Firm Profile > DLA Piper > Perth, Australia

DLA Piper
PERTH, WA 6000

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

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.

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‘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.’

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



Berkley Insurance Australia

Hannover Life Re

Liberty Mutual Insurance


QBE European Underwriting Services (Europe)

RACQ Insurance

Steadfast Group


Swiss Re

Tokio Marine HCC


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

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

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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

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.

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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.

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

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.’

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 and Kate Muller (Brisbane) specialises in energy financing and projects. On the transactional side, Alex Reagan in Sydney is a key partner.

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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.

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‘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





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 Bodoluvic 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.’

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

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

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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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

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 and banking and finance specialist Kate Muller in Brisbane, 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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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)

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.

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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


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.’

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


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

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

Global Co-Chairs: Frank W. Ryan and Andrew DarwinCo-Chief Executive Officers: Simon Levine and Frank W. RyanLanguages: The firm speaks over 60 languagesOffices: Lawyers located in more than 60 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

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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.