Firm Profile > Dentons > Sydney, Australia


Banking and finance Tier 3

Dentons focuses its efforts on its lender client base with several Australian banks, Bank of China, Bank of Queensland, the Central Bank of PNG and Macquarie Bank as notable examples. The group is also particularly noted for its expertise in property and construction finance mandates, a key area of strength for Chris Fanning and practice co-head Tim Lipscombe; Lipscombe and Jeff Baker jointly lead the department from Sydney and Brisbane respectively. Peter Luke is a key contact for project and structured finance work, particularly with cross-border elements, and Anthony Walsh regularly handles in-bound financing transactions from the Asia Pacific region.


We have been working with Timothy Lipscombe for the past 12 years. We believe he is the best in the market in this space. He has exceptional knowledge and experience in this area. He has great attention to detail and we know we can fully rely on his work without concern that something has been missed. His work ethic is incredible and he is always responsive and meets required deadlines. Overall he and his colleague Jeremy Murnain are an outstanding team.

‘A very efficient, commercial law firm.’

‘They look for solutions in commercial situations.’

‘Annie Tseung (Senior Assoc) and Chris Fanning (Partner) are first class.’

Key clients

Australian Executor Trustees

Bank of China Limited

Bank of Queensland


Central Bank of PNG

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited

Macquarie Bank Limited

Members Equity


Teachers Mutual Bank

Regulatory compliance and investigations Tier 3

Dentons’ anti-bribery and corruption team advises on front end matters and also routinely litigates on all forms of government enquires including federal and state investigations, criminal trials and enforcement actions. Ben Allen heads the practice and is well-regarded for fraud control, cyber security and data breach issues, among others. The firm is also home to a financial services regulation department headed by Amber Warren. Her team advises major banks, private lenders, mortgage brokers, originators and aggregators on the full range of regulatory and compliance matters. Named lawyers are Sydney-based with other key names located in Melbourne.

Key clients

Beam Mobility Holdings Pte Ltd

Foundation for Development Cooperation


Go Network


Commonwealth Bank of Australia / Bankwest

ING Direct

Macquarie Bank


Pepper Australia

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

Bank of China

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Following its substantial expansion in 2018, Dentons’ department now covers Australia’s key insolvency markets with partners in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The group handles retail, commercial and corporate recovery and restructuring work alongside notable multi-jurisdictional insolvency and bankruptcy expertise. The client roster encompasses banks, insolvency practitioners and corporates; examples include RSM, Macquarie Bank and McGrathNicol. Tim Sherrad leads the practice, which counts Justin Bates, the highly regarded John Stragalinos, restructuring expert David McIntosh and Scott Guthrie, who specialises in secured and unsecured insolvencies, as key practitioners.


Dentons has demonstrated technical expertise in the insolvency and restructuring professions. They are equally adept at advising liquidators and bankruptcy trustees, as well as banks and financial institutions. As an international law firm, they have the global resources with the local Australian expertise. Their knowledge of Australian insolvency law is second to none.

Stand out individual partners at Dentons are David McIntosh, Justin Bates and Kylie Britton. They have outstanding insolvency technical knowledge and skills, as well as a commercial mindset that is vital for insolvency and restructuring matters.

Key clients


Hall Chadwick

BRI Ferrier

Macquarie Bank

ING Bank Australia


HLB Mann Judd

Pitcher Partners


McGrath Nicol

Intellectual property Tier 4

Melbourne-based Joy Atacador heads up Dentons’ IP team, which handles contentious and commercial issues relating to trade marks, patents, copyright, designs, as well as issues around social media and confidential information. The team has an impressive client base in the life sciences, hotel, leisure and retail sectors, but also advises clients across industries such as technology, media, energy, and construction. Special counsel Scott Sloan works from Sydney, and is praised for the depth of his experience, as well as for ‘his commercial and highly practical advice’. Working closely with Sloan is associate Thomas Johnston, who is also singled out.


Scott Sloan has been around for a very long time and is known for his commercially and practical savvy advice

Thomas Johnston is up-and-coming

Key clients

Bauer Media Group

Generic Partners

Starwood Capital Group

Avis Budget Group


LG Electronics

Anya Hindmarch

Sussan Group

Windsor Smith

Natural resources (transactions and regulatory) Tier 4

Drawing on an extensive international network, Dentons counts domestic Australian and overseas companies within its client roster, including Chinese enterprises investing into Australia. Kym Livesley in Sydney, David Perks in Perth and John Mollard in Melbourne are the key practitioners and have a wealth of experience acting for mining companies on corporate, financing and listings matters. Livesley has had a lead role on numerous cross-border mandates involving Asia, Europe and the Americas and Perks is a key advisor to Ganfeng Lithium.

Key clients

Bougainville Copper Limited

Variscan Mines Ltd

China Minmetals

Cobalt 27 Capital Corp

Jervois Mining Limited

Centaur Resources

Ganfeng Lithium Co Ltd

Real estate Tier 4

Under the leadership of Sydney-based Chris Fabiansson, Dentons routinely undertakes large-scale mixed-use commercial and residential developments and is also well-regarded for retail centre, office and industrial transactions. Other key areas of focus include leasing, joint ventures and property-related tax. Forming the client base are developers, institutions, inbound investors, commercial tenants and high-net-worth individuals. The practice is spread across Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne and prides itself on its push towards paper-free property transactions, employing an e-exchange system which permits vendors to exchange land contracts electronically.


‘Always efficient and courteous.’

‘Jennifer Andrews is always ensuring the requirements are met. If they are unable to deliver on request, alternatives are discussed and mutually agreed upon.’

‘High level experience. Pragmatic and personable attitude – John Grimble and Clement Chew are recommended’. 

Key clients

AMP Capital

Blackstone (151 Property)

Bridgehill Group

CSR Building Products Limited

Crown Group

Dexus Property Group

Elanor Investors Group

Mirvac Group

Penrith Council

The GPT Group

Dispute resolution Tier 5

Dentons’ team has wide-ranging litigation capabilities, working across areas such as banking, contractual matters, insolvency, property and construction, and planning and environment. Practice head Louise Massey  and Lisa Wright  are highly regarded.

Corporate and M&A Tier 6

Dentons combines multi-jurisdictional capabilities, including its strong China presence, with its offering to domestic companies from its east coast and Perth offices. Life sciences, technology and natural resources are some of its sector strengths. Nicholas Stretch in Melbourne and Geoff Cairns in Sydney head the practice. Other notable lawyers include Kym Livesley, who is known for his focus on the energy and resources sectors, and the 'excellentHamish Walton. The team offers extensive experience in all areas of M&A together with restructuring and financing and its continued expansion includes the hire of John Mollard from Baker McKenzie.


The quality of work and responsiveness was excellent. The team had a broad range of knowledge.’

Hamish Walton led the team, and they were very responsible and had excellent sector knowledge.’

Hamish Walton is excellent  – he provides commercial advice.

Key clients

Spence Doors Group


Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium Co. Ltd

Groupe Lactalis

Bayer Australia Limited

Bayer AG


Credit Suisse


The Nature Conservancy

Jervois Mining Limited

Wheatsheaf Group

Netherlands > Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

At Dentons, Marc Elshof co-heads Dentons’ European data privacy and security group and is prized by clients for his 'very broad and proactive outlook on GDPR matters and ICT'. Associate Celine van Es is also highlighted for being 'proactive and tenacious'. The team advises a range of Dutch and international clients on adhering to the GDPR, privacy compliance frameworks, consumer tracking, and the processing of health data, as well as data breaches and responses to the regulator. It also offers a 24/7 data breach hotline for insurers' clients.


‘I believe that the Dentons Netherlands team has been far and away the best we have dealt with in Europe. They have helped us on an array of issues, including GDPR, websites, cookies, privacy policy, etc.’ 

‘I have worked primarily with Marc Elshof and his team, including Celine van Es. They are extremely knowledgeable, professional and responsive.’ 

‘I have used Marc and his team throughout Europe as a result of their responsiveness and professionalism. Guidance on all GDPR matters in relation to health care.’

‘Marc Elshof has a very broad and proactive look at GDPR matters and ICT.  The GDPR is not easily implementable at our organization. Yet thanks to his very broad & up to date knowledge, his thoroughness, his sharp line of reasoning, Marc has played a key role in the project of implementing the GDPR in our organization in all its aspects. Marc can simplify complicated (GDPR) matters, leaving the client with clear decisions to make, not hesitating to sketch a bigger picture by taking relevant other fields of expertise such as public relations aspects or IT into account.

Celine van Es is the associate we have worked with, she is also very sharp, professional, service-minded, proactive, punctual, precise and tenacious.’

Key clients

3M Company




JRCS Marine Services

Playa Hotels


a.s.r. Real Estate



The Student Hotel

Complete Innovations

Dentons’ Australia region has 69 partners and over 480 staff across offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth as well as an associate office in Adelaide. Dentons also has an office in Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea and a patent attorney office in New Zealand.

Dentons is known for their service excellence and innovative legal solutions and has built enduring relationships with some of the largest companies in the financial services, real estate and infrastructure, healthcare, energy, corporate and intellectual property and technology sectors.


Banking & Finance

Dentons acts within each of the institutional bank, corporate bank, commercial bank, business bank, retail bank and SMSF markets. The team’s key strengths are in the areas of real estate, property and construction finance; syndicated, club and bilateral corporate finance and bank lending; acquisition and leveraged finance and debt restructuring, project finance and work-outs.

Key Clients:

  • Australia and New Zealand Banking Group
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • Westpac Banking Corporation


Dentons’ Corporate team acts for clients on matters including major corporate dealings such as capital raising, business and deal structures, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate governance advice and major international cross-border transactions, commercial contracts, procurement, outsourcing and logistics.

Key clients

  • Amazon Web Services
  • Bayer Australia Limited
  • Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited

Dispute Resolution

 Dentons’ Dispute Resolution team handle complex contractual and commercial disputes and apply sound legal, forensic, investigative and evidentiary skills. The team includes former barristers who give Dentons the edge in advocacy and drafting.

Key clients

  • National Australia Bank Limited
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • The Salvation Army


Dentons advises on the application of industrial instruments, enterprise bargaining, industrial disputes, employee relations, workplace investigations, employee claims (including acting in litigation) and reviewing contracts.

Key clients

  • AccorHotels
  • Goodman Fielder
  • Munich Re


Dentons has one of the longest standing energy and resources practices in Australia and Papua New Guinea. Dentons provides corporate advice to major oil and gas companies (including capital markets, M&A, takeovers) as well as project level advice (offtakes, JoAs, EPC and financing).

Key clients

  • Asian Oil & Gas
  • Carnarvon Petroleum
  • Kumul Petroleum Holdings

Intellectual Property & Technology

Dentons’ Intellectual Property and Technology team advise clients on the protection, exploitation, commercialisation and enforcement of their IP rights. The team combines both commercial and litigation capabilities in relation to trade marks, patents, copyright, designs, social media, technology and confidential information.

Real Estate

Dentons’ Real Estate team advises on matters across planning, construction and property law to deliver advice on high value and strategic sales/acquisitions, planning, development, strata renewal, leasing and construction and property disputes.

Key clients

  • AMP
  • Crown Group
  • Mirvac Group
Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Jeff Baker, Partner
Real Estate Chris Fabiansson, Partner
Restructuring and insolvency Tim Sherrard, Partner
Energy and resources Kym Livesley, Partner
Dispute resolution Lisa Wright, Partner
Corporate Kym Livesley, Partner
Anti-bribery and corruption Ben Allen, Partner
Intellectual Property & Technology Joy Atacador, Partner
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