Australia: Banking 2017

This chapter highlights 62 excellent practitioners who have a strong track record of representing financial institutions and their corporate clients, and particular expertise relating to regulatory and transactional banking matters. Below we highlight the most highly regarded in the field.

Most Highly Regarded
1. John Schembri Gilbert + Tobin, Sydney
2. Yuen-Yee Cho King & Wood Mallesons, Sydney
3. Shawn Wytenburg Ashurst, Sydney
4. Simon Lynch Gilbert + Tobin, Melbourne
5. Peter Doyle King & Wood Mallesons, Sydney

KING & WOOD MALLESONS leads the way in this edition with 12 individuals listed.
Yuen-Yee Cho scores very highly in our research, receiving praise across Australia, and is considered “a certain inclusion” in the edition by respondents.
Peter Doyle has a reputation for the high standard of his work and specialises in project and infrastructure finance.
Ken Astridge is a well-known name in the market whose broad practice includes property finance, leveraged finance, debt capital markets, and securitisation.
Jeff Clark receives praise from respondents for being a “very strong lawyer”, with expertise pertaining to project finance, acquisition and leverage finance, as well as the financing of property developments and acquisitions.
Philip Harvey draws on 17 years’ experience, impressing clients and peers with his practice, which particularly focuses on bank supervision and regulation.
Ian Edmonds-Wilson is known for his expertise relating to structured finance and securitisation transactions, and acts for an impressive range of clients including financiers, borrowers, issuers and underwriters. 

HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS follows closely behind, with nine practitioners recognised by our research.
John Angus is “a strong name in the market”. Drawing on over 30 years of experience, he specialises in acquisition, corporate, structured and project finance.
John Nestel has significant experience pertaining to the telecommunications, transportation and renewable energy sectors. He has been involved in significant cross-border financings and major corporate restructurings in Europe and the United States.
Emma de Carle has a notable reputation for her high-level practice, frequently acting for major banks, private equity houses, financers and multinational corporations.
Andrew Booth is “very active in the market”, with more than 25 years’ experience counselling major international banks and corporations regarding a wide variety of bank debt, debt capital markets and derivatives transactions.
Justin Pelly receives recommendations for his wide-ranging experience acting for major banks involved in significant complex transactions across Australia, the United States and Europe.

ASHURST also performs well with eight impressive practitioners identified in this edition.
Clients say Shawn Wytenburg is “very active and should certainly be included”, with experience acting for many of the leading commercial banks in the Australian corporate and leveraged finance market.
Steve Smith wins praise from respondents for his skilful handling of acquisition, corporate and project finance matters in both domestic and cross-border transactions. 
Martin Coleman is known for his expertise in corporate, project and infrastructure finance, acting for major commercial and investment banks active in a variety of industry sectors.
Paul Jenkins is widely known for his impressive banking practice, counting all four major Australian banks, as well as a number of Japanese banks, among his clientele.

Two further notable firms achieve six listings in this chapter, including CLAYTON UTZ.
Alexander Schlosser is praised for being “an excellent practitioner” with experience handling complex cross-border transactions across multiple jurisdictions.
Geoff Geha receives commendation for his practice, which focuses on corporate and leverage finance. He has experience acting for borrowers and lenders across a variety of industry sectors.
Bruce Cooper has a reputation for the high standard of his practice. His practice features an emphasis on commodity finance and project finance, and he also handles complex restructuring and work-outs for lenders and borrowers on large project deals.

ALLENS likewise has six lawyers listed.
Phillip Cornwell has a reputation as one of the country’s top banking and finance lawyers, with experience handling landmark financing deals as well as advising on recent power, infrastructure and resources projects in the Asia-Pacific region.
Jason Morris is widely recommended for his banking practice, acting for major banking syndicates, borrowers and underwriter among others, handling major and complex transactions. 
Alan Maxton is known in the market for his impressive corporate borrowers practice, acting for leading corporates including Billabong, Caltex, Origin Energy and FOXTEL.

From MINTERELLISON, Daniel Marks is “a standout name in the market”, due to his banking and finance practice advising financiers and sponsors on a range of public-private partnerships, mining, and infrastructure and property construction projects.
John Mosley has a fine reputation for his impressive banking work, with a focus in his practice on domestic and international finance transactions, acting for lenders, borrowers, vendors and shareholders.
Tony Berriman boasts over 20 years of experience managing complex corporate and property finance, including syndicated debt financing across a variety of industries such as telecommunications, food and drink and engineering, among others. 

From GILBERT + TOBIN John Schembri stands out in our research, praised by clients and peers as being “preeminent” in his work in structured and project financing as well as leveraged financing.  
Alongside him Simon Lynch is known to be a “top lawyer in the market”, specialising in corporate facilities and acquisition financings as well as property and construction financings.

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