Australia and New Zealand 2016 – GC Powerlist

Australia and New Zealand 2016

Aliesia Gartrell

Manager, supervisors oversight | Financial Markets Authority - New Zealand

‘Without a doubt, the thing I enjoy most in my role is working with my FMA colleagues, in the various wider teams’, Aliesia Gartrell says. ‘The FMA staff are here because...

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Andrew Cordner

Group general counsel | Fonterra Group

With over 20 years of legal experience in New Zealand and the United States, Andrew Cordner currently acts as group general counsel for the Fonterra Group, New Zealand’s multinational co-operative...

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Anna Lenahan

Group general counsel and company secretary | Suncorp Group

Since June 2013, Anna Lenahan has acted as group executive group general counsel and company secretary of the Suncorp Group. After joining the company in March 2011 as group general...

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Anne Lock

General counsel | Robert BOSCH (Australia) Pty Ltd

‘Each day brings an assortment of interesting tasks and concepts, with challenges and fun’, Anne Lock says, adding: ‘Sharing a tea room with brilliant inventors is awesome’. Heading legal support...

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Anton Shead

General counsel and company secretary | Goodman NZ

Home-grown kiwi lawyer Anton Shead led the nation’s first ever joint venture between an NZ-listed property vehicle and a sovereign wealth fund. ‘It was an absolute highlight’, Shead says of...

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Editor Message

For 29 years, The Legal 500 has been analysing the capabilities of law firms across the world. The GC Powerlist is the latest publication from The Legal 500, turning its attention to the in-house function, and recognising those corporate counsel who are driving the legal business forward. The latest edition is the GC Powerlist: Australia and New Zealand, which identifies an array of the most influential and innovative in-house counsel working in the region.

The GC Powerlist is a series of publications, highlighting the most influential in-house lawyers in business today.

We have canvassed opinions from law firm partners and in-house counsel across Australia and New Zealand, to identify corporate counsel that have been instrumental in changing or forming opinions within their company or industry; developing brilliant technical solutions to complex issues; creating innovative structures to ensure that the in-house function is driving the business forward; or providing a business working model that other corporate counsel should follow. Our team of experienced researchers assessed the nominations, speaking both to general counsel and nominating lawyers to finalise each jurisdictional list. The GC Powerlist: Australia and New Zealand features not just information on why that individual has made the list, but also comment from the law firms about how they feel individual corporate counsel have helped shape innovation in the legal industry.

David Burgess
Publishing Director
The Legal 500 Series

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Sponsor Message


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2016 is proving to be a year of significant change both internationally and domestically. Abroad, we have witnessed increased levels of global market volatility, due in part to uncertainty around central bank policy and forward looking guidance, significant macroeconomic events such as the United Kingdom’s recent vote to leave the European Union, and ongoing changes occurring in China, as it rebalances from a manufacturing and production led economy to one based on domestic consumption. Add to the mix the uncertainty surrounding the US election and we look set to be in for an interesting end to the year. Similarly, the Australian economy also remains topical. The RBA’s August rate cut, relatively low inflation, a stubborn AUD exchange rate, the recent overhaul in the country’s foreign investment framework, as well as a marginal victory for the Coalition, are all adding to a feeling of uncertainty for Australian corporates.

At the same time, the Australian legal market has continued on its path of transformation with law firms and general counsel alike being challenged by a business environment that is requiring new
and innovative ways to deliver legal solutions.

Many general counsel are now under greater pressure then ever from their internal stakeholders to ‘do more with less’ and obtain cost-efficient legal advice from their external legal advisors. For law firms the reality is that there is now significantly increased competition for work, a growth in disruptive technology and the emergence of alternative service providers. These factors have created an environment which in many ways is unrecognisable from the landscape that many of us faced when first entering the legal profession.

Given these factors, perhaps it comes as no surprise that the best solutions arise when there is close collaboration between general counsel and their legal and other professional service providers. The new KPMG Law service offering seeks to provide this solution.

KPMG Law is not a traditional law firm. Our model is to deliver high quality legal services to our clients as part of “oneKPMG” integrated team, with the aim of providing end to end solutions for our clients. We seek to add value by complementing traditional KPMG expertise with legal expertise, particularly in the areas of corporate advisory, M&A, equity capital markets, employment, technology, real estate and tax dispute resolution and controversy. We aim to deliver a complete multi-disciplinary service to our clients by working in collaboration with all of the divisions of KPMG. KPMG Law also works seamlessly with the global KPMG legal network to provide our clients with international legal solutions. We also leverage our technology platforms to deliver state-of-the-art results.

In these times of change, KPMG Law understands the pressures faced by general counsel. We are committed to becoming your trusted advisor. This means not only delivering advice which is technically excellent, but ensuring that it addresses your needs and the needs of your stakeholders.

KPMG Law is proud to sponsor this year’s GC Powerlist Australia and New Zealand. We recognise the crucial role general counsel play in their businesses and warmly congratulate each of the general counsel who have been selected in this year’s GC Powerlist.

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