Australia: Capital Markets 2018

In this chapter we recognise 42 outstanding individuals recognised for their work in the field of capital markets. These practitioners are highlighted for their outstanding work in the field spanning areas including structured financing and debt and equity offerings. 

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

King & Wood Mallesons is a powerhouse in the market, with 11 lawyers recognised in this chapter.
Shannon Finch stands out as a leader in the market, and boasts strong expertise in a wide range of capital markets issues including securities and disclosures issues.
Evie Bruce has strong experience working in IPOs and debt securities offerings and is recognised for her excellent work advising both medium-size and large clients.
The “standout” David Friedlander is well known for his work in both takeovers and securities offerings, and is recognised for his experience working on both sides of a transaction.
Philip Harvey is an expert in transaction structures and debt capital markets. He brings strong international experience to the table, with the ability to advise clients on both foreign and domestic capital market issues.
Ian Paterson is a capital markets expert and is highly recommended by market sources for his impressive knowledge of debt and hybrid capital markets issues.
Meredith Paynter has worked with clients from a range of industries, advising them on capital markets issues that tie in closely with her work on mergers and acquisitions.

Herbert Smith Freehills is another strong presence in the market, with six practitioners identified in this chapter.
Philippa Stone is an equity specialist and has advised clients on a wide range of merger and transactional issues. She is also noted for her work in corporate structuring and restructuring.
Michael Ziegelaar is well recognised in the market for his first-rate advisory work, which includes handling fundraising and issues arising out of mergers and acquisitions.
Tim McEwen is well known for his excellent work advising companies on capital markets matters including IPOs, securities offerings and transactional work.
Patrick Lowden deals frequently with hybrid issues and transactional work and is known for his strong experience handling both domestic and international capital markets matters.
Rebecca Maslen-Stannage is a capital markets specialist, advising clients on IPOs, acquisitions, restructurings and schemes of arrangement.
Andrew Booth boasts extensive experience working on capital markets deals, and is highlighted by sources for his particular expertise in debt and equity matters.

Allens has a strong representation in this field, with four lawyers listed.
Julian Donnan advises clients on IPOs, acquisitions, schemes of arrangement and is highly praised by sources who consider him a capital markets expert.
Robert Pick impresses market sources with his top-tier handling of both debt and equity and structured finance capital markets matters.

Allen & Overy is another strong firm in this area, with three lawyers recognised.
Tony Sparks is one of the leading capital markets experts in the country. He has extensive experience in the field and has advised clients on a range of related transactional issues.
Mark Leemen is an international capital markets expert with significant experience in advising clients on IPOs and securities issues.
Karolina Popic is also recognised in this chapters and is recommended for her work advising clients on both a domestic and international level.

Clayton Utz sees two lawyers listed in this chapter.
Stuart Byrne is noted by peers for his superb work in the field, with one saying that they “always seem to knock heads with him”. He has strong experience advising clients on IPOs and capital fundraising relating to high-value cases in the field.
Andrew Jinks has strong experience in the capital markets field, advising clients on acquisitions and covered bond issues.

At Baker McKenzie, Craig Andrade comes highly recommended as a standout name in the debt and equity space. Peers praise his strong transactional practice.

Sarah Dulhunty at Ashurst is a widely recognised figure in the Australian market who sources recognise for her fantastic work on equity capital markets transactions.

MinterEllison’s Daniel Scotti continues to impress respondents with his top-tier corporate practice that encompasses a range of capital markets matters from transactions to bond offerings. 

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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