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Thomson Geer
LEVEL 7, 19 GOUGER STREET
ADELAIDE SA 5000
Australia

Australia > Intellectual property Tier 3

Working across offices in Brisbane, Perth, Sydney, and Melbourne, the Thomson Geer IP team is well placed to advise a broad roster of clients on trade mark and patent matters. Notable recent engagements have seen the team representing major foreign entertainment companies and consumer goods conglomerates in patent litigation proceedings and interlocutory injunctions taken before the vrious domestic courts. Key names to note include versatile practitioners Andrew Chalet and Peytee Grusche, who assist with a full range of IP issues.

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Chalet; Peytee Grusche; Ben Coogan; Peter Le Guay; Tony Conaghan

Key clients

Reckitt

Microba Lifesciences

InterGrain

SmartSat CRC

Work highlights

  • Acted for Reckitt on a successful interlocutory injunction matter in the Federal Court.
  • Advising on IP management strategies for the SmartSat CRC.
  • Advising InterGrain on forming a strategic collaboration with Inari, a US biotech seed company, to improve the yield potential of wheat to enhance long-term viability of crops.

Australia > Media and entertainment Tier 3

Thomson Geer fields a ‘dedicated, lateral thinking, and quick moving‘ team whose workload often consists of major disputes, as well as intellectual property, privacy, and commercial-based instructions. The group is jointly led by the Sydney-based Justin Quill, a media law specialist who advises all of the national commercial television networks; John-Paul Cashen, praised for his ‘exceptional knowledge and experience of media law’ (also based in Sydney); and Marlia Saunders, who joined the Melbourne team from News Corp in July 2021.

Practice head(s):

Justin Quill; John-Paul Cashen; Marlia Saunders

Other key lawyers:

Samantha McGeoch

Testimonials

‘Incredible talent across all levels, great client network, depth of experience.’

‘Thomson Geer are extremely knowledgeable, reliable and trustworthy advisors in the Media and Entertainment space. They have an unmatched proficiency in the technical aspects of media law as well as understanding broader commercial considerations. They have an excellent team culture.’

‘John-Paul Cashen, Justin Quill, and Marlia Saunders have outstanding technical knowledge of media law and they are able to provide clear, concise, and commercially practical advice often on very tight timeframes. Their team and support staff are also very reliable, trustworthy and attentive, thus providing clients with a strong sense of depth and expertise in their team.’

‘Thomson Geer have a unique depth of understanding regarding the environment within each of the key organisations in the Australian media landscape. John-Paul Cashen, Justin Quill and Marlia Saunders have a unique combined skill set that means we can have absolute trust that they will manage any media-related matter in the way that best reflects our business needs.’

‘John-Paul Cashen has exceptional knowledge and experience of media law and is a trusted advisor to almost every large media organisation in the country.’

‘Extremely dedicated, lateral thinking and quick moving team.’

‘John-Paul Cashen is an outstanding lawyer who wants to fight for his clients and excels under pressure. A clutch player. He makes the right calls and understands his client’s needs. I also know silks who view him highly.’

‘Closely knit media team who understand the vagaries of the Victorian media laws and have an understanding of how media outlets operate.’

Key clients

ViacomCBS – Network 10

News Corp Australia

Seven West Media Limited – Channel Seven

Nine Network Australia Pty Ltd – Channel Nine

Twitter Inc

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Special Broadcasting Service

Southern Cross Austereo Pty Ltd

The Age Company Pty Ltd and Fairfax Media Publications Pty Ltd (Nine newspapers)

Nationwide News Pty Ltd

Australian Associated Press

Rebel News

Work highlights

  • Acted for a substantial number of media organisations and individuals charged with contempt of court and breach of a suppression order in relation to their reports about Cardinal George Pell’s conviction on child sex offences (which was subsequently overturned on appeal).
  • Acted for Channel Nine, Channel Seven, Australian Broadcasting Corporation in a case involving an unprecedented attempt by police to ground a media helicopter which was filming footage of police and civilians during widespread lockdown protests across Melbourne.
  • Acted for Nationwide News Pty Ltd and Brenden Hills in a defamation matter that involved the development of a significant legal precedent – namely that the imputations pleaded were not conveyed.

Australia > Infrastructure projects and construction Tier 4

Thomson Geer's national construction team advises blue-chip clients on a wide range of high-stakes construction disputes, including delay and disruption claims, force majeure matters, and insolvency litigation. In addition, the firm has a strong track record for infrastructure projects, particularly within the transport sector. With over 20 years of experience in Australia and the UK, practice head Andrew Kelly handles a host of construction and engineering matters for contractors, engineers, architects, and principals. Franco Aversa is well regarded for his expertise in documentation matters relating to infrastructure projects across the government, PPP, rail, water and renewables sectors.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Franco Aversa; Simon Ralton; Adam Wallwork; Josh Marchant

Testimonials

‘Simon Ralton is extremely approachable, reliable and technically skilled.’

‘Franco Aversa is an exceptionally experienced and clever front end infrastructure lawyer.  He knows the market and can zero in on the important issues, advise on a range of options to resolve issues, and communicates in a way that is accessible and business appropriate.’

‘Franco Aversa is pragmatic and commercial.  He is a real asset on any complex infrastructure transaction.’

‘Adam Wallwork is excellent; smart, approachable, and commercially aware.’

‘Josh Marchant is a very approachable and practical advisor to our business. He has delivered internal training, met with people within the business, and been able to offer commercial and tailored advice in each instance.’

‘Thomson Geer’s infrastructure projects and construction practice has been fantastic in insightful, market relevant contract reviews and negotiations.’

‘The Team at Thomson Geer provide top-tier quality of advice while taking a small firm approach to client care.’

‘Franco Aversa is an industry-leading lawyer.  He is technically excellent and provides a significant value add on complex infrastructure deals.’

Key clients

Acciona Construction Australia Pty Ltd

Greenspot Developments Pty Ltd and Greenspot Wallerawang Pty Ltd

Gamuda Australia

Acciona Construction Australia and Seymour Whyte in Joint Venture

Lendlease Building

Bouygues Construction Australia

Kimberley Ports Authority

BESIXWatpac

Nacap Pty Ltd (Subsidiary of international Construction and engineering company Quanta Inc. (New York Stock Exchange listed)

Work highlights

  • Advised Acciona on a 50-50 joint venture with CPB Contractors (ACACPB JV) who have been engaged by Australian Rail Track Corporation to deliver the Inland Rail Southern Civil Works Program valued at more than $1.2 billion.
  • Advised Gamuda Australia on its successful tender for the A$2.16 billion Sydney Metro West – Western Tunnelling Package.
  • In conjunction with the South Australian Government’s Crown Solicitor’s Office, advised on the tender for managing contractor arrangements for construction of the new A$1.95 billion Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide.

Australia > IT and telecoms Tier 4

Commended for its ‘broad sector experience‘ as well as its ‘commercial savvy and client focus,’ Thomson Geer acts a diverse array of ISPs, telecom providers, software companies, government departments, consumers and regulators. Heading up the practice is Mark Feetham, a Sydney-based lawyer who is often instructed on complex procurements, particularly in the defence sector. The Melbourne-based Antoine Chalet regularly advises on technology transactions, while the Sydney-based Demetrios Christou specialises in regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Mark Feetham

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Chalet; Demetrios Christou

Testimonials

‘Pragmatic timely and very cost effective advice. Always looking to ensure value and realistic advice – other firms sometimes say this Thomson Geer delivers every time in this regard.’

‘Broad sector experience in tech and telecoms, coupled with commercial savvy and client focus.’

‘Mark Feetham has been delightful to work with.’

Key clients

InterGrain

Hyland Software

City of Sydney

Refundid

Rohde & Schwarz Australia

South Australian Government – Department of Correctional Services

KindiCare

Chrysos Corporation

Work highlights

  • Acted for InterGrain in forming a strategic collaboration with Inari, a US biotech seed company, which aims to improve the yield potential of wheat to enhance long-term viability of crops.
  • Advised integrated communications solutions provider Rohde & Schwarz Australia on the awarding of a major contract to supply the integrated communications systems for Australia’s new A$39 billion Hunter class frigates being built in South Australia by BAE Systems Maritime Australia.
  • Advising Hyland Software on new contractual arrangements for IT products and services provided to icare, the New South Wales government’s workplace injury insurance corporation.

Australia > Real estate Tier 4

Praised for its ‘deep knowledge of the market' which it draws on to advise on complex deals, Thomson Geer works on a range of real estate matters, including leasing advice and renewable energy work. Recent transactional highlights have seen the team acting for ASX-listed REITs in high-value portfolio acquisitions. Notable practitioners include the 'outstanding' Eu Ming Lim and maritime specialist Paul Gribble, who are based in Melbourne and Perth, respectively.

Other key lawyers:

Chris Kelly; David Beer; Eu Ming Lim

Testimonials

‘Thomson Geer’s property team was able to complete the due diligence and negotiations of the contract of sale with the vendor in two days (over a weekend). We were provided with a very small window to complete the transaction and with Eu Ming and the team’s help, we were able to structure an offer acceptable to all parties. Their deep knowledge of the market and specifics of the asset greatly assisted in what was quite complicated transaction.’

‘Eu Ming in my opinion is an outstanding partner in the real estate space. His advice is always commercial first and then layered with the legal considerations. He is a highly trusted advisor to our business. He is always contactable and makes client engagement his top priority.’

Key clients

Mineral Resources Ltd

Dexus

Kimberley Ports Authority

Mid West Ports

McConaghy Funds Management

Youfoodz

Hindmarsh

Anthony John Group

Adelaide Airport

Work highlights

  • Acting for Mineral Resources Ltd to secure development approval from the Regional Joint Development Assessment Panel (RJDAP) for the development of a transient workers accommodation resort in Western Australia.
  • Acted for ASX-listed Dexus in the acquisition of the McPhee Logistics Portfolio.
  • Advised Dexus and Sunsuper on the sale of its Milton Green integrated corporate office community for over A$400 million.

Australia > Banking and finance Tier 5

Fielding a number of lawyers across all of Australia’s major hubs, Thomson Geer is relied on by all four major domestic banks –  and a number of significant challenger banks – across a range of transactions, particularly in the area of asset and debt recovery. David Murray-Nobbs specialises in equipment finance and commercial lending, while Armando Scenna advises on all aspects of banking, with particular experience in corporate and commercial transactions within the construction, health, education, and hospitality sectors. Other key names to note include Jeff Baker, whose practice centres on structuring and documenting transactions for financial institutions in the Australian market.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Jeff Baker knows our business and is able to apply critical thinking to ensure we get the outcomes we need, but always through a commercial lens.’

‘Jeff Baker and his team always take time to answer your calls and deal with enquiries promptly.’

‘Jeff Baker has been exceptional across all dealings with him. His sector knowledge is excellent, and he is always willing to take time to talk through potential issues on a transaction, even before we formally engage them to complete the work on a deal.’

‘Highly experienced partners and support staff with an excellent knowledge of the industry and market standards and fair billing.’

‘David Murray Nobbs is very commercial and provides clear advice on key points in plain language, which enables me to make decisions.’

‘Excellent working relationships. Keen to help and to continue to work on the relationship. It’s never taken for granted.’

‘David Murray Knobs is excellent.  Technically sound, and looks to legal risk and reputation beyond what is expected.’

‘Deep industry knowledge, accessible, and easy to do business with.’

Key clients

East 33

PGF Australia Pty Ltd (as Senior Lender) and a nominee of Regis Capital Partners Pty Ltd (as Mezzanine Lender)

Westpac

Bank of Melbourne

Work highlights

  • Acting for oyster company East 33 Limited in relation to bridging debt, then bank debt for its IPO and purchase/amalgamation of numerous oyster farm businesses and assets.
  • Acting for Bank of Melbourne in formalising the borrowings of a group consisting of 10 borrowing entities (with 13 facilities) operating in industries including health and fitness, leisure, tourism technology, and finance.

Australia > Corporate and M&A Tier 5

Working across the gamut of industry sectors – from resources to agriculture, retail to health, and professional services to IT – the Thomson Geer team is highly regarded by mid-market companies in the midst of acquisitions or divestments. The firm’s extensive national reach sees key names practising from a range of locations – Adam Brooks takes charge of the Melbourne office; Eugene Fung leads in Brisbane; the Sydney office fields David Zwi and Dan Kramer; and Michael Bowen is at the helm in Perth.

Practice head(s):

David Zwi; Dan Kramer; Eugene Fung; Adam Brooks; Michael Bowen

Other key lawyers:

Jason Marcus; Loretta Reynolds

Testimonials

‘A very no-fuss, pragmatic approach to getting the deal done. They solved problems.’

‘They were just very pragmatic about investing the right level of time and effort for what each issue was worth. They listened to what mattered for us and resolved the issues. Excellent value for money.’

 

Key clients

Fetch Metals

Cannabis Harvesting Investments Pty Ltd

iCollege

Howard Humphreys (major shareholder of Animal Magnetism Pty Ltd)

eSecure

Hills Ltd

Dragontail Systems

Canon Australia

1300Smiles

Resolute Mining

Work highlights

  • Advised ASX-listed Australian dental surgery chain 1300Smiles on its A$165m sale to trans-Tasman dental operator Abano Healthcare Group.
  • Advised ASX-listed food technology company Dragontail Systems on its acquisition by restaurant company, Yum! Brands for A$93.5m.
  • Assisted Resolute Mining with a sale process for its Bibiani gold mine in Ghana for $90m, which involved multiple bidders from a range of jurisdictions as well as the co-ordination of the sale process with other advisors both in Australia and in Ghana.

Australia > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 5

Praised by clients for their ability to deliver 'fantastic advice at incredible speed', Thomson Geer handles a range of disputes, from banking and finance litigation to intellectual property disputes and defamation, as well as class actions and complex multi-party issues. The team has a significant national reach, with key contacts including John Howard and Sylvia Fernandez in Sydney, and Stephen Voss and Michael O’Donnell in Adelaide.

Other key lawyers:

David Gaszner; Emma Hodgman;  Geoff Brennan; Harold Werksman; Hendrik van Aswegen; John Howard; Stephen Voss; Sylvia Fernandez; Scott Guthrie; Michael O’Donnell

Testimonials

‘Excellent value-for-money. Smart and strategic, but in a very practical, pragmatic way – there’s no wasted effort, and the team is keeping a close eye on the cost-benefit of everything they do for you.’

‘Michael O’Donnell is excellent for recoveries work. He has vast experience in insolvencies that gives him deep insight into the tactics that are probably at play and how to navigate them. He does exactly what a good lawyer should do, in ensuring that you never pay him a cent if you don’t need to. He’s delivered a string of excellent recovery wins for us, but will be quick to tell us on the rare occasions when we need to shut a matter down and walk away.’

‘Fantastic advice at incredible speed.’

‘Very easy to talk to and there’s always someone available.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for (then) Prime Minister Scott Morrison and other senior Liberal Party leaders in relation to legal challenges to their choices of candidates in several seats in New South Wales for the May 21 Federal Election.
  • Acted for Singaporean investment company ZACD Group that was defrauded a substantial sum of money that was transferred to Australia as part of the acquisition of a large hotel chain.
  • Acted for multinational healthcare and consumer goods company Reckitt on a successful interlocutory injunction matter in the Federal Court in early September 2021.

Australia > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 5

The team at Thomson Geer continues to assist clients with some of the largest insolvency administrations in Australia, with recent highlights seeing the team advising the liquidators of big-ticket investment funds. The group’s banking expertise is anchored by Adelaide-based practice head Michael Barrett, who acts in disputes on behalf of both banks and other financial institutions. Melbourne-based Neil Hannan is a key name to note for commercial disputes.

Other key lawyers:

Nick Curran; Josh Hawes; Michael Barrett; Scott Guthrie; Neil Hannan

Testimonials

‘Very approachable team, take into consideration circumstances of the matter and impact on stakeholders. Always available to discuss aspects of the matter.’

‘Nick Curran is an excellent practitioner; he provides sound commercial advice and is an expert in his area.’

‘Josh Hawes is a great lawyer. Always available and provides great advice on the aspects of the litigation.’

‘Excellent service and knowledge base.’

‘Strong industry expertise from the solicitors and have brought in key banking expertise to ensure end to end understanding of clients.’

‘The team in general have a great working understanding of the industry.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for renovation franchise business Smith & Sons and its directors in defending in the Federal Court of Australia oppression proceedings where orders were sought for the winding up of the Company on the grounds of alleged shareholder oppression.
  • Advised Dye and Co, the liquidators of investment fund IPO Wealth Holdings No 10 Pty Ltd, in relation to their rights over an island in Venice, Italy, and realisation of the same.

The firm: Thomson Geer is a major Australian corporate law firm. The firm has more than 560 people, including 133 partners operating out of our offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Canberra.

By size Thomson Geer is one of the ten largest law firms operating in Australia, and the fifth largest independent Australian law firm.

The firm’s origins date back to 1885.

At Thomson Geer we focus on:

  • delivering best practice legal skills and know-how to situations, transactions and disputes that require external legal counsel;
  • ensuring that the above delivery is made with a deep appreciation of, and in response to, the commercial context; and
  • maintaining cultural and operational standards and price settings across all our partners and professionals that ensure the right balance between value and cost flows to our clients.

This combines to form a service and quality style that is focused on enhancing the competitive position of our clients in whatever circumstances they find themselves in.

Supplementing the above is of course a deep moral code amongst all our people that requires the maintenance of the highest ethical standards and honesty in everything we do.

Our partnership fosters an open and transparent culture, which keeps our lawyers motivated and engaged. We are experts at cross-disciplinary collaboration – our partners and lawyers want to work with other offices and across areas of specialisation – which helps us properly resource matters and provide our clients with the expertise they need.

TG Public Affairs: Our affiliate TG Public Affairs provides first class, tri-partisan public affairs advice to both domestic and offshore clients. By utilising its extensive networks, TG Public Affairs ensures the priorities of clients are clearly understood within Australia’s parliaments and bureaucracies, and has a reputation for providing sound policy advice and designing effective advocacy strategies. TG Public Affairs is regularly retained by clients wishing to understand the political and regulatory environment in Australia, or those seeking advice on matters involving the Foreign Investment Review Board, Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade and other government agencies.

Our work: The nature of its legal assignments is what you would expect of a large corporate law firm. Thomson Geer is regularly engaged in challenging and complex work.

Recent examples of our work include advising:

  • Acted for Dexus on a lease to Amazon at a new 127ha greenfield industrial estate development.
  • Represented many of Australia’s largest and prominent media organisations and identities in a contempt of court matter related to reporting of the conviction of Cardinal George Pell of child sex offences. The convictions were quashed on appeal.
  • Acted on the US$172.5m US venture capital backed investment into Australian technology company Octopus Deploy, described as the second-largest ever venture capital investment in an Australian tech company.
  • Advised Resolute Mining on the sale of its Bibiani gold mine to Chijin International for US$105m.
  • Acted for German company Dr August Wolff in trade mark dispute with American company Combe International as Dr August Wolff sought to register its product Vagisan.
  • Successfully acted for Civil Mining & Construction Pty Ltd in dispute with Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal Pty Ltd over variations and delays in the project.
  • Advised renewable energy fund SunBot on a two year technology finance and prototype development project with the Stanhope Solar Farm.
  • Advised leading Australian online local services marketplace, Airtasker on its A$83.7m initial public offering and application to debut on to the ASX.
  • Acted for pension fund Intrust Super on its merger with larger fund Hostplus.
  • Advised one of Australia’s most acclaimed film special effects companies, Rising Sun Pictures on its acquisition by US based visual effects company, FuseFX.
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Banking and finance Armando Scenna
Banking and finance Stephen Lyons
Construction and projects Andrew Kelly
Construction and projects Josh Marchant
Employment, workplace relations and safety David Davies
Employment, workplace relations and safety Karl Luke
Insurance Chris Singleton
Insurance Cameron Roberts
Litigation and dispute resolution David Gaszner
Litigation and dispute resolution Harold Werksman
Property Melinda Graham
Property David Beer
Superannuation and wealth management Stanley Drummond
Technology Mark Feetham
Technology Matthew Prescott
Competition and regulation Josh Simons
Corporate and advisory Lucinda Smith
Corporate and advisory Adam Brooks
Environment and planning Craig Tidemann
Environment and planning Fraser Bell
Intellectual property Peter Le Guay
Mergers and acquisitions David Zwi
Mergers and acquisitions Eugene Fung
Restructuring and insolvency Michael Barrett
Tax Arthur Athanasiou
Tax Paul Tanti
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Thomson Geer firmly believes in equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion. It is inherent to the way we operate and is reflected in the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Statement.

We are a member of the Australian Legal Sector Alliance (AusLSA) which is an industry-led association working collaboratively to promote best practice sustainability commitments and performance across the legal sector. AusLSA’s sustainability framework includes sustainable and inclusive workplaces, community support, environmental conservation and responsible governance.

We are proud to participate in a number of initiatives across the firm as a part of our commitment to building an inclusive and responsive firm culture. These include (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Providing a flexible and supportive work environment with flexible working and wellness policies and programs.
  • Active membership of the Australian Network on Disability (AND) where we celebrate fundraising and awareness initiatives and participate in the AND’s Stepping Into internship program.
  • Adopting the Law Council of Australia’s Equitable Briefing Policy.
  • Prioritising support for Indigenous Australians including through our purchase of promotional products from an Indigenous-owned organisation and pro bono work for organisations supporting Indigenous Australians.
  • Practising diversity within recruitment, selection and promotion activities, ensuring a diverse range of qualified candidates are considered across all roles and levels. Our female Chair Loretta Reynolds and Chief Executive Partner Adrian Tembel have ensured at least 40% of internal promotions have been women in the last seven years.
  • Monitoring, evaluating and reporting on our gender, diversity and inclusion position within the firm and against internal benchmarks and to market including the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.
  • Running a number of Continuing Professional Development seminars which have focused on diversity.
  • Ensuring publications and newsletters are co-authored by one female and one male and that we have at least equal female and male representation in the presenters for our CPD and annual training programs.

CLIENT:
COMPANY/FIRM:
TESTIMONIAL: Thomson Geer’s team was tireless and diligent in its application to the task of understanding and dealing with our case. The case involved court appearances and ultimately intense and successful financial bargaining. The advice, as well as the consistent and speedy reporting by Thomson Geer, was exceptional.


CLIENT:
COMPANY/FIRM:
TESTIMONIAL: (We have) been impressed with the transparent and direct way Thomson Geer operates in all of our dealings to date. Giving a recommended way to commercially proceed, assisting with project management, advising when you don’t have expertise and sticking to a quote make you a valued extension of our in house team.


CLIENT: Fabian Ross, CEO
COMPANY/FIRM: WA Super
TESTIMONIAL: WA Super was pleased to partner with Thomson Geer as part of the Merger Deed transaction with First State Super.


CLIENT: Victor Previn, Chairman
COMPANY/FIRM: Nova Eye Medical
TESTIMONIAL: (The team) at Thomson Geer provided practical and diligent legal  support to our transaction team. They were innovative, always accessible and highly organised. The TG team was a pleasure to work with.


CLIENT:
COMPANY/FIRM:
TESTIMONIAL: There were many times when it appeared unlikely that a settlement could be reached and I was willing and prepared to take this matter to trial and had confidence in doing so with both of you. My confidence to go the distance was born out of both your thorough preparation and strategic approach.


Thomson Geer can assist our Australian clients on their cross-border needs and inbound international clients to navigate Australian laws and regulations. Our in-depth knowledge of the Australian regulatory environment positions us to deliver up to date, independent, commercial advice about doing business in Australia. Our expertise covers all aspects of Australia’s regulatory regime including navigating Foreign Investment Review Board approvals and tax laws.

Our Canberra-based public affairs arm, TG Public Affairs, provides strategic, public policy and government relations advice to some of Australia’s and the world’s largest corporates, engaging in direct advocacy on their behalf or complementing activity by a clients’ own internal government engagement teams. TG Public Affairs is a genuinely tri-partisan firm, with staff who have held significant senior roles within Liberal, Labor and Nationals ministerial offices. By utilising their extensive networks, TG Public Affairs ensure the priorities of clients are clearly understood within Australia’s parliaments and bureaucracies.

We have also developed international relationships with leading law firms situated around the world. These leading firms have a reputation for quality legal skills and know how that matches our own. We invest in maintaining these global networks to ensure we have the right team of legal experts available to meet our client’s specific cross border needs. Through our networks we provide cross border services at all levels throughout Australia, the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

Memberships

Thomson Geer and our lawyers are members of a range of international associations and groups with significant international business links.

A number of our partners take leadership roles which the firm actively support. Sylvia Fernandez has been on the Board of the Spanish Australian Chamber of Commerce for more than 10 years. She has held a variety of roles including President and is the current Vice President and Company Secretary. In 2019, Sylvia received the King of Spain’s Order of Civil Merit in relation to her work promoting Spanish companies in the Australian market.

Partner Sanushka Seomangal has an interest in India as a co-founder and director of the School of Policy and Governance, co-founder of the Australia India Youth Dialogue and roles as National Vice Chair of the Australia India Business Council and member of the board of the Australia India Council. Sanushka was named by the Australian Financial Review as one of the 100 Women of Influence in Australia for 2018.

We also support and have had memberships with the Australian British Chamber of Commerce, American Chamber of Commerce in Australia, Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce, Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Australia Japan Business Co-operation Committee.

Other firm memberships include (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Banking & Financial Services Law Association
  • Association of Corporate Counsel
  • Women in Banking & Finance
  • Australian Investment Council
  • Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees
  • Diverse Women in Law
  • Property Council of Australia
  • Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • Licensing Executives Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • Women in Insolvency & Restructuring Queensland
  • Women’s Insolvency Network South Australia

Clients

Thomson Geer acts for many international clients including foreign clients with interests in Australia, and local clients with interests abroad.

Clients include (this list is not exhaustive):

  • ANZ
  • Acciona
  • AustralianSuper
  • Bridgestone
  • BMW Financial Services
  • BP
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • CK Life Sciences
  • CPB Contractors
  • Dexus
  • Domino’s
  • Europcar
  • Exxon Mobil
  • Far East Consortium
  • Lendlease
  • Microsoft
  • Mirvac
  • National Australia Bank
  • News Corp
  • Nokia
  • Nike
  • Reckitt
  • SAAB
  • Sandvik
  • Sumitomo Corporation
  • Telstra
  • Tesla
  • Toyota Financial Services
  • Woolworths
  • 7 Eleven

Awards

  • Mergermarket – Australian Mid-Market M&A Legal Advisor of the Year, 2021
  • Best Lawyers in Australia – Law Firm of the Year for Real Estate Law, 2022
  • Best Lawyers in Australia – Law Firm of the Year for Retirement Villages and Senior Living Law, 2019 and 2021
  • Chambers Asia Pacific – Band 1 ranked practice for TMT: Media

Energy and Resources team bolstered with appointment of new Partner

Thomson Geer has bolstered its Energy and Resources team with the appointment of internationally recognised specialist Nicholas Antonas as a Partner.