Firm Profile > DLA Piper > Brisbane , Australia

DLA Piper
LEVEL 9, 480 QUEEN STREET
BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND 4000
Australia

Dispute resolution Tier 2

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

Insurance Tier 2

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

Competition and trade Tier 3

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

Construction Tier 3

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

Dispute resolution: class actions Tier 3

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

Intellectual property Tier 3

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

Labour and employment Tier 3

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

Project development Tier 3

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

Project finance Tier 3

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

Real estate Tier 3

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

Regulatory compliance and investigations Tier 3

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

Tax Tier 3

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

Banking and finance Tier 4

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

Corporate and M&A Tier 4

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

Energy (transactions and regulatory) Tier 4

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

IT and telecoms Tier 4

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

Natural resources (transactions and regulatory) Tier 4

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

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

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

Capital markets

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

The firm: DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, positioning it to help companies with their legal needs around the world.

DLA Piper strives to be the leading global business law firm by providing quality and value to clients every day. The firm achieves this through practical and innovative legal solutions that help clients succeed, and by delivering consistently across its full-service platform.

Areas of practice: Clients range from multinational, Global 1000 and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies, as well as all levels of government and public sector bodies. The firm is a trusted advisor to clients across Asia Pacific, those looking to expand their operations overseas, and international clients looking to enter the Asia Pacific market.

DLA Piper advises clients across a full range of services and sectors, with particular expertise in the following industries: banking and financial services; energy; government; healthcare; hospitality and leisure; insurance; life sciences; media, sports and entertainment; mining; real estate; technology; telecommunications; and transport.

DLA Piper was created in 2005 by the merger of Dibb Lupton Alsop, Piper Rudnick and Gray Cary, followed by aggressive growth in the CIS, Germany, Spain, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and further recent growth across the Americas, including Canada and Mexico, in Africa, the Nordic region, as well as further integration with DLA Piper New Zealand. The strategy was simple – to create a truly global firm capable of taking care of the most important legal needs of clients wherever they do business.

Department Name Email Telephone
Commercial contracts
Construction
Corporate
Employment
Finance
Foreign direct investment
Funds
Intellectual property
International trade
Litigation and arbitration
Projects and infrastructure
Real estate
Regulatory and government affairs
Restructuring
Tax
Technology and media
Workplace health and safety
Number of lawyers : 4,200
at this office : 50+
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Contacts : Samantha O'Brien

The firm: DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, positioning it to help companies with their legal needs around the world.

DLA Piper strives to be the leading global business law firm by providing quality and value to clients every day. The firm achieves this through practical and innovative legal solutions that help clients succeed, and by delivering consistently across its full-service platform.

Areas of practice: Clients range from multinational, Global 1000 and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies, as well as all levels of government and public sector bodies. The firm is a trusted advisor to clients across Asia Pacific, those looking to expand their operations overseas, and international clients looking to enter the Asia Pacific market.

DLA Piper advises clients across a full range of services and sectors, with particular expertise in the following industries: banking and financial services; energy; government; healthcare; hospitality and leisure; insurance; life sciences; media, sports and entertainment; mining; real estate; technology; telecommunications; and transport.

DLA Piper was created in 2005 by the merger of Dibb Lupton Alsop, Piper Rudnick and Gray Cary, followed by aggressive growth in the CIS, Germany, Spain, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and further recent growth across the Americas, including Canada and Mexico, in Africa, the Nordic region, as well as further integration with DLA Piper New Zealand. The strategy was simple – to create a truly global firm capable of taking care of the most important legal needs of clients wherever they do business.

Department Name Email Telephone
Commercial contracts
Construction
Corporate
Employment
Finance
Foreign direct investment
Funds
Intellectual property
International trade
Litigation and arbitration
Projects and infrastructure
Real estate
Regulatory and government affairs
Restructuring
Tax
Technology and media
Workplace health and safety
Number of lawyers : 4,200
at this office : 95+
Afrikaans
Arabic
Assyrian
Bengali
Cantonese
Danish
Dutch
English
French
German
Greek
Hebrew
Hindi
Hungarian
Indonesian
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Macedonian
Malay
Mandarin
Polish
Portuguese
Punjabi
Russian
Spanish
Swahili
Swedish
Tagalog
Tamil
Turkish
Ukrainian
Vietnamese
Contacts : David Hallam

The firm: DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, positioning it to help companies with their legal needs around the world.

DLA Piper strives to be the leading global business law firm by providing quality and value to clients every day. The firm achieves this through practical and innovative legal solutions that help clients succeed, and by delivering consistently across its full-service platform.

Areas of practice: Clients range from multinational, Global 1000 and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies, as well as all levels of government and public sector bodies. The firm is a trusted advisor to clients across Asia Pacific, those looking to expand their operations overseas, and international clients looking to enter the Asia Pacific market.

DLA Piper advises clients across a full range of services and sectors, with particular expertise in the following industries: banking and financial services; energy; government; healthcare; hospitality and leisure; insurance; life sciences; media, sports and entertainment; mining; real estate; technology; telecommunications; and transport.

DLA Piper was created in 2005 by the merger of Dibb Lupton Alsop, Piper Rudnick and Gray Cary, followed by aggressive growth in the CIS, Germany, Spain, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and further recent growth across the Americas, including Canada and Mexico, in Africa, the Nordic region, as well as further integration with DLA Piper New Zealand. The strategy was simple – to create a truly global firm capable of taking care of the most important legal needs of clients wherever they do business.

Department Name Email Telephone
Commercial contracts
Construction
Corporate
Employment
Finance
Foreign direct investment
Funds
Intellectual property
International trade
Litigation and arbitration
Projects and infrastructure
Real estate
Regulatory and government affairs
Restructuring
Tax
Technology and media
Workplace health and safety
Number of lawyers : 4,200
at this office : 50+
Afrikaans
Arabic
Assyrian
Bengali
Cantonese
Danish
Dutch
English
French
German
Greek
Hebrew
Hindi
Hungarian
Indonesian
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Macedonian
Malay
Mandarin
Polish
Portuguese
Punjabi
Russian
Spanish
Swahili
Swedish
Tagalog
Tamil
Turkish
Ukrainian
Vietnamese
Contacts : Leanne Nickels

The firm: DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, positioning it to help companies with their legal needs around the world.

DLA Piper strives to be the leading global business law firm by providing quality and value to clients every day. The firm achieves this through practical and innovative legal solutions that help clients succeed, and by delivering consistently across its full-service platform.

Areas of practice: Clients range from multinational, Global 1000 and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies, as well as all levels of government and public sector bodies. The firm is a trusted advisor to clients across Asia Pacific, those looking to expand their operations overseas, and international clients looking to enter the Asia Pacific market.

DLA Piper advises clients across a full range of services and sectors, with particular expertise in the following industries: banking and financial services; energy; government; healthcare; hospitality and leisure; insurance; life sciences; media, sports and entertainment; mining; real estate; technology; telecommunications; and transport.

DLA Piper was created in 2005 by the merger of Dibb Lupton Alsop, Piper Rudnick and Gray Cary, followed by aggressive growth in the CIS, Germany, Spain, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and further recent growth across the Americas, including Canada and Mexico, in Africa, the Nordic region, as well as further integration with DLA Piper New Zealand. The strategy was simple – to create a truly global firm capable of taking care of the most important legal needs of clients wherever they do business.

Department Name Email Telephone
Commercial contracts
Construction
Corporate
Employment
Finance
Foreign direct investment
Funds
Intellectual property
International trade
Litigation and arbitration
Projects and infrastructure
Real estate
Regulatory and government affairs
Restructuring
Tax
Technology and media
Workplace health and safety
Number of lawyers : 4,200
at this office : 100+
Afrikaans
Arabic
Assyrian
Bengali
Cantonese
Danish
Dutch
English
French
German
Greek
Hebrew
Hindi
Hungarian
Indonesian
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Macedonian
Malay
Mandarin
Polish
Portuguese
Punjabi
Russian
Spanish
Swahili
Swedish
Tagalog
Tamil
Turkish
Ukrainian
Vietnamese
Contacts : Amber Matthews

At DLA Piper 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. As a global business law firm, with a diverse client base, we know that our clients expect our people to represent the communities in which we work and value our ability to advise them on both local and global cultures and markets. We believe that our approach to diversity and inclusion enables us to attract the best talent, build the most effective teams and deliver the highest level of client service.

For more information on our specific D&I initiatives please see www.dlapiper.com