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Australia: Capital Markets 2017

This chapter identifies 42 private practitioners who have a proven track record in representing and advising issuers, underwriters, investment banks, funds, REITs and other market participants on all aspects of capital markets transactions around the world. Below we highlight the most highly regarded in the field. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Philippa Stone Herbert Smith Freehills, Sydney
2. Stuart Byrne Clayton Utz, Sydney
3. Shannon Finch King & Wood Mallesons, Sydney
4. Tony Sparks Allen & Overy, Sydney

KING & WOOD MALLESONS leads the way in our research with 12 practitioners identified, reflecting the firm’s expertise in this area. Shannon Finch receives consistent praise for her “outstanding” capital markets practice. Widely recommended by respondents, she is particularly known for her ability to “consolidate information in a coherent manner that clients can easily understand”.
David Friedlander frequently acts for bidders, issuers and underwriters in securities offerings, and is commended for his high-level practice.
Ian Paterson has a strong reputation in the field, being widely recommended for his work in structured capital markets matters. He draws on experience acting on debt and hybrid capital markets issues, and represents banks and insurers as well as Australian and international companies. 
Evie Bruce acts for both issuers and underwriters and receives praise for her expertise relating to secondary capital raisings, initial public offerings, as well as hybrid and retail debt securities offerings.
Greg Golding is a well-reputed name in the sector, specialising in capital raisings with experience frequently handling major, high-value transactions. 
Meredith Paynter receives commendation for her practice, advising leading Australian and international clients across the food and agribusiness, health, entertainment, and financial services sectors, among others.  

HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS also boasts an excellent team, with six practitioners highlighted by our research. Philippa Stone has a strong reputation in equity and hybrid raisings being described as “a really superb practitioner” by clients and peers.
Michael Ziegelaar receives nominations across Australia for his practice, which draws on 15 years of experience acting for high-profile corporations and government entities. 
Patrick Lowden is renowned for his work in structured and inventive capital market transactions in the corporate hybrid and regulatory capital areas.

ALLENS is home to four standout practitioners.
Robert Pick is highlighted by our research for his extensive experience in capital markets matters. He frequently advises and acts for issuers and lead managers on complex transactions involving equity, debt and hybrid securities.
Stuart McCulloch is recognised for his skill at handling numerous complex and significant equity capital markets transactions for major national and international clients.
Julian Donnan is praised throughout our research, and focuses his practice on equity capital markets transactions across a range of sectors.

ALLEN & OVERY boasts Tony Sparks, who receives nominations across Australia for his “fantastic” capital markets work, advising both domestic and international clients on a variety of financing transactions.

Peter Cook at GILBERT + TOBIN draws on over 20 years’ experience handling complex and significant transactions for major national and international companies, with particular experience in the banking and finance and healthcare sectors.

Mimma Barila from SIDLEY AUSTIN is recognised for her work representing investors. Issuers and underwriters in securities transactions, such as equity and hybrid securities, private placements of debt as well as public offerings.

Stuart Byrne at CLAYTON UTZ boasts more than 20 years’ experience instructing major investment banks and companies in Australia, regarding the full range of listed and unlisted fundraising transactions.
He is joined by Andrew Jinks, who also stands out in our research for the high quality of his work.

Waldo Jones at SULLIVAN & CROMWELL is widely known for his expertise relating to capital markets. He has a truly international practice, regularly advising clients across the Americas as well as the Asia-Pacific region.
Alongside him, George Henly also receives recognition from respondents for his excellent contribution to the field. 

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