Firm Profile > Thomson Geer > Adelaide, Australia

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

Banking and finance Tier 4

Thomson Geer continues its trajectory of growth following its acquisition of banking-specialised firm Kemp Strang in 2018. Acting for all four major banks, the department has a particular focus on corporate finance, property finance, and operating and finance leases. Clients include retail and wholesale funds, managed investment schemes, banks, and other financial institutions and superannuation funds. Andrea Wookey is known for her expertise in debt funding.

Intellectual property Tier 4

Practical’ and ‘customer-focused’, Thomson Geer advises domestic and multinational clients on trade mark portfolio management, patent litigation, and IP enforcement. The team has experience in a variety of industry sectors, though the past year has seen marked activity in the fields of healthcare and pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, gaming and entertainment, and technology. A key figure in the team is Ben Coogan in Brisbane, a ‘customer-focused’ lawyer who is ‘particularly skilled at developing effective strategies to achieve outcomes that meet customer expectations’.

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Testimonials

They are practical, client-focused, and committed to getting the best outcome for their customers.

Ben Coogan is very practical and client-focused. He is particularly skilled at understanding clients’ needs and developing effective and innovative strategies to achieve outcomes that meet their expectations.

IT and telecoms Tier 4

Thomson Geer has a specialist tech practice, which acts for government agencies, telecommunications carriers, tech vendors, and corporates. The team has particular expertise in the utilities industry, acting on both sides of procurement and outsourcing transactions. Practice head Mark Feetham is a specialist tech and telecommunications lawyer and advises on a combination of outsourcing transactions, complex IT projects, regulatory issues, and network rollout agreements. Demetrios Christou advises on contractual arrangements and infrastructure projects across a variety of corporate sectors.

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Key clients

Itron

City of Sydney

NEC

Nokia

Teradata

Electranet

Western Power

Journal Technologies

Hyland

Caltex

Real estate Tier 4

Thomson Geer runs a practice spread across a number of asset classes including residential, shopping centres, urban renewal projects, hotels, airports, commercial, industrial, and agricultural real estate. Its key pillars of proficiency are inbound investment work, particularly from Asia, in addition to retail and other leasing work, capital transactions, and renewable energy projects. The team recently expanded into the Perth market following the firm’s acquisition of LSV Borrello Lawyers and continues to heavily invest in e-Conveyancing. The client roster also includes corporates, federal and state governments, property trusts, and developers. Matthew Rollason  has joined from Dentons.

Construction Tier 5

Under the leadership of Brisbane-based Andrew Kelly, Thomson Geer’s practice takes a cradle to grave approach to construction projects, acting from contract preparation and tender through to resulting disputes. The team is reputed for a broad range of projects including those in the water treatment, airport and hospitality sectors, also recently noting an uptick in its work in the renewable, transport and port spaces. Other areas of distinguished capability include insolvency risks and security of payment legislation. The team is boosted with the arrival of Geoff Wood and Franco Aversa in June 2021 from Baker McKenzie.

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Testimonials

‘Very easy to work with, approachable with good access to very capable partners.’

‘Simon Ralton – always steps up to help, and understands issues quickly, to provide high-quality advice to the business.’

 

Corporate and M&A Tier 5

Thomson Geer's national M&A practice acts on both sides of public and private transactions, advising corporates, private equity, and venture capital funds. The team acts for controlling and minority shareholders, businesses making acquisitions, and target companies, co-operating across its state-level offices on complex mandates. The practice is headed up by Melbourne-based Adam Brooks, who works on corporate and capital markets-based transactions in a variety of industries, Sydney-based pair Dan Kramer and David Zwi, who advise on private equity transactions, and the energy-focused Eugene Fung in Brisbane.

Testimonials

Strong for private equity and funds management.

High senior engagement.’

Their senior team led by Loretta Reynolds and Annabel West was very experienced and I would definitely recommend them to other Corporate clients. From start to finish, they handled the transaction superbly in a professional manner and were all pleasant to deal with.

Strong relationship-based team – sound knowledge of private and public M&A related transactions.

Dave Schiavello has a unique understanding of both private and public M&A related transactions with a strong ability to negotiate technical points whilst explaining them in simple terms. His interpersonal skills make him exceptionally approachable and his competence across a broad range of industries and transaction structures make him an invaluable advisor in any M&A related transactions.

The Thomson Geer team is very experienced and provides very professional and high-level advice at a reasonable cost. They have a commercial approach and generate effective solutions to challenging legal issues.

I trust and value highly the advice of TG team members, including Emma Cook, Ben Coogan, and Ray Marshall, whom I have worked with for many years while at different companies and concerning a range of issues. They have a high level of integrity, are dedicated to providing protection for our company, and always work towards effective outcomes.

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 5

According to a client, Thomson Geer’s dispute resolution group is ‘very experienced and provides clear risk-based advice’. The practice acts on the defence side in a wide range of disputes across sectors such as financial services, insurance, and IP, among others. In addition, the team is stalwart in the country’s construction litigation landscape. It is also increasingly receiving instructions posing reputational risk to clients in relation to multiple royal commission-related issues. The team is supported by the firm’s national litigation support team in relation to processing evidence, document reviews, and investigations.

Testimonials

Thomson Geer’s team is all very experienced and provides clear risk-based advice.

Stephen Voss was exceptional, he had a great understanding of the various issues and matters being handled. Working closely with Thomson Geer, they understood our approach to settling disputes.

Stephen Voss is a great litigator – saw the bigger picture, provided timely advice, a good person to bounce thoughts off.

Key clients

Civil Mining & Construction Pty

Linc Energy

Sealed Air

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 5

With experience in both contentious and non-contentious matters, Thomson Geer handles a wide range of work across restructuring and insolvency law, with an emphasis on clients in the financial services sector. Team head Peter Harrison operates out of the firm's Sydney office. In team news, Louise Gehrig departed for Piper Alderman in February 2020, followed by Michael Joseph to a private mediation practice in April 2020.

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Testimonials

Very experienced team of insolvency lawyers in Adelaide whilst developing younger practitioners at the same time. One of Adelaide’s best insolvency teams.

Always available to discuss a matter in a practical way.

About Thomson Geer

Thomson Geer is a major Australian corporate law firm. The firm has more than 560 people, including 131 Partners operating out of our offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

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$172.5 million 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$105 million.
  • 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$83.7 million 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.
Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate / M&A David Zwi dzwi@tglaw.com.au
Corporate / M&A Dan Kramer dkramer@tglaw.com.au
Corporate / M&A Eugene Fung efung@tglaw.com.au
Corporate / M&A Adam Brooks abrooks@tglaw.com.au
Construction Andrew Kelly akelly@tglaw.com.au
Construction Hendrik van Aswegen hvanaswegen@tglaw.com.au
Construction Adam Wallwork awallwork@tglaw.com.au
Construction Josh Marchant jmarchant@tglaw.com.au
Construction Geoff Brennan gbrennan@tglaw.com.au
Property Melinda Graham mgraham@tglaw.com.au
Property David Beer dbeer@tglaw.com.au
Property Chris O'Shea coshea@tglaw.com.au
Property Vicki Sharp vsharp@tglaw.com.au
Property Mark Borrello mborrello@tglaw.com.au
IT & Telecoms Mark Feetham mfeetham@tglaw.com.au
IP Tony Conaghan tconaghan@tglaw.com.au
IP Ben Coogan bcoogan@tglaw.com.au
IP Josh Simons jsimons@tglaw.com.au
Disputes Harold Werksman hwerksman@tglaw.com.au
Capital Markets Matthew Reynolds mreynolds@tglaw.com.au
Restructuring & Insolvency Peter Harrison pharrison@tglaw.com.au
Energy & Resources Darren Fooks dfooks@tglaw.com.au
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Michael Barrett  photo Mr Michael Barrett Partner
Mr David Beer  photo Mr David Beer Partner
Mr Fraser Bell  photo Mr Fraser Bell Partner
Mr Geoff Brennan  photo Mr Geoff Brennan Partner
Mr Demetrios Christou  photo Mr Demetrios Christou Partner
Ms Bronwyn Furse  photo Ms Bronwyn Furse Partner
Mr David Gaszner  photo Mr David Gaszner Partner
Mr George Hodson  photo Mr George Hodson Partner
Mr Chris Kelly  photo Mr Chris Kelly Partner
Mr Michael Liebich  photo Mr Michael Liebich Partner
Mr Karl Luke  photo Mr Karl Luke Partner
Mr Stephen Lyons  photo Mr Stephen Lyons Partner
Mr Michael O'Donnell photo Mr Michael O'Donnell Partner
Mr Matthew Prescott  photo Mr Matthew Prescott Partner
Ms Loretta Reynolds photo Ms Loretta Reynolds Partner
Mr Tony Saint  photo Mr Tony Saint Partner
Mr Josh Simons  photo Mr Josh Simons Partner
Mr Paul Tanti  photo Mr Paul Tanti Partner
Mr Stephen Voss  photo Mr Stephen Voss Partner
Number of partners nationally : 131
Number of other legal staff nationally : 262
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