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Squire Patton Boggs
LEVEL 21, 300 MURRAY STREET
PERTH, WA 6000
Australia

Australia > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs benefits from the firm's large global footprint and is successful in domestic and international commercial arbitration. In Perth, Greg Steinepreis is strong in disputes relating to major construction projects, whilst Simon Adams and Caroline Brown both have expertise in the energy and utilities arenas. Cris Cureton, who is also based in Darwin, and David Starkoff are notable team members in Sydney.

Key clients

Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction Pty Ltd

Kingdom of Spain

MSP Engineering Pty Ltd

Dalian Huarui Heavy Industry Group Co., Ltd.

Melbourne Olympiad Development

Proprietors of Unit Title Schemes BC2014/023 and BC2015/079

Dover Investments v Northern Territory of Australia

Woolworths Group Limited

Pindan Capital East Perth Pty Ltd

Cockburn Cement

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Kingdom of Spain in Federal Court of Australia proceedings concerning the enforcement of ICSID investor-state arbitration awards in Australia.

Australia > Construction Tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs‘ practice, divided between Sydney and Perth, is well-known for advising clients on commercial contracts underpinning real estate and urban renewal projects. In addition, the team has a strong presence in construction litigation, with a particular focus on claims arising during the course of energy and mining projects. In the Sydney office, Cris Cureton is a key name to note, with a wealth of experience in Northern Territory developments and related disputes. Brent Henderson, a recent addition to the Sydney office, specialises in project delivery support and claims management, both in the private and public sector. In Perth, new joiner Donna Charlesworth regularly assists clients with project structuring and contracting arrangements, including tender processes, power purchase agreements and EPC contracts. The team is rounded off by Greg Steinepreis  (Perth) who is a well-known arbitration expert.

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Testimonials

‘While each team member at Squire Patton Boggs is a legal professional, they can understand clients’ internal policy and help manage their in-house legal team, which is instrumental to our organisation.’ 

Key clients

Far East Organisation

DOMA Group

Itochu Corporation

Laing O’Rourke Australia

MSP Engineering

Pareto Securities

Square Kilometre Array Organisation

Tennis SA Inc

Veolia Central and Eastern Europe

Australia > Energy (transactions and regulatory) Tier 4

Focused on corporate deals and project development, Squire Patton Boggs is best known for its work in the mining, utilities and renewable energy sectors. Alongside its strong transactional practice, the firm has the capabilities to manage disputes relating to developments and insolvency issues. Recently, the team has advised numerous clients on the divestment of traditional energy assets, and separately in relation to the planning and construction of wind and solar projects. Simon Adams, who is based in Perth, assist power and gas companies with corporate transaction and competition law issues. In Sydney, Natalie Lonergan supports international energy companies with corporate arrangements, construction and procurement matters. Associates Gemma Chenik and Ben Williams are also recommended.

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Testimonials

Their long term and specialist expertise in regulatory energy law, particularly in relation to access arrangements. Considerable corporate knowledge and understanding of the Western Australian energy regulatory frameworks.’

Key clients

GE Renewable Energy

Itochu Corporation

Luco Energy Pty Ltd

Pareto Securities

Pilot Energy Pty Ltd

Southernpec (Australia) Pty Ltd

Synergy

Tamboran Resources Limited

TransAlta

Veolia Central and Eastern Europe

Australia > IT and telecoms Tier 4

The technology practice at Squire Patton Boggs has a particular focus on venture capital financing, tech sector M&A transactions and technology transactions in Australia, the United States and globally. Richard W Horton leads the team and is dual qualified in Australia and the US, with expertise in Silicon Valley technology deals. James Konidaris has expertise in advising regulatory authorities in the Middle East.

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Testimonials

‘SPB is highly responsive to client needs and they provide practical, risk-based advice.’

‘Responsive to our needs, willing to understand our business and technology, flexible and practical.’

Key clients

Ahuit Holdings Pty Ltd

Biarri Holdings

Biarri Rail

CT Operations Pty Ltd

Intalock Technologies Pty Ltd

Morse Micro

Pine Island Capital Partners

Sezzle, Inc.

Sine Group

Singular Health Group Ltd

Swarmfarm Robotics Ltd

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Bahrain

Work highlights

    Australia > Natural resources (transactions and regulatory) Tier 4

    Squire Patton Boggs covers the entire value chain in the energy and natural resources sector, providing support in relation to the transactional and regulatory aspects of mining, energy and utilities projects. Recently, the team has focused on advising companies on supply chain issues and changes to the foreign investment rules. Simon Adams handles corporate and commercial matters, including the competition aspects of M&A transactions. Caroline Brown is a go-to lawyer for energy and natural resources clients engaged in disputes before the Supreme and Federal Courts; she also advises clients regarding arbitration and mediation.

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    Key clients

    Aust Sino Resources Group Limited

    Detour Gold Corporation

    Itochu Corporation

    Pareto Securities

    Thiess Pty Ltd

    YGH Australia Investments Pty Ltd

    McKay Drilling

    Lawson Grains

    Boral Group

    Australia > Real estate Tier 4

    Squire Patton Boggs’ Sydney practice focuses on urban renewal projects, commercial and retail leasing, structured investment, and disposals. Its work also encompasses projects in the hospitality and leisure sectors. Michael Swift combines extensive real estate expertise with large-scale infrastructure projects and Mary Pringle is well-versed in project development. Margie Tannock  left the firm in early 2021.

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    Testimonials

    ‘Always available and competent.’

    Key clients

    Brookfield Property

    Boral Resources

    Development WA

    EG Group

    Far East Consortium

    Hawaiian

    IDOM Group

    Jandakot Airport

    Lawson Grains

    Macquarie Group

    M Group

    Australia > Corporate and M&A Tier 5

    Squire Patton Boggs has continued to expand its Australian presence, with the hire of Sydney-based Michael Gajic from Minter Ellison deepening the office’s private equity and public M&A capabilities. Broadly, the firm specialises in cross-border transactions, early-stage investments and venture capital transactions, and technology work. Key names in Sydney include managing partner Campbell Davidson , who primarily advises on public M&A, and Ashley Rose, who has a notable financial services focus. In Perth, Simon Rear , Simon Adams, and Caroline Brown are noted practitioners.

    Testimonials

    ‘The team are pragmatic, quick and efficient – available at all hours and understand our business drivers. Amazing to work with, understand that CEO does not want or need chapter and verse during verbal briefings.’

    ‘Ashley Rose is driven yet relaxed, pragmatic yet has excellent attention to detail, responsive and commercial.’

    Key clients

    Ahuit Holdings Pty Ltd

    Biarri Holdings / Biarri Rail

    Capitary No. 3 Pty Ltd

    Fox

    Go West

    Government of the Republic of Fiji

    ITOCHU Corporation

    Ligentia

    Janison Education Group Ltd

    Luco Energy Pty Ltd

    Live Nation

    McKay Drilling Pty Ltd

    Pilot Energy Ltd

    Pine Island Capital Partners

    Sherwin Williams

    Sine Group

    Southernpec (Australia) Pty Ltd

    Tamboran Resources Ltd

    Thiess Pty Ltd

    Vmoto Ltd

    Vortiv Ltd

    YGH Australia Investments Pty Ltd

    Work highlights

    • Advised Pine Island Capital Partners on its acquisition of Meggitt Training Systems.
    • Advised YGH Australia Investment on a number of Australian transactions, complicated by changes to foreign investment rules.
    • Advised a consortium comprising Fini Group, Linc Property and Birchmead on its acquisition of the business and the assets of Midland Brick from Boral Bricks Western Australia.

    Australia > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 5

    Squire Patton Boggs is adept at handling complex projects and construction disputes, and the team often undertakes mandates for businesses and high-net-worth individuals. Caroline Brown has strengths in the energy disputes arena. Shareholder and board-level disputes, and contentious regulatory matters and investigations are also a focus of the team. Alexis Martinez has moved back to the firm’s London office.

    Testimonials

    ‘SPB lawyers are strong across the board in the critical areas for providing excellent legal advice and representation in general litigation. Their lawyers are all clever, highly motivated, hard working and easy to get along with.They work very well as a team, successfully calling upon the skills and experience of all involved. They remain client and outcome focused at all times.’

    ‘Cris Cureton has the ideal combination of intelligence, experience, judgement, toughness and common sense to conduct modern litigation successfully. He never loses sight of the client’s interests, being always alert for a better, quicker and cheaper way of achieving the desired outcome. Equally, if litigation is required, he brings those same skills and abilities to the conduct of the matter, building and maintaining successful relationships with the client’s representatives, counsel and his own team to drive the matter forward in the most effective way. It would be unwise to go to court without him.’

    Key clients

    Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction Pty Ltd

    Kingdom of Spain

    MSP Engineering Pty Ltd

    Dalian Huarui Heavy Industry Group Co., Ltd.

    Melbourne Olympiad Development

    Proprietors of Unit Title Schemes BC2014/023 and BC2015/079

    Woolworths Group Limited

    Pindan Capital East Perth Pty Ltd

    Cockburn Cement

    Work highlights

      Australia > Labour and employment Tier 5

      Squire Patton Boggs acts in disputes and major incidents, workplace investigations and executive level advisory work. Bruno Di Girolami in Perth is a notable team member. In team news, John Oakes and Barnaby Austin have departed to establish Oakes Austin Pty Ltd, while Nicola Martin joined the team in Sydney from McCabe Curwood.

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      Testimonials

      ‘Pragmatic advice.’

      Key clients

      Technip Oceania Pty Ltd

      Alloy Steel Australia (INT) Pty Ltd

      RotoMetrics Australia Pty Ltd

      Australia > Transport: shipping

      Australia > Restructuring and insolvency

      Squire Patton Boggs is re-emerging as a player in major Australian and international corporate insolvencies, out-of-court restructurings, and court-ordered reorganisations, acting primarily on the corporate side as well as for administrators and insolvency practitioners. The practice is led by Sydney's Masi Zaki, who was promoted to partner in May 2021.
      DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
      Partner, Corporate Simon Rearsimon.rear@squirepb.com+61 8 9429 7483
      Partner, Labour and employment John Oakesjohn.oakes@squirepb.com+61 2 8248 7804
      Partner, Real estate Dannelle Howleydannelle.howley@squirepb.com+61 2 8248 7822
      Partner, Real estate Rahul Parrabrahul.parrab@squirepb.com+61 2 8248 7848
      Of Counsel, Restructuring and insolvency Denee Mullerdenee.muller@squirepb.com+61 2 8248 7841
      Partner, Restructuring and insolvency Shaan Palmershaan.plamer@squirepb.com+61 2 8248 7837
      Of Counsel, Restructuring and insolvency Susan Goodmansusan.goodman@squirepb.com+61 2 8248 7873
      Partner, Restructuring and insolvency Amanda Bantonamanda.banton@squirepb.com+61 2 8248 7850
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      Squire Patton Boggs is one of the world’s strongest integrated law firms, providing insight at the point where law, business and government meet.

      We give clients a voice, support their ambitions and are committed to working alongside them to achieve successful outcomes.

      With a multidisciplinary team of more than 1,500 lawyers in  over 40 offices across four continents, we provide unrivalled access to expertise, guidance and invaluable connections on the ground. We deliver a seamlessly connected service that operates on any scale – locally or globally – and encompasses virtually every matter, jurisdiction and market.

      We offer solutions shaped by a clear, commercially focused understanding of clients’ business. Our robust and open culture enables us to find the right answers quickly and effectively from committed teams who understand the geographic, sector or issue-specific challenges at hand. Recognizing the impact of politics and regulation on businesses across the world today, we have a unique mix of world-renowned lobbying and political capabilities supporting clients across Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia Pacific.

      We advise a diverse mix of clients – from long-established leading corporations to emerging businesses, startup visionaries and sovereign nations – whom we place at the core of everything we do.

      DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
      Ken Kurosuken.kurosu@squirepb.com+81 3 5774 1800
      Dan Roulesdaniel.roules@squirepb.com+86 21 6103 6309
      Campbell Davidsoncampbell.davidson@squirepb.com+61 2 8248 7878
      Tony Chongtony.chong@squirepb.com+61 8 9429 7688
      Barry Stimpsonbarry.stimpson@squirepb.com+65 6922 7870
      Joon Yong Kimjoon.kim@squirepb.com+82 2 2010 8848
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