Australia

IFLR1000 Reviews

Overview

Solicitors governing body: The Law Council of Australia

Competition authority: Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)

Financial regulator: Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)

IFLR1000 ranking categories for this jurisdiction:

Banking; Capital markets : Debt; Capital markets: Equity; Capital markets: Structured finance and securitisation; Competition; M&A; Project development; Project financeRestructuring and insolvency

Jurisdiction overview

The Australian legal system is complicated, and this is not helped by the fact that it operates a federal system of government. Its jurisprudence is based on the English common law, but it has eight legal systems; one federal system and eight state and territory legal systems, each having its own court and parliament. So each of these nine legal systems has a legislature, an executive, and a judiciary. 

The country's mining boom fueled by strong Chinese demand had attracted a number of international firms to the market. For the magic and silver circle firms of the UK, this was a relatively easy move as the two countries have a legal system based on common law, and a shared culture and language. International firms entered the market in their own right or partnered with domestic brands in a variety of ways, including mergers and alliances. A number of medium sized Australian firms flourished and became substantial players on the national and even international stage. 

In the period between 2009 and 2012, there was a lot of movement as Ashurst tied up with Blake Dawson, Herbert Smith combined with Freehills, Norton Rose Fulbright merged with Sydney’s Deacons, and Linklaters allied with Allens Arthur Robinson. Mallesons Stephen Jaques went down an unprecedented route as it combined with China’s King & Wood to create the world’s first Sino-Australian law firm. Out of Australia’s ‘Big Six’—the informal moniker given to Australia’s most prestigious firms—only Clayton Utz and Minter Ellison remained independent. Global firms like Clifford Chance entered with a ‘wait and see’ approach, starting small and building up. Rather than teaming up with a large Australian firm, it merged with boutiques Chang Pistilli & Simmons in Sydney and Cochrane Lishman Carson Luscombe in Perth. Bird & Bird took a similar approach and tied up with Sydney’s Truman Hoyle focusing on technology and intellectual property. 

These developments have fragmented the market and made it more competitive and fluid. For the internationals, there has been a pivot towards Asia with an increasing number of cases of Australian talent being transferred to the money-centres in Hong Kong and Singapore. Market factors have also encouraged mid-tier national firms to consolidate to stay competitive.  

IFLR1000 2019: Australasia market trends and developments

Financial and corporate
Clarendon Lawyers

Clarendon Lawyers is an independent corporate law firm that specialises in M&A, corporate and commercial law, and equity capital markets. Its legal team of 12 has advised foreign corporates on their acquisitions and divestments in Australia, family owned businesses on their strategic transactions, and Australian private equity firms on their domestic acquisitions and portfolio investments. 

This year, the firm mainly advised shareholders on the sale of assets and shares in both domestic and cross-border transactions. 

Key clients include Comdain Infrastructure, Telix Pharmaceuticals, Sterling Talent Solutions, The Sita Group, Escala Partners, Queens Lane Capital, Advent Partners, Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA), and Healthcare Australia. 

Recent Deal Data highlights

•Commercial Real Estate Media A$17.2 million acquisition of commercialview.com.au

•Service Stream Holdings A$161 million acquisition of Comdain Infrastructure

•Symphony $44 million acquisition of Climate Technologies

Client feedback

"I found Clarendon Lawyers to be very knowledgeable, experienced and a great company to work with. Its advice and strong contract negotiating skills were very helpful. The firm was available at any time of the day or night and were terrific to work with. It was prompt and responsive and I was 100% satisfied with its service." – M&A

"Excellent legal support. Very experienced and competent team that is pragmatic and practical in negotiations. It is willing to expedite the process and is available at all times." – M&A

"Outstanding boutique with a high-touch approach and attention to detail. Partners are highly engaged but senior staff are also very capable and have a good technical understanding of our industry." – M&A

Alex Bean

"Good all-rounder. Very attentive to the firm, and really part of our team."

Rob Feiner

"Rob Feiner from Clarendon's is truly exceptional and without question my 'go to' legal advisor. The firm and Rob are always commercial, pragmatic and helpful. I would not hesitate but to recommend them to anybody."

"Rob is the best lawyer I have worked with. He is commercial, pragmatic and has a fantastic set of relationship skills, having worked with us for many years."

"He has excellent knowledge and experience, is responsive, patient with difficult personalities, humble, and easy to get along with." 

Tony Symons

"He was excellent. I found him to be very knowledgeable and experienced with a great team to work with. Their advice and strong contract negotiating skills were very helpful. They were available at any time of the day or night and were terrific to work with. They were prompt and responsive and I was 100% satisfied with their service." 

"Tony is a highly capable lawyer particularly in M&A. He has very strong commercial sense and technical knowledge."  

Gilbert + Tobin

Gilbert + Tobin (G+T) is one of Australia’s premier independent M&A and private equity firms with an attendant high-end acquisition finance practice. It is also strong in the equity capital markets and picks up top restructuring and insolvency mandates.

The firm has developed strong expertise in leveraged financing and brings innovative structures to the legal market with the most recent being the unitranche loan structure. The firm carried out the first three unitranche deals in Australia, swiftly becoming the go-to firm for such work. 

The equity capital markets practice advised the issuers of the largest non-government IPO in Australian corporate history, and then the first dual primary listing of a company on the Australian Stock Exchange and Hong Kong stock exchange. 

The firm’s M&A and private equity practice has had a busy year acting on leading mandates.  

It’s restructuring and insolvency practice acted for the liquidators in the Toys R Us insolvency, which was the largest in Australia in 2018. 

The projects team have been busy with wind and solar farm mandates while acting for the operator in Australia's first ever waste-to-energy plant. 

The firm’s M&A team took a hit this year with the departures of partners Nirangjan Nagarajah and Charles Bogle to White & Case and Hogan Lovells respectively.  

Recent Deal Data highlights 

•BGH Consortium A$2.3 billion acquisition of Navitas 

•Dundonnell 336MW wind power plant 

•Kwinana waste-to-energy power plant 

•Link Group / CBA / Morgan Stanley A$1.6 billion acquisition of Property Exchange Australia 

•Oxford Properties A$3.4 billion acquisition of Investa Office Fund 

•Toys R Us insolvency 

•Viva Energy ASX IPO 

•Yancoal HKSE IPO 

Client feedback

"G&T were very good and understood our business and the objectives we were trying to achieve." – Banking

"G&T is an outstanding law firm. The lawyers we have worked with have been knowledgable, focused and most unusually commercially savvy. Its attention to client service is excellent, and its teams work incredibly hard and are always available...even when perhaps it shouldnt be." - Banking

"Gail Christopher is excellent - pragmatic, responsive, very focused on her clients, and an excellent lawyer. Her team works efficiently with us and makes what could be difficult processes as seamless and as easy as possible to implement." – Banking

"Overall G + T provided high quality and proactive legal work which consistently met expectations including timeframes and commercial objectives. Our partner Simon Lynch and his team were responsive to our needs and able to effectively coordinate the various parties involved." – Capital markets: Debt

"The firm is high quality and provides us immediate attention with highly innovative solutions. It navigated complex issues in tight timelines." - Capital markets: Debt

"It is very capable of advising on complex legal matters, willing to provide robust advice and has courage of its convictions. The firm has a strong and broad bench of experienced partners, and is highly responsive to clients' needs." – Capital markets: Equity 

"Highly rated, commercially focused with excellent legal skills." – M&A

"Excellent project management skills with a high degree of technical excellence across all complex issues.  Broad spread of subject matter experts, with all advice well packaged and communicated through a central conduit." – M&A

"The transactions were on an extremely tight schedule and the firm was very responsive and overall did a very good job coordinating very complex transactions. I thought the team was staffed well from senior partner to junior associates." – M&A

"High quality advice, with commercial acumen provided by a highly engaged and responsive team." – M&A

"Great firm with excellent private equity relationships." – Private equity

"G+T provides comprehensive and commercial advice and looks at issues through the lens of the law as well as with its knowledge of the industry." – Project development

Rachael Bassil

"She's very responsive, provides innovative and thoughtful analysis, is a strong and considered negotiator and able to think on her feet."

"She provides high quality advice with commercial acumen. Rachael is highly engaged and responsive while being supported by a strong team."

Gail Christopher

"Gail is an excellent banking lawyer - thorough, incredibly responsive, very knowledgeable of our business and the financing market. She's also genuine and a fun person to work with, which makes her a standout."

"Gail has exceptional attention to detail and a senior team across all aspects of a transaction recommending bespoke solutions to navigate complex matters."

Costas Condolean

"He's very good at project management and in organising his team and responsibilities."

Adam D’Andreti

"Adam has a strong and broad skill set across all corporate law work streams. He also has sound non-legal market knowledge and is a strong communicator and decisive practitioner."

Alex Danne

"Alex is smart, practical and knowledgable with a great team supporting him.  He is personable and easy to work with."

Simon Lynch

"Simon is a top class experienced banking and finance lawyer. He is responsive, considered and commercial in his approach."  

Peter Reeves

"Peter is everything and more we could have asked for in a lawyer. We are a start-up bank and have needed a very wide range of legal and business advice. He has gone out of his way to not only provide that, but introduce us to his network of non-legal professionals, many of which we have used, and some of which joined our business."

 

Allen & Overy

Allen & Overy is one of the few international firms that has successfully integrated itself into the Australian legal market. Finance is traditionally the firm’s strength, and attracts high-end banking work, and aviation-focused structured and asset, leveraged, and project finance work. It is active across Asia-Pacific from its Australian base.

The firm’s finance team has been busy in the research period, often acting for borrowers in loan work and refinancing mandates.

The capital markets team acted for underwriters and issuers in US law governed issuances, European issuances and covered bonds.

On the equity side, the firm acted for the issuer in the largest ASX IPO since the privatisation of Medibank in 2014. It also acted for the joint lead managers in the third largest secondary raising in Australian corporate history.

The firm’s projects practice has been active in wind and solar mandates and confidential PPPs and outbound projects. It bolstered its team during the research period with the hire of partner Simon Huxley from DLA Piper.  

Recent Deal Data highlights

•                      EG Group A$1.7 billion acquisition of WOW Petrol

•                      Granville Harbour 112MW wind power plant

•                      ING Bank A$1 billion covered bond issue

•                      Link Group / CBA / Morgan Stanley A$1.6 billion acquisition of Property Exchange Australia

•                      Port of Melbourne A$1.75 billion refinancing

•                      Sydney Airport €500 million 1.75% bond issue

•                      Transurban A$4.2 billion secondary raising

•                      Viva Energy ASX IPO

Client feedback

“The firm's advice and work was excellent. The team leveraged its deep understanding of the international oil and gas sector, the company and oil and gas financing to deliver a top quality bank credit facility with appropriate flexibility for the company.” - Banking

“A&O have been excellent on our mutual engagement. It is highly responsive and quick to turn documents, comments and queries. It’s good at focusing on the important issues and knowing when to push and when to give-in on issues. It has great attention to detail with lead partner David Christensen being great to work with, easy to get on with and a very reasonable guy.” – Capital markets: Debt

“Overall the firm delivered a strong result which we were very happy with. The firm was strong in providing robust and clear advice. No weaknesses identified or seen throughout the engagement.” – Capital markets: Debt

“The firm provided robust analysis on the legal risk associated with the financing of our renewable energy assets.” – Capital markets: Debt

“The firm has strong technical skills, relationship management and commercial acumen.” – Capital markets: Debt

“The firm has experienced partners and a senior associate who provides excellent advice. It has strong customer service and is very responsive.” – Capital markets: Debt

“Extremely strong in the ECM market, with unique capability to provide combined Australian and US advice for ASX capital raisings.” – Capital markets: Equity

“Allen & Overy has equity market knowledge and mining experience across a number of markets.” – Capital markets: Equity

“My overall assessment is that A&O is a great firm. Excellent in legal advice, very timely and cooperative and very commercial. It is always helpful and I enjoy working with the firm.” – Capital markets: Equity

“It has strong global experience, is multilingual, practical and well networked.” – Capital markets: Equity 

“High quality work and advice that was provided in a commercial and timely manner. It’s great to have an Australian firm with access to the UK/EU and other jurisdictions.” – Capital markets: Structured finance and securitisation

“The firm is very thorough and are experts in the M&A sector. It is very approachable and good to work with.” – M&A

“As always, A&O's work is incredibly thorough, well planned and resourced appropriately, ensuring that the corporate always feels that 'no stone is left unturned'.” – M&A 

“It’s very strong. Arron Kenavan is intellectually agile and tactically aggressive.” – M&A

“The ability of A&O to mobilise its teams in Australia and beyond is phenomenal. The support we received from the bid phase all the way through to completion was second to none. Each team member was motivated by our success, rather than their own. That was quite refreshing.” – M&A

“The firm's very good. Everything you would expect from a magic circle firm. Responsive and high level of technical ability.” – M&A

“The firm was first rate, responsive, commercial and delivered the required service in the required time.” – M&A

“A&O provides highly insightful advice on current industry practice and market terms. It provides highly commercial and effective solutions to key challenges and problems facing the company. Its approach is balanced and highly valued.” – M&A

“Knowledgeable of the current financing market, including terms and precedents for market norms.” – Project development 

“I was very pleased with the work. The ability to find solutions to a complicated set of project agreements was invaluable.” – Project finance

“It is excellent in all aspects; good attention to detail and very responsive.” – Project finance 

“The firm has very strong technical knowledge, strong relationship skills and commercial acumen.” – Project finance

“Very strong technical skills, relationship management and commercial acumen.” – Project finance

“The service provided by A&O was excellent. The partner and solicitor were very responsive and ensured we met the tight deadline. The advice provided was commercial and helpful.” – Project finance

James Abbott

"Excellent, first rate lawyer; sound technical knowledge and always available. Pleasure to deal with."

"James is responsive and provides high quality advice within the required timeframe."  

Meredith Campion

"Meredith is extremely knowledgeable, very calm and assured and is always a pleasure to deal with. Her interpersonal skills are a real point of difference to other senior lawyers in this sector."

"Meredith is an extremely high quality lawyer. She has excellent knowledge of our industry and provides a highly commercial approach to achieve effective outcomes for the business in a cost effective manner."

"All positive with regard to knowledge, practical approach, and networks."

David Christensen

“David is a clear communicator, across every element of detail, responds quickly and completely to questions and comments. On top of that, he is a very easy guy to get along with. He quickly engenders a sense of trust in clients due to his sensible and detailed explanations of issues.”

"David is a solid partner who quickly grasps complicated issues and provides straightforward logical advice. He is very responsive and his team always delivers high quality work under his direction." 

"Very strong technical capabilities, relationship management and commercial acumen."

Simon Huxley

"He's diligent, offers robust analysis, is a great communicator and very personable."

"Simon is knowledgeable, friendly, and highly competent. There's a reason he's made partner."

Aaron Kenavan

“Aaron is a very intellectually agile and tactically aggressive lawyer who adds significant value. He is trusted by his clients and also by advisers to clients.”

Mark Leemen

"Excellent knowledge. He's very responsive, offers clear and practical advice, and has an excellent team working with him." 

James Nicholls

"He's very good. Affable, and available with strong technical ability."

Jamie Palmer

“Jamie is outstanding. He is ably supported by partners, senior associates and associates. Jamie is technically superb and able to cut through 'noise' to achieve outcomes that address client concerns.”

Geoff Simpson

“Traditional broadly knowledgeable and highly experienced lawyer, leading a team but being hands-on himself.”

Tony Sparks

“Tony is one of the best ECM lawyers in Australia. He provides sound advice, is highly responsive, is across relevant industry developments, has good commercial and risk judgement on which his legal advice is based.”

"He is extremely competent, accessible, well qualified and commercial."

Adam Stapledon

"Very high quality work. He needed to be flexible and innovate to find a solution."  

 

Ashurst

Ashurst in Australia excels in project development, structured finance and securitisation, and restructuring and insolvency work. The firm has broad national coverage spanning the east and west coast of Australia.

In recent capital markets work, the firm’s structured finance and securitisation team acted in a multi series master trust securitisation of vehicle fleet leases, which was a novel structure to the Australian market; and advised on one of the market’s largest Kangaroo bond issuances and the largest-ever social bond issued in Australia.

The firm has a market leading projects team and has secured a tier one berth this year for its transport infrastructure expertise. It has been working on a spate of landmark transport mandates including as the main legal advisor on the Sydney metro project, which is Australia's largest ever public transport project; acting for the developer in Western Sydney Airport, another among Australia's most significant infrastructure projects; and advising on the largest integrated transport and urban revitalisation project in Australia. The firm is also utilising its expertise in outbound mandates such as in the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail project.

Ashurst has also been engaged in some top renewable energy mandates. It kept busy advising the syndicate of lenders in one of the largest and highest performing wind farm projects in the southern hemisphere; advising the developer on Darlington Point solar farm that promises to be the largest solar power station in Australia; and advising the project company in Australia's first waste-to-energy plant.

In the past 12 months, the firm’s M&A and projects departments have been on a recruitment drive. M&A partners Greg Golding, Rob Hanley, Dan Yang, and Ratha Nabanidham have been hired from King & Wood Mallesons, Seyfarth Shaw, Collin Biggers & Paisley, and MinterEllison respectively. The projects team brought in Dan Brown and Alex Guy from DLA Piper, while restructuring and insolvency partner Jason Salman was hired from Corrs Chambers Westgarth. The firm also lost energy expert Adam Conway to Jones Day.

Recent Deal Data highlights

•                      AT&T A$1.3 billion kangaroo bond issue

•                      Darlington Point 275MW solar power plant

•                      Kwinana waste-to-energy facility

•                      Murra Warra 429MW wind farm

•                      National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation A$315 million 2.38% social bond issue

•                      Sydney metro

•                      WestConnex road

•                      Western Sydney airport

Client feedback

"The firm is commercial, reliable, reasonably priced, easy to work with, and has excellent market knowledge." – Banking

"It's excellent. Easy to work with, very technical, knows the market well and is pro-active engaging with ideas and market trends outside of deals." – Banking

"Highly accurate, timely and commercial in its delivery." - Banking

"It's excellent. The firm was first rate in guiding us through a process that was very new for us." –Capital markets: Debt

"We regard the Perth Ashurst team as one of the leading corporate legal teams in Perth on either an M&A or ECM front." – Capital markets: Equity

"Ashurst is a fantastic law firm. It provides sound commercial legal advice on time and goes out of its way to assist its clients." - Capital markets: Equity

"Excellent standard of work. Early identification of key issues was a strength and its ability to work through these with the issuer's counsel was outstanding." - Capital markets: Equity

"Small but highly effective team that could benefit from more depth and issuer experience."

"Its strengths are partner accessibility and an understanding of our business." - Capital markets: Equity

"Great partner engagement and a strong knowledge of the capital markets space, including market practice." - Capital markets: Equity

"Excellent quality of work, great understanding of key issues." - Capital markets: Structured finance and securitisation

"Outstanding. Top firm in Australia." - Capital markets: Structured finance and securitisation

"Despite the limited scope of Ashurst Australia's involvement, we have got a very good impression. Its work was always on time and of the highest quality." – M&A

"Outstanding legal work in conjunction with a complex and novel M&A transaction." – M&A

"Overall Ashurst provided a stellar service, with timely and commercial advice across a number of subject areas, including corporate, insurance, financial services regulation, competition, employment and tax. The firm assisted with legal due diligence, structuring advice, negotiation and drafting of the transaction agreements, regulatory approvals and ongoing advice on transaction issues. With a dedicated client relationship partner based in Melbourne—Con Tzerefos—I feel very valued and looked after." – M&A

"Overall good quality of advice, efficient and technically sound. Advice is practical and user friendly." – M&A

"Strong legal advice, which took consideration of the relevant commercial and strategic considerations." – M&A

"Very high quality. Good documents, the team are focused, pragmatic, responsive and knowledgeable of market practice. It inspires confidence, due to the calm way it approaches a deal." – M&A

"Very high quality advice and expertise on M&A matters." – M&A

"Strong leading practitioners in key practice areas. Certain work areas seemed overstaffed with more junior lawyers." – M&A

"Ashurst has provided high value strategic advice extending to commercial precedent and impacts, but has been delayed in actual legal delivery by issues outside its control." – Project development 

"Ashurst's team has provided very good support. It is a very capable advisor who are clearly subject matter experts and experienced in negotiating and documenting complex transactions. It is responsive and practical and provides great support to clients. Good depth in the team from partner to junior levels." - Project development

"Excellent capability across all aspects of project development and structuring. Very experienced at complex negotiations. Highly responsive and provides practical advice supported by years of experience. Engagement and depth at all levels of the team is very positive."  - Project development 

"Excellent technical and commercial advice, backed up by extensive experience in the construction space." - Project development

"High quality legal advice and a good understanding of the commercial and strategic aspects of the project." – Project development

"Highly responsive and commercially effective advice directed to project delivery."

"I'm pleased with the responsiveness and quality of advice." - Project development

"Provision of advice combining technical excellence with practical commercial strategic thinking across all divisions including innovative service delivery options." – Project development

"It has a recognised expert in this field with depth in the team." – Project development

"The team was very well structured to provide all necessary support and advice when needed 24/7, which is very important in a bid environment. Every member in the team acted as if it was part of our organisation." - Project development

"Very satisfied with the support." - Project development

"Quality work with dedicated effort to achieve necessary outcomes." – Project finance

"Very diligent and thorough work done in a timely manner." – Project finance

"Strong technical skills and a commercial approach." – Restructuring and insolvency

Caroline Ammundsen

"Caroline is exceptional. She combines technical capability with commercial and strategic insight. Her commitment and responsiveness is further supported by the strength and depth of the team that Ashurst have built."

"She combines exceptional technical skill with commercial acumen to deliver effective results."

John Brewster

"Strong communicator and manager."

Dan Brown

"Detailed and knowledgeable with an approachable mannerism."

"Excellent support and great leader." 

Martin Coleman

"Martin is highly knowledgeable, commercial and personable."

Gaelan Cooney

"Top quality legal professional who is an obvious expert in project financing arrangements."

"He is outstanding as a banking and finance lawyer. Very experienced and measured in his advice."

Roger Davies

“Roger has very deep knowledge of M&A and ECM in the mining sector. He has very deep and longstanding relationships in the sector which is invaluable in successfully getting transactions across the line." 

"He's a strong legal, commercial and strategic advisor."

Sarah Dulhunty

"Very strong technically and a go-to for difficult questions."

"Sarah is an excellent lawyer. She knows her clients very well and provides invaluable advice and service."

Angus Foley

"Excellent knowledge of Australian PPPs, both availability and demand risk plus of banking, credit, markets and precedents." 

Greg Golding

"Excellent and innovative legal service in a very challenging transaction."

Richard Guit

"Very knowledgeable and highly capable lawyer who is able to provide innovative solutions."

David Jardine

"He provided 100% commitment and support when needed. David has in-depth knowledge of the market, offered solutions when problems arose, and he is very passionate about his work."

"Exceptional depth of experience and commerciality. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. A trusted advisor."

Kylie Lane

"High quality strategic understanding and advice, understands the projects and our company very well. She provides high quality and timely legal advice."

"Very high quality corporate M&A experience, a trusted legal adviser for deals and transactions."

Bruce Macdonald

"Very high quality. Bruce has a great manner, calm and considered, responsive, and makes himself available as needed. He is a very experienced in M&A (both public and private) and brings the benefit of his knowledge of market practice and alternative solutions to problems to bear."

"Excellent accessibility and understanding - pithy to the point advice."

James Marshall

"The highest calibre."

Jamie Ng

"Jamie is the top structured finance lawyer in Australia."

Jack O’Shea

"Smart, easy to work with, very commercial, thorough, reliable - definitely a go-to person for our business." 

Lorenzo Pacitti

"Lorenzo is a very experienced and capable partner. He is incredibly responsive and supportive of clients and provides timely and practical advice."  

"Lorenzo is a capable and experienced legal advisor. He is very responsive and provides timely and practical advice to clients. He's a subject matter expert on project development and negotiation and structuring of complex transactions in Australia and throughout South East Asia. Lorenzo has developed a strong well leveraged team and is therefore able to provide a great offering to clients for good value. He understands client demands and considers client-focused solutions where appropriate." 

"Lorenzo cultivates small and dedicated interdisciplinary teams to provide high quality legal advice. We are impressed with his practical approach and responsiveness."

"Does not shy back from giving recommendations in difficult and complex situations. That's a key feature of a great lawyer." 

Emanuel Poulos

"He's pragmatic, commercial and technically astute."

Jennifer Schlosser

"She's very strong, experienced, and fantastic to deal with."

Con Tzerefos

"Con is an excellent commercial lawyer and a fantastic client relationship manager. His strengths include dedication and diligence, approachability, commercial savviness and legal knowledge."

Murray Wheater

"Murray has strength in being proactive and offering new solutions and ideas to assist the business in addition to existing work." 

Shawn Wytenburg 

"Extremely strong. Highly skilled, knows the market inside out, and maintains ongoing diagoue outside of deals." 

 

Atanaskovic Hartnell

Atanaskovic Hartnell is an independent law firm in Australia specialising in corporate M&A and commercial litigation. 

During the research period, the firm primarily worked on matters involving pharmaceutical licensing, corporate reorganisation, and settlement agreements between media companies. 

For example, Atanaskovic Hartnell assisted Parnell Pharmaceuticals Holdings on a licensing agreement with generic and specialist pharmaceuticals company, Mylan. In addition, the firm advised Bruce Gordon in the cash-settled share swap between ASX listed Prime Media Group and ASX 200 listed Nine Entertainment Holdings. 

A notable recent staffing change saw partner Jeremy Kriewaldt depart to set up his own firm, Jeremy Kriewaldt Lawyers. 

Key clients include Bruce Gordon, Antofagasta, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Boart Longyear, Bluescope, Coca-Cola, and JPMorgan Chase.

Recent Deal Data highlights

•Competitive Foods Australia corporate restructuring

•Kohler corporate restructuring

•The Agency acquisition of Top Level Real Estate

 

Clayton Utz

Clayton Utz is a strong independent Australian firm that exhibits particular strength in capital markets, project development and restructuring and insolvency. The firm is accustomed to acting on the best IPO mandates available to the market, while its debt capital markets practice is broad enough to act profitably on vanilla and high-end mandates, and it is among a handful of firms that dominate the securitisation space.

Clayton Utz’s equity capital markets practice was active recently advising the largest German company to list on the ASX, and acting for the issuer on the first allied health listing in Australia.

The firm has moved up the rankings this year to secure a top tier berth in structured finance and securitisation. It had a strong year and acted on an RMBS programme that contained a green tranche that was the first in an Australian non-bank RMBS and the first green securitisation to include foreign-currency notes. The practice also acted in the first Australian RMBS deal to list notes on the Hong Kong stock exchange.

In M&A, the firm completed the largest energy sector transaction in recent history.

The firm’s projects team was busy acting on transformational infrastructure projects such as Sydney Metro Northwest and the first transport PPP to be delivered in the Australian Capital Territory.

There have been some partner level lateral movements affecting the firm over the research period with the firm’s projects team bringing in Graeme Tucker from Ashurst and Graham Read from Norton Rose Fulbright, but losing Marko Misko to HWL Ebsworth and Nicholas Tsirogiannis to PwC Legal. Paul Gribble and Geoff Geha both retired from practice and finance partner Francesca Rush left for QSuper Group.

Recent Deal Data highlights

•                      Australian Technology Innovators $500 million incremental first and second lien term loan B

•                      EG Group A$1.7 billion acquisition of WOW Petrol

•                      Healthia ASX IPO

•                      Marley Spoon ASX IPO

•                      Pepper A$1.25 billion PRS 22 RMBS

•                      Santos $2.15 billion acquisition of Quadrant Energy

•                      Star of the South 2GW offshore wind power plant

•                      Westpac Banking Corporation A$3 billion RMBS

Client feedback

"I would describe the law firm's work as faultless and highly professional." – Capital markets: Equity

"Excellent performance. Unquestionable legal expertise coupled with commercial sense and the ability to work through issues to deliver practical outcomes. Exceptional work ethic and very easy to work with all team members." - Capital markets: Equity

"Excellent to work with. It is very responsive to client needs, has commercially focused lawyers, problem solvers, understands the capital markets, and has very experienced practitioners in this space." - Capital markets: Equity 

"The firm was extremely commercial and thorough. A true partner in an extraordinarily complex deal." - Capital markets: Equity 

"Excellent. The quality of Clayton Utz's due diligence and strategic advice on material issues gave us confidence that we had a clear understanding of the target business, which helped us with assessing risk and pricing our bid accordingly." – M&A

"It delivers an excellent full-service offering across a range of industry sectors and legal specialties. The firm is dedicated to providing high quality client service and is adaptable to changing objectives and demands of its clients." – M&A

"Excellent work and incredible experience." – Restructuring and insolvency

"Clayton Utz were instrumental in the outcome of winding up of our subsidiary. Considering the circumstances we faced, which were very unique and complex, Clayton Utz manged to deliver a very positive outcome through very dedicated people who are highly skilled and knowledgeable in their fields. Their in-depth, hands on, and readily available knowledge on insolvency law guided us through the storm and provided the much needed assurance we needed." - Restructuring and insolvency

"Always very responsive and work collaboratively with its clients." - Restructuring and insolvency

"The quality of the work was high. Clayton Utz were responsive and commercial in its approach." - Restructuring and insolvency

"Clayton Utz works to a very high standard. It has strong work ethic, good quality output and is very timely in its responses." - Restructuring and insolvency 

Jennifer Ball

"Quality of work is high. She is responsive."

Stuart Byrne

"Stuart is a consummate professional; he works tirelessly to out his clients’ interests first while at all-times maintaining an upbeat outlook and a sense of humour."

"Commercial, thorough, and easy to deal with."  

"Excellent to work with and one of the preferred ECM lawyers in Australia."

"He has a great understanding of the objectives of my business. Fantastic knowledge of the capital markets space, and dedicated to meeting client demands and deadlines. He's a trusted advisor."

Stephanie Daveson

"Stephanie is a pleasure to work with. In addition to her extensive experience and depth of knowledge, she is personable and has clear and effective communication skills."

Brendan Groves

"Extremely commercial, collaborative, technically strong and just a pleasure to work with. He's also very responsive with difficult deadlines. My only concern is that his team may not have the depth to support the volume of work he is doing."

Orla McCoy

"Orla is thorough and conveys her messages in a clear, understandable and calm manner, regardless of the situation. Orla's knowledge of insolvency law is astounding and her on the spot advice on how to manage situations is unmatched."

"Excellent and exceptional." 

Tim Sackar

"Tim is an excellent lawyer, focused on providing commercial outcomes within the legal confines of the issues at hand." 

Scott Sharry 

"Excellent understanding of the issues, very responsive and accessible. Strong advocate for his client." 

 

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance in Australia is a corporate and financial law firm best known for its work in projects and capital markets. Its offices in Sydney and Perth are among the newer additions to its Asia-Pacific network. 

This year, the firm mainly handled cross-border transactions and advised on the development and financing of energy and infrastructure projects. Indicative of the tightening focus toward renewable energy, Clifford Chance acted for Macquarie, Ørsted, and Swancor Renewable Energy on the development of the Formosa Offshore Windfarm, the first offshore wind farm project in Asia. Other project highlights include advising the lenders on the financing of Tailem Bend Solar Farm in South Australia, which is projected to provide power for 41,600 homes and save 102,000 tons of carbon dioxide every year. 

Key clients include Quadrant Energy, Arrow Energy, Cbus Super, Partners Group, PVH, ProTen, Carlyle Group, China Jianyin Investment, Royal Dutch Shell, and Deutsche Bank.

A notable recent staffing change saw partner Paul Lingard and counsel Jessica Davies move to Norton Rose.

Recent Deal Data highlights

•Accor Hotels A$1.2 billion acquisition of Mantra Group 

•Carlyle Group A$1 billion million acquisition of Accolade Wines Group

•China Jianyin Investment, JIC Huawen Investment and Tamar Alliance Capital A$800 million acquisition of Nature’s Care

•Noble Group $3.5 billion restructuring

Client feedback

"Highly competent and responsive to needs with a focus on finding solutions. Strong support at partner level and below." – Banking

"Very knowledgable, proactive and pragmatic lawyers." – Banking

"The service is responsive, efficient, and satisfactory." - Banking

"Senior focus with attention to detail. Pragmatic approach and solutions focused. Worked quickly through critical issues and a tight timeline." – Capital markets: Debt

"Overall it's excellent. We stopped using anyone else and used Clifford Chance for all of our significant Australia M&A transactions. Compared to others, it was far more flexible and far more similar to US firms in executing the work. That meant that the firm worked hard and also crafted novel solutions to the M&A transactions we were exploring." – M&A

"Clifford Chance has been extremely flexible for a very demanding client. Unforuntately it does not appear to be supporting its corporate team in Perth which has been impacted to the point where the matter will be moving to a different firm." – M&A

"Excellent legal advice. It also played an important advisory role for me." – M&A

"Exceptional. Smart and strategic advisors." – M&A

"The firm is very strong on the technical and commercial side, and is well respected with lenders in the market. The downside is that it has a smaller bench to others and picks up a high market share of deals so it can be stretched." – Project finance

"Clifford Chance are typically pro-active when dealing with a large bank group. Its legal advice is strong and supported by recent and relevant experience. It also provides commercial alternatives which I believe banks appreciate." – Project finance

"We were very happy with Clifford Chance's work and had good access to the partners and senior counsel involved in the transaction. It managed the process well to a tight timetable including seeking feedback and reaching agreement across a large bank group." – Project finance

"Clifford Chance were easy to work with, very commercial in seeking outcomes and very timely in its responsiveness." – Restructuring and insolvency

 

DLA Piper

DLA Piper in Australia is strongest in projects where it is ranked highest—especially in renewable energy, transport and mining. The firm also has a strong technology focus in the corporate space and equity capital markets, and handles orthodox and structured financing arrangements.

During the research period, the firm’s IPO practice was busy advising on Australian Securities Exchange listings. Its finance practice was involved in structured, acquisition, and property finance mandates, while also handling debt restructuring work. 

The projects team acted in a range of mandates in the mining, oil and gas, energy and transport sectors, including in the WestConnex project, which is the largest and most expensive transport project undertaken in Australia. It was also involved in offshore PPP projects such as advising the government of Solomon Islands on establishment of a PPP programme, and advising the Asian Development Bank and Kazakhstan’s health ministry on the development of a general clinical hospital at the Karaganda State Medical University. 

In the past year, DLA Piper brought in partners Stefan Luke and Tom Fotheringham from King & Wood Mallesons, and it hired David Lyons from Herbert Smith Freehills. The firm was also hit by the departures of partner Simon Huxley to Allen & Overy and projects partners Dan Brown and Alex Guy to Ashurst.  

Recent Deal Data highlights

•Beyondie sulphate of potash project

•CBA, Link Group and Morgan Stanley A$1.6 billion acquisition of PEXA

•Chillagoe gold-copper project

•Karaganda State Medical University hospital PPP

•Nickel Mines ASX IPO

•Orchard ILS A$75 million catastrophe bond issue 

•Pengana Private Equity Trust ASX IPO

•WestConnex motorway PPP 

Client feedback

“The firm was very strong in making sure that the banks position was reflected in the facility agreement, working at all hours given the offshore nature.” – Banking

“Very high quality given that we were dealing with a very difficult and unsophisticated client.” – Banking

“Overall it was a very pleasant experience. The firm acted for the bank for a long time and understands the clients well. It is detailed, responsive and efficient in working towards a strict timetable.” – Banking

“I have found DLA Piper to be professional, knowledgeable, practical, timely and efficient.” – Capital markets: Equity

“Highly professional, creative problem solving, attention to detail, and outstanding legal knowledge.” – M&A

“Very good hands on advice, practical orientation and great responsiveness.” – M&A

“DLA Piper has highly experienced partners, an attentive and high quality service. It is genuinely kind and caring and has lovely personable people to work with. The firm has a keen interest in maintaining an ongoing relationship with our company and puts in effort and time into that relationship, including at senior levels.” – Project development

“The work of DLA Piper is exceptional in its understanding of the needs and context of the client in a difficult emerging market space.” – Project development

“Our strong relationship with DLA Piper was borne out of a long-running pro bono relationship and also the first ever compulsory conciliation under the law of the sea, where DLA Piper was intimately involved in advising us on the successful delimitation of our maritime boundaries with Australia. We learnt through that experience that DLA Piper is not like other firms. Led by Stephen Webb, the firm provides holistic legal and non-legal advice. It sees its role as bringing together a large team - client, lawyers and non-lawyers - to achieve the best outcome for us. The firm really does deliver the 'full package' when it comes to client care and support. This is particularly important for us as our country is developing, so it requires flexibility and pragmatic approaches, not just a legalistic approach. The work we do in our ministry is vital to our country's future, so we rely on DLA Piper to assist us in executing important government policies. While a substantial number of DLA Piper's lawyers visit or are based here, we sometimes see a minor shortfall in our legal advice in terms of taking into account our unique circumstances. It is by no means an easy task for legal advisers to note the larger context in which their advice sits, particularly when the tight time frames and volume of work are taken into account; however, this is one small area for improvement.” – Project development

“Professional and efficient and responds in a timely fashion.” – Project development 

“The firm (Brisbane office) is highly motivated, hardworking and responsive. Its work is of an excellent standard, which includes both black letter law and commercial aspects.” – Project development

“I specifically sought Kate Papailiou out for this project, having worked with her on a similar project at my previous company. Kate is fantastic to work with. She understood our requirements from the outset, and provided the service in a professional and timely manner, consulting her colleagues in New Zealand as and when required.” – Project finance

"Excellent firm that had good knowledge and was willing to do what they could to assist in the process." – Project finance

“The provision of a secondee into the project team was fantastic. Good overall legal advice.” – Project finance

“It has a hands-on partner, is detailed, and driven to help.” – Restructuring and insolvency 

 

Gadens

Gadens is an independent Australian firm with a history dating back to 1847 when it became the first Australian firm to form a multi-disciplinary practice. The firm is strongest in finance where it enjoys a strong reputation in property development and construction. It is also a solid player in the domestic restructuring and insolvency market, especially in the small and medium enterprises space.

During the research period, the firm’s banking team acted for both lenders and borrowers in construction and property financing mandates. It also handled acquisition financing in the healthcare sector and helped a share registry company—Computershare—obtain a loan and make a private placement. 

Gadens’ restructuring and insolvency team was busy acting in the liquidations of a dental and grain company and also undertook debt recovery work.  

Recent Deal Data highlights

•Biodental Remin insolvency

•Collins Arch Project

•Computershare $900 million syndicated loan facility

•Computershare $550 million private placement

•LGL Commodities insolvency

•Newmarket development A$300 million financing 

Client feedback

"Timely, pragmatic advice, with a focus on client outcomes and timing." – Banking 

"Strong knowledge with clear communication to all stakeholders." - Banking

“Elliot Raleigh did an exceptional job and I would rate him personally as one of the best lawyers in the Melbourne market.” – Banking 

“The firm responds efficiently with consistent communication that is clear. The legal documents were prepared with clear terms that were easy to locate and follow. The firm is reasonably priced and the instructions on executing documents is clear and easy to follow for any signing parties.” – Investment funds

 

King & Wood Mallesons

Sino-Australian firm King & Wood Mallesons is a unique international venture with global aspirations. Its corporate, finance and projects practices in Australia dominate the market. The firm also has a market leading securitisation, kangaroo bond and hybrid debt capital markets practice, while increasingly taking key market share in the green and social impact bond markets.

The firm has had a steady research period with its finance practice tending to lenders and borrowers’ needs, while being active in aviation and real estate finance.

In capital markets, the firm has acted in a string of small IPOs amid challenging conditions and has been active in the green and social impact bond and securitisation space, including acting in the world’s first RMBS with an underlying pool of green and non-green residential mortgage securities. Another notable mandate saw it acting for the issuer in the third largest secondary capital raising in Australian corporate history.

In M&A the firm has been working on some large M&A deals including the merger of Fairfax and Nine, which was one of the largest recent media M&A transactions, and representing the target in the largest public company takeover ever in Australia.

The projects practice has been attendant to important transport infrastructure mandates and renewable energy and social infrastructure work.

Recent staffing changes saw the firm hire finance partner Dale Rayner from Norton Rose Fulbright, and restructuring and insolvency expert Sam Dundas from HWL Ebsworth. The firm lost M&A partners Shannon Finch to Jones Day and Greg Golding to Ashurst.

Recent Deal Data highlights

•                      Brookfield Business Partners A$5.7 billion acquisition of Healthscope

•                      Nine Entertainment $4.2 billion merger with Fairfax Media

•                      Parramatta light rail project

•                      Pepper A$1.25 billion PRS 22 RMBS securitisation

•                      Sydney Airport €500 million 1.75% bond issue

•                      Transurban A$4.2 billion secondary raising

•                      Unibail-Rodamco A$32.76 billion acquisition of Westfield Corporation

•                      WestConnex road project

Client feedback

"Strong technical skills, relationship management and commercial acumen." - Banking

"Great end to end coverage of the transaction and very detailed and well reviewed due diligence report. Great team and the quality of the work is always fantastic." - Banking

"The firm knows the client well. It was a seamless process." - Banking

"The firm is efficient, commercial and responsive." – Banking

"First class as always. It knows the regulations and all applicable laws. It works efficiently and does not enter into unnecessary work to prolong time costs." – Capital markets: Debt

"Exceptionally performing partner that has superior knowledge of the capital markets. It also has superior knowledge of the industry and superior work ethic and thoroughness. It's expensive, but you get what you pay for." - Capital markets: Debt

"The debt and equity capital markets practices have fantastic depth, with very talented senior associates supporting the partners. Both teams have a strong knowledge of our business and are able to work with us to find commercial solutions." - Capital markets: Debt

"The team did an amazing job. It knows our business, our commercial positions, the market more broadly, the other advisers we work with, and delivers every time. On top of which, we really like them personally." – Capital markets: Equity

"KWM has worked both for Macquarie and as issuer counsel on many ECM transactions over the past couple of years. On all occasions it has demonstrated exceptional experience, legal expertise, commercial approach, efficiency and effectiveness that we really appreciate." - Capital markets: Equity

"I chose KWM and continue to choose KWM for a number of reasons, including its technical knowledge, expertise and superior client service. The firm was decisive, responsive and able to provide advice in a clear and concise manner. The fact that it knows and understands my business and the reasons as to why the execution of this matter is of importance to me is beneficial. It is a market leader in the capital markets field and at the forefront of the type of matter I engaged it with." - Capital markets: Equity

"Outstanding knowledge, responsiveness and support. It helped step us through the process and led us to a very successful outcome." -   Capital markets: Equity

"Great firm to work with." - Capital markets: Equity

"The team are excellent and are very much our 'go-to' team for major corporate action. It has helped to steer us through three very large equity raisings over the last 4-5 years. It has the complete confidence of the board and management." -  Capital markets: Equity 

"As always KWM produces a high standard, which is expected from what we regard as the number one Australian firm in securitisation. Its key strengths are its partners and bench strength." - Capital markets: Structured finance and securitisation 

"KWM do many things well. It puts the time and effort into building a relationship with us and understands our business needs. It has an excellent understanding of the covered bond and securitisation market and what the market standard is in transaction documents; it is personable, easy to deal with and technically strong. When we have tight timeframes the firm works hard to meet them." - Capital markets: Structured finance and securitisation

"The firm's work was very professional and helpful. The lawyers took a very commercial perspective and provided invaluable advice. The lawyers were always happy to discuss matters as they arose." - Capital markets: Structured finance and securitisation

"KMW provided diligent and extensive support in creating the strongest legal position for us as a senior secured debt provider. Greatly appreciated were KWM's experience and insight and understanding of the commercial objectives in delivering the legal solution." - Capital markets: Structured finance and securitisation 

"The KWM team assisted with due diligence, the transaction documents, company secretarial, regulatory compliance and general corporate advice. Overall, the service was excellent. The team provided commercially sensible advice and solutions in a timely and efficient manner. The team focuses on outcomes and understands what our business is trying to achieve." – M&A

"Excellent. Client service was fantastic. It offered commercial legal advice, and proactively identified and managed issues. The firm performed well above my expectations." – M&A

"In addition to being very strong technical lawyers, the team are very commercial and pragmatic. There is good depth in the team." – Project development

"Excellent attention to detail and quality of service. Excellent technical capability." - Restructuring and insolvency

"Excellent performance and level of service." - Restructuring and insolvency

"Top level advice. Firm, concise and timely." - Restructuring and insolvency

Aaron Bourke

"Strong negotiator. Good attention to detail."

"He's decisive, a good negotiator, and gives attention to detail."

Nicola Charlston

"Nicola is exceptional. She is commercial, proactive, responsive and an excellent technical lawyer."

Nathan Collins

"Fantastic, covers banking and finance but also has a deep understanding of restructuring and insolvency which is required for all of our transactions to provide protection into the banking documents." 

David Cowling

"Excellent restructuring advisor. A world leader."

Yuen Yee Cho

"Best lawyer I've ever had the privilege of dealing with. Outstanding industry, business and capital markets product knowledge with an exceptional work ethic." 

David Eliakim

"David impressed me with his technical knowledge, service levels, responsiveness, and understanding of my business and what's important to me. He's easy to work with and generally KWM knows my business inside out. It is able to anticipate my needs and respond efficiently to any questions or concerns that may arise."

Phil Harvey

"First class. Phil is an expert on Australian regulatory issuances."  

Tim Klineberg

"Excellent problem solver." 

"Exceptional Lawyer. Pragmatic and commercial."

Paul McBride

"Paul is always solid and consistent. He offers legal solutions but also compliments the commercial aspects of a transaction. He has an amazing knack for being accessible during the heat of a transaction."

"Paul leads a very capable team in Brisbane. Paul regularly demonstrates his passion and extensive knowledge of securitisation and his genuine interest in our business. He is always available to talk through any issues we have, regularly doing so off the clock. Paul is an excellent communicator when it comes to fees which avoids nasty surprises at the end of the month."

Joseph Muraca

"Fantastic. Everything I have said about the firm applies to Joe." 

"Joe is an excellent lawyer. He is technically excellent, extremely knowledgeable, has a great manner and has the complete confidence of management and the board. He is supported by a first class team."

Diana Nicholson

"Diana's knowledge of our business and the Australian market is invaluable. She has a strong team and works well with us and our business colleagues."

Philip Pan

"In addition to advice on the latest cases and law amendments, Philip's strength is his ability to provide excellent strategy guidance."

Claire Rogers

"Strong technical skills, relationship management and commercial acumen."

Michelle Siekierak

"Michelle is an excellent lawyer who consistently provides high quality service and advice. Michelle is attentive, responsive and always willing to assist to ensure an excellent outcome for me and our business." 

Jason Watts

"Jason supported us through every step of the capital raising process and was instrumental in the success of the raising."

Ian Edmonds-Wilson

"Ian and his team provide an extremely professional service. They understand our business extremely well and provide advice accordingly. Ian explains complex legal terms in such a way that I can understand them. He provides advice with a very commercial view through understanding our business, and is also willing to talk with the other party to work through matters whereas other firms will not do that."

 

MinterEllison

MinterEllison is best known in the Australian legal market for its market leading restructuring and insolvency practice, but it is also a solid choice of counsel for M&A, capital markets and banking and project finance matters.

In the research period the firm’s finance team has been busy with asset finance, real estate and acquisition financing mandates.

In capital markets the firm has been acting in a spate of mid-sized IPOs and a good volume of securitisation mandates.

The firm has also been very active in private equity and M&A matters in the healthcare, energy and food and beverage space.

The projects team has been occupied with social infrastructure and transport transactions including acting for the roads authority in the suburban roads upgrade programme that includes some landmark PPP features.

There has been some lateral movement for the firm over the research period with it hiring M&A partners Shaun McRobert and Chris Allen from King & Wood Mallesons and Gilbert + Tobin respectively. The firm was hit by the departures of Sophie Chen to Gilbert + Tobin, Sheena Jackson to BAE Systems, and Elizabeth Ellis who joined a Sydney-based family law boutique.

Recent Deal Data highlights

•                      AMP Capital and Macquarie Capital A$200 million acquisition of University of Melbourne student accommodation portfolio

•                      Brookfield Asset Management A$385 million acquisition of DCI Data Centres

•                      CDH Investments and China Grand Pharmaceutical A$1.9 billion acquisition of Sirtex Medical

•                      Evans Dixon ASX IPO

•                      H.I.G Capital $625 million acquisition of Recochem Group

•                      Schwartz Hotel Group A$530 million financing

•                      SPH REIT and Moelis A$206 million acquisition of Figtree Grove Shopping Centre

•                      Suburban road upgrade PPP

Client feedback

"I have found that MinterEllison undertakes very detailed work, is responsive to requests, and is always very friendly to our staff." - Banking 

"One of the best firms in the Australian market for property and construction finance." - Banking

"Proactive in coming up with solutions. High attention to detail. Commercial and easy to deal with. Very high standard of work." - Banking

"Excellent turnaround times and coordination with offshore and opposing counsel." - Banking

"Excellent. The firm is timely, across the issues, proactive, and responsive." – Banking

"Reliable, efficient with great insight and expertise." – Capital markets: Equity

"The IPO required a complex restructure, establishment of the REIT requiring a responsible entity, AFSL licensing issues, property law matters for the acquisition of rural properties. All of these areas could be fully serviced across Minters' various offices and through its international networks all coordinated from Melbourne. The transaction was time critical and Minters met all deadlines with staff sometimes working around the clock." – Capital markets: Equity 

"Extremely practical, knowledgeable and efficient advice into the corporate trustee role we play in the Australian market. The firm acts as a valued partner by understanding our business and key sensitivities. It manages this extremely well with drafting counsel on our behalf." - Capital markets: Structured finance and securitisation

"While we have several firms on our panel, Minters is our go-to firm for securitisation. It has excellent subject matter expertise, is contactable and responsive at all times, and understands our business and our commercial and legal sensitivities like no one else." - Capital markets: Structured finance and securitisation

"Collaborative firm that seeks to understand your business needs and drivers and then produce the outcome that you require at a commercial level at a competitive price." - Capital markets: Structured finance and securitisation

"Excellent quality, easy to deal with, expert advice." -  Capital markets: Structured finance and securitisation

"Generally very high quality and sound advice. John Elias and Darren Sumich are both very responsive and commercial." - Capital markets: Structured finance and securitisation

"Excellent. We have a relationship with several Sydney based partners and value the relationship we have with the firm." – Investment funds

"MinterEllison provided sound advice and high quality documentation on a complex transaction." – M&A

"Excellent. Quality of work is very good." – M&A

"The work provided by the firm is highly regarded. The team has remained consistent so has history on our company and are able to meet requests and demands with ease." – M&A

"I have a very high opinion of the firm. Its work was timely, of good quality and value for money." – Private equity 

"Excellent work. Able to provide advice across a large range of areas including: structuring, regulation, industrial relations, competition and financing." – Project finance

"Minters' restructuring team is a consistently high performing practice operating across the spectrum of size and complexity." – Restructuring and insolvency 

"Fantastic knowledge of the law and the ability to use that knowledge practically and commercially to achieve the outcome we were after." - Restructuring and insolvency

"Excellent technical advice, coupled with great peer support in assisting with stakeholder management." - Restructuring and insolvency

"High quality work with a strong focus on commercial outcomes within the framework we were dealing with." - Restructuring and insolvency

"MinterEllison was excellent to work with on what was a complex and challenging matter. The team was responsive to issues as they came up, combining a commercial approach with technical legal answers." - Restructuring and insolvency

"The advice provided to us was concise and useful. At times, this involved formal written advice. On other occasions, we held telephone conferences or meetings to determine the best way to proceed. The advice was always very useful." - Restructuring and insolvency 

Tony Berriman

"Tony is excellent. He has strong market knowledge, is commercial, and provides options while being always accessible."

Peter Block

"Always available and accessible. He's able to bring in members from the firm as required."

Con Boulougouris

"Con is very easy to deal with. His knowledge of the group's matters is extensive given his longevity working with the group."  

Matthew Cunningham

"Friendly, detail orientated and proactive."

"Matt is a dedicated partner and an expert in his field. He understands the industry and what drives his clients' needs."

John Elias

"Extremely good and commercial minded. Looks to understand my drivers, my time frame and then deliver an extremely good commercial outcome."

"Extremely commercial and well-liked. John is very willing to work with us to meet cost constraints. His responsiveness is top-notch."

"John is always very efficient and thinks laterally to solve any problems that are present."

Michael Hughes

"Extremely high quality advisor."

"I thoroughly enjoy working with Michael, as he applies a commercial approach combined with strong technical ability, focusing on ways to achieve the desired outcome, without undertaking undue risk."

James Hutton

"Very experienced, efficient, personable, and collaborative in his approach to working with multiple parties involved in a transaction."

Ben Liu

"Ben Liu provides high quality advice and has engaged well with our business."

Daniel Marks

"One of the best lawyers in Australia in the property finance and project finance space. Smart, commercial, innovative and easy to get along with."

Caitlin Murray

"An exceptional restructuring lawyer with an engaging and practical approach to high pressure environments." 

Paul Paxton

"Excellent knowledge of the business; getting to the root of any problem and providing solutions."

Stewart Robertson

"Extremely competent and capable. Stewart is the go to lawyer for my loans business due to high quality of service, accessibility, pro-activeness and value for money relative to other firms."

Glen Sauer

"Glen is a great lawyer that is always available and provides very good advice." 

"Glen is hardworking, responsive and generally a very good lawyer with great market knowledge."

Caroline Slade

"Extremely knowledgeable of the domestic securitisation business with a very strong practice in providing advice to corporate trustees."

"Caroline is excellent. Second to none in terms of her legal expertise, accessibility, knowledge of our business and turnaround times."

Brendon Watkins

"He is simply the best insolvency lawyer in Melbourne."

"Brendon is a first class legal advisor and is my 'go to' practitioner for complex restructuring work. He is clearly in the top handful of practitioners in the country."

Michael Vickery 

"Michael is very responsive and approachable. He will respond to matters even if away from the office. I regularly refer others to contact Michael for advice."