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Clayton Utz

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Haley & Co in association with Clayton Utz
The Hong Kong Club Building
3A Chater Road
Hong Kong
+852 3980 6868
+852 3980 6820

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Brisbane, Australia

Riparian Plaza, Level 28

Central, Hong Kong

703 - 704

Perth, Australia

Level 27, QV1 Building

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Clayton Utz - The Who's Who Legal 100 2013

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Australian powerhouse Clayton Utz maintains its reputation for excellence across a broad range of legal services, with 60 inclusions over an impressive 20 practice areas. With an office in Hong Kong and extensive links across the globe, the firm impresses clients and peers alike with its international outlook and dedication to outstanding client service.

Practice Area Breakdown
Arbitration 1 Insurance & Reinsurance 3
Asset Recovery 2 Labour & Employment 2
Capital Markets 2 Life Sciences 4
Commercial Litigation 3 M & A 5
Competition 3 Mining 5
Construction 6 Oil & Gas 3
Corporate Governance 2 Product Liability Defence 5
Corporate Tax 1 Public Procurement 5
Environment 2 Real Estate 3
Insolvency & Restructuring 1 Trademarks 2

Often cited as one of the world’s leading construction law firms, Clayton Utz fields six lawyers who are highly nominated in our construction chapter, including our Construction Lawyer of the Year Douglas Jones AO. Based in Sydney, Jones is “internationally renowned” and universally recommended for his expertise in both commercial litigation and arbitration and concentrates on construction and infrastructure project work. He is also highly nominated for public procurement. Andrew Stephenson heads the “formidable” construction group at the firm, which includes “expert problem solver” Arch Fletcher, who has gained an “extraordinary” reputation for his contractual and procurement advice across a broad range of industry sectors. Procurement specialist Colin Dodd and Glenn Haley represent the firm in Hong Kong and both are regarded as “top notch” for dispute resolution, the former having particular experience in large-scale international arbitration.

M&A and corporate governance are strong areas for the firm, with multiple lawyers nominated for inclusion in both of these chapters. Head of the M&A group, John Elliott is sought after for complex transactions in numerous sectors and his “extensive experience” gained over the past 20 years “demands respect” from peers and clients alike. Rodney Halstead has an “excellent reputation” for both corporate regulatory and transactional work alongside Karen Evans-Cullen, who is lauded for her work at every stage of several “cutting-edge” mergers.

On the disputes side the firm fields a “phenomenal” team, with inclusions in our commercial litigation, arbitration and product liability defence chapters. Stuart Clark is “one of Australia’s top litigators” and focuses his practice on class actions, particularly within the product liability field. Jocelyn Kellam is highlighted for her “practical and innovative” approach to product liability and class actions. The public procurement chapter features four lawyers in Australia and one in Hong Kong. In Sydney, Sergio Capelli receives numerous votes for both construction and public procurement and John Shirbin has “extensive experience” in government contract work within the transport, telecommunications and energy sectors.

The firm has a well-reputed energy and environment practice, with inclusions in our environment, mining and oil and gas chapters. Peter Wiese is noted for his “vast knowledge” of energy issues and his “commercial outlook” which allows him to successfully advise large corporations. Andrew Smith and Graham Taylor also specialise in mining, the former focusing on complex operating agreements relating to downstream issues in energy and resources. Corporate specialist Stuart MacGregor is “a familiar face” in the Asia-Pacific region, having advised on investment structuring, commercial agreements and regulatory issues.

The Sydney office fields three real estate experts. Gary Best heads the real estate group and leads the “first-class team” which includes “excellent negotiator” Julie Levis and Peter McMahon, whose long-standing property experience means he brings a multi-disciplinary approach to the practice area.

Trademarks experts Brett Doyle and Mary Still lead the way in the firm’s trademarks practice, with clients saying they “simply wouldn’t turn to anyone else”. With lawyers listed across several further practice areas, Clayton Utz cements its reputation as a leading international firm.

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Clayton Utz - Professional Notice

Clayton Utz

Clayton Utz is one of Australia’s most respected and successful independent legal practices, with around 200 partners and over 1,400 employees across seven offices, including an associated office in Hong Kong (Haley & Co).

As a full-service commercial law firm, Clayton Utz has lawyers with broad-ranging legal and industry experience and specialisations within our core practice areas of corporate, banking and finance, dispute resolution, and property, environment and construction. We also have a dedicated pro bono practice, which reflects our commitment to helping individuals and organisations to access the legal system where they may not otherwise be able to.

We have a diverse public and private sector client base which includes some of Australia’s largest financial institutions and corporates across a range of industries, as well as Australian and state government departments and agencies. We also have a substantial base of international clients who regularly engage us to support them on major projects, transactions or disputes in Australia and in other jurisdictions.

Our market-leading reputation is built on our commercial, pragmatic, tailored approach to the provision of legal services that reflects a genuine understanding of our clients’ businesses, the environments in which they operate and their commercial drivers and objectives. This approach helps us to ensure we bring together the right teams of lawyers to match our clients’ needs.

We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of government and industry policy development and regulation, with many of our lawyers actively involved in major government and industry bodies. We have a deep understanding of Australia’s regulatory environment and strong relationships with key regulatory authorities, working with our clients to ensure they are able to achieve successful commercial outcomes while also meeting their regulatory obligations.

In 2012, Clayton Utz was named Corporate Law Firm of the Year at the CFO Capital Law Awards, recognising – among other aspects of our business – the quality and delivery of our services, our client base and mandates won, initiatives we have undertaken to improve industry standards and educate the corporate community, and initiatives to develop the leadership and related skills and expertise of our people.

While we are a proudly Australian firm, we also have a global outlook. We believe that our clients should have access to the very best lawyers to provide them with the services they need, regardless of the country or jurisdiction in which they are conducting business. As well as our membership of the legal networks Lex Mundi and PRAC, we have strong relationships with leading law firms around the world to ensure our clients receive the best possible legal advice and support. We also go with our clients into other jurisdictions where they want or need us as their primary legal advisers.

We continue to win advisory mandates on some of the most high-profile, complex and innovative developments being undertaken in Australia. Among our current key advisory roles are:

• acting as project counsel to the APLNG joint venture on the Australia Pacific LNG project, including achieving successful close in November 2012 of the US$8.5 billion financing for APLNG’s liquefaction plant and facilities on Curtis Island off the Queensland coast – Australia’s largest ever project financing and the first time that the export finance arms of the United States and China have cooperated on an Australian project;

• acting for NBN Co on the rollout of a new high-speed national broadband network (NBN) around Australia, the country’s first national, wholesale-only, open access, high-speed broadband network;

• acting for Transport for NSW (TfNSW) on the multibillion-dollar North West Rail Link project, one of the largest infrastructure projects that will be undertaken in Australia in the next decade; and

• acting as the key legal adviser to the Barangaroo Delivery Authority on the Barangaroo South project, a major urban renewal project in the Sydney CBD valued at approximately A$6 billion, and regarded as the largest public sector offering and development project in Australia - which has also been selected to participate in the Clinton Climate Positive Development Program.

Areas of Law: As a full-service commercial law firm, Clayton Utz has lawyers with diverse and broad-ranging legal experience across a range of industry sectors. Our strength is our ability to bring together teams of lawyers with the right mix of legal and commercial skills to match our clients’ business needs.

Banking and Finance; Capital Markets and Securities; Competition; Construction and Major Projects; Corporate/M&A; Energy and Resources; Environment and Planning; Governance and Compliance; Insurance and Risk; Intellectual Property; International Arbitration; International Trade; Legal Technology Services; Litigation and Dispute Resolution; Native Title; Private Equity; Product Liability; Real Estate; Restructuring and Insolvency; Taxation; Telecommunications, Media and Technology; Workplace Relations, Employment and Safety.

Offices: Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Hong Kong, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney

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