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Jones Day
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SYDNEY, NSW 2000
Australia

Australia > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 2

Drawing on its four Australian office as well as the firm’s international presence, the global disputes team at Jones Day is able to conduct both national and cross-border litigation. It is adept at handling class actions, general litigation, Royal Commissions and test cases. John Emmerig leads the national team from the Sydney office, whilst Tim L’Estrange leads the Melbourne practice. Sydney-based Holly Sara is a name of note in the corporate disputes arena. Defamation and IP litigator Michael Lundberg joined the Perth team in 2021 from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP.

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Testimonials

‘Excellent understanding of complex disputes and ability to resolve these in unusual circumstances.’

‘A mix of experience and youthful energy. All very good at their job, and commercial at the same time. Their Agility Leadership series is best in market, being able to draw on relevant and interesting speakers from their partner group around the world.’

‘They deal with complex matters and are comfortable in doing so. They listen and come up with commercial solutions.’

‘Tim L’Estrange is a top-notch lawyer with great technical skills and commercial acumen.’

‘John Emmerig, Holly Sara and Tim L’Estrange are all highly experienced litigators and have exceptional judgment.’

‘The people at Jones Day are exceptional, knowledgeable, and able to turn around the most obscure work given to them in the most expeditious manner possible. They never provide anything less than absolutely outstanding customer service.’

‘An outstanding team. They are first class – great depth in the team and a seamless truly global practice. John Cooper is one of the best partners I have dealt with.’

Work highlights

    Australia > Capital markets Tier 3

    The experienced equity capital markets team at Jones Day utilises its skill sets to advise underwriters and issuers on a broad spectrum of issues including IPOs, Tier 1 capital raisings, rights issuances, stapled securities, hybrids and structured products. Headed up by Shannon Finch in the Sydney office and also fielding Isaac West in Brisbane, the group’s client roster includes SSR Mining and GetSwift Limited and spans the retail, health, pharmaceuticals, technology and energy and resources sectors.

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    Key clients

    Queensland Investment Corporation

    Access Innovation Holdings Limited

    SSR Mining Inc

    Ansarada NewCo Pty Ltd.

    GetSwift Limited

    Ord Minnett Limited

    ICM Group

    Sheffield Resources Ltd

    MAAS Group Holdings Limited

    Orocobre Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advised QIC Ltd in connection with its cornerstone investment in the A$1.3bn initial public offering on the ASX of Dalrymple Bay Infrastructure Limited.
    • Advised Pepper Global Topco Limited in connection with the demerger and initial public offering of its subsidiary, Pepper Money, on ASX.
    • Advised Ai-Media on its successful initial public offering and admission to the Official List of the Australia Securities Exchange, and the restructure of its Canadian entity to meet certain supplier diversity certification requirements of Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce.

    Australia > Competition and trade Tier 3

    Jones Day has expanded its competition team with the arrival of experienced Melbourne-based practitioner Matthew Bull from Herbert Smith Freehills in 2020, bolstering the team, which includes former ACCC officer Prudence Smith in Sydney and offers strong expertise in domestic and international merger control proceedings. The firm regularly works on the Australian elements of large-scale mergers, collaborating with its leading US offices, and counts a variety of major corporates and investment funds among its clients.

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    Testimonials

    ‘The quality of Jones Day lawyers I work with is extremely high. That are technically superb and highly motivated. They are sensitive to the commercial needs of clients. One of the strengths of Jones Day is teamwork among the lawyers who work on a particular matter.’

    ‘Prudence Smith is the leading competition law partner at Jones Day. She has a great understanding of the regulatory environment in Australia having spent many years at the ACCC before going into private practice. She’s very informed, has good technical skills and great contacts.’

    ‘Jones Day has built up a significant reputation in Australia in a short space of time. It came with a great depth of knowledge and experience from its overseas offices and has developed rapidly by picking up some established heavyweights and rising stars in most of the key cities around the country. It has a particular culture of client service that is built around having partners with good technical skills who are very attuned to the need to understand the client’s business and keeping up a high level of client communication.’

    ‘Exceptionally talented individuals.’

    ‘Matthew Bull is a super bright operator with an extensive understanding of markets and how the ACCC operates.’

    Key clients

    Cyrus Capital Partners

    Bombardier Inc.

    PRP Diagnostic Imaging

    Tassal Group Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advised Cyrus on its bid for Virgin Airways (in administration).
    • Advised Bombardier as competition counsel in relation to its €5.5bn sale to Alstom S.A.
    • Advised PRP Diagnostic Imaging and PRP Group on competition issues associated with the sale of PRP Diagnostic Imaging to Crescent Capital for A$440m.

    Australia > Intellectual property Tier 3

    The highly competent IP team at global firm Jones Day is based in Melbourne and Sydney with Lisa Taliadoros heading the practice. Patent litigation is a particular specialism of the team, as are trade mark-related mandates, with most of the team having scientific qualifications, benefitting its many clients in the life sciences, pharmaceutical and biotechnology arenas. Patent litigator Anthony Muratore is also of note in these areas as well as mechanical engineering and information technology.

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    ‘Jones Day is a major international law firm with a strong reputation, including in relation to major intellectual property litigation. In Australia, their Sydney and Melbourne offices have a very prominent intellectual property practice, led by Lisa Taliadoros (Melbourne) and Anthony Muratore (Sydney). Among other areas, they are prominent in pharmaceutical and life sciences patent litigation and have conducted a number of recent major cases in that area. I have had experience working with and against them, as a barrister briefed in such cases, and their matters are always very well run and their work is of a consistently high standard. They are among the leaders in this area in Australia.’

    ‘Lisa Taliadoris (partner, Melbourne) and Anthony Muratore (Sydney) are the leaders of Jones Day’s intellectual property practice in Australia. They have an excellent grasp of the law in this area, particularly in relation to patent litigation in my experience. They also have a detailed knowledge of the technical aspects and regulatory regimes that are relevant to pharmaceutical and life-sciences’ patent litigation. To my observation, they always take steps to familiarise themselves with the technical and scientific aspects of matters in which they are involved, as well as the legal aspects. They think strategically. Their matters are always well run and the evidence well prepared. They have been involved in numerous prominent and significant intellectual property litigation matters in Australia over the years, both at first instance and on appeal, including in the High Court (Australia’s highest Court). They provide top tier service to their clients.’

    ‘Dedication, exceptional knowledge of the law, sophisticated understanding of tactics and very strong science in life sciences.’

    ‘Lisa Taliadoris and Anthony Muratore and dedicated, quick thinking, strategic and a deep understanding of the law.’

    Key clients

    Chevron Corporation

    Celgene Corporation

    Bristol Myers Squibb

    ToolGen

    Sanofi

    Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

    Merck

    PRP Diagnostic Imaging

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      Australia > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

      Jones Day advises on domestic and cross-border restructurings and bankruptcies, working in close collaboration with its wider Australian and global teams, and offering particular expertise in Chapter 15 proceedings, allowing clients to gain US-based relief in Australia. The team is led by the highly experienced Roger Dobson, who plays a key role in many of the firm’s high-profile mandates and has been involved in key restructurings throughout his career. Katie Higgins is active in debt financing transactions, advising corporates, insolvency practitioners and funds.

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      The Insurance Commission of Western Australia and the Western Australia State Solicitors Office

      Queensland Investment Corporation

      Cyrus Capital Partners

      Avior Consulting Pty Ltd

      Work highlights

      • Represented ICWA, a Western Australian statutory corporation, in its capacity as a major funding creditor of The Bell Group Ltd (In Liquidation) and its related entities (Bell Group) in several disputes and litigation with the Commonwealth of Australia.
      • Advised QIC on its A$200m combined debt and equity investment in the recapitalisation and acquisition out of bankruptcy of Virgin Australia by Bain Capital.
      • Advised Cyrus on its proposed acquisition of Virgin Australia.

      Australia > Tax Tier 3

      Led by specialist tax litigator Niv Tadmore, the team at Jones Day works with major domestic companies and a number of multinational clients on high-level tax litigation, regularly working with and against the Australian Tax Office. The team has significant sector expertise and is attuned to regulatory changes within the tax space, and also advises on front-end issues relating to M&A taxation. Other key members of the team include Simon Bowden, Lauren Moses and senior associate Alexandra Frazer. All lawyers are in Sydney.

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      Testimonials

      ‘Jones Day’s tax team has a strong focus on international tax litigation, particularly in relation to cross-border issues such as transfer pricing. Their technical skills with respect to tax and civil procedure are excellent, but what really sets them apart is probably the strategic aspects of their offering – in particular, their ability to negotiate settlement outcomes.’

      ‘The partner who leads the practice, Niv Tadmore, is well respected and has deep connections within the ATO, which gives him very good access to decision makers to advocate on behalf of his clients. He can be very tenacious in pursuing negotiations, but does so in a respectful way that maintains good relations with ATO officials. He is also remarkably good at some “outside the box” thinking when it comes to devising settlement offers, framing them in a way that best achieves the objectives of both parties.’

      ‘Niv Tadmore leads a team of high performing individuals who consistently produce exceptional work. Team members are not afraid to challenge and contribute their own opinions.’

      Work highlights

      • Advised a large multinational group on a large-scale Australian Taxation Office (ATO) investigation concerning imbedded royalties, transfer pricing and diverted profits tax.
      • Advised a multinational group on a series of transfer pricing investigations concerning software, financing and support services.
      • Advised a multinational group on the alleged application of the Australian tax integrity rules to a restructure of the financial and operational affairs of a multinational group.

      Australia > Construction Tier 4

      Jones Day's group specialises in large-scale procurement, development and infrastructure projects, advising on structuring, greenfield development, equity disposals and related disputes. John Cooper leads the practice, utilising his contentious and non-contentious experience to provide clients with a full-service offering.

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      John Cooper

      Testimonials

      Very easy to deal with on a personal level. Deep knowledge of construction law and litigation practice.’ 

      ‘John Cooper is an absolutely fantastic practitioner. First class.’ 

      Key clients

      Fluor Corporation

      DRA Global Limited

      John Dee Warwick Pty Limited

      Ausenco Limited

      Transurban Queensland

      Jacfin Pty Limited

      G&S Engineering

      Work highlights

      • Acting on behalf of Fluor Corporation in Supreme Court proceedings in Queensland regarding a dispute involving claims brought by Santos regarding a payment made by Santos under an EPC contract, as well as allegations relating to Fluor’s performance under the contract.
      • Advising Transurban Queensland on issues arising under the Project Deed with the State of Queensland and the Design and Construct Deed with CPB Contractors in respect of the Logan Enhancement Project.
      • Acting for DRA in a dispute arising from the design and construction of the Mount Pleasant Coal Mine Project in New South Wales, Australia.

      Australia > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

      Jones Day focuses on cross-border transactions, with particular strength in the energy and resources, private equity, technology and real estate spaces, working with corporates and investment funds, including REITs, on a combination of mid-market and large-cap deals. The team is led by experienced dealmaker Mark Crean, with Shannon Finch also active in M&A and capital markets transactions. Hemang Shah has a strong track record in both public and private M&A, while Brisbane’s of counsel Benny Sham  plays a key role in broad corporate, commercial and transactional work. Counsel Matthew Latham specialises in private equity transactions. Lawyers are in Sydney unless otherwise stated.

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      ‘Strong M&A practice.’

      ‘Mark Crean leads Jones Day’s Australian M&A team. Mark is renowned in M&A circles and has a track record of successfully leading complex cross border and domestic deals across a range of sectors.’

      Key clients

      Queensland Investment Corporation

      SSR Mining

      Cyrus Capital Partners

      Sheffield Resources Limited

      GetSwift Limited

      PRP Diagnostic Imaging

      Ansarada NewCo Pty Ltd

      Alfred Medical Imaging

      Pepper Group

      Bank of Queensland

      Work highlights

      • Advised the Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC) on its A$200m combined debt and equity investment and participation in the A$3.5bn recapitalisation and acquisition out of administration of Australia’s second-largest airline, Virgin Australia, by Bain Capital.
      • Advised SSR Mining Inc. on its scrip for scrip merger-of-equals with Alacer Gold Corp. to create a A$6.4bn group and associated foreign exempt listing on ASX, by a Plan of Arrangement under the Business Corporations Act.
      • Advised Pepper Global Topco Limited on a major restructure of its corporate group.

      Australia > Energy (transactions and regulatory) Tier 4

      Jones Day focuses on M&A in the energy sector, in addition to advising clients on financing transactions, legislative and policy issues, joint ventures and commercial agreements. It is also a popular choice for clients involved in disputes regarding the competition aspects of M&A transactions, in which it acts for claimants and defendants. Brisbane partner Andrew Smith tends to advise clients on downstream issues, project infrastructure, financing and acquisitions and disposals. In Sydney, Tony Wassaf is a standout partner, known for advising clients on various aspects of mining pipeline and energy projects, including project financing, regulatory issues and foreign investment laws.

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      Andrew Smith

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      Testimonials

      Tony Wassaf suits me perfectly: he is always available, avoids long detailed advices where they are not necessary and provides prompt, insightful, accurate guidance. He does not waste my time and his in trying to sell me services that I do not want or need which is a distinguishing feature from some other professional advisers.’

      Key clients

      Canadian Solar Pty Limited

      Alinta Energy

      Work highlights

      • Advised Canadian Solar on solar power purchase agreements (PPA) to help the company meet its renewable energy goals.

      Australia > Labour and employment Tier 4

      The labour and employment team at Jones Day is part of the firm's global network placing it in good stead to advise both national and international corporations on M&A and outsourcing transactions. Another specialism of the team is dealing with executive-level issues such as terminations and retention issues as well as restraints, unfair dismissals and investigations of misconduct. Handling industrial espionage and the theft of information from technology companies is also part of the group’s offering. The team is headed up by Perth-based Adam Salter who has a wide-ranging practice across Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

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      Key clients

      Cyrus Capital Partners

      PRP Diagnostic Imaging

      Alfred Medical Imaging Pty Limited

      Ansarada NewCo Pty Ltd.

      Sheffield Resources Limited

      MAAS Group Holdings Limited

      Work highlights

      • Advised Cyrus Capital Partners on employment issues in relation to its bid for Virgin Airlines.
      • Advised PRP Diagnostic Imaging and PRP Group Investments on employment law aspects related to its sale to Crescent Capital for $440m.
      • Advised Alfred Medical Imaging on employment issues in its acquisition by I-MED Radiology Network, including conducting detailed due diligence, reviewing and drafting sale purchase agreements, and preparing transfer of employment documentation such as new employment contracts for employees.

      Australia > Natural resources (transactions and regulatory) Tier 4

      Headquartered in Brisbane, Jones Day advises government bodies, major oil companies, developers and financial institutions in connection with M&A, financing transactions, foreign investment laws and commercial agreements, particularly in the mining and oil and gas sectors. Andrew Smith (Brisbane) focuses primarily on downstream issues, project financing, acquisitions, and disposals, primarily in the context of coal, oil and gas and electricity projects. Tony Wassaf (Sydney) is very invested in the mining industry, having advised numerous clients on legislative and policy issues, joint ventures and corporate transactions.

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      Andrew Smith

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      ‘Tony Wassaf is an exceptional lawyer. His advice is commercially sound and outcome directed.’

      ‘The complimentary webinars are interesting and useful.’

      Key clients

      SSR Mining Inc.

      Sheffield Resources Ltd

      Wanguo International Mining Group Limited

      Big Ben Holdings Pty Limited

      Rehabit Solar Pty Ltd

      Energy & Minerals Group Fund

      Cress Power Pty Ltd

      Hydro Tasmania

      Batchfire Resources Pty Ltd

      Work highlights

      • Advised SSR Mining on its scrip for scrip merger-of-equals with Alacer Gold Corp. to create a $A6.4bn group.
      • Advised Big Ben and acted on the purchase of coal importer shares in Port Waratah Coal Services Ltd from Tomen Panama Asset Management S.A.
      • Advised Sheffield Resources on the forming of 50:50 joint venture in respect of the Thunderbird Mineral Sands Project and associated tenements.

      Singapore > International arbitration

      For ‘excellent practical advice‘ in energy, infrastructure and construction sector arbitrations, Jones Day‘s global disputes team is a practice to note. Praised for its ‘broad understanding of nuances in this region‘, the group counts disputes arising from inbound investments into APAC from the US and Europe among its other areas of specialism. Practice head Matthew Skinner combines ‘outstanding legal acumen and advocacy skills‘ with experience in joint venture, licensing, construction, and post-M&A disputes, notably in the oil and gas, pharmaceutical, mining and energy spaces. For construction disputes, Simon Bellas is a key contact while Zachary Sharpe handles commercial and investor state disputes relating to shipbuilding, oil and gas, mining, infrastructure and offshore construction projects. Senior associate Zara Shafruddin has broad experience in ICC, SIAC, LCIA, DIAC, and UNCITRAL arbitration.

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      Matthew Skinner

      Testimonials

      ‘High-quality legal advice and swift turnaround.’

      The practice is made unique by a mix of team members from varied backgrounds. This includes partners who have in-house experience, partners who have worked in several geographies and have a broad understanding of nuances in this region that are relevant to dispute resolution and international arbitration.’

      ‘Zachary Sharpe; outstanding experience from in-house shipbuilding business in Korea.’

      ‘Excellent practical advice, open and straightforward communication on strategic pros and cons.’

      ‘Zachary Sharpe and Matt Skinner are excellent practitioners with a wealth of industry-specific experience and a deep understanding of the needs of Asia-based corporate clients. They make the difficult experience of international arbitration easier for corporate counsel by clearly communicating costs-and-benefits, identifying strategic opportunities, and maintaining an eye towards the commercial big picture.’

      Matt Skinner is a stand-out partner who leads the dispute resolution team in Singapore. He is a trusted advisor to many businesses and clients and has a strong ability to foster deep relationships and trust between counsel and client. This ability and his likeability make him a star performer, in addition to outstanding legal acumen and advocacy skills.

      Key clients

      EFG Bank

      Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd.

      Hyundai Heavy Industries

      Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.

      Sanofi

      Chevron

      Work highlights

      • Represented Hyundai Heavy Industries in a $8bn ICC arising from its involvement in the Barzan gas project in Qatar.
      • Acting for EFG International in various proceedings relating to an arbitration award obtained by Singfor Life Insurance against EFG.

      The firm: Jones Day is a global law firm with more than 2,500 lawyers in 42 offices across five continents. The firm is distinguished by: a singular tradition of client service; the mutual commitment to, and the seamless collaboration of, a true partnership; formidable legal talent across multiple disciplines and jurisdictions; and shared professional values that focus on client needs.

      Jones Day is an institutional partner for clients who seek counsel that seeks to understand them and their needs; that communicates with clients about their needs and the different tactics available for addressing those needs; that works seamlessly and impressively across offices and practices and with the client; that provides talent and expertise across subject areas and geographies; and that brings commitment and courage to the relationship and its engagements. We are formidable because every partner and every client has the entire global institution at their command and is a high priority of the Firm as a whole. We are true partners, with each other and, even more importantly, with our clients.

      Regions of practice
      Asia-Pacific: Jones Day has committed substantial resources and capacity to serve each of Asia’s distinct markets, including China, Japan, Singapore and Southeast Asia, as well as Australia. Spread throughout ten offices in the region, the firm’s 250+ lawyers represent clients in practice areas including antitrust, banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and commercial, energy, global disputes, intellectual property, labor and employment, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, real estate, and several others.

      The majority of Jones Day’s Asia-based lawyers are admitted to practice local law in their home jurisdictions. Most have practiced in more than one country, enabling Jones Day’s Asia team to render multijurisdictional legal services. Jones Day has been granted a Qualifying Foreign Law Practice license (QFLP) in Singapore.

      United States: Surveys repeatedly list Jones Day as one of the most frequently engaged law firms by US corporations for both transactional and disputes matters, and among the leaders in client service. Jones Day’s more than 1,600 lawyers across its 18 US offices collaborate to serve clients across practices and geographies on all major matters that span time-honored practices (antitrust, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, and government regulation) to more recently established and expanded areas (cybersecurity, life sciences, energy, and technology) that specifically address the contemporary challenges of an increasingly complex global business and legal environment.

      Europe and Middle East: Jones Day provides a significant presence in Europe that offers clients more than 500 lawyers from its European offices in Amsterdam, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Munich, and Paris. The firm’s lawyers counsel clients in administrative and public law, banking and finance, capital markets, competition law and regulatory, derivatives, market infrastructures, dispute resolution, and investigations.

      In the Middle East, more than 20 lawyers are based in the firm’s offices in Dubai and Saudi Arabia. They have accumulated significant experience in most of the region’s key industries and jurisdictions, advising on mergers and acquisitions and corporate transactions, projects and infrastructure, commercial transactions, real estate and construction matters, regulatory compliance, and dispute resolution.

      Latin America: Jones Day is one of the leading global law firms serving the Latin American region through its offices in Mexico City and São Paulo, along with attorneys based in key business and legal centers such as New York, Houston, Dallas, Miami, and Madrid. Jones Day’s Latin American experience extends to mergers and acquisitions, investigations and anti-corruption, projects and infrastructure, banking and finance, energy, dispute resolution, business restructuring, private equity and capital markets.

      Managing partner: Stephen J Brogan
      Asia-Pacific offices: Beijing, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Perth, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, Tokyo
      US offices:
      Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Irvine, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Washington
      Europe and Middle East offices:
      Amsterdam, Brussels, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Paris, Saudi Arabia
      Latin America offices: Mexico City, São Paulo

      Main areas of practice:

      • Antitrust and competition law
      • Business and tort litigation
      • Business restructuring and reorganization
      • Cybersecurity, privacy and data protection
      • Employee benefits and executive compensation
      • Energy
      • Financial markets
      • Global disputes
      • Government regulation
      • Health care and life sciences
      • Insurance recovery
      • Intellectual property
      • Investigations and white-collar defense
      • Issues and appeals
      • Labor and employment
      • M&A
      • Private equity
      • Real estate
      • Securities litigation and SEC enforcement
      • State Attorney General enforcement, investigations and litigation
      • Tax
      • Technology
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      Managing Partner Stephen J Brogan