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DLA Piper

Dispute resolution Tier 2

The global coverage of DLA Piper allows its Australian team to act on complex cross-border disputes for a spread of large companies, banks, government and statutory body clients, and insurers. The team offers full services, but particularly stands out for its recent work in relation to technology disputes, product liability and mass torts, and regulatory investigations.  Gitanjali Bajaj contributes significantly to the team’s arbitration offering and focuses on the construction, infrastructure, energy and transport sectors. Perth-based Richard Edwards and Brisbane-based Liam Prescott are also noted, while special counsel Jonathon Ellis stands out for his work in the financial services sector. In May 2019, David Leggatt left the partnership in Melbourne to set up his own firm and practice head Rani John has moved to Ashurst.


The team was always very prompt in answering our queries and did so with due sensitivity in light of the various concerns which we had to navigate. Team members took on feedback in ensuring that the work product was delivered within the short time frame required by the client and in line with our expectations

Jonathon Ellis is a standout – he is commercial and pragmatic, and always puts the client first

Gitanjali Bajaj has incredible experience in managing and dealing with international commercial arbitration

Key clients

Nine Entertainment Group

Domino’s Pizza Enterprises

Western Power

The Securities and Exchange Board of India

WA Glendinning & Associates Pty

Anastasios Galanos, Gardner Group Pty

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

The Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste


Insurance Tier 2

The insurance team at DLA Piper  is praised by clients for its ability to provide advice at both national and international levels and includes London-based insurers. The group’s work in the contentious space, where it acts for both insurers and insureds is notable as is its transactional and regulatory expertise. Brisbane-based Samantha O’Brien heads up the national insurance department and specialises in the regulation of financial services providers. Clients also single out Sydney-based James Morse, whose practice focuses on contentious insurance work, which is also an area of specialism for James Berg. Brisbane-based Sophie Devitt is highlighted for her expertise in the area of insurance and financial services regulation.

Practice head(s):

Samantha O’Brien

Other key lawyers:


Samantha O’Brien and her team have in-depth knowledge of the insurance and regulatory environment and are able to break issues down in a practical manner

The team has unrivalled international insurance knowledge and always goes above and beyond for its clients

The team provides concise and clear advice promptly

James Morse is an exceptional partner who is available day and night for his clients

Key clients

Gardner Group Pty

Chubb Insurance Australia

Suncorp Group

Competition and trade Tier 3

DLA Piper’s competition team forms part of the firm’s wider litigation and regulatory department. The practice has a recognised strength in the regulatory space, where it acts for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. The group also focuses on merger clearances, cartel investigations, abuse of dominance issues, consumer law matters, and compliance advice. Simon Uthmeyer heads up the department and is well versed in handling both contentious and non-contentious antitrust issues. Fleur Gibbons is also a key contact, and stands out for her specialist expertise in the utilities sector.

Practice head(s):

Simon Uthmeyer

Other key lawyers:


Fleur Gibbons is commercially minded and has an ability to go ahead in the game rather than wait for the next issue to arise.

Key clients

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

DBCT Management Pty

Australian Airports Association

Lake Vermont Resources Pty

Essential Energy

United Energy

Perth Airport

Gold Coast Airport

Australian Health Services Alliance



Queensland Rail

ActewAGL Distribution

CitiPower and Powercor Australia


Construction Tier 3

DLA Piper’s team of ‘excellent lawyers’ provide both front-end and back-end expertise to domestic and international clients from industries such as transport, energy and resources and social infrastructure. Practice head John Gallagher operates from Melbourne and is noted for his ‘terrific experience’, particularly in relation to developing and re-engineering collaborative and relationship contracting models. Sydney-based José de Ponte is experienced in handling major PPP projects and recently made partner alongside Corey Steel. A number of external hires also added to the practice's numbers at partner level, Jonathan Stafford and Owen Hayford joined from Colin Biggers & Paisley and PWC, along with David Lyons and Tom Fotheringham from Herbert Smith Freehills and King & Wood Mallesons respectively.  

Practice head(s):

John Gallagher;

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Webb; Richard Edwards; Kate Papailiou; Gitanjali Bajaj; José de Ponte;


‘The DLA Piper team works in a very integrated manner across different workstreams.’

‘Clear thinkers who listen to clients and communicate well’.

‘John Gallagher has terrific experience and brings it to the table. Not afraid to give full and frank advice’.

Key clients

Lindsay Australia Limited

Monero Constructions Australia Pty Ltd

Queensland Airports Limited

JetSuite Australia Pty Ltd

BoardGrove Architects Pty Ltd

Mrmarson Holdings Pty Ltd

Exclusive Removals Pty Ltd

Avanza Spain, S. A.

Historical Holdings Pty Ltd

Frontline Heavy Pty Ltd trading as Frontline Marine

Wood Group Kenny Australia Pty Ltd

Iron Matrix Pty Ltd

AECOM Government Services Australia Pty Ltd

Hindmarsh Construction Australia Pty Limited

Seaspan Corporation

Victorian Government – Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources.

Transport for NSW

Essential Energy

Acciona Construction Australia Pty Ltd


Asian Development Bank and the Ministry of Healthcare and Social Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Thales Australia Limited

Sacyr Environment Australia Pty Ltd

Vena Energy Services (Australia) Pty Ltd

Dispute resolution: class actions Tier 3

DLA Piper’s litigation and regulatory department acts on large class actions and mass tort lawsuits across a number of key sectors, such as insurance, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, financial services, and sports. A key differentiator for the team is its access to the firm’s wider network, which allows it to provide strategic cross-border litigation advice. The practice is led by Melbourne-based Kieran O’Brien, who also co-chairs the firm’s international class actions and collective redress group. Cameron Maclean and Jock Inness-Campbell are names to note at the office in Perth.

Practice head(s):

Kieran O’Brien

Key clients

Western Power

London Underwriters


Intellectual property Tier 3

In Sydney, the ‘exceptional’ practice head Melinda Upton leads DLA Piper's IP and technology department which has ‘a true global reach like no other firm on the market’. The group can operate with ease across multiple jurisdictions, which is evidenced in its IP work for high-profile brands such as Fitbit, for which the team is currently handling a number of issues relating to trade mark infringement, counterfeiting and parallel imports. The department is equally well-versed in acting on contentious as well as transactional issues. In the contentious space, Nicholas Tyacke is a key figure who successfully led a team acting for Wyeth and Wyeth Australia on a patent dispute in the life sciences space. In Melbourne, ‘remarkable’ IP litigator Robynne Sanders’ notable client base consists of those in the medical devices, engineering and technology sectors, among others. Sydney-based senior associate Jessie Buchan is ‘very knowledgeable on brand protection and IP enforcement matters’.

Practice head(s):

Melinda Upton


The team is always responsive and quick, and always meets deadlines

Team members have a thorough understanding of their clients’ business objectives and provide pragmatic advice, keeping those business goals in mind at all times

Lawyers on the team are very hardworking, strategically focused, and meticulous in terms of attention to detail and preparation

Melinda Upton is a highly trusted business partner and collaborator. While working with Melinda, I have always found her to be a highly efficient and with excellent client skills. She always puts the client first and provides commercial and pragmatic advice

Senior associate Jessie Buchan has provided excellent advice in regard to branding strategies and IP portfolio management. She is very responsive and easy to work with, and goes above and beyond to ensure that clients’ needs are understood, often in the face of very tight deadlines

Nicholas Tyacke is very focused, completely committed to achieving his clients’ objectives, and examines closely the details of the case. He leads a very hardworking and highly skilled team that works tirelessly

Key clients

Pfizer/ Pfizer Ireland/ Pfizer Australia


Wyeth/ Wyeth Australia

Neurim Pharmaceuticals (1991)

Spin Master

Newell Rubbermaid





Hilton International Asia Pacific Pte

Labour and employment Tier 3

DLA Piper's Australia employment team works closely with colleagues in London, Hong Kong, Singapore and the US to provide cross-jurisdictional advice to clients considering expansion or starting operations in Australia. On a national level, the firm's offering is spread across the offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth and acts for a growing client roster of high-profile names spanning a wide array of industries. Nicholas Turner heads the practice from Sydney while Rick Catanzariti sits in Melbourne. In Perth, Leanne Nickels is the main name to note. Also notable is senior associate Clancy King who has experience in the technology, banking and financial services and professional services sectors.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Turner


‘DLA Piper is known for its excellent in-depth legal knowledge coupled with common sense and a pragmatic approach to litigation.’

‘I continue to be impressed by DLA Piper’s quality of work, advice and attentiveness. It is a team that genuinely cares about relationships and client service. The firm provides commercially sensible advice and are cost-effective. I highly recommend its services.’

‘The practice is well-known for its sensible, outcome-focused approach combined with a sophisticated and intellectual take on key issues in employment and industrial law. The team’s key strengths are its ability to engage with clients and work collaboratively to develop solutions to actual problems, rather than ivory-tower thinking or an overly aggressive, confrontational approach. Compared to other firms it is extremely well placed to litigate smartly.’

‘Nicholas Turner and Clancy King are excellent lawyers who are also great fun to work with. They are both dedicated individuals who go to great lengths to ensure that their clients are provided with timely and sensible legal advice. They take a pragmatic approach to litigation and achieve incredible results for their clients that, more often than not, well and truly exceed their clients’ expectations.’

‘Nicholas Turner has a great deal of local and international experience.’

‘Clancy King is extremely attentive and has strong litigation skills including the preparation of evidence and advocacy.’

‘We have found all our interactions with Leanne Nickels to be very positive. Leanne is responsive, has a good understanding of our business, our agreements and the application. Her expertise in employment law is very good, she has navigated us to outcomes on a number of occasions. I value her calm demeanour, I trust what she is telling me as she can articulate it in a way that I understand and I am clear on the strategies.’

‘Clancy King particularly stands out for her ability to work collaboratively and engagingly with internal and external stakeholders, her high-level and cutting edge knowledge of employment and industrial law, and her ability to integrate outstanding technical expertise with commercial know-how and a common-sense approach to dispute resolution and litigation.’

Key clients



Austin Health

Barracuda Networks

Bendigo Health


Bristol-Myers Squibb

Bristow Helicopters Australia

China Navigation Company (a subsidiary of the Swire Group)

Downer EDI Limited

Dyson Technology

Fircroft, including One Key

Fresenius Medical Care

Gilead Sciences

Global Payments AU/NZ (including Ezidebit)

Guzman y Gomez

Halo Top


Inditex Group (Zara)

Insurance Australia Group Limited (IAG)


Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes

LINK Group

London Stock Exchange Group

Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board


Monash Health

MoneyGram International

Mozilla Corporation

Murdoch University

Netflix, Inc

Newell Rubbermaid (including Coleman and Sunbeam)

One Tree Community Services

Queensland Investment Corporation




Square, Inc



TopShop/Top Man


University of Notre Dame

Vertex Pharmaceuticals




Wood Group

ZOLL Medical Corporation

Project development Tier 3

The 'knowledgeable and proficient' team at DLA Piper serves both domestic and international clients largely in relation to infrastructure in the energy and resources sectors. Alex Jones in Perth and Stephen Webb in Brisbane are the practice leaders and Kate Papailiou is recommended for project finance and development work. The firm can provide a full service that includes real estate, planning and native title issues. John Gallagher is noted for his construction and infrastructure/PPP experience.

Practice head(s):

Alex Jones; Stephen Webb

Other key lawyers:


An holistic team with depth of resources. Dedicated partners that work with you every step of the way, including the long hours when they’re necessary.

Kate Papailiou is enthusiastic, hard working and sensible.  Kate was of tremendous assistance closing our deal.

The team has a broad cross section of legal support that is required to develop a project from native title, tenure, off take negotiations through to project financing along with project development contract requirements.’

The team are all knowledgeable and proficient in their area of expertise. Also willing to put in the extra effort and hours to get the job done.’

Key clients

Southern Cross LCT Pty Ltd

Arrow Minerals Limited

Alliance Mineral Assets Limited

GBM Gold Ltd

Byrnecut UK Ltd

Mining Plus UK Limited

Podium Minerals Limited

Birimian Limited

EV Metals Group PLC

Matador Mining Limited

Bullseye Mining Limited

Societe des Mines de Finkolo S.A

Maroon Gold Pty Ltd

Auctus Minerals

Kalium Lakes Limited

Resolute Mining Limited

Alliance Mining Commodities Limited

Government of Timor-Leste – Autoridade Nacional do Petróleo e Minerais (ANPM); Maritime Boundary Office

APA Group

SUEZ Recycling and Recovery Pty Ltd

Essential Energy

Transport for NSW

Acciona Construction Australia Pty Ltd

Australian Renewable Energy Agency  (ARENA)

Excel RE Holdings Pty Ltd as trustee of the Excel RE (a JV between Blue Sky and Goldman Sachs)

Atira Student Living (as related party operator)

Asian Development Bank and the Ministry of Healthcare and Social Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Project finance Tier 3

The team at DLA Piper handles a range of financings, both onshore and overseas. Hugo Thistlewood acts for financiers and borrowers on transactions involving an array of industries including retail, real estate and  transport. Alex Regan has long-standing experience of project financing in addition to leveraged and acquisition finance, while David Lyons, who joined from Herbert Smith Freehills in December 2018, provides additional strength to the team. Kate Papailiou's work includes leading the team advising Transport for New South Wales on all aspects, including the financing, of the A$1bn billion project to replace the entire New South Wales regional rail fleet. Onno Bakker is the national head of finance, projects and restructuring and the financial services sector.

Practice head(s):

Onno Bakker

Key clients

Washington H Soul Pattinson

PGIM Real Estate

Broadspectrum Pty Limited

Vena Energy Services (Australia) Pty Ltd

Bothar Boring group of companies

Transport for New South Wales

Palisade Investment Partners Limited

Sacyr Environment Australia Pty Ltd

Asian Development Bank

Ministry of Healthcare,  Government of Kazakhstan

Castalia Limited and the Government of the Solomon Islands

Essential Energy

Pramerica Investment Management (Australia) Pty Ltd

Excel RE Holdings Pty Ltd as trustee of the Excel RE

Paringa Resources Limited

Kalium Lakes

Destination Brisbane Consortium

RATCH-Australia Corporation Limited

Australian Renewable Energy Agency

Campus Living Villages

Real estate Tier 3

DLA Piper supports its clients across matters including large-scale transactions, complex developments, real estate disputes and corporate occupier leasing. Brisbane-based Tim Mathers serves as department head and is a specialist in the acquisition and disposal of industrial, retail and commercial real estate. His team represents a significant number of international private and listed clients as well as domestic asset managers, private equity houses, investors and developers. Other members of the team are located in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.  

Practice head(s):

Tim Mathers

Other key lawyers:

Les Koltai; Arthur Chong;

Key clients

Destination Brisbane Consortium

Aventus Property Group

Finbar Group Limited

UEM Sunrise

Charter Hall

GAW Capital

Allianz Real Estate

Australian Football League (AFL)

Merlin Entertainment

Devwest Group

Regulatory compliance and investigations Tier 3

DLA Piper’s team possesses ‘a very good understanding of Australian regulatory requirements’ with a full-service offering that includes corruption, bribery, money laundering, sanctions, fraud, risk management, whistleblowing, financial irregularities and securities issues. Natalie Caton in Brisbane is a name to note and Rani John has left the practice to join Ashurst.

Other key lawyers:

Natalie Caton; Jonathon Ellis;


‘Very practical and client oriented with a very good understanding of Australian regulatory requirements.’

‘The DLA Piper team offers that expertise, as well as an ability to bring international insights and learning to the table.’

‘DLA Piper have a depth of understanding of my industry as well as a pragmatic and user-friendly client experience provided by the partners and lawyers’.

Key clients

Bank of Queensland Limited

H.R.L. Morrison & Co Private Markets Pty Ltd

Batchfire Resources Pty Ltd

Nine Entertainment Group

Tax Tier 3

The ‘effective and efficient’ team at DLA Piper is ‘able to balance technical requirements with practical approaches’. Its full-service offering includes international and indirect tax, transfer pricing, controversy and disputes along with international corporate reorganisations. Active on both domestic and cross-border matters, the practice is headed by the ‘experienced’ and ‘knowledgeable’ Jock McCormack whose sector specialisms include financial services, funds management, consumer and retail, property development, construction and hotels.

Practice head(s):

Jock McCormack

Other key lawyers:

James Newnham; Eddie Ahn


‘DLA Tax provides the customised and always latest updates in the market for our benefit. They think through our request and provide the feedback from the clients’ perspective.’

‘Eddie Ahn  is extremely helpful’.

‘Good knowledge of the subject area and prompt responses to all work requests.’

‘Jock McCormack has strong knowledge of subject areas and prompt attention to work requests.’

‘DLA Piper Australia is effective and efficient. They provide great client services and are able to balance technical requirements with practical approaches.’

Jock McCormack is an experienced tax partner with in-depth tax expertise.  He is responsive, thorough and practical in his guidance. Au Jun is an Associate – she also provides great client services and manages project to timely completion.’



Banking and finance Tier 4

DLA Piper divides its practice into three notable areas of expertise spanning corporate banking transactions for Australian borrowers and lenders, domestic and international finance transactions for corporates, investors and banks and project finance transactions. The group’s position within the firm’s global network allows for substantial cross-border experience, while notable domestic clients include ANZ, Bank of Melbourne and Washington H Soul Pattinson. Onno Bakker heads up the finance and projects, and financial services sector teams; other key practitioners include Hugo Thistlewood, who is a specialist in surety bond financings; and Alex Regan, who handles acquisition, leveraged, project and real estate financing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Onno Bakker

Other key lawyers:


The group’s key strengths are its commerciality, its team of trusted advisors and partners, strong knowledge and capability, speed to market, and ability to provide insights and offers solutions.

Key clients

Washington H Soul Pattinson

PGIM Real Estate

Broadspectrum Pty Limited

Bank of Melbourne, a division of Westpac Banking Group

Bothar Boring Group

St George Bank and Westpac (New Zealand)

Palisade Investment Partners Limited

Cromwell Funds Management Limited

Speedcast International Limited

Suncorp Group Limited

Deutsche Bank

Citibank N.A.

Reece Limited

Maroon Gold Pty Ltd

Euler Hermes, Singapore Branch

IAG Re Singapore Pte Ltd

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited

HSBC Bank Australia Limited

Corporate and M&A Tier 4

DLA Piper serves a broad range of domestic and international clients on public and private M&A deals and works with its US-, Middle East- and Asia-based colleagues when assisting global clients. It has attracted high-value work in the technology sector acting for fintech companies in addition to attracting mandates in areas such as insurance and natural resources. Grant Koch, David Ryan and Lyndon Masters are the leading partners and the team has grown substantially with the recruitment of five corporate partners from Norton Rose Fulbright.

Practice head(s):

Grant Koch

Other key lawyers:


A strong team which has been a consistent performer for our business. Great with corporate transactions and those involving a tech/start-up element. DLA’s corporate team are a go-to for our organisation for these kinds of transactions and offer a service which exceeds those of its peers.’

Lyndon Masters is a stand-out performer. A diligent, calm and focused professional, he is an asset to the DLA team.’

Key clients

Link Group

PEXA (Consortium comprising Link Group, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Morgan Stanley Infrastructure)


BEWG International (Beijing Enterprise Water Group International)

Laureate Education

Morrison & Co

Global Payments Inc.

Atlas Iron Limited

Merlin Entertainments

Buddy Platform

Helios Technologies

Alliance Mineral Assets Limited

Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Company Limited

Pacific Energy

Suncorp Group Limited

Gazal Corporation Limited

Massive Interactive Inc

Downer EDI

Reece Limited

Australian Football League

Riversdale Resources Limited

Pacific Equity Partners

Energy (transactions and regulatory) Tier 4

DLA Piper is highlighted for being one of the firms that provides domestic and global/cross-border expertise in the energy markets. Brisbane-based Stephen Webb heads the Asia energy practice and has built a significant international practice advising government departments in jurisdictions such as Timor-Leste, the Philippines, the Maldives and Vietnam. In Sydney, Alex Regan's skills encompass energy, resources and infrastructure financings and investments including in relation to greenfield and brownfield developments and acquisitions. Kate Papailiou in Brisbane acts for clients including the NSW Department of Planning and Environment on the Regional Community Energy Fund and for ARENA on a complex microgrid combining solar, wind, battery and gas generation for an offgrid deployment. In Perth, Alex Jones co-heads the global mining group and is head of finance and projects. The firm has recruited a number of new lawyers including in the finance/projects area, including Chris Mitchell from Norton Rose Fulbright and Tom Fotheringham from King & Wood Mallesons.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Webb


DLA Piper have both a domestic and international presence in the Energy markets.  Other firms indicate they have this presence but the reality is often significantly different. The DLA Piper executives are specialists in the domestic and international energy markets.  This gives DLA Piper a significant competitive advantage.’

Key clients

MEC Resources Limited

Western Gas Corporation Pty Ltd

Sunset Power International Pty Ltd t/a Delta Electricity

Alinta Energy Developments Pty Ltd

Ljungstrom Pty Ltd

Quantum Power GK

Gladstone Renewable Electricity Pty Ltd

Bungala Solar Holdings Pty Ltd

RS Energy Group Topco, Inc.

Murphy Oil Company. Ltd.

Tas Gas Networks Pty Ltd

AGP1 Aust Pty Ltd

MEC Resources Limited

The Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

Vena Energy

Australian Renewable Energy Agency

Clean Energy Finance Corporation

ActewAGL Distribution (now known as Evoenergy)

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

CitiPower Pty Ltd and Powercor Australia Limited

Territory Generation

Berkeley Energia

Volt Power (formerly Enerji Limited)

Altura Group

Equis Funds Group

JKC Australia Pty Ltd

Acciona Construction Australia Pty Ltd

Basslink Pty Ltd

IT and telecoms Tier 4

Tim Lyons, who heads the DLA Piper practice from Melbourne, has especially strong expertise in the areas of large-scale procurement/outsourcing transactions and complex upgrade/implementation projects for the public sector. Senior associate Sarah Dolan is also noted for her IT-related work, especially for the Government of Victoria. The team is often part of a cross-border project and includes capital markets and M&A work for its sector clients. Peter Jones left the practice to join Herbert Smith Freehills .

Practice head(s):

Tim Lyons

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Victoria Police

Court Services Victoria



Dentsu Aegis Network

Cloud Lending Solutions

Kapsch Trafficcom

Lumina Networks


Education Horizons Group


Thales Australia Group

Natural resources (transactions and regulatory) Tier 4

Based in Perth, Alex Jones is the global co-chair of DLA Piper's energy and natural resources sector. The team provides corporate, finance and regulatory expertise to mid-sized mining companies in addition to its work with other global offices on cross-border work. The team has been boosted with the hire of Tom Fotheringham from King & Wood Mallesons and Chris Mitchell and Andrew Fisken from Norton Rose Fulbright who bring significant transactional experience of the resources and energy markets.

Practice head(s):

Alex Jones

Key clients


Alliance Mineral Assets Limited

Altura Lithium Operations

Andina Resources

API Management

Atlas Iron

Auctus Minerals


Australia Salt Lake Potash

Barra Resources

Batchfire Resources

Battery Minerals

Berkeley Energia


Black Range Mining

Buddy Technologies

Carnegie Clean Energy

Cradle Resources

DBCT Management Pty Ltd

Eastern Goldfields

Echo Resources

Extension Hill

Gold Valley Investments

Hanwha Mining Services

Jellinbah Group

Kalium Lakes

Kasbah Resources

Lake Vermont Resources Pty Ltd

Manuka Resources

Maroon Gold Pty Ltd

Marubeni Coal

Mighty River International

Minas de Revuboe

Mine Builder

MOD Resources

Nickel Mines Limited

Paringa Resources

Pilbara Minerals Limited

Prairie Mining

ResCap Investments

Resolute Mining

Riversdale Resources Limited


Salt Lake Potash

Sorrento Resources

Talisman Mining

Teranga Gold

Titan Minerals

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

With substantial expertise in the financial services, retail and mining sectors, DLA Piper counts debtors, lenders, government trustees, shareholders, senior executives and investors as clients, examples include the Bank of Queensland, Ferrier Hodgson and Deloitte. Alongside key expertise in domestic restructuring and insolvency work, the group also handles investigations, enforcement matters, litigation and asset recovery work at a cross-border level, leveraging the firm’s wider global network. Kon Tsiakis and Amelia Kelly jointly head the team from Melbourne and Sydney respectively; Tsiakis regularly assists banking clients with the enforcement of security and asset recovery strategies, and Kelly is a key name for mid-market insolvency work.

Practice head(s):

Kon Tsiakis; Amelia Kelly


Excellent Advice delivered in a timely manner at an appropriate price.

Amelia Kelly is always available and approachable and is always focused on the client’s best interests.

Key clients

Atlantic Limited


Bank of Queensland

Brynecut Offshore


Ferrier Hodgson


Molopo Energy

Westpac Banking Corporation 

Capital markets

DLA Piper excels in handling cross-border equity transactions thanks to its international network, most notably acting for US companies on listings and capital raisings in Australia; it recently advised Life360 on its A$820m IPO and ASX listing. The group is also noted for its expertise in the technology, mining and resources sectors; example clients include Webjet, Nickel Mines and Paringa Resources. David Ryan leads the ECM department, which also includes Perth-based partners Marc Wilshaw and Scott Gibson. The practice also benefitted from the recruitment of five corporate partners from Norton Rose Fulbright in 2019.

Practice head(s):

David Ryan

Other key lawyers:


DLA Piper’s depth of knowledge and expertise, particularly in the area of unique and cutting edge transactions, is outstanding. They also have the ability to provide clear and concise advice.

David Ryan has the ability to provide clear and concise advice.

The team has strong insights and connections to the ASX and ASIC which ensures the advice is up to date and appropriate for ASX listed companies. The team has continued to support us without the need to supplement the team.

The team is accessible day and night seven days a week and are always professional and responsive to our needs.

Key clients

Webjet Limited

Pengana Capital Group Limited

Nickel Mines Limited


Riversdale Resources Limited

Kleos Space Sarl


IMF Bentham Limited

Buddy Platform Limited

Paringa Resources Limited

Bardoc Gold Limited

Tubi Pty Ltd

Global Co-Chairs: Roger Meltzer and Andrew Darwin
Co-Chief Executive Officers: Simon Levine and Cameron Jay Rains
Number of partners: 1,500
Number of lawyers: 5,000
Languages: The firm speaks over 60 languages
Offices: Lawyers located in more than 60 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

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