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K&L Gates

Australia > Intellectual property Tier 2

The full-service intellectual property department at K&L Gates is noted for its capability in patent litigation, portfolio management and trade mark prosecution across the construction, life sciences, sport and technology sectors. Jonathan Feder leads the group and is a key port of call for fashion houses and various other brands for intellectual property enforcement and protection issues. Gregory Pieris is informed on contentious and non-contentious copyright, design, trade mark and trade practices, while Harrison Ottaway is also a key member of the team. All of the individuals mentioned are located in Melbourne.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Feder

Other key lawyers:

Gregory Pieris; Harrison Ottaway; Patrick Sands; Tim Appleby


‘The K&L Gates IP team are very knowledgeable and responsive. We have complete confidence in their ability to look after our worldwide IP portfolio. ’

‘Jonathan Feder is very approachable and is more than willing to offer his assistance – no request or concern is ever unanswered. Jonathan knows his stuff and is extremely personable. Likewise, Jonathan’s team is very helpful.’

‘Harrison Ottaway is equally parts brilliant and personable.’

Key clients

Australian Football League (AFL)

Bounce IP Pty Ltd and Bounce Australia Pty Ltd

Cricket Australia

Directed Electronics Australia Pty Ltd

Jellycat Ltd

L1 Capital Pty Ltd

Pact Group

RDX Works Ltd

RSI North America, Inc.

Sanitarium Health Food Company (Australian Health & Nutrition Association Limited)


United Petroleum

Verve Projects Pty Ltd

Zeller Holdings Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for Directed Electronics OE Pty Ltd in a commercial litigation matter heard in the Federal Court of Australia regarding the misuse of confidential information, copyright infringement and breach of contract.
  • Advising RDX Works Ltd in the filing and prosecution of its trade marks across numerous jurisdictions and on the enforcement of its trade marks and trade mark opposition actions in various countries.
  • Advising L1 Capital in relation to a range of intellectual property matters in trade mark portfolio management, global trade mark disputes, trade mark opposition proceedings and UK High Court litigation.

Australia > Banking and finance Tier 3

K&L Gates has traditionally held a strong focus on property financing matters, and is now increasingly leveraging its global expertise to advise on infrastructure and energy transactions in Australia and across Southeast Asia. Alan Maclean in Melbourne is the lead senior partner on property and asset finance, while in Sydney, Richard Gray is noted for project and infrastructure finance. In the same office, Richard Hayes departed in July 2023.

Practice head(s):

Jason Opperman; Alan Maclean

Other key lawyers:


‘Knowledge, attentiveness and attention to detail.’

‘Engaging and no task is too big or small.’

Key clients

J.P. Morgan

Scentre Management Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising J.P. Morgan on the AU$735m financing for InfraBuild Australia comprising an AU$250m asset-based revolving facility and US$325m senior secured bond issuance.
  • Advised Scentre Management on a US$1.5bn 144A note issue; an update to €10bn programme and an issue of $HK notes; and a new A$ Medium Term Note Programme.

Australia > Competition and trade Tier 3

K&L Gates is led by Sydney-based Ayman Guirguis who holds the distinction of having served as a senior office at the ACCC. The team is extremely well-versed in private sector and government matters and is engaged in merger clearance, cartel conduct, misuse of market power, and Australian Consumer Law issues.

Practice head(s):

Ayman Guirguis


‘K&L Gates assisted us on a regulatory compliance matter in which there was limited scope for innovation. Despite this, K&L Gates were able to share their depth of knowledge based on their own experience with respect to utilising technology that existed within our own organisation. This was invaluable in assisting us to prepare for the actions we needed to undertake. ’

‘Ayman Guirguis is a stand out in this space. Ayman is attentive, highly responsive, knowledgeable, and experienced. Ayman is deeply experienced in liaising with regulators and understands what is required. Ayman’s advice is practical, honest, and succinct, all of which are critical when working to strict timeframes. ’

Key clients

BlueScope Steel




Visy Industries

Woods Bagot

Emerald Grain


Honda Australia

National Pharmaceutical Services Association (NPSA)



Reckitt Benckiser



Pact Group




Hewitt Cattle





Work highlights

Australia > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 3

The ‘strong and stable‘ complex commercial litigation and dispute resolution team at K&L Gates is led by Sydney-based Tim Webster. Its expertise spans class actions, Royal Commissions, government inquiries and coronial inquests alongside routine enforcement and Corporations Act matters. In Melbourne, Christien Corns specialises in professional indemnity litigation, with additional experience in media and defamation law. Lucy Williams in Sydney is ‘a leading insurance litigator‘, recommended for her ‘carefully considered advice’.

Practice head(s):

Tim Webster

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Brown; John Kelly; Christien Corns; Lucy Williams


‘Lucy Williams is a leading insurance litigator, a pleasure to work with.’

‘K&L Gates have a very strong and stable litigation team, who provide timely, accurate and commercially focused advice.’

‘Lucy Williams provides carefully considered advice which always covers all of the issues. Her manner is calm, focused and polished; she is never flustered which makes her particularly effective in mediations and in dealing with difficult personalities.’

‘We have worked with Tim Webster. Whilst he leads his team to provide considered legal advice, he ensures that he understands his client’s objectives and provides clear and concise recommendations at each stage of the dispute process.’

Key clients

Honda Australia

The Government of the Kingdom of Spain

James Hardie Industries Limited

Ericsson Australia

Cricket Australia



Quest Software



Ernst & Young


Fortius Funds Management

Dyldam Developments

BASF Australia

Energy Resources of Australia Limited

Caledonian Sky Shipping Inc

Morris Property Group

Doma Property Group

Amalgamated Property Group

Rhipe Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing the Kingdom of Spain in a landmark litigation that explores the enforceability of The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) arbitration awards in Australia against sovereign States in circumstances where domestic legislation protects the operation of foreign State jurisdictional immunity.
  • Representing Cricket Australia in a high-profile dispute with its free-to-air television broadcast partner Seven Network (Operations) Limited (Seven Network) regarding Coivd-19 related force majeure claims made by Cricket Australia under the parties’ significant media rights agreement.
  • Acted for a law firm in respect of a claim against it and another firm of solicitors in the Supreme Court of Queensland arising from allegations of mismanagement of an estimated A$1bn estate.

Australia > Infrastructure projects and construction Tier 3

Led by ‘legendSandra Steele, K&L Gates' Sydney-based team maintains strong front and back-end construction capabilities, participating in significant infrastructure projects and related disputes across Australia. Steele has 25 years’ experience in contract drafting and negotiation, litigation, and uniquely, in security of payment claims. The ‘incredibly knowledgeable and responsiveSimon Ashworth focuses his practice on PPPs for electricity transmission lines, road, hospitals and defence contracting.

Practice head(s):

Sandra Steele

Other key lawyers:


Competent team led by Sandra Steele. They care about their client and importantly about the outcome.’

‘Sandra Steele. Legend. Always has your back in that she knows the pressures from an internal business perspective given her vast experience in-house. She helps you navigate your business pain-points.’

‘Sandra Steele has a unique ability to advise clients needing front-end and back-end legal services.’

‘Sandra Steele is a leading construction and infrastructure lawyer. She has excellent technical skills, which are paired with a pragmatic and commercial approach. Sandra consistently delivers excellent client services and is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Simon Ashworth stands out – incredibly knowledgeable and responsive.’

‘Simon Ashworth is user friendly and hands-on.’

‘There is a depth of knowledge and skill in the team, led by a technically brilliant, yet personable, partner. The team work collaboratively and are available to pick up where the last person left off, meaning quicker turn-around times. There is a genuine commitment to nurturing and growing the client relationship. This is demonstrated by the team’s responsiveness and curiosity to learn about the business as a whole, not just the specific project.’

‘Having worked for both D&C and O&M parties, K&L Gates are very well placed to understand the other party’s positions and reasons for adopting those positions, enabling a tailored resolution of differences to the satisfaction of both parties. Deep understanding of the contracting nuances in complex infrastructure projects, ensuring the client’s position is protected to the best extent possible.’

Key clients

ABB Australia Pty Limited


Cairns Airport Pty Ltd


Fuchs Lubricants

Mackay Airport

UGL Limited

CPB Contractors

ACCIONA Construction Australia


Keolis Downer

Hyandai Engineering and Construction

Downer EDI


Elecnor Australia Pty

Fletcher Construction Limited


Icon Constructions Australia (NSW) Pty Ltd

Illawarra Retirement Trust

Loreto Kirribilli Limited

Opal Aged Care

Programmed FM

RATCH Australia

Serco Australia Pty Ltd

Seymour Whyte Constructions Pty Ltd

Translational Research Institute Pty Ltd


Sydney Airport Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advising Keolis Downer on the next project in the Sydney Metro portfolio for the operations and maintenance contract for Sydney Metro West, the 24km underground metro railway connecting new and existing stations.
  • Advising DMS Maritime on the procurement for the design and Australian build of a fleet of new amphibious vehicles (Littoral Manoeuvre Vessels) for the Australian Army.
  • Advising the CPB, UGL and Hyundai joint venture on the Central-West Orana Renewable Energy Zone network operator project.

Australia > IT and telecoms Tier 3

K&L Gates is highlighted for its provision of ‘pragmatic and commercial solutions to problems, with a very high level of technical and industry understanding’ in the TMT space. The group has a wide expertise, ranging from transactional, where it advises governmental bodies on matters such as outsourcing, to the strategic, where it carries out risk management and data security work. Cameron Abbott leads the group, handling tech procurement projects and e-commerce transactions. Richard Chew advises clients on emerging tech, Rob Pulham handles privacy and cybersecurity, and Allison Wallace focuses on IP.

Practice head(s):

Cameron Abbott

Other key lawyers:


‘We have had exceptional service from K&L Gates for our technology-related legal needs, including competition and general commercial.’

Richard Chew has provided outstanding support in relation to technology contracts and regulatory requirements with respect to data privacy, security and emerging areas of technology regulation.’

‘K&L Gates provides pragmatic and commercial solutions to problems, with a very high level of technical and industry understanding.’

‘What differentiates KLG is their commitment to owning the outcome. Instead of providing advice and guidance, the team at KLG have taken ownership and shared responsibility.’

‘KLG are proactive and drive a sense of urgency when needed.’

‘Richard has an unusually high level of IT understanding for a legal professional, allowing him to hit the ground running in discussions with our technical teams and establish credibility immediately with a range of teams in the organisation.’

‘Cameron has remained fully committed to our projects. He brings with him a level of authority and experience unique to this type of complex digital transformation project. He is always contactable but delegates when appropriate.’

‘Rob Pulham provides speciality advice on software, contract terms and arrangements.’

Key clients


BlueScope Steel Limited

CLP Holdings Limited

Dicker Data Limited

Fortytwo24 Pty Ltd

Hydro Tasmania

Inghams Enterprises Pty Ltd

Origin Energy

TasNetworks Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised a state government department on its procurement of a system implementor and software solution for its human resources information system replacement project.
  • Acted for BlueScope in its procurement of a system implementor and software vendor for the replacement of its ERP platform.
  • Advised a state government department on its procurement of a system implementor and software solution for a digital outpatient management solution.

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

With WHS teams based across Australia, K&L Gates offers clients a national service, which attracts domestic corporates and government agencies alike. The practice benefits from the dual leadership of Paul Hardman, whose focus is on the agribusiness and resources sectors, and Stephen Hardy, whose practice has an emphasis on matters in the property and construction industries. The deep bench includes Alanna Fitzpatrick, who ‘can be relied upon for support in time-pressure situations’ and Dominic Fleeton, who is considered ‘the go-to person for WHS advisory in Melbourne’, both of whom are routinely sought out by clients for advice on safety compliance, investigations and court prosecutions.

Practice head(s):

Paul Hardman; Stephen Hardy

Other key lawyers:


‘Deep knowledge of the practice area with exceptional commercial overlay, which makes service delivery targeted and timely.’

‘Highly approachable, affable and available: nothing is too much trouble.’

‘The WHS team are practical, outcome focused and very responsive. They have an easy manner and are able to help communicate from Board level right through to entry level operational staff in a way that is accessible. Their ability to get to the heart of an issue quickly and identify risks and both immediate and longer-term practical responses makes them an invaluable extension of my team.’

‘I particularly value the deep industry knowledge that the WHS team at K&L Gates and their specific individual team members have of the agribusiness sector and my business specifically. This makes them stand out from competitors, particularly because they remain price competitive and highly responsive.’

‘Paul Hardman and Alanna Fitzpatrick, in particular, have both invested heavily in learning our business, operations and priorities and bring practical solutions that reflect the needs of our business and strike a balance between legal risk management and the business’ willingness to change.’

‘Paul’s professionalism and candour makes him a go-to for boardroom briefings, in addition to international & institutional shareholder engagement. Paul is exceptional to engage with, and clients are safe in the knowledge he has and continues to build an exemplary team around him to support client needs.’

‘Alanna can be relied upon to support clients in time-pressure situations where it is key to have the ability to step back and remain focused at the strategic level.’

‘Dominic remains the go-to person for WHS advisory in Melbourne for our executive as well as functional teams. His ability to see and share strategic insight to help facilitate next steps for an organisation is strongly recognised within our teams.’

Key clients

Ardent Leisure (Dreamworld Employees)

Commercial Passengers Vehicles Victoria

Victorian Government – Department of Education

Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA)

Work highlights

  • Advising VMIA on a number of WHS-related matters.
  • Defended Onsite Rental Group Operations in a prosecution by the Queensland Work Health and Safety Regulator.
  • Assisted the Master Builders Association of Victoria on compliance with specific aspects of Victoria’s occupational health and safety legislation.

Australia > Labour and employment Tier 3

With employment lawyers based across Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, K&L Gates continues to work with clients around the country operating in the education, agriculture and health sectors. Recently, the group has experienced exponential growth of work within the government and public sectors. The practice is co-chaired by Paul Hardman, who advises on workplace investigations and disputes, Stephen Hardy, who specialises in health and safety, and Michaela Moloney, whose practice encompasses both fields.

Practice head(s):

Michaela Moloney; Paul Hardman; Stephen Hardy


‘We receive a significant level of partner involvement and direction in matters involving K&L Gates. While the advice they provide is legally correct, they always seek to consider practical solutions.’

‘Good value for money – they do not under or over service.’

‘Pragmatic and responsive. ’

‘Michaela is particularly good at speaking with her clients as equals and working with them in a manner that recognizes the pressures faced by her clients. She is responsive and pragmatic. ’

‘You can pick up the phone, ask a question and get a strategic legal response that is fit for purpose. ’

‘Collaboration is the essential ingredient that makes this firm a true strategic partner. ’

Key clients

Acciona Energy

Australia Football League (AFL)

Australian Professional Leagues (APL)

CBUS Super

CBUS Property

Cricket Australia

EBOS Group

Master Builders Association of Victoria

McConnell Dowell Constructors

Melbourne Victory Football Club

Murrays Australia

Australian Red Cross Society

Victoria University

Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA)

Work highlights

  • Advising Australian Football League’s legal and HR teams on all aspects of employment, industrial and discrimination law.
  • Assisted Immutable in relation to unfair dismissal claims lodged by Professionals Australia, which have been arbitrated by the Fair Work Commission.

Australia > Transport: aviation Tier 3

K&L Gates‘ aviation offering, which is primarily based in Brisbane, encompasses ‘team members who are knowledgeable and approachable‘. At the helm is Tom Young, who ‘has a strong understanding of the drivers for operators within the tourism industry’. The group has undertaken prominent work in the aviation market for airports and aviation clients relating to the aviation industry's recovery from the impact of Covid-19. The group also works on innovative space-based solar power solutions, leveraging the knowhow of its offices across the world. Young is well supported by associate Julie Brown.

Practice head(s):

Tom Young

Other key lawyers:


‘The teams’ knowledge of the tourism industry separates them from other legal firms. They have unique understanding of the industry and challenges facing operators in our market. They excel at delivering advice in a way that is understandable to SME operators.’

‘All team members at the firm are knowledgeable and approachable. Tom Young has a strong understanding of the drivers for operators within the tourism industry.’

‘The team has developed an excellent understanding of the industry over the years that has helped our business.’

Key clients

Cairns Airport Pty Ltd

Sydney Airport Corporation

Mackay Airport

Brisbane Airport Corporation

TAE Aerospace Pty Ltd

American Express International Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised TAE Aerospace on its acquisition by Australian defence manufacturer ASDAM Operations Pty Ltd.
  • Acted for American Express International Inc. on the restructure of PT Garuda Indonesia through its use of the Bankruptcy and Suspension of Debt Repayment Obligation (PKPU) process in Indonesia.
  • Advising Brisbane Airport Corporation on its strategic redevelopment plans at the International Terminal of Brisbane Airport.

Australia > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

K&L Gates is known for its national and sector specific expertise across Australia – excelling in education and childcare in Sydney, agribusiness in Brisbane, health and life sciences in Melbourne and sports in Perth – and retains its standing as a go-to mid-market advisor, attracting a wide range of start-ups and fintech companies nationally as well as globally. The team has recently welcomed three new partners, James Lonie, Natalya Hards and Naomi Philp from HWL Ebsworth, into the department. They practice from the Sydney office, while team head Chris Nikou oversees work from the Melbourne office, dealing predominantly with private equity, mergers and acquisitions, franchising and corporate governance.

Practice head(s):

Chris Nikou

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Atkin; Harry Kingsley; Adam Levine; Simon Leslie; Naomi Philp; James LonieNatalya Hards


‘Their knowledge of their client’s business is the key differentiator. The team takes real interest in understanding the strategies, risk tolerances, competitors and targets. This makes them like an extension of the investment and transaction teams.’

‘I have worked with the team for more than two decades. A key attraction for potential clients is the attention to detail, keen desire to understand the client’s business and their skills in Corporate and M&A areas, having done numerous complex transactions.’

‘Key strengths and capabilities in venture capital financings and venture capital M&A.’

‘Daniel Atkin and Simon Leslie are stand-out partners and experts in venture capital financing.’

‘James Lonie – smartest man in the room and a completely quality individual. He is more than ably supported by Naomi Philp. They are technically above reproach, but more importantly approach each engagement with a commercial sensibility which is often missing in highly technically proficient practitioners.’

Key clients

CIMIC Group Limited

Sedgman Pty Ltd

Freightways Limited

Macquarie Bank Limited

Nura Holdings Pty Ltd

Rex Labs Holdings Pty Ltd

Azure Minerals Ltd

Castle Minerals

Emeco Pty Ltd

AirTree Ventures

Telstra Ventures

Macquarie Bank

Azure Minerals Ltd

Castle Minerals

Blackbird Ventures

Telstra Ventures

Macquarie Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised New Zealand Stock Exchange-listed Freightways Limited on its acquisition of the Australian group Allied Transport with operations throughout Australia.
  • Advised TAE Aerospace, a global aerospace company, in connection with its acquisition by Australian defence manufacturer ASDAM Operations.
  • Advised Smart Urban Properties Australia on the acquisition of the SUPA Technologies, Connecx and Fiber Asset Management businesses.

Australia > Fintech and financial services regulatory Tier 4

K&L Gates’ practice has experience in dealing and interacting with financial services regulators, cross-border transactional expertise and a proven track record of advising fintech clients raging from neobanks to open banking clients on an array of issues. Melbourne-based practice head Jim Bulling has a notable focus on financial product disclosure issues, and Daniel Knight frequently guides fintech start-ups through various regulatory challenges. In Sydney, Kane Barnett is a key contact for clients looking to distribute financial products to the Australian market. Also in Sydney, James Lonie, who joined from HWL Ebsworth in December 2022, is well placed to assist with transactional matters.

Practice head(s):

Jim Bulling

Other key lawyers:


‘The team is well experienced in the area of financial services and related regulation. Their practical experience and ability to proactively engage with the regulator are also features that would make the practice unique and find valuable for potential clients.’

‘The individuals are always keen to understand the business and its needs. This often prepares the business to deal with its strategies and growth plans. Team also has strong practical experience with the industry developments as well as regulator focus areas.’

‘They are always keeping up to date with regulatory changes and also industry developments and have a thorough understanding of the payments landscape.’

‘Daniel Knight is very knowledgeable when it comes to the payments industry in Australia, both in respect of the regulatory regime and the range of businesses and products in the payments space, which is always changing.’

Key clients

Honda Australia

Medibank Private Limited

PaEML Payments Limited

Novatti Group Limited


TrueLayer Limited

Intuit Inc.


Australian Ethical Limited

PIMCO Australia Pty Ltd

AXA Investment Managers Pty Limited

Human Financial

Tiger Brokers (AU) Pty Ltd

Care Super and Spirit Super

Resolution Life Australasia (Formerly AMP Life Limited)

AXA Investment Managers Australia Limited

Centuria Property Funds Limited

Centuria Healthcare (Centuria Capital Group)

Real IS

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

DRC Savills

Stafford Capital Partners



Payton Capital

Paspalis Asset Management Pty Ltd


SISS Data Services


Funding.com.au Pty Ltd

180 Markets Pty Ltd


Rent.com.au Limited

Verrency Holdings Limited





Square Peg Capital Pty Ltd

Airtree Ventures

Work highlights

  • Assisting CARE Super and Spirit Super jointly in their proposed superannuation fund merger via a successor fund transfer.
  • Advised Centuria Diversified Property Fund (CDPF) in connection with its A$269m merger with the Primewest Property Income Fund by way of a stapling of units.
  • Assisting Selfwealth Limited with new projects and regulatory compliance (including its launch of cryptocurrency trading).

Australia > Real estate Tier 4

With offices in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney, the sizeable real estate practice at K&L Gates advises clients across the aviation, energy and resources, healthcare and social and affordable housing sectors. Will Grinter in Melbourne co-leads the team with Sandra Steele; the former is currently engaged in multi-stage, mixed-use urban projects. Samuel Brown and Brisbane-based Damiano Castelli cater to infrastructure projects, while the former also handles transactions and investment fund issues. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Sydney, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Sandra Steele; Will Grinter

Other key lawyers:


‘Responsive and commercial, while still maintaining technical excellence.’

‘Top quality real estate practice. They are able to leverage technology to improve collaboration with clients.’

‘K&L Gates have strong legal skills and a client-focused mindset.’

‘Sam Brown is brilliant. He is very experienced in all types of real estate matters and builds a great rapport with clients.’

‘Will Grinter is one our must trusted advisers – both legal and commercial. His commitment to providing timely and practical advice is second to none.’

‘Will Grinter is a nurturing partner who genuinely cares about the development of the lawyers in his team, creating a positive culture and loyal team who have depth of knowledge regarding each clients’ business.’

‘Will Grinter is our “go to” lawyer on all matters. He understands every aspect of our business and drivers, which means he takes a holistic and very commercial approach to the advice he provides.’

‘Will Grinter is one of the first people we call to sound out new projects, challenges and opportunities with – he always adds a lot of value to the process and helps us shape our strategic direction.’

Key clients

Lendlease Corporation


Aliro Group



Pathways Health Management

Medlog Australia Pty Ltd

Cairns Airport Pty Ltd

Mackay Airport Pty Ltd

Sydney Fish Market Pty Ltd


Vivacity Property

RATCH Australia Corporation

NSW Ports

Port of Brisbane

Brisbane Airport Corporation

Telstra Corporation Limited

Hamton Property Group

Bensons Property Group

National Australia Bank

City of Sydney

Evolution Trustees Limited

Springfield City Group

Manulife Investment Management Timberland and Agriculture (Australasia)

Great Southern Waste Technologies

Real I.S.


Schiavello Group

Nutrien Ag Solutions Ltd

Generator Property Management

Munich RE

Opal Aged Care

Centennial Property Group

Canadian Solar


Prime Value Asset Management

Keppel Corporation

Bridge Housing

Capella Capital

Mission Housing Australia

Shakespeare Property Group



Someva Renewables

Wilson Parking

Franze Developments

Outline Projects

Australia > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

Making use of its global platform, the restructuring and insolvency practice at K&L Gates handles large-scale cross-border insolvency matters. Commended for its ‘extremely high calibre of talent’, the team is well equipped to handle contentious and non-contentious work, on both the debtor and creditor side. Based in Sydney, practice head Jason Opperman is praised for being ‘technically very strong, responsive and very client focussed’. Stephen Hume brings additional expertise thanks to his specialist banking, insolvency and commercial litigation knowledge.

Practice head(s):

Jason Opperman

Other key lawyers:

Nicole Ward; Andrew Chambers; Alex Smith; Stephen Hume


‘Excellent knowledge, accessibility and engagement at partner level. Great strategic ability and client-oriented approach.’

‘Depth of talent, extremely high calibre of talent with very personable partners.’

‘Jason Opperman: technically very strong, responsive and very client focussed. Alex Smith: Pragmatic and very commercial advice. Kathryn Smith: Technically very capable and highly commercial. ’

‘Alex Smith’s Sydney Restructuring and Insolvency presence on a file is always excellent. Her advice is accurate, practical and is delivered succinctly.’

‘A collaborative approach with the client and the K&L Gates multi-disciplinary legal offering can draw on the broader expertise that is often required on a complex restructuring or insolvency.’

‘Stephen Hume, Andrew Chambers, Nicole Ward: They are easy to work with and collaborate on engagements to deliver the best outcome for the client.’

‘The team at K&L Gates are extremely responsive and have a depth of resources available to address any problem at any time.’

Key clients


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

DVT Group


RIVI Opportunity Fund

American Express International I

American Express Travel Related Services Company

JSKS Enterprises

Hayes Advisory

Grant Thornton Australia

Mahindra Group

American Express (Thai)

Work highlights

  • Advising KPMG as administrator of Halifax Investment Services on a complex multi-jurisdictional winding up of assets and 10,000 investors.
  • Advising five aircraft lessors on their administration: JP Lease, Aviation PLC, Chorus Aviation, Stellar Aviation and Lunar Aviation, which equates to around a third of the Virgin Australia fleet.
  • Advising the deed administrators/liquidators to four ASX/NSX-listed entities in the life sciences industry.

Australia > Tax Tier 4

K&L Gates receives plaudits for its ‘very experienced global tax practice', which is 'great for cross-border issues’. The team works closely with the firm's investment funds, real estate and corporate departments to advise on a wide range of matters, including cross-border asset financing investment, corporate tax and international tax. Sydney-based practice head Betsy-Ann Howe is well versed in cross-border international tax and corporate tax matters and is appreciated by clients for her ‘very commercial advice’. Matthew Cridland focuses his practice on indirect tax matters and is considered by a client as ‘one of the country's leading indirect tax and GST lawyers’. Special counsel Leslie Petro is active in tax matters related to inbound and outbound investment, cross-border financing and corporate tax. The team welcomed Stuart Broadfoot in April 2023 from King & Wood Mallesons.

Practice head(s):

Betsy-Ann Howe

Other key lawyers:


‘Matthew Cridland – Indirect tax and GST partner. Leading practitioner in this field. ’

‘Matt Cridland is approachable, knowledgeable and in my view one of the country’s leading indirect tax and GST lawyers ’

‘Very experienced global tax practice – great for cross-border issues.’

‘Betsy-Ann Howe is a leading tax expert. Always responsive and provides very commercial advice.’

Key clients



Bridge Housing

Caleb & Brown

Cancer Council NSW

Energy Matrix Group

Five Elms Capital

Magnis Energy Technologies

The Sale of The Oaks Tavern

Security Matters

Sky and Space

Work highlights

  • Advised Birdeye on the tax aspects of a potential acquisition of an Australian company.
  • Advised Blackrock Inc in relation to its investment into Pacific Equity Partners Annex Fund II, an infrastructure fund focused on Australia and New Zealand.
  • Advised an Australian company on a de-SPAC transaction (a Special Purpose Acquisition Company) whereby the client combined with a Cayman SPAC.

Australia > Energy (transactions and regulatory) Tier 5

K&L Gates' practice is led by Adam Levine, a Perth-based corporate specialist who handles a broad range of M&A and corporate structuring mandates in the energy, renewables and mining sectors. Practice co-head Clive Cachia, based in Sydney, also has deep corporate expertise and ample skill in advising on energy projects, and both in-bound and out-bound investment arrangements.  

Practice head(s):

Adam Levine; Clive Cachia

Key clients

Shell Energy Operations Pty Ltd

ExxonMobil Australia Pty Ltd

Magnis Energy Technologies Ltd

Canadian Solar

Gulf Energy Limited

Dateline Resources Limited

Squadron Energy

Energy Matrix Group


Elecnor Australia Pty Ltd

RATCH Australia Corporation Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising CPB, UGL and Hyundai joint venture on the AU$5bn Central West Orana Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) – Network Operator Project.
  • Advised Squadron Energy on the purchase of the AU$3bn Clarke Creek renewable energy hub project.
  • Advising Wollar Solar Development Pty Ltd (a subsidiary of BJCE Australia) in relation to the development of the approx. AU$282m Wollar Solar Farm.

Australia > Capital markets

The expanding capital markets team at K&L Gates is led out of Sydney and Melbourne by Russell Lyons and Andrew Gaffney, and works across the mining and resources, education, health and financial services sectors.

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, Dublin, 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.