Australia: Banking 2018

In this chapter we highlight 63 practitioners for their outstanding work representing financial institutions and corporate clients in the Australian and international market.

Most Highly Regarded
1. John Schembri Gilbert + Tobin, Sydney
2. Yuen-Yee Cho King & Wood Mallesons, Sydney
3. Phillip Cornwell Allens, Sydney
4. Nuncio D’Angelo Norton Rose Fulbright, Sydney
5. Peter Doyle King & Wood Mallesons, Sydney
6. Shawn Wytenburg Ashurst, Sydney
7. Alexander Schlosser Clayton Utz, Sydney

King & Wood Mallesons dominates in this edition, with a total of 13 practitioners recognised for their expertise in the banking space.  
Yuen-Yee Cho is described as the “top of the market” by peers. Her outstanding work in corporate finance, acquisition finance and leverage finance matters wins her praise as “one of the pre-eminent acquisition finance lawyers in Sydney”.   
Peter Doyle is a distinguished figure in the Australian banking market who is recognised by peers for his strong expertise handling project and infrastructure finance matters, privatisations and structured finance.
John Canning draws widespread recognition for his work in the banking sphere, in particular for his “excellent” knowledge of asset finance matters where he boasts almost 30 years of experience.
Jeff Clark gains recognition for his work on major project financings this year, as well as his skill in the leveraged and acquisition finance space.
Scott Farrell is an “extremely strong” practitioner who stands out in the market for his excellent work in the derivatives and fintech fields. One source effuses: “He is one of the pre-eminent structured finance lawyers in Sydney.”
Hal Bolitho is a highly regarded practitioner who is identified for his impressive structured finance and privatisation work. He has significant experience in the energy, aircraft and shipping sectors.  
Ian Paterson also wins praise from sources this year who commend his strong work in structured financing, structured capital markets and derivatives.

Full-service firm Ashurst sees eight practitioners featured in this edition.
Shawn Wytenburg is described by sources as an “omnipresent” figure and “an excellent lawyer” in the Australian banking space. His leading expertise lies in the areas of corporate finance, acquisition finance and infrastructure finance.
Martin Coleman is praised as a “very good lawyer” by respondents this year. His experience in corporate finance and project finance is highly sought after by clients including major commercial and investment banks.
Steve Smith is well regarded by those active in the Australian banking sphere, and gains praise as a “good operator”. He is noted in particular for his excellent work in acquisition, corporate and project finance matters.
John Field wins high praise from market sources for his banking work and is described as “one of the finest asset finance lawyers” in the country.

At Herbert Smith Freehills, seven practitioners have distinguished themselves.
Patrick Lowden impresses respondents who describe him as an “excellent lawyer”. He advises banks and corporations on a range of matters including finance transactions, structured finance and restructuring transactions.
John Angus is “a very good lawyer”, especially within the asset finance space. He is regarded as one of Australia’s top cross-border and domestic structured finance experts.
Andrew Booth is well respected among peers for his considerable skill and international experience across a broad range of finance matters, including acquisition finance, debt capital markets and property finance.  

Renowned Australian firm Clayton Utz sees six practitioners nominated this year.
Alexander Schlosser is well regarded by fellow practitioners who commend his outstanding expertise in acquisition finance, leveraged buyouts, IPO financing and syndicated lending.
Dan Fitts wins high praise for his excellent work as a specialist in corporate, acquisition and structured property finance matters.

Allens also performs well here, having achieving five listings.
Phillip Cornwell garners praise this year from peers as “one of the best finance lawyers” in the banking space in Australia. His areas of primary expertise include acquisition financing and project financing, and he has over 30 years of experience in the field.
Mark Kidston is highly respected by practitioners for his strong expertise in leveraged finance and corporate finance matters, as well as his impressive work advising lenders on private equity transactions.  
Tom Highnam stands out for both his domestic and international work advising clients on acquisition finance, derivatives and structured finance transaction matters.

Gilbert + Tobin sees three practitioners nominated this year.
John Schembri is highlighted by his peers as “one of the best practitioners in the market”. He is well known for his work in structured and leveraged financing, as well as general corporate financing, and stands out as a Thought Leader in the banking space.
Gail Christopher is lauded as an “excellent” practitioner in the banking arena. Respondents highlight her strong client management skills and attention to detail.
Simon Lynch wins praise as a great lawyer in the banking field whose areas of expertise include corporate facilities, acquisition financings and project financing.

MinterEllison achieves six nominations in this edition.
John Mosley is identified by respondents as a strong practitioner in the Australian banking sphere who demonstrates significant skill and experience in the acquisitions field.
Peers regard Tony Berriman as “a very good lawyer”, and note they “would recommend Tony to anyone”. He has extensive experience advising financiers and arrangers across a number of industries including telecommunications and gaming.
Stewart Robertson is a standout name in the Australian market and wins praise as a specialist in Australian and cross-border acquisitions, leveraged buy-outs and corporate finance matters.

International firm Norton Rose Fulbright has three of its practitioners nominated in this edition.
Nuncio D’Angelo is described as a “very clever” lawyer by peers who highlight his extensive experience handling a range of corporate, property and structured finance matters. 
Joanne Crew is recognised by peers for her strong project finance and development practice and possesses 15 years of experience in advising clients on all aspects of major infrastructure projects.   
Nino Di Bartolomeo also gains recognition this year for his impressive banking and finance practice, an area in which he boasts over 35 years’ experience.

We feature three nominees from Allen & Overy this year.
Adam Stapledon has significant experience in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region regarding project finance, acquisition finance and syndicated lending.
Jason Huinink is an established specialist in the structured and asset financing field. He draws widespread nominations from practitioners across Australia in the banking sphere this year.
Jason Denisenko also gains recognition here for his strong expertise across the banking sector.

White & Case’s Brendan Quinn comes highly recommended for his extensive international project finance expertise. He is “highly regarded” by peers across the board who note his excellent work across the energy sector in Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East.
Joel Rennie also wins praise for his first-rate project finance practice and is well versed in advising a range of clients including commercial banks and institutional investors on related matters.

PWC Legal Australia’s Emma de Carle is considered “a very good operator” by peers, who note she is “very strong” in the domestic banking space.
Tony Holland stands out as “a very good lawyer in the project finance space” and wins praise from peers, one of whom notes, “I rate Tony very highly.”

Clifford Chance’s Richard Gordon is a highly regarded practitioner who enjoys a “great reputation” in the banking sphere. He is a specialist in leveraged acquisitions, project and infrastructure transactions, and corporate lending.

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