K&L Gates > Sydney, Australia > Firm Profile

K&L Gates

Australia > Banking and finance Tier 3

The finance group at K&L Gates provides tailored solutions to advise major local and international banks, non-bank financial institutions, debt funds, and multinational corporates on matters such as acquisition and leveraged financing transactions in addition to asset, property, project and infrastructure-related finance. In addition, the group is equipped to support on restructuring and insolvency mandates, owing to the dedicated expertise provided by team head Jason Opperman; he operates from the Sydney office which recently saw the arrival of Richard Hayes from Hogan Lovells, a move which bolsters the group's general corporate finance, funds financing and acquisition finance capabilities.

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Key clients

J.P. Morgan


Macquarie Bank

Commonwealth Bank of Australia


Scentre Group

Banner Asset Management

Centennial Property Group

Canadian Solar

Splend Group

Wiluna Mining Corporation Limited

Tanarra Credit Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised J.P. Morgan on the structuring, negotiation and documentation of an AU$735m financing for Infrabuild Australia comprising an AU$250m asset-based revolving facility and US$325m senior secured bond issuance.
  • Advised Scentre Management Limited on a $1.5bn 144A note issue; an update to €10bn program and on an issue of $HK notes; and a new A$ medium term note program.
  • Advised Canadian Solar on the 189MW Suntop Solar Farm and 154MW Gunnedah Solar Farm projects which have a total value of approximately AU$400m. The team also supported on all aspects of the projects, including the property, planning, corporate, EPC, O&M and project financing.

Australia > Competition and trade Tier 3

Led by former ACCC officer Ayman Guirguis, the Sydney-based team at K&L Gates regularly advises on regulatory investigations by the ACCC relating to cartel conduct, as well as advising on consumer law and merger clearance proceedings. The team handles work on behalf of domestic and global companies in sectors including the automotive, technology, natural resources and pharmaceuticals industries.

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‘K&L Gates Competition Law practice is strong in resale price maintenance, ACCC investigations and litigation. It also has excellent experience in consumer law and practical applications of the law.’

‘Ayman Guirguis always strives to understand his client’s businesses so he can provide relevant and practical advice. His advice is always well considered, detailed and with risk ratings to assist in-house counsel to make well-informed, strategic decisions with the business.’

‘Ayman Guirguis (head of practice) has worked at Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) and draws on this background knowledge of how the ACCC works when providing strategic legal advice.’

‘Ayman Guirguis (Partner) has incredible attention to detail, and will run down every last fact or legal argument when providing advice. Despite this, his advice is never otiose, and Ayman has the knack of accurately conveying difficult legal concepts in language that is readily understood by non-lawyers, without sacrificing legal nuance.’

Key clients

BlueScope Steel



Visy Industries

Nutrien Ag Solutions/Landmark


Honda Australia

National Pharmaceutical Services Association (NPSA)


Reckit Benckiser



Standards Australia




Quadrant Private Equity


Work highlights

  • Advised Sinch on merger clearance aspects and seeking clearance on the $1.3bn acquisition of MessageMedia.
  • Advised National Pharmaceutical Services Association (NPSA) and the four major pharmaceuticals wholesalers in Australia, namely API, Symbion, Sigma and National Pharmacies, on receiving authorisation from the ACCC allowing the above applicants to collaborate and if required limit supplies of certain medicines in the face of spikes in demand due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Advised Visy on obtaining merger clearance from the ACCC for its proposed acquisition of Owens and Illinoi’s glass bottle manufacturing and associated businesses in Australia.

Australia > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 3

The ‘commercially savvy’ and ‘technically proficient’ team at K&L Gates is active in multi-party commercial litigation, the defence of class actions, Royal Commission mandates and government inquiries across a wide range of sectors. The team also benefits from its in-house e-discovery analysis and technology team. Tim Webster leads the team from Sydney. Perth-based Nicholas Brown has expertise in white-collar crime cases, whilst in the Melbourne office John Kelly is skilled in handling regulatory investigations.

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‘Acting for a range of clients from individuals to multinational corporations, the litigation group are commercially savvy.’

‘Down to earth and technically proficient, the K&L Gates litigation team are accessible and responsive to client needs.’

‘I have found them to be commercial, thorough and responsive. They have been very good at keeping me informed throughout the matter in relation to substantive matters and costs.

‘John Kelly is commercial and strategic in his advice, which has been greatly appreciated by me and the business.’

‘A highly regarded and respected firm. K&L Gates has specialised expertise across the various areas of law that my organisation required advice and action on. It is a reliable, accessible and committed team (available all hours!), with an excellent documentary standard. Instructions are always activated promptly.’

‘They make us feel like we are the only clients they act for. We truly mean that. They are caring and attentive. They engage various levels of legal resources as necessary so that we are provided value for money and efficiency. They have acted pro bono on an array of matters as well – and always promptly and led by senior specialists as required. The stand-out partner is Christien Corns. He embodies all of the above and clearly instils it into the wider teams.’

‘Very capable team with a very personable approach. You feel like you are in a safe pair of hands. Very practical commercial advice provided in a very efficient way which is tailored to the audience. Capacity/bench strength to assist with high priority, urgent matters at short notice and deliver in full on time to spec.’

‘Alongside the competence and quality sought by in-house counsel, the team are very good at establishing and building strong relationships to become trusted and relied upon advisers. They are very much a safe port in a storm.’

Key clients

Cricket Australia

Fortius Funds Management

Dyldam Developments

BASF Australia`

Energy Resources of Australia Limited

Honda Australia

James Hardie Industries Limited

Caledonian Sky Shipping Inc

Morris Property Group

Doma Property Group

Amalgamated Property Group

United Petroleum

Ericsson Australia

Rhipe Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Honda Australia Pty Limited in the Takata airbag consumer class action where significant losses are claimed alleging that vehicles supplied with Takata airbags were defective and unsafe to drive.
  • Representing the directors of Dyldam Developments in relation to a range of allegations of breach of board of directors’ duties and diversion of funds.
  • Acting for a high net-worth individual, Zhenya Tsvetnenko, who is resisting a request by the United States of America to extradite him to the United States to face wire-fraud and other charges.

Australia > Environment and planning Tier 3

With locations spanning five continents, the planning and environment team at K&L Gates utilises the strength of the US firm’s global network to assist clients on large-scale projects across the mining, infrastructure, oil and gas, energy and renewables sectors. Kirstie Richards leads in Sydney, advising on pollution and contamination, regulatory approvals, risk and crisis management, land access, and environmental litigation. Supported by former in-house NSW Environment Protection Authority lawyer Luke Salem, the team’s client portfolio includes the NSW Government and EnergyAustralia.

Practice head(s):

Kirstie Richards

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‘The team is efficient, knowledgeable, practicable and cost sensitive.’

‘Kirstie Richards is one of the best partners I’ve every worked with. She is efficient, cost sensitive, practicable and knowledgeable. She understands the client’s needs and works hard to assist the business in achieving their objectives. She is truly an asset.’ 

Key clients



Tilt Renewables

Infigen Energy



Newtricity Developments Biala Pty Limited

NSW Government

Lendlease Samsung Bouygues Joint Venture

Great Southern Waste Technologies

VE Property

Generator Property Management

Work highlights

  • Acted for Great Southern Waste Technologies Pty Ltd in relation to their proposed waste-to-energy facility at 70 Ordish Road, Dandenong, including successfully defending a merits appeal brought in relation to their works approval application.
  • Acted for VE Property in relation to the remediation and divestment of a number of major industrial sites associated with the legacy operations of Shell (now Viva Energy) in Australia.
  • Assisting Tilt to obtain successfully approval to a significant modification to the $700M Rye Park Wind Farm to increase the size of the turbines and modify the project layout as required to take the project to construction.

Australia > IT and telecoms Tier 3

The technology, outsourcing and privacy group at K&L Gates has a strong focus on undertaking highly complex outsourcing projects and also assists the firm’s corporate team with some of its major transactions in the sector. The firm’s international presence allows the team to utilise a wide network of knowledge and experience, as well as gain global cross-referrals. Melbourne-based Cameron Abbott leads the team, as well as the firm’s global corporate group. The arrival of Richard Chew to the Sydney office from Sparke Helmore Lawyers has significantly benefitted the practice, with his background in IT and computer science proving advantageous to his clients.

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‘K & L Gates are experts in IT & IP and we use them exclusively. K & L Gates also have a global reach which complements our strategy and work flows as more and more matters have international scope and application.’

‘Richard Chew is very hard working and easy to work with. I would highly recommend him.’

‘Richard Chew has a very broad understanding of what is best practice in IT contracts, as well as the APRA regulations around outsourcing, providing us with timely and very cost-effective advice on both our compliance obligations and our contractual requirements. Richard’s depth of understanding of IT service providers, and insight into how they work, made his advice to us invaluable in our negotiations. We found him engaging to deal with, very accessible and a tough negotiator on our behalf. We would happily recommend him to others needing advice in the IT and telecoms space.’

Key clients

BlueScope Steel Limited

The Hollard Insurance Company Pty Ltd

Hydo-Electric Corporation

Oil Search Limited

VCS Foundation Ltd

Verrency Holdings Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Providing technology advice for Verrency, a global start-up, which through its platform provides clients with streamlined access to its own, as well as third-party, market place services.
  • Advising Ansvar, an Australian insurer of churches and historic buildings, in relation to a project to replace its existing enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, including software that covers claims intake and management.
  • Acting for Hydro Tasmania on its procurement of a generation management system to replace its legacy energy control system.

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

K&L Gates has WHS regulatory, prosecutorial and litigation experience across Australia, as well as expertise in providing incident response advice. The group is active across the public, construction and energy and resources sectors. Rosemary Alito leads the group and Paul Hardman and Jamie Robinson are notable team members based in Brisbane.

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Ardent Leisure (Dreamworld Employees)

Work highlights

  • Defended one of Queensland’s largest workplace health and safety prosecutions on behalf of a major Queensland Government-Owned Corporation involving catastrophic failure of infrastructure.
  • Advising clients on the workplace health and safety, and migration laws applied to the dynamic working conditions enforced by governments and regulators in response to Covid-19.

Australia > Labour and employment Tier 3

The health, education, agriculture, sports, retail and public sectors are key areas of focus for the labour, employment and workplace safety team at K&L Gates. Of recent note, the practice has been active in advising clients on wage underpayment issues. Newark-based Rosemary Alito leads the team. In Melbourne, Nick Ruskin, who is active in litigation and has industrial relations expertise; Michaela Moloney, who has expertise in the sports and healthcare sectors; and Peter Lupson, who advises clients in the public sector, are all key names. Stephen Hardy has recently joined the team from Baker McKenzie.

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‘The Labour and employment team has an intricate knowledge of the sports industry and take a practical approach to providing legal advice and services. The team collaborates with their clients and other practice groups within K&L Gates to deliver legal advice and services.’

‘Michaela Moloney has strong technical expertise and a great radar for the underlying interpersonal dynamics of disputes, which helps her to provide strategic and effective advice on litigation strategy.’

‘Michaela Moloney is approachable and available to her clients. Michaela takes the time to listen to the needs and requirements of her clients to devise a strategy and plan for providing the legal advice and practical tools. Michaela is one of the leading sports employment partners in the country.’

‘John Monroe, Senior Associate, is diligent and practical in his approach to legal advice. He has a genuine interest in achieving best outcomes for his clients. John is able to unpack issues and problem solve appropriate outcomes – his thorough understanding of case law and legislation is impeccable and assists in the navigation of modern employment law issues.’

‘Stephen Hardy is a trusted adviser and business partner who is responsive, practical and down-to-earth. His advice is solution-driven and he is very pragmatic in resolving disputes.’

‘John is always our first point of call! He is considered and thorough when providing advice, and incredibly knowledgeable about current issues and findings that may be pertinent to a particular situation. He also consults with the partners and refers on appropriately. Michaela is knowledgeable and professional, as well as being personable and relatable. Both have good knowledge of and are integrated into our industry, so their advice is relatable and appropriate, therefore helpful.’

Key clients

Victorian Managed Insurance Authority

Ardent Leisure

Department of Education

Commercial Passengers Vehicles Victoria

Australia Football League

Cricket Australia

Victoria University

Australian Red Cross Society

Work highlights

  • Advised clients on the dynamic working conditions enforced by governments and regulators in response to Covid-19.
  • Advised clients in the retail sector to navigate the entitlements of the General Retail Industry Award 2010 and the Clerks–Private Sector Award 2010.
  • Advising Australia’s major sporting codes on the full scope of employment law advice from employment agreements, to review of application of modern awards, through to dispute resolution.

Australia > Project development Tier 3

K&L Gates’ Melbourne practice advises clients in relation to numerous PPP, EPC, energy and social infrastructure projects. The firm assists clients with procurement, commercial contracts and dispute resolution, including mediation, arbitration and litigation. Luke Westmore focuses primarily on supporting clients engaged in energy projects. he advised Elecnor Australia on its successful bid and financial close process for its EPC contractor role on the New England Solar Farm Project. Zac Kerr is noted for his expertise in project development across numerous sectors, with a particular focus on transport and social infrastructure.

Practice head(s):

Luke Westmore; Zac Kerr


‘I have had the pleasure of working with Zac Kerr and his team (predominantly in Melbourne) for three years. Zac is eager to put our business first and work with us in an integrated way. He is capable of providing agile, commercial advice – which includes advising on accepting contract drafting in an effort to support a successful tender. He is a safe pair of hands.’


Key clients

RATCH Australia


Belectric GmbH

Acciona Construction


AusNet Services

CPB Constructors

Programmed FM

Serco Australia Pty Ltd

Seymour Whyte Constructions Pty Ltd

MM Capital Partners

Sterling and Wilson Australia Pty Ltd

Suzlon Energy Australia Pty Ltd

Canadian Solar (Australia) Pty Ltd

Venn Artibir Group Pty Ltd

Greenup Resources Pty Ltd

Doosan Gridtech, Inc.

Cobra Instalaciones y Servicios S.A.

Nekon Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Canadian Solar on the successful financial close of the 146MWp Gunnedah solar farm project.
  • Advising ISS on its bid, with John Holland Group, John Laing and Tetris Capital, for the New Footscray Hospital PPP.
  • Advising the joint venture of Ferrovial and Acciona on their bid for the design and construction of the longest section of the Inland Rail mega-PPP.

Australia > Transport: aviation Tier 3

The experienced group at K&L Gates advises international, national, regional, and commuter airlines, major airports, high-profile corporations, and private individuals on a broad spectrum of aviation issues. These include aircraft acquisitions and finance, regulatory compliance, environmental matters, insurance defence litigation, aviation employment matters, and drone-related law. The team is led from the Brisbane office by regulatory expert Tom Young, who joined the firm in April 2021 from Norton Rose Fulbright, along with special counsel Julie Brown. The team’s client portfolio features key hubs Sydney Airport, Brisbane Airport, and Cairns Airport.

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‘The practice’s team consists of experienced, well-versed professionals. They make cogent arguments with respect to legal frameworks and suggest reasonable solutions to complex matters.’

‘Tom Young and Julie Brown have been primary points of contact. Both Tom and Julie are consummate professionals regarding aviation matters. Both are approachable and easy to deal with, and attentive to discussions, requirements, and outcomes while seeking specialist guidance for matters beyond the pure legal argument.’

‘My main contact was Tom Young. His strengths are an ability to grasp a range of complex issues that are outside of his normal expertise and manage a diverse group of experts across various disciplines to achieve a timely outcome.’

Key clients

Brisbane Airport Corporation

Jandakot Airport

Western Sydney Airport

Cairns Airport

Sydney Airport


Work highlights

  • Advising Brisbane Airport Corporation Pty Limited in connection with the redevelopment of the Brisbane Airport Domestic Terminal Building.
  • Advising Sydney Airport on the leasing of terminals, airside sites and landside sites at the airport.

Australia > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

K&L Gates combines board advisory and corporate governance work with a strong mid-market M&A capability, alongside notable work for venture capital investors and target companies. The geographically diverse team has a range of sector focuses, including in the energy and resources, sport, technology and life sciences industries. The team is led by Melbourne-based Cameron Abbott, while Tom Young in Brisbane focuses on aviation and transport work, and Sydney-based Richard Chew advises technology and IT clients.

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Key clients

Cannatrek Ltd


Cluey Learning Pty Ltd

EdApp Pty Ltd

The Optical Company Pty Ltd

Pioneer Credit Limited

Poko Holdings Pty Ltd

Radio Rentals SA

United Global Logistics Pty Ltd (VISA Global Logistics)

Work highlights

  • Advised Swedish company, Sinch Holding AB, on its A$1.7bn  Melbourne-based SMS marketing technology company MessageMedia.
  • Advised the shareholders of VISA Global Logistic on the sale of its shares to New Zealand company, Milan FF Group Limited.
  • Advised Pioneer Credit on its A$120m acquisition by the Carlyle Group.

Australia > Financial services regulatory Tier 4

The asset management and investment funds group at K&L Gates works with a range of major international financial institutions, advising global investment managers, private insurers, and superannuation funds, on a comprehensive range of regulatory issues. Such matters include the distribution of financial products, fintech, payment systems and regulatory investigations and enforcement. Led by financial products expert Jim Bulling in Melbourne, the team’s client portfolio includes Human Financial and Medibank Private Limited. The group is supported by credit regulatory specialist Daniel Knight in Melbourne and Kane Barnett, in Sydney, who advises on fund formation and investment.

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‘The team is very practical in forming their legal solutions, and has always worked collaboratively with us.’

‘Daniel Knight is great to work with because he has really good industry knowledge and is practical in forming legal solutions that could be applied by us. In addition, Daniel is always professional and genuinely a nice person.’

‘Jim Bulling and Felix Charlesworth are very responsive, clear and decisive in their advice.’

‘The team provide a very personalised service in that they are always available to advise on a whole range of matters that are important to our company. We never feel like we are asking silly questions, even if they may seem straightforward to experienced lawyers. They take the time to explain things in very simple and easy-to-understand terms, with no legal jargon within their advice. During the pandemic they have really used technology to their advantage and have made themselves even more available than before by using online meeting platforms. 

‘Daniel Knight is the most helpful partner I have had the pleasure of working with. He is always available to answer calls and emails and will always make time for our queries. He was available for a last-minute meeting with a third party with very little notice and was able to present our side very well. In the advice he provides to us, he considers not only the questions we have asked but is also forward-thinking and provides advice for other possible scenarios that could arise in the future too.’

‘This firm and practice has deep domain expertise in the field where we’ve required advice. They are pragmatic and deliver high-quality advice in a timely fashion. The partners understand the business, its challenges and as such feel like an extension of our team.’

‘Dan Atkin operates as an extension of our core team, offering up strategic insights and pragmatic solutions to challenges we face. Kane Barnett has been very thorough in delivering outstanding quality work.’

Key clients

EML Payments and Novatti Group Limited

Human Financial

Medibank Private Limited

Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation

Patrizia AG & Phoenix

New Quantum

Aware Super

Kingfisher Mobile Limited

Columbia Threadneedle Investments

TrueLayer Limited

Wingate Group

SecondQuarter Ventures

Stafford Capital Partners

CSIRO) and CSIRO Financial Services Pty Ltd trading as Main Sequence Ventures (CSIROFS)


Intuit Inc.






Payton Capital

180 Markets

Work highlights

  • Advised Kingfisher Mobile Limited (KMA) in relation to the financial services implications of certain elements when it entered into a significant service agreement with a major Australian Telco company for the provision of service continuity programs including mobile device upgrade replacement and repair.
  • Advised Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and CSIRO Financial Services Pty Ltd trading as Main Sequence Ventures (CSIROFS) in relation to the structuring, offering and operation of its funds and on the recent launch of CSIRO Innovation Fund 2, LP, an early-stage venture capital limited partnership.
  • Advised TrueLayer about the regulatory options for launching its open banking and payments products into the Australian market.

Australia > Real estate Tier 4

Based in Sydney, K&L Gates has expertise in commercial, residential, industrial and mixed-use developments, providing comprehensive support which includes handling capital transactions, planning and environment issues and tax structuring. It is particularly invested, however, in assisting clients with their expansion programmes, capital reallocation strategies and strategic divestments. Jennifer Degotardi has a strong practice in government-led real transport and infrastructure projects, in which she advises on a wide range of corporate and regulatory matters. Samuel Brown is recommended for his experience in the investment and project development space.

Practice head(s):

Sandra Steele

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‘The practice can handle large matters and small matters. Regardless of the scale or size of the matter, the practice treats all matters with the same attentiveness and level of expertise.’

‘The practice is also our ‘go to’ practice for complex matters, or transactions that require a bespoke, robust, and commercial approach. This is of great comfort for a client, as we know we can go to the practice for all our matters.’

‘K&L Gates has invested in technology enabling the use of e-contracts for large-scale apartment buildings. It allows all stakeholders to access a dashboard and view the progress of apartment projects in real-time. It’s a more efficient way of doing business and has also brought down the cost of conveyancing significantly. It also increases productivity for us as the client so we can focus on our core business expertise rather than legal administration. It also provides a very accessible and cost-effective level of transparency.’

‘Will Grinter has provided top-tier, seamless service. What is most impressive is that when we brief Will and K&L Gates, we know that we are being represented by the smartest people. There is great comfort in knowing that when entering into a transaction worth millions of dollars. ’

‘The team understands our corporate risk structure and provides advice accordingly.’

‘K&L Gates are good performers and represent reasonable value for money.’

‘Our main contact is Randall Gerkens (Melbourne). Randall has a wealth of experience in property transactions and is an outstanding negotiator bringing a laser-like focus to solving the critical issues.’

Key clients


NSW Government (including the Transport cluster, Land and Housing Corporation and DPIE)

Local Government Super

Sydney Fish Market Pty Ltd


RATCH Australia Corporation

NSW Ports Pty Ltd

Port of Brisbane

Brisbane Airport

Telstra Corporation Limited

Hamton Group

Bensons Property Group

National Australia Bank


City of Sydney

Evolution Trustees Limited

Springfield City Group

Salta Properties

Icon Developments

John Hancock Financial Services Inc.

Nineteenth Shako

Real I.S.


Schiavello Group

Nutrien Ag Solutions Ltd

Generator Property Management

Munich RE

Opal Aged Care

Work highlights

  • Acted for NSW Ports, the owner of Port Kembla, to negotiate agreements to enable the development and operation of a liquid natural gas (LNG) import facility at Port Kembla in NSW.
  • Advised on  The Moonee Valley Racecourse Redevelopment, an unprecedented urban renewal project comprising 9 hectares of land in close proximity to Melbourne’s central business district.
  • Acting on the development of the M-City project in Melbourne’s south east – a mixed use project outside the Melbourne CBD including over 600 residential apartments a retail centre, office component and a hotel with an end value in excess of A$1000m.

Australia > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

K&L Gates handles contentious and non-contentious insolvency and distressed situation matters, working in a variety of sectors including the retail, financial services, and aviation industries, notably advising aircraft lessors on the high-profile insolvency of Virgin Australia. The team also maintains productive relationships with long-term banking clients, and regularly acts for administrators. Jason Opperman leads the team in Sydney and is an experienced practitioner with particular strength in the financial services and banking sectors. Melbourne’s Andrew Chambers is regularly involved in litigation, including recovery proceedings, alongside an active advisory practice, while Stephen Hume specialises in banking and insolvency work.

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‘Great tacticians and fantastic with clients.’

‘The K&L Gates restructuring and insolvency team is very knowledgeable across different jurisdictions and takes a keen interest in delivering advice that is relevant for our industry and business needs.’

‘Strong people skills.’

‘Build quick rapport with witnesses.’

‘I have direct access to partner Jason Opperman. He has many years experience and understands the culture by which we operate and provides advice and support giving consideration to our needs. Through his efforts, we have achieved many outstanding results. He is supported by a good team who work to achieve our outcomes.’

‘From Partner through the team, there is good access to whoever is working on our matters. K&L Gates provides a high level of service and understands our needs and outcomes and work with us to provide the best outcomes possible. The team are friendly and helpful.’

Key clients


Administration of Virgin Australia – JP Lease, Aviation PLC, Chorus Aviation, Stellar Aviation, and Lunar Aviation

ZACD Group

dVT Group

St George Bank Limited

Bentleys (Qld) Pty Ltd

American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc

RIVI Opportunity Fund, LP

American Express International Inc

KordaMentha and ARK Mines Ltd

Deloitte Financial Advisory Pty Ltd

RSM Australia Pty Ltd


Work highlights

  • Advising KPMG as administrator of Halifax Investment Services on a complex multi-jurisdictional winding up involving over A$200m of assets and 12,500 investors.
  • Advising five of the aircraft lessors of Virgin Australia: JP Lease, Aviation PLC, Chorus Aviation, Stellar Aviation, and Lunar Aviation which equates to around a third of the Virgin Australia fleet.
  • Advised St George Bank (part of the Westpac Group) on its exposure to Ralan Group, including intercreditor arrangements between St George Bank and Wingate.

Australia > Tax Tier 4

K&L Gates works on a wide range of tax structuring matters on behalf of domestic and international corporates, investment funds, high-net-worth individuals and accountants. The team enjoys productive relationships with the Big 4 and other consultancies, and handles cross-border work, integrated closely with the firm's global platform. Betsy-Ann Howe leads the Sydney-based team, and is praised by clients for her cross-border international tax and corporate tax expertise. Matthew Cridland focuses exclusively on indirect taxes, including GST, land tax and stamp duty issues.

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‘Knowledgeable, efficient, responsive.’

‘Matthew Cridland is a leading practitioner in the area of indirect tax. He is a wealth of knowledge, helpfully, legally creative and consistently meets deadlines.’

‘Excellent on cross border transactions.’

‘Betsy-Ann Howe is technically strong and always delivers clear advice on complex structures.’

Key clients


Centennial Property Group Limited

Cluey Learning Ltd


Employee Retirement System of Texas

Dicker Data Limited

Omni Bridgeway Limited

Pioneer Credit Limited

Slalom LLP

Wingate Group Holdings Limited

Powerhousing Australia

Work highlights

  • Advising CalPERS along with consortium partners Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC), Australia’s Future Fund, OMERS pension fund, and Global Infrastructure Partners in the successful bid to acquire a 50-year lease of the Port of Melbourne.
  • Advising Cluey Limited on its successful initial public offer and listing on the Australian Securities Exchange.
  • Advising litigation funder Omni Bridgeway on a variety of tax issues.

Australia > Construction Tier 5

K&L Gates’ Sydney practice primarily focuses on construction litigation and adjudication proceedings, drawing on the team’s former in-house experience in the construction, engineering and building materials sectors. Sandra Steele, who leads the team, has particular strength in contract drafting, litigation and ADR, with an emphasis on supporting clients engaged in construction, engineering and infrastructure projects. Simon Ashworth has a strong reputation in public sector-led projects, including significant transport, education and healthcare developments.

Practice head(s):

Sandra Steele

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Key clients

ABB Australia

Acciona Construction

AusNet Services


CPB Contractors

Downer EDI

Elecnor Australia

Fletcher Construction Limited


Icon Constructions Australia (NSW)

Illawarra Retirement Trust

Loreto Kirribilli Limited

Opal Aged Care

Programmed FM

RATCH Australia

Serco Australia

Seymour Whyte Constructions



Marubeni Corporation and its infrastructure fund

MM Capital Partners

Sterling and Wilson Australia

Suzlon Energy Australia

Canadian Solar (Australia)

Venn Artibir Group

RimFire Energy


Greenup Resources

Doosan Gridtech, Inc.

NewVolt Infrastructure

Cobra Instalaciones y Servicios S.A.


AMP Power Australia


Work highlights

  • Advising the joint venture of Ferrovial and Acciona, as the construction entity in the G2Konnect Consortium, who are shortlisted bidders for the design and construction of the longest section of the Inland Rail mega-PPP, which will run through three states (Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria).
  • Assisting Serco on its bid as facilities management contractor in the redevelopment of the existing Frankston Hospital on the Mornington Peninsula (the Project) as a Public Private Partnership.
  • Assisting Seymour Whyte Constructions, who was selected by the Port of Melbourne (PoM) to enter into an Early Contractor Involvement Agreement (the ECI) for the Port Rail Transformation Project (PRTP), which will involve rail infrastructure works and a new rail operating framework inside the port worth approximately AUD125m.

Australia > Intellectual property

K&L Gates‘s IP offering reaches across four continents and the team is adept at conducting portfolio management, prosecutions and litigation. With expertise in the fashion, sport, technology, property, construction and life-science sectors, the team is increasingly advising and acting for international clients. Jonathan Feder leads the global IP practice with particular expertise in enforcing trade marks in the fashion industry both in Australia and overseas. Chris Round is skilled in IP registration and  litigation; and experienced patent litigator Patrick Sands joined the team from Herbert Smith Freehills in May 2021, bolstering the group’s patent offering.

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‘The K&L Gates IP team has long been one of the leading IP practices in Melbourne, particularly in copyright and trade mark matters. They are fierce in the pursuit of their clients’ interests.’

‘The partners specialise in the sectors they target and provide value add discussions on market movements, status of the industry and initiatives implemented by similar organisations. This generates new work for the firm and provides me insight into the sector. The service provided is efficient and accurate.’

‘Jonathan Feder is exceptional in his advice. He is direct and commercial. His team innovates processes so they have clear processes and procedures. They are organised and can operate with little input/direction from me. I see and value them as part of my team.’

‘Patrick Sands, partner, I’ve worked with for many years. He is an outstanding lawyer, technically excellent, very client-focussed and commercial. A pleasure to work with.’

‘Chris Round has a very strong practice in trade marks and copyright. He is an astute practitioner, with an unstinting commitment to achieving the right outcome for his clients.’

Key clients

A2B Australia

Australian Football League

Deckers Outdoor Corporation

Directed Electronics Australia

Dreamstreet Lending

First Sentier Investors

LTJ Innovations

Otsuka America Pharmaceutical


Seafolly (L Catterton)

Sullivans Cove

Wilson Pateras


Work highlights

  • Advised A2B Australia in litigation against Lime scooters and bicycles.
  • Advised Deckers Outdoor, the owner of the UGG trade marks globally, in relation to the opposition of a number of Australian trade marks featuring the word UGG.
  • Advising the AFL on its global brand portfolio (since 2006) including in relation to securing registration of trade marks and playing uniforms as registered designs for the 2021 season.

China > Tax: foreign firms

Roberta Chang, based in Shanghai, and Sydney-based global tax practice head Betsy-Ann Howe are key figures in the K&L Gates tax team, supported by associate Anita Zhou. The practice assists clients operating in China, including multinational companies, on cross-border tax issues, such as those pertaining to acquisitions and joint ventures, corporate restructurings, financings, and dissolutions. It also provides advice on tax considerations in administrative law controversies and appeal cases, as well as more general compliance advice.

Practice head(s):

Roberta Chang; Betsy-Ann Howe

Other key lawyers:

The Firm: K&L Gates’ Australian operations provide vast knowledge of the Australian legal marketplace across a wide spectrum of industries. With lawyers located in four established offices in Australia’s leading financial and commercial centers—Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney—we act for industry leaders, major corporations, capital markets and venture capital participants, major financial institutions, and governments on groundbreaking legal transactions, both domestically and internationally.

With the extraordinary inbound investment into Australia from the Asia-Pacific region, especially from Australia’s largest trading partners (China, Japan, South Korea, and the United States), we have the resources on the ground to handle local and cross-border matters, projects, and transactions.

 Australia Managing Partner: Nick Nichola


Australia: Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney. Asia: Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo. Europe: Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Milan, Munich, Paris. Middle East: Doha, Dubai. United States: Austin, Boston, Charleston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Fort Worth, Harrisburg, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, Newark, Orange County, Palo Alto, Pittsburgh, Portland, Raleigh, Research Triangle Park, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Wilmington. South America: Sao Paulo.