range of matters. Property damage disputes, professional indemnity, directors’ and officers’ indemnity, and product liability matters are all key workflows for the team. Specialty and casualty insurance expert Kemsley Brennan works out of the Sydney office, while Peter Coats, an authority in handling insurance litigation with high reputational risk, and Greg Carfoot, a professional indemnity specialist, are key names to note in Melbourne.

      Practice head(s):

      Chern Tan

      Testimonials

      ‘MinterEllison is a leading firm in Australia in the areas of commercial dispute resolution, insurance, and professional liability litigation. The depth of experience at MinterEllison and the level of technical skill of the firm’s lawyers in these practice areas is substantial. In the Australian market, the firm sits at the top end of the firms that work in these areas.’

      ‘Incredible breadth of expertise and resources behind them.’

      ‘Partner Greg Carfoot is excellent, and always gets another lawyer to assist who is very capable.’

      ‘Kemsley Brennan is a stand-out partner working in the insurance practice of Minter Ellison. Kemsley has had decades of experience working in-house at Chubb on some of Asia’s largest matters, which gives him a huge advantage over his peers. Kemsley understands the unique needs that insurance businesses have from a personal perspective. His work product is always exceptional, and I would recommend him very highly.’

      Key clients

      AIG Australia Limited

      Allianz Australia Insurance Limited

      AMP Limited

      Ansvar Insurance

      Insurance Australia Group (IAG)

      Legal Practitioners’ Liability Committee

      National Australia Bank (NAB)

      Suncorp

      Westpac General Insurance

      Willis Towers Watson

      Australia > Intellectual property Tier 2

      Fielding various seasoned experts across its offices in Melbourne, Brisbane, and Sydney, the team at Minter Ellison – noted for the depth of its media sector expertise – advises a diverse array of clients on commercial transactions, patent enforcement, designs, and copyright issues, among other matters. This ‘great depth of experience and insight‘ is especially concentrated in patent litigation, where practice head Robert Cooper is a key port of call. Other key names to note include Shyama Jayaswal, who ‘knows the pharmaceutical industry back to front and brings a keen understanding of science’, and John Fairbairn, who regularly works on copyright, patent and trade mark disputes.

      Practice head(s):

      Robert Cooper

      Other key lawyers:

      Nigel Lokan; Simone Mitchell; Shyama Jayaswal; Gus Lightowlers; John Fairbairn

      Testimonials

      ‘The intellectual property team at Minter Ellison in Melbourne has a great depth of experience and insight into their clients’ businesses/industries and the law. From a litigation perspective, they play hard but with a view to achieving the best possible outcome for their clients (not just for the sake of it).’

      ‘Gus Lightowlers is a new partner/patent attorney of the firm and is excellent at client communication. A very clever operator. Robert Cooper, is an excellent team leader with an incredible depth of experience. Shyama Jayaswal knows the pharmaceutical industry back to front and brings a keen understanding of the science to every matter she is involved in.’

      ‘Simone Mitchell is extremely knowledgeable and very commercial in terms of IP matters. Very responsive and provides clear and comprehensive advice.’

      ‘Highly competent in all things patents, from patent application prosecution to handling patent oppositions.’

      ‘Nigel Lokan and Simone Mitchell are really good at what they do.’

      Key clients

      Cap-XX

      Copyright Agency

      Endeavour Group

      Foxtel

      Giorgio Armani

      Stan Entertainment

      Thales Australia

      Woolworths

      ESCO Corporation

      BMS

      PPG Industries

      PPG Industries

      Work highlights

      • Acting for Stan Entertainment in proceedings commenced by copyright collecting society APRA | AMCOS, who is seeking to re-set terms on which subscription video on demand services can exercise the copyright in music included in their programming.
      • Representing Thales Australia in Court of Appeal proceedings against rival contractor Nioa, in relation to a breach of confidence claim concerning technology used in the Austeyr assault rifle.
      • Advised Sandoz in relation to its Australian launch plans for numerous new products in a range of therapeutic areas.

      Australia > IT and telecoms Tier 2

      Minter Ellison is praised by clients for possessing a wealth of knowledge of highly-regulated industries, as well as ‘a deep understanding of both the policy framework of government and the expectations of the ICT and telecommunications industry.’ The practice is headed up by the Sydney-based Nick Pascoe, with key support coming from Melbourne-based Paul Kallenbach, who heads up the cyber law and data protection practice; Sydney-based head of outsourcing Anthony Borgese; and Canberra-based head of government Amanda Story. Other key names to note include the Melbourne-based Kylie Diwell - the firm’s head of government in Victoria - who advises public bodies on major projects and procurements.

      Practice head(s):

      Nick Pascoe

      Testimonials

      ‘The team were highly responsive in a high-profile yet technically difficult procurement. Amanda was extremely approachable and delivered legal advice informed by a deep understanding of both the policy framework of government and the expectations of the ICT and telecommunications industry.’

      ‘Stand out for their knowledge, commercial practicality, reliability, personable, efficient and outcome focused service.’

      ‘Nick Pascoe shows brilliant dedication to deliver clear legal advice and seek favourable commercial outcomes.’

      ‘Kylie Diwell is an expert in her field, excellent customer care and can explain the most complex of legal matters to a diverse group of people easily.’

      ‘Nicole Bradshaw is an expert in her field of telecommunications and IT. High customer care and dedicated to achieving the best outcome for her customer. She is also patient in difficult negotiation scenarios.’

      ‘Excellent team with a very good understanding of our requirements, not only from a legal aspect but also commercially and technically.’

      ‘Kylie Diwell is excellent and provides well-rounded advice.’

      ‘Very strong intuitive knowledge of what kind of risk allocations the market for IT services has both taken previously, and is presently capable of taking.’

      Key clients

      Office of the Crown Solicitor of Tasmania

      Department of Treasury & Finance

      Tasmanian Government

      Suncorp Banking Corporation

      Suncorp Banking Corporation

      Colonial First State

      Office of the Crown Solicitor of Tasmania

      ANZ Bank

      Department of Premier and Cabinet (Victoria)

      The State of Victoria Emergency Management Operational Communications Program – Emergency Management Victoria (EMV) and Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA)

      Work highlights

      • Advised the Tasmanian Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management on the delivery of its new multi-agency government radio network, the Tasmanian Government Radio Network (TasGRN).
      • Advised the State of Victoria to modernise a number of VicRoads services to make them more user friendly for motorists.
      • Advising Suncorp Group on its migration of Suncorp’s business applications to a cloud environment through outsourcing to multiple technology suppliers.

      Australia > Media and entertainment Tier 2

      Drawing on its 'unrivalled depth of experience' across all manner of content and communications matters, Minter Ellison works on high-profile, high-risk defamation cases, regularly appearing before the various courts. The deep bench at includes practice head and 'living legend' Peter Bartlett, who draws superlative praise from clients for running, ‘some of the most complex and important defamation defences in recent memory.’ Other key names to note include the experienced media litigator David Poulton and the 'exceptional talent' Dean Levitan.

      Practice head(s):

      Peter Bartlett

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘The incredible depth of experience of Andrew Short and Peter Bartlett. Few rival that experience. Both Andrew and Peter are very practical, efficient, and incredibly knowledgeable.’

      ‘Minter Ellison’s media practice has some very experienced partners, and they take on very complex litigation. non-litigation work is done sensibly and they’ve built good relationships with our commercial people so are well trusted.’

      ‘Peter Bartlett and Dean Levitan are both very dedicated, hard working and effective lawyers. Good communication with us on our matters.’

      ‘This practice has a depth of experience that is unrivalled.’

      ‘Peter Bartlett is a living legend in the media law community and has run some of the most complex and important defamation defences in recent memory.’

      ‘Dean Levitan is an exceptional talent, with drive and determination to see through some extremely demanding cases and provide unwavering support to his clients throughout that exhausting process.’

      Key clients

      Copyright Agency

      Nine Entertainment Co.

      Foxtel

      Walkley Foundation for Journalism

      Advertiser Newspapers Pty Ltd

      The International Bar Association Human Rights Institute

      Advertiser Newspapers Pty Ltd

      News Limited

      Crikey/Private Media

      Work highlights

      • Acting in defamation proceedings brought by Ben Roberts-Smith, in relation to three articles published by Fairfax Media mastheads in 2018 that implicate the plaintiff in serious misconduct amounting to murder, war crimes, and domestic violence.
      • Acting in defamation proceedings issued by Schiff (an American stock broker, financial commentator and radio personality of considerable wealth), representing Nine and The Age.
      • Acting for the Copyright Agency in proceedings brought by media monitoring organisations Meltwater, Isentia and Streem, in the Copyright Tribunal, in relation to the licence fees payable for their use of newspaper, magazine and journal content as part of their media monitoring activities.

      Australia > Natural resources (transactions and regulatory) Tier 2

      MinterEllison‘s cross-disciplinary energy and resources practice fields partners working across a wide range of disciplines, including project development, commercial, finance, regulatory, operational and M&A. With expertise in the mining and petroleum sectors, the team supports clients on a variety of transactional matters, including complex commercial agreements and project development. Simon Scott, who leads the practice group, is noted for his work on sophisticated projects and transactions taking place in the mining sector. In addition to leading the firm’s project solutions business unit, Brendan Clark regularly advises public and private sector clients on projects and transactions across the petroleum, mining and hydrogen sectors. Other key names to note include Bryn Davis, who advises clients on corporate transactions, commercial contracts, and joint ventures.

      Practice head(s):

      Simon Scott

      Other key lawyers:

      Adam Handley; Andrew Corletto; Bryn Davis

      Testimonials

      ‘Bryn Davis is determined and committed to delivering the best results for his clients. He thinks outside the box, stays calm under pressure and clearly puts forward complex suggestions in a simple manner during negotiation. He is able to consider a wide range of potential outcomes and structure documents accordingly. An excellent lawyer.’

      ‘The team has all the expertise and experience needed to provide valuable advice for the transactions.’

      ‘Bryn Davis is an outstanding partner in providing advice on how to structure the deal which is not common. He is wiling to spend time explaining the legal concept to myself who has no legal background.’

      Key clients

      Albemarle Corporation

      Andromeda Metals

      Anglo American

      Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association Limited

      ConocoPhillips

      First Quantum Minerals

      Flinders Mines

      Huayou International Mining (Hong Kong)

      Incitec Pivot

      Inpex Corporation

      Jellinbah Group

      Metro Mining

      New Hope Group

      Noble Group

      Peabody Energy

      POSCO Australia

      Rio Tinto (including Oyu Tolgoi LLC)

      South32

      Stanwell Corporation

      Vintage Energy

      Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal

      Yancoal Australia

      Work highlights

      • Advised Huayou on its USD377.8 million (AUD528.4 million) all-cash acquisition of Prospect Resources’ lithium Arcadia Project in Zimbabwe.
      • Advised Anglo American in relation to its equalisation of ownership across the Moranbah-Grosvenor complex, by way of sale of its 12 percent interest in its Grosvenor metallurgical coal mine. The total transaction value was in excess of US$1 billion.
      • Advised ConocoPhillips on the AUD2 billion acquisition of an additional 10% of the shares in Australia Pacific LNG Pty Ltd from Origin Energy.

      Australia > Transport: aviation Tier 2

      Beverley Newbold leads a cross-disciplinary group of dispute resolution, regulatory, competition, corporate and finance specialists from Minter Ellison‘s Sydney office. The aviation-focused offering is able to leverage its strong relationships with key players in the sector – as well as the associated regulators – to provide ‘insightful' advice on the full gamut of mandates, from construction, operation, maintenance and financing through to compliance issues and litigation. The contentious side, including class actions, is also practice head Newbold’s particular area of expertise. Haydn Flack is praised by clients for his multi-jurisdictional knowledge.

      Practice head(s):

      Beverley Newbold

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘Minter Ellison’s team has an unparalleled knowledge of the International Air Transport Association and its history. That makes this team unique in its ability to provide insightful advice to the client.’

      ‘Haydn Flack has a very keen understanding of aviation law around the world. I appreciated that he understood the difference between the laws of one jurisdiction from another, instead of trying to impose another country’s legal principles on us.’

      Key clients

      Qantas Airways Limited (Qantas)

      International Air Transport Association (IATA)

      Toll Group

      Australian Airports including: Gold Coast Airport; Brisbane Airport; Townsville Airport; Western Australian Airport

      Jetstar Group

      Civil Aviation Safety Authority

      Airservices Australia

      Brisbane Airport Corporation

      Aviation Training Holdings Pty Ltd (trading as Ansett Aviation Training)

      Work highlights

      • Represented Qantas Group in a matter before the Western Australian Supreme Court in relation to aeronautical charges by Perth Airport.
      • Acted for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority in an urgent federal court judicial review application brought by Nine News, Seven News and ABC News.
      • Advised Airservices Australia on its collaboration agreement with space services company, Skycraft, to trial space-based surveillance and communications.

      Australia > Fintech and financial services regulatory Tier 3

      For many of Australia’s largest financial services institutions, Minter Ellison is a go-to advisor on significant pieces of legislation presently impacting the sector, including the Design Distribution Obligations (DDO) regime and reforms to insurance regulation; the deferred sales model (DSM) and anti-hawking reforms; and developments to the Foreign Financial Services Provider (FFSP) regime. ‘Innovative thinkerRichard Batten heads up the practice from Sydney. The firm’s national reputation is cemented by the presence of recommended practitioners Ross Freeman and Ian Lockhart in the Melbourne and Brisbane offices, respectively; the former is a key name for investigations and disputes work, while the latter’s workload has a regulatory focus.

      Practice head(s):

      Richard Batten

      Other key lawyers:

      Ross Freeman; Ian Lockhart; Martin Wright; Prayas Pradhan

      Testimonials

      ‘The financial services practice combines excellence in financial services advice with a deep commitment to pro bono work. As a result, the teams are engaged, innovative, and proud of their work.’

      ‘Richard Batten is an innovative thinker.’

      ‘The practice, led by Richard Batten, is a small but mighty team of talented lawyers.’

      ‘Richard Batten has deep expertise in the fintech and financial services regulatory sector. He takes the time to understand us as a client and applies a practical and creative lens to solving problems.’

      ‘Prayas Pradhan is a stand-out member of the team.’

      Key clients

      Allianz

      Commonwealth Bank of Australia

      ClearView

      HUB24

      IAG

      NAB

      Optus Insurance

      QBE

      Suncorp

      Westpac

      Work highlights

      • Advised Sharesies on the regulatory implications of offering different types of products and services in Australia.
      • Assisted Newcastle Permanent Building Society and Commonwealth Bank with Open Banking and Consumer Data Rights (CDR) implementation.
      • Assisting Mercer with the design and delivery of a large scale remediation, risk management and regulatory program of work.

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

      Working across eight locations nationally - and backed by offices in London and throughout the Asia Pacific region - the WHS team at MinterEllison regularly assists a number of state and federal-level government bodies, as well as major private sector clients in the engineering, transport, logistics, mining, and agriculture sectors. Jointly led from Brisbane by national safety head Deanna McMaster and national workplace division head Trent Forno, the group’s broad offering encompasses risk minimisation strategies, incident management, regulatory inspections and investigations, and reviews and prosecutions. Other key figures include Perth-based industrial relations specialist Craig Boyle, strategic litigation expert Harriet Eager in Sydney, and special counsel Rhian O’Sullivan in Brisbane. Partner Samantha Betzien left the practice in June 2022.

      Practice head(s):

      Deanna McMaster; Trent Forno

      Testimonials

      ‘Timely effective and responsive.’

      Key clients

      Horizon Power

      Aussie Skips Recycling Pty Ltd

      Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service

      Work highlights

      • Advised Horizon Power on amending and updating its safety policies and procedures to ensure they aligned with the new Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (WA) and underlying regulations (WHS legislation).
      • Advised and represented Aussie Skips Pty Ltd and its officers’ response to a workplace fatality and the associated investigation by SafeWork NSW.

      Australia > Project finance Tier 3

      Minter Ellison advises a diverse mix of borrowers, financiers, and government departments throughout the project’s life cycle. The sizeable practice is jointly led by the Sydney-based finance solutions head James Mok and the Brisbane-based projects chief Brendan Clark. In Melbourne, Peter Block is particularly noted for his expertise in end-to-end project work. Paul Paxton, also in Melbourne, has a history of working on project finance and PPPs, as well as project delivery and policy development matters.

      Practice head(s):

      James Mok; Brendan Clark

      Other key lawyers:

      Peter BlockPaul Paxton; Gemey Visscher; Ros O’Mally

      Key clients

      Pacific Partnerships, CPB Contractors, Ghella, DIF Capital Partners consortium

      State and Federal Government departments and agencies

      REMONDIS and John Laing consortium

      Australian Potash Limited

      Red 5 Limited

      Work highlights

      • Acting for one of the 3 shortlisted consortia, “Capstone” (comprising Pacific Partnerships, CPB, Ghella, & DIF), on the financing and procurement of their bid for the Inland Rail PPP – Gowri to Kagaru (G2K Project).
      • Representing Australian Potash Limited to obtain funding of approximately A$200 million from senior secured lenders to develop the Lake Wells sulphate of potash project in Western Australia.
      • Supported the Victorian Government in a second Victorian Renewable Energy Target program (VRET#2).

      Australia > White-collar crime Tier 3

      The white-collar crime and corporate investigations team at Minter Ellison boasts expertise in compliance advice, internal investigations, and contentious regulatory matters, with notable work for both private clients and public bodies. James Beaton, who heads the wider dispute resolution team from the Sydney office, possesses key expertise in anti-bribery and anti-corruption. In Melbourne, meanwhile, Ross Freeman is well regarded for his enforcement and litigation practice.

      Practice head(s):

      James Beaton

      Other key lawyers:

      Ross Freeman; Philip Stefanovski

      Key clients

      Itay Tuchman – senior executive from Citibank

      The Colonial Mutual Life Assurance Society Limited (CommInsure)

      Westpac Banking Corporation

      Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA)

      Work highlights

      • Successfully defended criminal cartel action against a senior executive from Citibank, with charges withdrawn by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions in February 2022.
      • Acted as Technical Assistants and International Solicitors Assisting the Commission of Inquiry established by the Hon. James Marape, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea to establish facts surrounding the decision of the Government of Papua New Guinea in 2014 to obtain a US$1.3 billion off-shore loan from the Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) for the purpose of acquiring a new shareholding in Oil Search Limited.
      • Acting for, and representing, Westpac in connection with the fraud committed against it by Forum Finance Pty Limited (in liquidation) and Bill Papas and the subsequent enforcement action taken by it, including the appointment of provision liquidators and liquidators to the Forum Finance group of companies.

      Australia > Dispute resolution: class actions Tier 4

      The experienced dispute resolution team at Minter Ellison has built up a strong reputation acting for defendants in significant shareholder and superannuation class actions. The Sydney-based James Beaton leads the team, while Ross Freeman in Melbourne, and Beverley Newbold and David Taylor – both of whom are also based in Sydney – are further noted practitioners in this area.

      Practice head(s):

      James Beaton

      Testimonials

      ‘The team are highly skilled, commercial and pragmatic. Our experience with resolving a very challenging litigation was exceptional: the team were highly responsive, always available and delivered when expected as expected.’

      ‘Depth of knowledge within the team and seamless resourcing where needed. Extremely proficient in large discovery and technology assisted review.’

      ‘Beverley Newbold is simply a tremendous lawyer, with of course deep legal knowledge but additionally an ability to understand clients on a personal level and always was there to understand the personal toll my case was exacting. She was instrumental in winning one of the biggest cases in Australia for many years.’

      ‘David Taylor is the leading practitioner on damages claims assessment in the highly contested and valuable shareholder class action space. He is also very commercial and doggedly determined.’

      ‘Exceptional diligence and ability to coordinate with multiple legal firms, craft strategy and execute successfully. The diversity of the team as well is amazing, with different skill sets brought to bear.’

      ‘David Taylor has exceptional knowledge in the class action space, which is invaluable, particularly for strategy surrounding settlement.’

      ‘Beverley Newbold is an exceptional individual with the highest intellect and integrity, provides the wisest of counsel and pays great attention to client service and client needs. Her written advice is succinct, and she never over-advises.’

      Key clients

      Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC)

      Bellamy’s Organic

      Colonial First State Investments Ltd

      Commonwealth Bank of Australia

      Crown Resorts Limited

      EnergyAustralia

      Estia Health Limited

      G8 Education Limited

      Mercer

      National Australia Bank Limited

      NULIS Nominees (Australia) Limited

      OnePath Life Limited

      Qantas Airways

      Rio Tinto

      The Colonial Mutual Life Assurance Society Limited

      Work highlights