Firm Profile > Dentons > Perth , Australia

Dentons
LEVEL 7
150 ST GEORGES TERRACE
PERTH WA 6000
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dentons is the world’s largest law firm. Dentons’ Australia region has over 70 partners and more than 500 staff across offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. 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.

MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE

Banking & Finance

Dentons is recognised in the market for its work with financial institutions and acts within each of the institutional, corporate, commercial, business and retail banking markets. Its key strengths are in real estate, property and construction finance; syndicated, club and bilateral corporate finance and bank lending; acquisition and debt restructuring; project finance and financial services regulation.

Key Clients:

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

Corporate

Dentons’ corporate team works with clients in Australia and the Asia Pacific across every stage of the transaction, from major corporate dealings including capital raising, business and deal structures, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate governance advice or major international cross-border transactions, to day-to-day commercial and project-level needs.

Key clients

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

Dispute Resolution

Dentons’ Disputes and Risk Advisory team handle complex, high value and high profile commercial litigation, class actions and disputes. The team applies sound legal, forensic, investigative and evidentiary skills that give Dentons the edge in advocacy and drafting.

Key clients

  • Westpac Banking Group
  • Amazon
  • Australian Taxation Office

 Employment

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

Energy

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 provides a comprehensive suite of intellectual property services to clients in a range of industries. The team works with leading Australian and international brands to formulate and implement effective trade mark and brand protection and enforcement strategies 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
Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Jeff Baker, Partner jeff.baker@dentons.com +61 7 3074 1118
Real Estate Chris Fabiansson, Partner chris.fabiansson@dentons.com +61 2 9931 4772
Restructuring and insolvency Tim Sherrard, Partner tim.sherrard@dentons.com +61 2 9931 4991
Energy and resources Kym Livesley, Partner kym.livesley@dentons.com +61 2 9931 4894
Dispute resolution John Dalzell, Partner john.dalzell@dentons.com +61 2 9931 4755
Corporate Nick Stretch, Partner nick.stretch@dentons.com +61 3 9194 8320
Anti-bribery and corruption Ben Allen, Partner ben.allen@dentons.com +61 2 9035 7257
Intellectual Property & Technology Joy Atacador, Partner joy.atacador@dentons.com +61 3 9194 8332
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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.

MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE

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

Corporate

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

 Employment

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

Energy

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 jeff.baker@dentons.com
Real Estate Chris Fabiansson, Partner chris.fabiansson@dentons.com
Restructuring and insolvency Tim Sherrard, Partner tim.sherrard@dentons.com
Energy and resources Kym Livesley, Partner kym.livesley@dentons.com
Dispute resolution Lisa Wright, Partner lisa.wright@dentons.com
Corporate Kym Livesley, Partner kym.livesley@dentons.com
Anti-bribery and corruption Ben Allen, Partner ben.allen@dentons.com
Intellectual Property & Technology Joy Atacador, Partner joy.atacador@dentons.com
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Diversity and Inclusion at Dentons Canada

At the core of our practice

At Dentons, we seek to attract, support, promote and retain individuals from all backgrounds, and provide a work environment in which everyone—regardless of race, colour, religion, ethnic and national origin, disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, expression and any other personal characteristic protected by law—is treated with respect, dignity and free of harassment.

Our multinational, multicultural, polycentric approach holds diversity and inclusion as driving principles behind our vision and strategy, and distinguishes us as the law firm of choice for not only our clients, but also our people.

Harnessing the unique perspectives of our people across our global organization is a business imperative. We draw on their talents and insights to provide our clients with local knowledge and sector experience in every legal tradition in the world, connecting our clients with high-quality lawyers who understand the business in every community in which they operate.

Fostering a diverse and inclusive environment

Over the years, we have implemented pipelines and initiatives to support Firm members in promoting and effecting diversity and inclusion. Initiatives include various scholarships directed to equity-seeking groups, specific programs designed to promote women and other under-represented groups into partnership and leadership roles, as well as robust regional and global affinity groups.

Below, we have outlined some of our programs, which we have invested in over the past three years to ensure, as a firm, we continue to uphold our unwavering commitment to building a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Harassment and discrimination training

It is imperative that all our people feel safe and welcomed across the Firm. To achieve this, all Firm members complete mandatory harassment and discrimination training as part of our orientation learning experience. Our training module reviews our regional policy, including individual rights and responsibilities, and the Firm’s internal complaint process and investigation procedures. Training also demonstrates diverse and inclusive scenarios, including those that impact women, visible minority, religious and LGBT-inclusive examples as they relate to harassment and discrimination.

Global Inclusion Day

On one day every year, Dentons hosts a series of linked discussions across the Firm, highlighting different aspects of inclusion and its importance. The conversations provide insights and perspectives on the topic of inclusion that are beneficial to all. Over the years, panels have included a conversation around the business case for diversity and inclusion, women in leadership, creating a respectful workplace, global perspectives of our diverse and inclusive culture, affinity biases, our pro bono work, and various other important inclusion issues.

Global Pride Day

In May 2018, Dentons celebrated our inaugural Dentons Pride Day – a Firm-wide celebration of the first anniversary of the launch of our Dentons Global LGBT+ Network group. This celebration is part of the Firm’s deep commitment to LGBT inclusion, which is a key part of our diversity pillar, and thus an important component of our success.

Mental health

In 2017, Dentons conducted a benefits review, which has enabled us to develop an ongoing mental health strategy and program to raise awareness and destigmatize mental health issues and concerns across the Firm.

Our affinity groups and committees promote diversity within the Firm through awareness-building and engagement, and help foster an inclusive environment where new relationships may develop and flourish. In addition to our six local diversity and inclusion committees, our Canadian affinity groups include:

Dialogue LGBTA

Our regional and highly-inclusive LGBT and ally network, Dialogue LGBTA cuts through the stratification of the Firm to provide support to our LGBT members irrespective of geography, practice area, industry or type of employee. The core objective of Dialogue LGBTA is to educate all of our people on the differences between sexual orientation, gender identity, expression and sex; further breaking down barriers, building internal relationships and promoting professional growth through a variety of events, networking opportunities and programs.

WomenLEAD

Dentons’ women affinity group in Canada, WomenLEAD (Leadership, Entrepreneurism, Advancement, and Development), fosters an environment that attracts, develops and inspires women business leaders through business development planning programs, mentoring, networking and client events. This network creates opportunities for women to reach the top levels of their respective fields and become key influencers in both the professional environment and community at large.

Dentons Global LGBT+ Network

Our Firm-wide group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, non- binary, queer and questioning colleagues, as well as their allies, this network supports LGBT colleagues throughout the Firm, particularly in locations without a local/regional LGBT affinity group. It promotes cooperation and sharing of ideas among local/regional Dentons LGBT affinity groups, and increases the visibility of issues affecting LGBT colleagues.

Our commitment to the advancement of women and gender diversity

Dentons has made a commitment to gender diversity in relation to our key leadership team members and Board of Directors. We were one of the first law firms to sign onto the Catalyst Accord 2022, a call to action to Canadian businesses to accelerate the advancement of women in senior leadership roles by increasing the percentage of women on boards and in executive positions to 30 percent or greater by 2022. In addition to this commitment, Dentons promotes the advancement of women through internal talent policies and processes that provide sponsorship and mentorship opportunities for women to progress to business and leadership positions.

Our Women’s Advancement Director and Women’s Business Development Director roles play a key part in promoting gender diversity and equality across our regions around the globe. These newly-created roles focus on the development and progression of women lawyers to partner and leadership positions, while supporting women partners and lawyers with targeted programs focused on enhancing, supplementing and supporting their business development and marketing skills.

Diverse talent

Developing a team that is diverse and inclusive is a business responsibility and a key component of our strategy. Our practice and sector management structure ensures each practice is adequately staffed, safeguarding the development and progression of our professionals. Our polycentric model not only gives us the flexibility to respond to our client’s needs, but also allows us to help our clients adapt to the shifting dynamics of the global marketplace.

The Firm’s practice group leaders are responsible for ensuring our talent pipelines and succession plans are diverse and inclusive, which strengthens our ability to provide our clients with innovative solutions. To achieve this, our Talent Management professionals participate in an ongoing diversity and inclusion learning and development program, which enables them to drive our diversity and inclusion strategy through our recruitment and retention efforts. The Firm’s mentorship program and succession plan provides our associates with an opportunity for growth and development, preparing them to assume leadership roles at the appropriate time.

Advancing diversity and inclusion in our communities

We are proud to support a strong culture of corporate social responsibility and civic engagement, pro bono work and commitment to diversity, inclusion and sustainability. It is an intrinsic part of our positive and forward-thinking culture—a culture that we believe has always been critical to our success and the success of our clients. To learn more about our pro bono work in the communities in which we live and work, click here 

Through partnerships with local organizations and progressive business policies, Dentons promotes diversity in our communities, and establishes the groundwork for the next generation of lawyers and business professionals.

We are committed to – and actively participate in – the Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network, a group of Canadian law firms who have signed a Statement of Principles and have agreed to work together to promote diversity, and encourage a culture of inclusion in our firms and the broader legal community.

Dentons is an employer partner at the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC), an organization that helps new Canadians connect to employment that fully leverages their skills and talents. Since its inception in 2004, Dentons has supported more than 100 skilled new Canadians who have gone on to succeed in the labour market.
Our Toronto office continues to make a positive impact on a local at-risk community by participating in the Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS) program, a mentoring partnership between the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School and the Toronto District School Board. LAWS was formed to provide an academic program aimed at supporting, guiding and motivating Grade 11 and 12 students attending school in a marginalized Toronto neighborhood. Dentons also provides a paid internship position to one or two LAWS student per year, which gives successful candidates the opportunity to not only gain firsthand experience working in a legal environment, on a rotation basis in our business services groups, but also network with our lawyers and other Firm members.

We also participate in other collaborative programs, such as RBC’s Aboriginal Articling Program and the Aboriginal Business Student Internship in partnership with Polygon Homes. Through our Polygon Homes partnership program, Indigenous undergraduate business students have the opportunity to work in non-traditional areas of business and network with business leaders in Vancouver.

Dentons is committed to partnering, sponsoring and engaging with a number of influential organizations across the country, as outlined below.

Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion

Dentons is a founding employer partner and pro bono legal counsel to the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI), an organization whose focus is to provide practical, sustainable solutions to help employers move forward towards true inclusion. We are proud to annually support the CCDI’s signature spring gala, BLOOM!, which celebrates and recognizes the accomplishments of Canada’s diversity and inclusion professionals. Diversity champions have the opportunity to apply for the Dentons Senior Executive of the Year Award which recognizes Canadian Executive Leaders for outstanding contributions and commitment to diversity, inclusion, human rights and equity within their organization.

Catalyst Canada

Dentons is a member of Catalyst Canada, a non-profit corporate membership research and advisory organization, working to build inclusive environments and expand opportunities for women in business and professional service.

Pride at Work Canada

Dentons is a founding partner of Pride at Work Canada, an organization dedicated to fostering a workplace culture of inclusion for LGBT employees.

Start Proud

Dentons is pro bono legal counsel to Start Proud, a non-profit organization that facilitates the professional development of LGBTQ students as they transition from school to career. The Firm is also an annual sponsor of Start Proud’s Out on Bay Street Annual Conference and facilitates the annual Moot Competition – where teams of three and four work together to develop a strategic plan that addresses current LGBT issues, drawing from a multitude of business areas. Teams then present their plans to a panel of judges at Dentons’ Toronto office.

Justicia Project of the Law Society of Ontario and the Law Society of British Columbia

Dentons is a signatory and active participant in this program, which is designed to retain and advance women lawyers in private practice. In particular, this program focuses on maternity and parental leave, and flex-work policies, sharing strategies and best practices for tracking gender demographics, adopting initiatives to foster women’s networking and business development, and promoting leadership skills for women.

We are also proud to be affiliated with and support a number of fantastic organizations including the South Asian Bar Association, the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, the Korean Lawyers Association, the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, the Black Law Students’ Association of Canada and the Women’s Executive Network.

Recognition

As a testament to our continued dedication, Dentons is proud to be recognized among the following:

  • Canada’s Best Diversity Employers (2011-2018)
  • Stonewall’s Top Global Employers (2018) for LGBT inclusion
  • British Columbia’s Top Employers (2017-2018)
  • Alberta’s Best Workplaces for Diversity and Inclusion (2016)
  • Canada’s Top LGBT-Inclusive Employers (2015)
  • Canada’s Best Employers for Young People (2012, 2016)
  • Canada’s Best Employers for New Canadians (2009 – 2013)