Australia: M&A and Governance 2018

This year’s research into the Australian corporate market sees 58 individuals listed for their outstanding work in the field. Their practices offer clients a wealth of expertise on matters such as joint ventures, divestments and acquisitions.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Simon Truskett Clayton Utz, Sydney
2. Andrew Walker Clayton Utz, Melbourne
3. John Elliott Norton Rose Fulbright, Sydney
4. Philippa Stone Herbert Smith Freehills, Sydney
5. David Friedlander King & Wood Mallesons, Sydney

Clayton Utz is a dominant force in the Australian corporate market. The firm is home to some of the nation’s top practitioners and this year sees eight outstanding individuals nominated for their work in the field.
Simon Truskett is a pre-eminent name in the Australian market and held as one of the most highly regarded individuals in the field by colleagues. He has over 30 years’ experience in matters such as foreign investment and joint ventures, in various industries including energy and healthcare.
Andrew Walker has an excellent reputation as one of the top lawyers in the corporate sphere. One of the most highly regarded names in the country, his expertise lies in matters such as takeovers and divestments.
Well-known name at the firm Michael Linehan commands great respect from market sources for his strength handling  a range of matters including joint ventures and acquisitions.
Rory Moriarty receives high praise for his wide-ranging expertise. He has an enviable practice focusing on an array of mandates, such as capital raising, acquisitions and takeovers.
Mark Paganin is an authority on issues affecting publicly listed companies in the resources sector. He comes highly recommended in our research this year for his strong track record advising both domestic and international clients.
Niro Ananda is noted for his outstanding experience advising corporate clients on mergers and acquisitions. He has a strong profile in the IT and healthcare sectors, among others, and is  considered an expert on capital restructures and securities offerings.
Rodney Halstead is a prominent corporate lawyer who commands respect both domestically and abroad thanks to his long-standing reputation in the field. He regularly handles issues relating to foreign investment and mergers and divestments.
Distinguished lawyer Brendan Groves receives strong praise from commentators. He offers clients extensive experience in equity capital markets, and is adept in matters such as floats and placements.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s John Elliott is an eminent name and one of the most highly regarded practitioners in the country this year. He has an excellent practice that offers clients over 30 years’ experience advising on takeovers, spin-offs and shareholder sell-downs.

Philippa Stone of Herbert Smith Freehills is a distinguished lawyer who is nominated by colleagues as one of the most highly regarded corporate lawyers in the market. She stands out for her M&A expertise, with recent successes including acting for ALG Energy in its successful acquisition of Macquarie Generation.

Rodd Levy has an excellent reputation in the field and draws strong praise from market observers. He has considerable experience in the corporate sphere, with takeovers and corporate restructurings both being areas in which he excels.
Rebecca Maslen-Stannage is an impressive practitioner who commands great respect from sources. Her practice sees her advise on a range of issues relating to mergers and acquisitions, and capital markets.

King & Wood Mallesons’ David Friedlander is a well-respected name with an enviable practice that regularly sees him advise on international deals. He has an impressive insight into matters including cross-border investment and corporate advisory work.
Greg Golding is commended by colleagues for his outstanding work in the field. An experienced practitioner, he has an impeccable knowledge of contested public takeovers, restructurings and mergers and acquisitions.

At Allen & Overy, Michael Parshall is singled out as a standout practitioner in the space thanks to his significant experience handling high-profile mergers and acquisitions, including the recent successful acquisition of Multiplex by Brookfield’s.

Allens maintains its reputation as a market favourite for corporate work. Seven of its lawyers receive nominations this year and are recognised by sources for outstanding commercial insight.
Robert Simkiss is a top name at the firm who commands respect among market commentators. He has a wide-ranging practice, encompassing matters such as takeovers, private equity arrangements and capital raisings.
Craig Henderson is a well-established figure in the Australian corporate market who offers clients a wealth of knowledge on matters including equity raisings, acquisitions and restructurings.
Jon Webster is a brilliant lawyer who brings over 30 years of experience at the top of the field to his practice. He is particularly adept on matters relating to mergers and acquisitions, with recent work highlights including ExxonMobil’s acquisition of InterOil.
Richard Kriedemann is a favourite among sources thanks to his strength advising on the full gambit of corporate issues, including public company takeovers, joint ventures and restructurings.
Vijay Cugati is a distinguished name in the field who offers clients an impressive insight into distressed mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. His recent work includes advising Investa Office Fund on its response to a multibillion-dollar proposal from Blackstone Real Estate.
Tom Story is a top practitioner who has extensive experience in the corporate field. He has a well-regarded practice which sees him advise on matters such as strategic M&A and private equity.
Guy Alexander has a stellar reputation in the Australian market with sources consistently praising his top-tier practice. He offers clients expansive expertise on mergers and acquisitions, and has particular insight into the energy and natural resources sectors.

Roger Davies of Ashurst is described as “a very strong lawyer” by impressed peers, who are quick to highlight his strength advising on issues relating to public company takeovers.

With more than 25 years’ experience, Gilbert + Tobin’s Neil Pathak is a well-regarded name in the market and is commended by sources for his work advising on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance.
John Williamson-Noble is a highly experienced and well-thought-of lawyer who maintains an excellent reputation in the market. His practice covers matters relating to acquisitions and takeovers, and notably recently advised SAI Global on their acquisition of Baring Private Equity.

Karen Evans-Cullen of PwC Legal is an outstanding practitioner who market observers rate highly in our research this year. She has a top-notch practice, in which she advises both foreign and domestic clients on matters including mergers, capital raising and restructuring.

Level 22 Chambers’ Robert Austin is an eminent barrister in the corporate field who comes highly recommended by sources across the region. His practice offers impressive experience handling corporate acquisitions and superannuations.

At Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Andrew Lumsden maintains an excellent practice for which he garners strong praise from sources. He is particularly well known for his excellent work assisting clients in the energy and natural resources, and financial services sectors.

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