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Australia > Data protection Tier 2

DLA Piper bolstered its data and privacy offering with the arrival of Anthony Lloyd from Minter Ellison in early 2021, bringing in significant experience in international standards, privacy frameworks and cybersecurity infrastructure. Elsewhere, the team is led by Melbourne’s Tim Lyons , who advises major international clients including technology, financial services and healthcare entities on data privacy compliance and reporting obligations, while in Sydney Nicholas Boyle also regularly advises on risk management and compliance at the front end, as well as handling ‘back end’ data breach responses alongside investigations and disputes specialist Jonathon Ellis . Sarah Birkett focuses on the application of privacy regulations and notifications, and is particularly strong in the healthcare sector.

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‘DLA Piper’s legal services are excellent value for money compared to other similar firms. They provide good quality, efficient legal assistance for a very competitive price. Being an international firm they offer great access to resources and legal updates regarding relevant legal developments across the globe, which is very useful.’

‘Nick Boyle and his team provide excellent legal services. They are very responsive and efficient and have a good knowledge of our business and how we operate. Nick is very professional and personable and has excellent market knowledge and experience.’

Key clients

Westpac Banking Corporation


10x Future Technologies

Insurance Australia Group

Super Retail Group


Court Services Victoria

Victorian Department of Transport

Victoria Police

Capstone Logistics, LLC

HCL Australia Services Pty Ltd

Speedcast Group


Corum Group Limited

Royal Woman’s Hospital (Victoria)

Hannover Life Re of Australasia Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Westpac on a range of contracting matters relating to technology contracts involving complex data protection arrangements.
  • Completed a Privacy Impact Assessment for the County Court of Victoria in respect of an urgent project to implement an Electronic Evidence Management and Electronic Court Books Management solution for the County Court of Victoria in response to the Covid-19 lockdowns in Melbourne.
  • Advised Netball Australia on the privacy implications of its use of a player management system in respect of the nationwide “NetSetGo” program and its arrangements with the State Australian Netball Organisations regarding the use of alternatives player management systems.

Australia > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 2

DLA Piper has a global presence in arbitration thanks to the international footprint of the firm. Recently appointed ACICA vice-president Gitanjali Bajaj co-leads the international arbitration practice across the Asia Pacific from Sydney; she is skilled in both domestic and international commercial arbitration within the building and construction, infrastructure, oil and gas, power and energy sectors. Richard Edwards, Gowri Kangeson and Liam Prescott are also notable team members, each conducting complex and high-value commercial arbitration, based in Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane, respectively.


‘Excellent commercial acumen, timely and thorough work, dedicated to delivering cost efficient and targetted legal services.’

‘A team with a leader who listened to the client\’s requirements. Was very effective in issuing us with work plans and budgets.’

‘Gitanjali Bajaj -is an excellent communicator and efficient. A quality and effective leader which is reflected through the quality of the work produced by her teams members as well as their enthusiasm for their work.’

‘Richard Edwards is at the top of his game, a real market leader.’

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    Australia > Insurance Tier 2

    The insurance group at DLA Piper recently received a major boost with the arrival of industry leader Tricia Hobson from Norton Rose Fulbright in May 2021. The ‘contemporary, dynamic‘ team advises major domestic national and international insurers and reinsurers, underwriters, policyholders, industry bodies, and regulators across the wide spectrum of matters across the practice area. These include class actions, business interruption cases, D&O disputes, W&I claims, regulatory investigations and enforcement. The team is headed by insurance regulatory authority Samantha O’Brien in Brisbane and commercial litigation expert James Morse in Sydney, and backed by professional liability specialist Carmen Elder at the Sydney office, and senior associate Ann-Marie Coleman in Brisbane.

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    ‘DLA Piper represents great value for money given the amounts at stake in the matters where they have been instructed. They have unmatched expertise in providing coverage advice on complex and high-value warranty & indemnity insurance claims.’

    ‘My main contacts are James Morse and Clancy O’Donovan, and they are a great team together. James and Clancy are incredibly commercial and provide clear and realistic advice. They will always make sure strengths and weaknesses in a claim are fully explained and you can depend on them to advise you correctly.’

    ‘James Morse is the master of client care – even though we have instructed him from London, he is always incredibly responsive. It is not uncommon to email him in the afternoon (London time) and receive a response within minutes, even though it is late at night in Sydney. This means that we do not lose a day each time we correspond, as can be the case with other law firms that we instruct in the APAC region.’

    ‘This is a contemporary dynamic team that work particularly cohesively without ego, enabling a very high standard and high level of carefully considered advice being provided. Their level of collaboration brings huge benefits and certainty around advice that is provided making the partnership with this practice very cost-efficient for us and our clients. Every insurance partner is a stand-out practitioner in their own right but collectively they are a group to reckon with.’

    ‘James Morse, Sophie Devitt, Cameron McLean, Sarah Fountain. All of these partners are always available to any of my team. Our clients feel protected by the umbrella of their knowledge and commitment. Importantly they have all taken a great deal of time to ensure that they understand our business to its core and our values. Their knowledge of the law their own values that match our corporate values makes them stand out and very different to many of their competitors.’

    Key clients

    Allianz Australia

    Allianz Worldwide Partners

    AON Australia

    AXA XL


    Berkley Insurance Australia

    Hannover Life Re

    Liberty Mutual Insurance


    QBE European Underwriting Services (Europe)

    RACQ Insurance

    Steadfast Group


    Swiss Re

    Tokio Marine HCC


    Work highlights

    • Acted for Swiss Re in an industry-wide test case, a litigation in Australia with regard to business interruption claims arising from COVID-19.
    • Advised FreightSafe, InsurTech business that provides claims management services on behalf of insurers and freight companies, on the implications of the upcoming reforms which makes insurance claims handling a financial service.
    • Acting in for Chubb insurance on a construction claim, stemming from an incident where a cigarette butt was left un-extinguished on the balcony of the Lacrosse residential tower in Melbourne.

    Australia > Project development Tier 2

    Leveraging the firm’s global network, DLA Piper’s nationwide team handles domestic and cross-border projects for a varied range of clients, focusing primarily on the oil and gas, mining, energy, and infrastructure sectors. Alex Jones, based in Perth, advises clients on the acquisition, development and operation of natural resources and infrastructure projects; he is also experienced in administrative proceedings and judicial reviews. Brisbane partner Stephen Webb focuses primarily on financing transactions in the energy, transport and mining sectors. Alyson Eather (Perth) specialises in risk management, strategic procurement, and probity matters, particularly in the mining and infrastructure domains. Senior associate Victoria Brockhall provides comprehensive advice to clients engaged in construction projects, which includes support with risk analysis and commercial contracting.

    Practice head(s):

    Alex Jones

    Key clients

    SUEZ Recycling and Recovery Pty Ltd

    Thales Australia

    The Design & Construction JV comprising Salini Impregilo S.p.A, GS Engineering and Construction, and China Construction Oceania

    Auckland City Council

    Downer EDI Rail Pty Limited

    Veolia Water Australia Pty Ltd

    Australian Football League

    Merricks Capital

    TTCL Public Company and Sojitz Corporation

    Resolute Mining Limited

    The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – Ministry of Mines and Petroleum

    Government of Timor-Leste – Autoridade Nacional do Petróleoe Minerais; Maritime Boundary Office

    Destination Brisbane Consortium

    Atlas Personnel Services Pty Ltd

    Salt Lake Potash Limited

    Kalium Lakes Limited

    Leichhardt Industrials Pty Ltd

    Atlantic Vanadium Pty Ltd (AVPL)

    EV Metals Group plc

    AVZ Minerals Ltd

    Blue Cap Mining Pty Ltd

    China Railway Construction Company

    Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA), British Columbia, Canada

    BNP Paribas, DBS Bank and ING


    Sprott Resource Lending; Sprott Inc.

    Valoriza Servicios Medioambietales ,S.A; Sacyr Concesiones S.L. and Plenary Origination Pty Ltd

    BE Power

    Work highlights

    • Advising Atlantic Vanadium Pty Ltd on the re-development of the Windimurra Vanadium Project in Western Australia.
    • Assisting EV Metals Group in the development and funding of a mine in the Weld Range region of Western Australia.
    • Advising AVZ Minerals Ltd on the development of a large lithium and tin mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    Australia > Capital markets Tier 3

    The equity capital markets group at DLA Piper leverages its experience to provide solutions to issuers, underwriters and financial advisers across the capital markets arena. Headed up by David Ryan in the Sydney office, and including James Nicholls in Perth and Kelly Morrison in Brisbane, the group’s client portfolio spans the mining and resources, technology and life sciences sectors, and includes Webjet Limited and Zebit Inc. The team’s full service approach extends to IPOs, sales, share purchase plans and pro-rata non-renounceable entitlement offers.

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    ‘Ability to quickly respond to changing requirements and being on point when understanding the commercial outcomes that we’re looking to achieve. The team is made up of highly experienced, intelligent and down-to-earth practitioners who are fearless in their approach to deals. The people that are charged with overseeing deals are a big factor in why we prefer DLA over other firms. They choose the right team members who understand the way we operate and our no-nonsense approach to working through deals.’

    ‘Dave Ryan is an experienced capital markets practitioner who uses his experience to guide clients through the process, and where there are things that arise outside of the expected process, he isn’t fazed by it but applies a calm and level approach to resolve the issue.’

    Key clients

    Webjet Limited

    Zebit, Inc.

    Seequent Group

    Nickel Mines

    Nearmap Ltd


    Kleos Space

    Downer EDI

    Althea Group Holdings Ltd

    Starpharma Holdings Limited

    SO4 Limited

    Strike Energy Limited

    Trajan Group Holdings Limited

    14 Boundary Bend

    Work highlights

    • Acted as issuer counsel to Zebit on its pre-IPO convertible note issuance, and subsequent initial public offering of CDIs over shares of common stock and application for admission to the official list of ASX.
    • Acted as issuer counsel to Trajan on its initial public offering and application for admission to the official list of ASX.
    • Advising Nickel Mines Limited on its A$364m, fully underwritten accelerated pro-rata non-renounceable entitlement offer and on its A$231m fully underwritten accelerated non-renounceable entitlement offer.

    Australia > Competition and trade Tier 3

    DLA Piper advises a number of major Australian companies on the full range of competition and trade law matters, alongside working with state authorities on investigations into major transactions and high-profile enforcement proceedings. The vastly experienced Simon Uthmeyer  leads the Melbourne-based team, and combines strong competition and regulatory insight, working on complex and business-critical competition clearances and investigations. Fleur Gibbons  is another standout performer, and has particular strength in the utilities sector. John Fogarty has a strong focus on consumer law, and regularly advises the ACCC.

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    ‘The DLA Team has very high quality leadership and excellent bench strength. This is combined with deep knowledge and/or focus on ‘how things operate’ across the range of industries in which they work. DLA’s competition and trade practice also integrates its capabilities with those of leading economic experts and so forms very effective combinations for addressing the more complex problems in the competition and trade regulation practice area.’

    ‘Simon Uthmeyer is adept at identifying the most important matters to be addressed to achieve a successful outcome.’

    Key clients

    Perth Airport

    Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

    CitiPower, Powercor and United Energy

    Australian Securities and Investments Commission

    Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal

    Cairns Airport

    Gold Coast Airport

    Australian Health Services Alliance

    Australian Airports Association

    Lake Vermont Resources

    Work highlights

    • Acting for Perth Airport in proceedings against Qantas, seeking to recover unpaid airport usage charges, on the basis of a claim in Qantum Meruit.
    • Prepared submissions to the Queensland Competition Authority for DBCT Management Pty Ltd. The submissions were in response to objections made by certain user groups/stakeholders to DBCTM’s proposed amendment to the regulations for the Dalyrmple Bay Coal Terminal.

    Australia > Construction Tier 3

    DLA Piper leverages its global network to provide comprehensive advice on domestic and cross-border construction projects and disputes. Recent highlights include advising Australian Football League on various aspects of the redevelopment of the Marvel Stadium and Docklands, costing an estimated total of AUD225m. Onno Bakker  and Gitanjali Bajaj  lead the practice from Sydney, possessing respective expertise in project financing and international commercial arbitration. John Gallagher, based in Melbourne, is well-known for his expertise in project structuring and joint venture agreements.

    Practice head(s):

    Onno Bakker; Gitanjali Bajaj

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    Key clients

    JKC Australia LNG Pty Ltd.

    Keolis Downer

    SUEZ Recycling and Recovery Pty Ltd.

    Australian Football League

    SUEZ Water Pty Ltd.

    Merricks Capital

    Downer EDI Rail Pty Ltd.

    Thales Australia Limited

    Salini Impregilo S.p.A et. al

    Asian Development Bank

    Ministry of Healthcare and Social Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan

    China Railway Construction (Southeast Asia) Co., Ltd.

    Transit Systems Pty Ltd.

    Kalium Lakes Limited

    Jindal Steel and Power Limited

    Titan Minerals Limited


    BE Power

    Merricks Capital Pty Limited

    Windhoist Australia Pty Ltd.

    CIMIC Group Limited

    BNP Paribas, DBS Bank and ING Bank N.V.

    China Everbright Bank Co. Ltd.

    Perpetual Corporate Trust Limited atf

    Perpetual (Asia) Limited

    Vancouver Island Health Authority

    Downer EDI Services Pty Ltd.

    Moorebank Intermodal Company Limited

    Powerhousing Australia Ltd.

    Aquila Capital Renewables Asia Pte Ltd.

    Work highlights

    • Advising the D&C JV to the Spark Consortium on its bid for the PPP Package of the $16.5 bn North East Link project, with other members of the Spark Consortium include Ventia, Capella Capital, John Laing Investments and advisors Lend Lease Engineering.
    • Advising Thales Australia on its bids to Transport for NSW for delivery of both the Digital Systems Trackside Package and the TMS Package.
    • Acting as legal counsel to ABD and MHSD in relation to the development of an academic teaching hospital with 300 beds at the Karaganda State Medical University located in Karaganda city, Kazakhstan.

    Australia > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

    DLA Piper combines a strong private equity offering with an increasing share of high-value public and private M&A, particularly within the energy and resources sectors, alongside public markets and ECM capabilities. The team is led from Sydney by Grant Koch, who is particularly active within the private equity space, and has secured a number of new major funds clients. In Melbourne, Joel Cox specialises in public M&A, while James Stewart handles M&A and ECM work, with a particular specialism in takeover-related issues.

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    ‘The Corporate and M&A practice is very strong with quality partners and lawyers who are able to deal with large, complex international transactions. The firm is financially integrated so we find it easier to deal with across jurisdictions.’

    ‘Shane Bilardi from the DLA Corporate and M&A practice is very capable, commercial and strategic. He understands our business and what our objectives are and is able to offer creative solutions.’

    ‘Very deep knowledge of the data centre market. Strong commercial practice. Very efficient.’

    ‘Shane Bilardi (Partner) is very commercial. Understands what’s important to his clients, what’s likely to be received well and what will work well in a competitive situation. He has a very good understanding of the data centre industry, was always contactable and was across the detail.’

    Key clients

    360 Capital

    Access Platform Systems



    Alinta Energy



    ATI Global

    Banpu Energy Australia

    Cox Automotive

    Canadian Solar


    Gladstone Ports Corporation

    HCL Australia Services Pty Ltd

    HKI Biotechnology Limited

    Iberdrola, S.A.

    Intermediate Capital Group

    Link Group


    mCloud Technologies Corp

    Nord Gold


    Saracen Mineral Holdings Limited

    Speedcast International Limited

    Washington H. Soul Pattinson


    Worldline SA/NV

    Xero Limited

    Zip Co

    Work highlights

    • Advising advised Saracen Mineral Holdings Limited on its A$16bn merger with Northern Star Resources Limited.
    • Advised Worldline on its acquisition of 51% of the merchant acquiring business of ANZ Bank with EV of $925m and related 10 year strategic alliance arrangements.
    • Advising Iberdrola on its A$893m takeover of Infigen Energy.

    Australia > Dispute resolution: class actions Tier 3

    The class actions team at DLA Piper benefits from the firm’s global presence and client base. Kieran O’Brien leads the practice, with particular strength in product liability claims. Cameron Maclean leads the Australian litigation and regulatory group and focuses on insurance-related litigation, recently acting for the State of Western Australia and for the City of Armadale in class actions relating to wildfires in Margaret River and Roleystone. The team has undergone significant growth, including the addition of Tricia Hobson, who joining the practice from Norton Rose Fulbright in June 2021, bringing expertise in natural disaster-related insurance claims.

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      Australia > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 3

      The litigation and regulatory team at DLA Piper has a disputes offering in each of the firm’s Australian offices, located in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. High-value commercial disputes in the infrastructure, renewable energy, and mining and resources sectors are areas of expertise for the team. The practice is lead by Cameron Maclean from Perth, where Richard Edwards is noted for his strength in construction sector cases. In 2020, the Melbourne office was joined by John Fogarty from Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Matthew Spain from King & Wood Mallesons.

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      ‘Excellent commercial acumen, timely and thorough work, dedicated to delivering cost efficient and targeted legal services.’

      ‘The team is well led and has strong intellectual capability and background in litigation. They are well resourced to meet tight timeframes and work around the clock if necessary.’

      ‘Liam Prescott has unrivalled commercial acumen and excellent legal skills.

      ‘Richard Edwards is at the top of his game.’

      ‘Matthew Spain is a stand-out performer, constantly striving to meet the needs and demands of his clients. He provides high quality legal advice that also takes into account his client’s strategic and commercial objectives.’

      ‘Jonathon Ellis is a standout – he goes above and beyond for client service, and is also an expert in his field.’

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        Australia > Energy (transactions and regulatory) Tier 3

        With a strong international network, DLA Piper handles cross-border projects, including inbound and outbound investment opportunities in the energy and natural resources sector. In a major recent highlight, the firm advised Saracen Mineral Holdings on its AUD16bn merger with Northern Star Resources. Alex Jones, based in Perth, focuses on the mining and infrastructure sectors, providing cohesive services to clients involved in major domestic and offshore projects. Brisbane partner Stephen Webb has a very strong contentious practice, focusing primarily on representing foreign governments in disputes involving natural resources. In Melbourne, Fleur Gibbons is well-known for handling competition and access law cases involving electricity and gas companies. On the transactional side, Alex Reagan in Sydney is a key partner.

        Practice head(s):

        Alex Jones; Natasha Luther-Jones

        Australia > Financial services regulatory Tier 3

        The financial service regulation group at DLA Piper works with major domestic and international banks, insurance companies, funds, and other financial institutions, on a diverse spectrum of issues, and is praised for providing ‘commercial and pragmatic support that is solution-driven.’ Led by Samantha O’Brien in Brisbane and investment funds expert Martin Jamieson in Sydney, the team’s client base features key market players Allianz and Westpac. The group is backed by class action specialist Matthew Spain in Melbourne, corporate risk advisor Natalie Caton and associate Ann-Marie Coleman in Brisbane.


        ‘Strong intellectual capability and experience in financial services regulation.’

        ‘In the context of current regulatory reform and enforcement, DLA have a unique offering in that they have a deep understanding of both the financial service advisory and the fulfilment environment which enables them to provide commercial and pragmatic support that is solution-driven.’

        Key clients


        AddVenture Capital

        Allianz Australia

        Allianz Worldwide Partners

        ANZ and ANZi (the corporate venture capital fund of ANZ Banking Group)

        Aura Capital

        Bank of Queensland

        Carthona Capital



        Diversa Trustees


        FM Global

        Global Payments

        Hannover Life Re of Australasia


        Level Equity

        Macquarie Capital


        Our Innovation Fund


        Reinventure (Westpac’s corporate venture capital fund)


        Steadfast Group





        Work highlights

        • Instructed to assist Omni Bridgeway with its (successful) application for an AFS license and subsequent advice on the registration of 3 retail litigation funds and applications for relief to ASIC and AUSTRAC.
        • Advised Worldline on its acquisition of 51% of the merchant acquiring business of ANZ Bank with EV of AUD$925m and related 10-year strategic alliance arrangements.
        • Acting as exclusive legal advisor to Reinventure, Westpac’s AU$150m corporate venture capital fund, advising on all its investments to date, comprising more than 30 investments in the fintech space.

        Australia > Intellectual property Tier 3

        DLA Piper‘s IP practice spans across Sydney and Melbourne and forms part of the firm’s global network of offices. The Australian team provides clients with a range of services, from asset and portfolio management, commercialisation and enforcement strategies to contentious, non-contentious and transactional mandates. Life sciences and pharmaceutical sectors are a particular focus of the practice. Nicholas Tyacke has ‘strong strategic vision and amazing attention to detail’ and is noted for his patent litigation abilities in the life-sciences sector.


        ‘It has a highly skilled, well co-ordinated and extremely committed team.’

        ‘Innovative and creative. Think wide. Very compliant high professional level seamless collaborative work.’

        ‘Greg Bodulovic provides an exceptional level of service and advice. He is commercially astute and measured, and is invaluable in any IP dispute or transaction.’

        ‘Nick Tyacke has strong strategic vision and amazing attention to detail and an unshakeable commitment to achieving the best possible outcome for his clients.’

        ‘Nicholas Tyacke has outstanding expertise in patent law in Australia and rest of the world. He takes care of the entire scope of client’s interests not just the limited IP angle Very fast to respond and most reliable – creative, out-of-the-box thinking while maintaining the highest professional ethics.’

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          Australia > IT and telecoms Tier 3

          DLA Piper acts for technology, e-commerce and fintech businesses situated globally. The group provides advice and support on a range of matters, including licensing, implementation projects, hardware acquisition and outsourcing mandates. Melbourne-based group head Tim Lyons is adept at handling matters in the information technology and telecoms arena, advising the government and other purchasers of goods and services on the supply, outsourcing, and procurement aspects of large-scale transactions. Anthony Lloyd joined the Sydney office from Minter Ellison in April 2021, bringing additional strengths in projects involving cross-border elements to the team. Nicholas Boyle, also based in Sydney, has a strong IT practice and advises on the digital transformation of businesses, whilst Melbourne-based senior associate Sarah Dolan handles procurement and outsourcing projects.

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            Australia > Labour and employment Tier 3

            DLA Piper‘s employment team leverages the firm's wider international footprint and advises both local and international clients across a wide range of contentious and non-contentious mandates. Practice head Nicholas Turner (Sydney) has an impressive client base locally and internationally in the technology, life sciences and financial sectors, with a particular focus on sensitive executive-level and compliance issues. In Melbourne, a name of note is Rick Catanzariti who has strength in advising clients on industrial relation strategies regarding large projects. Leanne Nickels leads the Perth team, and her clients include businesses in the mining, construction, energy, education and transport sectors.

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            ‘High level of industry relevant engagement and practical knowledge is provided in addition to the legal advice.’

            ‘Very quick to understand the issues and concepts around the problems I present to them and their advice includes legal and strategic considerations based on their practical experience in dealing with unions and labour related legal issues.’

            ‘Advice is commercial, prompt and exactly what I need.’

            ‘I can’t say enough good things about Clancy in particular – extremely prompt, technical, commercial advice on the whole gamut of issues that arise. Extremely impressed with the level of service both on contentious matters and routine enquiries. My go to for employment advice in Australia and to manage advice from other DLA offices globally.’

            ‘Leanne Nickels understands our business and has always provided good advice in a timely manner. Leanne is able to get to the key points in any issues very quickly.’

            Key clients

            Ares Management Corporation


            CoreStaff WA Pty Ltd

            AirNorth Engineering

            One Tree Community Services Inc

            Standard Chartered Bank

            Xero Limited

            Berkley Insurance Australia – Senator Jacqui Lambie

            Everlight Radiology Limited

            Dentsu Aegis


            Newell Rubbermaid

            Vyaire Medical

            Work highlights

            • Acting for Adobe in enforcement of post-employment obligations in proceedings in the NSW Supreme Court, successfully obtaining delivery up orders and full forensic examination of relevant cloud storage accounts and electronic devices, while simultaneously defending unfair dismissal proceedings regarding the same employee.
            • Acting for Senator Jacqui Lambie in Federal Court proceedings brought against her by two former employees who allege that they were dismissed from their employment in the Senator’s office in breach of their general protections under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).
            • Acted for One Tree Community Services Inc in a dispute with United Voice including an application for Special Leave to appeal to the High Court.

            Australia > Native title Tier 3

            DLA Piper primarily advises on the proponent side, with its native title team sitting within the project development practice and advising on native title considerations relating to infrastructure developments, energy, and mining projects. Areas of expertise include cultural heritage issues, engaging with Indigenous communities, and sustainability concerns. Rhys Davies leads the team from Melbourne and Perth, and has a particular focus on the renewable energy sector.

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            ‘Have a very good understanding of the law and practical implementation of the law. The practical implementation in an increasing sensitive area of business is integral to ensure reputational ESG implications are avoided.’

            ‘Rhys Davies and Katherine Perincek both have extensive experience in working with multiple different native title groups, particularly Western Australia. The rapport they bring with native title representative bodies and native title groups is invaluable.’

            ‘DLAP provide a whole of business service that spans the realms of land title aspects, whilst having the dedicated team to drill down on issues and work up solutions having regard to the client’s immediate and stretch goals. Being across the ever changing landscape of native title enables the team to respond to all circumstances arising. Guidance to agreement making and identification / resolution of complex scenarios makes the clients task more achievable.’

            ‘Rhys Davies is considered and thorough in his assessment of issues having such a breadth of experience whilst keeping abreast of the nuance and particular changes that constantly occur. Rhys has assisted us on many occasions as technical and legal challenges arise.’

            Key clients


            Alinta Energy

            OZ Minerals

            Saracen Mineral Holdings


            Gold Road Resources

            Sandfire Resources


            API Management

            Salt Lake Potash

            Altura Mining

            Luminous Energy

            Kalium Lakes

            BCI Minerals

            Wiluna Mining Corporation

            Vena Energy

            Leichhardt Industrials

            Rise Renewables

            West Wyalong Local Aboriginal Council

            Work highlights

            • Advising OZ Minerals in relation to its Indigenous engagement, native title and Aboriginal cultural heritage in connection with the development of the A$1bn West Musgrave Nickel-Copper Project in Western Australia.
            • Engaged as project counsel in relation to the Lake Way Project in Western Australia.
            • Advised Luminous Energy in relation to the negotiation of a cultural heritage management agreement and a subsequent protocol, both of which were critical to the development, financing and successful sale of the significant Columboola Solar Project in Queensland.

            Australia > Natural resources (transactions and regulatory) Tier 3

            DLA Piper handles a high volume of inbound and outbound investments in the energy and natural resources sector, leveraging its global network of offices. Practice head Alex Jones  (Perth) specialises in the acquisition, development and operation of major mining and infrastructure projects; in addition, he assists clients with business-critical commercial agreements. In Sydney, Alex Regan frequently advises clients on financing transactions facilitating major projects, including acquisition, leveraged and project finance. In Perth, James Nicholls provides core transactional support to clients, including M&A, IPOs, and fundraising.

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            Alex Jones

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            Key clients

            Saracen Mineral Holdings Limited

            AVZ Minerals Limited

            EV Metals Group plc

            Nickel Mines Limited

            Salt Lake Potash

            Genesis Minerals Limited

            Sprott Resource Lending; Sprott Inc.

            Mitsui E&P Australia Pty Ltd

            Atlantic Vanadium Pty Ltd

            Blue Cap Mining

            Prospech Limited

            Mamba Exploration Limited

            Nordgold S.E.

            Suez Water Pty Ltd

            Salt Lake Potash

            Work highlights

            • Advised Saracen Mineral Holdings on its $A16bn merger with Northern Star Resources.
            • Advised POSCO on its $240m acquisition of a 30% equity interest in the Ravensthorpe Nickel Operation.
            • Advised Nickel Mines on its A$364m, fully underwritten accelerated pro-rata non-renounceable entitlement offer.

            Australia > Project finance Tier 3

            The finance, projects and restructuring team at DLA Piper advises institutional lenders, investment banks and international financial institutions on the funding of major projects domestically and abroad spanning the mining, energy, infrastructure, oil, gas, transport and water sectors. Under the leadership of energy law expert Alex Regan in Sydney, the group represents a broad range of clients including SUEZ Water and the Ministry of Healthcare and Social Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

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            Key clients

            Keolis Downer

            SUEZ Recycling and Recovery Pty Ltd

            SUEZ Water Pty Ltd

            Ministry of Healthcare and Social Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan

            Kalium Lakes Limited

            BE Power

            BNP Paribas, DBS Bank and ING Bank N.V.

            Salt Lake Potash

            Sprott Resource Lending; Sprott Inc.

            South East Melbourne Advanced Waste Processing Project (SEMAWP)

            Work highlights

            • Supported BNP Paribas, DBS Bank, and ING Bank N.V on their financing of Vena Energy’s A$120m 100MW/150MWh Wandoan South Battery Energy Storage System (Wandoan South BESS) in Queensland, Australia.
            • Advised dual-listed Australian company Salt Lake Potash on its project financing for the development of the Lake Way Sulphate of Potash (SOP) Project in Western Australia.
            • Advised SUEZ on all aspects of a project, including agreements for long-term waste supply, the operations and maintenance of a facility, EPC interface arrangements, power purchase, ash and waste disposal, and joint venture arrangements.

            Australia > Tax Tier 3

            DLA Piper has a globally-integrated team with strong cross-border capabilities, advising on transactional tax issues and transfer pricing work. The practice was also bolstered by the arrival of tax disputes specialist Paul McNab in mid-2020. Clients include major corporates and international investment funds, alongside public sector bodies. The team is led by Jock McCormack , an experienced transactional tax adviser with broad expertise, while Eddie Ahn has a strong focus on real estate mandates including handling complex tax structures for listed REITs. Partner Adam Smith (noted for his W&I insurance work and advice on high-value transactional tax issues) arrived from Norton Rose Fulbright in June 2022.

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            ‘DLA Piper has technical depth and breadth, but is able to apply it in a practical manner.’

            ‘Jock McCormack is a seasoned International Tax Partner. He has vast knowledge and is able to distil complex tax matters into basic understandable terms.’

            ‘Eddie Ahn was a great help to our international company in structuring a transaction with a large Australian company. Tax became the sticking point and may have prevented the deal from moving forward. Eddie structured a creative solution and provided the confidence that the ATO would approve via a formal ruling. He was correct, we proceeded with the transaction and ultimately received ATO approval. Win / win all around. Go Eddie Ahn!’

            ‘DLA has a relatively strong Tax team with a unique global network to leverage off for multinational transactions.’

            Key clients

            HCL Technologies

            Auctus Resources

            Speedcast International Limited

            Charter Hall

            Manulife Financial Corporation


            Namoi Cotton


            Work highlights

            • Advising Auctus Resources on a R&D dispute and litigation with KordaMentha in the Federal Court of Australia.
            • Advising on all tax aspects of the Manulife Financial Corporation’s participation in the 50/50 joint venture with ICPF, including the upstream structuring arrangements and the establishment of relevant entities in Australia.
            • Advising US-based Palo Alto networks on execution of an acquisition including creation of relevant documentation, and advice on the tax and other legal consequences of the documentation.

            Australia > White-collar crime Tier 3

            The litigation and regulatory team at DLA Piper advises major multinational companies and financial institutions on white-collar criminal matters, and assists with investigations and enforcement actions carried out by government agencies and regulatory bodies including the ASIC, the APRA, the ACCC and the AFP. Led by white-collar crime expert Natalie Caton in Brisbane, the group offers advice to clients in the financial services, travel, transportation, mining, real estate, food and education sectors, with expertise spanning fraud issues, money laundering work, whistleblowing mandates, modern slavery matters, internal and external investigations, risk management work, and anti-bribery and corruption issues. The team also includes regulatory investigations expert Jonathon Ellis in Sydney and financial services class action specialist Matthew Spain in Melbourne.

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            ‘The DLA team was extremely responsive in the sense that they were able to attend to our needs at extremely short notice. They used an online tool into which we could upload documents easily. The practicality of their advice stood out in comparison to some other firms I have dealt with in similar situations.’

            ‘Natalie Caton gives practical advice on how to handle involvement in a regulatory investigation. She made herself available at very short notice and in a jurisdiction where we do not have a legal team on the ground, made our business people feel well supported, and that the business’s interests were well protected.’

            ‘A team of well-experienced lawyers dedicated to providing quality advice to clients.’

            Work highlights

            • Advising a leading global funds administration business on responding to cyber incidents including engagement with law enforcement and criminal law obligations in Australia.
            • Developed and implemented a world-wide sanctions program for a client that operates around the globe.

            Australia > Banking and finance Tier 4

            Headed by Onno Bakker, a lawyer who directs his focus towards general banking, syndicated lending and leveraged finance mandates, the team at DLA Piper provides a comprehensive service when advising major national and international banks, non-bank financial institutions and multinational corporates across the financial services, tech, insurance, mining and resources sectors. The group's full-service covers acquisition finance, asset finance, project finance, and syndicated lending and restructuring. Hugo Thistlewood works alongside Bakker in Sydney, running a broad caseload which encompasses property and construction finance and syndicated and mezzanine lending in addition to structured finance.

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            ‘The team works well together, from partner down to associate. Things just seem to work, all are contactable and issues can be resolved without too much hassle.’

            ‘Very skilled at dealing with different scenarios. No overbearing egos, all are very approachable and knowledgable.’

            Key clients

            Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Company Limited

            Hotel Property Investments

            McDermott Australia Pty Ltd

            HSBC Bank

            Westpac Banking Corporation

            Australia and New Zealand Banking Corporation (ANZ)

            Keolis Downer Pty Ltd

            Salt Lake Potash Limited

            Sprott LLP

            Suncorp Group Limited

            Graphic Packaging International Inc.

            PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory Australia Pty Limited

            Webjet Limited

            Naturalena Brands Holdings Pty Ltd

            McGrath Nicol Limited

            BNP Pariba

            Work highlights

            • Advised Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Company Limited (WHSP) on its A$225m convertible notes offering.
            • Advised Webjet in relation to the amendment and extension of existing club facilities with HSBC/NAB/ANZ of A$135m in total.
            • Assisted Broadspectrum on financing arrangements for its sale by Ferrovial.

            Australia > Real estate Tier 4

            DLA Piper’s team acts for foreign investors in high value property acquisitions and disposals focused on the domestic real estate market. Les Koltai leads the team from Sydney, utilizing over thirty years’ experience in the field to support clients with complex capital transactions, including the use of trusts and Australian overseas acquisition structures. Kate Pickthall (Sydney) is recommended for her expertise in advising institutional investors and emerging investors in capital transactions involving real estate assets. Perth partner Eagul Faigen has notable experience in large capital transactions and leasing arrangements, both in the private and public sector.


            ‘Stephanie Lambert is our go-to lawyer for large transaction-based property work. There is never anything too big or small for her team to handle. She has a great depth in her team and we can talk to any member at any time. ’

            ‘Kate Pickthall and Carolyn Harding-Smith were tireless, fastidious and responsive. They assisted with a long-lasting deal with an extremely challenging counterparty, but were always patient and proactive in offering commercially sensible solutions.’

            ‘Jose de Ponte also stood out with excellent subject area expertise and as a robust negotiator.’

            ‘The team has excellent cross-practice integration and can seamlessly draw upon expertise from different departments as needed.’

            Australia > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

            DLA Piper advises on a wide range of matters on behalf of lenders, debtors, shareholders, government entities and investors. The firm handles a number of real estate insolvencies, and has particular strength in projects and resources-based restructurings, with co-head Onno Bakker  playing a key role in high-profile project cases. The team is now co-led by Lionel Meehan in Melbourne, who has a strong record in restructurings and special situations. The team is also heavily involved in cross-border work, integrated with the firm’s international platform.

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            ‘We have been working with Lionel Meehan and we have always benefited from practical and insightful legal advice.’

            Key clients

            Speedcast Managed Services Pty Ltd

            Speedcast Group

            Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) and wholly owned or majority controlled subsidiaries including Wollongong Coal Limited

            Atlas Advisors Australia Pty Limited (Atlas Advisors)

            Valuestone Global Resources Fund 1 LP and subsidiaries

            Bank of Queensland (BOQ)

            WA Glendinning &Associates Pty Ltd

            Bentley Resources Pte Ltd

            St.George Bank (a division of Westpac Banking Corporation)

            Mitsubishi Australia Limited and Mitsubishi Corporation (Japan)

            Washington H. Soul Pattinson Limited

            Etihad Airways (Etihad Aviation Group)

            QBE Insurance (Australia) Limited

            Chifley Investor Group Pty Ltd

            The Empire Group Pty Ltd

            Aviator UK ML 35302 Limited

            Mangosteen Holding Pte Ltd

            Holmes Consulting Limited Partnership

            Bedizolle Pty Limited t/a FastVisa Australia

            Powerscourt Partners

            Calabro Real Estate Pty Ltd

            Mitsui & Co. Energy Trading Singapore Pte. Ltd.

            San Miguel Energy Corporation

            Sanoyas Rides Australia Pty Ltd et al.

            ICON Developments Australia Pty Ltd

            Work highlights

            • Advised Speedcast Managed Services on all legal aspects of the sale of certain assets to one of its customers, nbn. The broader Speedcast group is subject to Chapter 11 US Bankruptcy Court Proceedings in the US.
            • Advised Speedcast on all legal aspects of the sale of certain assets to Inmarsat, a mobile satellite communications company.

            Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration > Leading firms Tier 2

            DLA Piper‘s international arbitration team spans from Australia to Southeast Asia and counts construction disputes among its specialist areas. From Sydney, ACICA vice-president Gitanjali Bajaj leads the Asia Pacific practice; she has particular construction, infrastructure, oil and gas, power and energy sector expertise. The group also benefits from strong individuals in Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane. In Thailand, the team is particularly strong for insurance and construction disputes; Don Rojanapenkul and senior consultant Peter Shelford are key contacts.

            Practice head(s):

            Gitanjali Bajaj

            Other key lawyers:

            Don Rojanapenkul; Peter Shelford; Satpal Gobindpuri

            Global co-chairs: Frank W Ryan and Andrew Darwin
            Co-chief executive officers: Simon Levine and Frank W Ryan
            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.

            Please see https://www.dlapiper.com for further information about the firm.

            DLA Piper has a leading pro bono practice, providing over 200,000 hours’ worth of legal support annually to charities, NGOs, governments in least developed countries and vulnerable individuals around the world. We are one of the largest providers of pro bono legal services globally. Our thriving practice provides support for aforementioned organisations on a wide range of areas that are critical to their missions. This includes research, legal advice and strategic counsel. The global team works collaboratively to ensure a global impact on our key strategic focus areas including: forcible displacement, statelessness, gender-based violence, climate justice, and good governance.

            In the Asia Pacific region, we deliver cutting edge pro bono programs. This includes our Know Your Rights Program, focused on fostering legal empowerment for migrants and refugees, and delivering practical legal skills programs to students in developing Pacific Island Nations. We also advise on gender based violence through our partnership with the RainLily Clinic (Hong Kong) and the Refugee Legal Family Violence Clinic (Australia).

            Our Pro Bono program is led by a dedicated team of pro bono lawyers who sit within the international Responsible Business Team. As a team we are committed to looking for opportunities to use our strength as a leading global law firm to make a positive contribution to the world around us. We are focused on being a truly sustainable business, makes a positive social and environmental impact. This commitment exists at every level within the firm and is part of our culture.

            Our Responsible Business team works internationally on a vast array of ESG topics, aligning to the firm’s ESG strategic priorities. This includes advising on key environmental and conservation matters, working on projects relating to illegal wildlife trafficking, climate and conservation. We also work to promote and invest in projects that advance sustainable development and the rule of law in developing nations.

            DLA Piper’s pro bono work forms part of the firm’s wider Sustainability & ESG Strategy, focused on understanding, measuring and managing the firm’s impact in four key areas – our people, clients and suppliers, environment, and society. These focus areas are identified through a formal materiality assessment. We also report on our progress annually via our Sustainability Report. Our ambitions and actions align with globally accepted standards and frameworks (e.g. the UN Global Compact, Business Ambition for 1.5, Science Based Targets initiative, Mindful Business Charter, and others).

            We are firmly committed to diversity and inclusion. For us, diversity isn’t just about visible differences, it’s the unique blend of talents, skills, experiences and perspectives that makes each of us an individual and we know it’s crucial to have a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued. In 2021, we launched our global diversity and inclusions goals, including ensuring that at least 30% of our partnership is made up of women by 2025 (and 40% by 2030). Our employee networks play a crucial part in helping us learn, reflect and share our experiences in diversity and inclusion.