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King & Wood Mallesons - Hong Kong
  • Level 61
  • Governor Phillip Tower
  • 1 Farrer Place
  • Sydney
  • New South Wales
  • Australia
  • NSW 2000
  • Global Chairman: Wang Junfeng
  • Global Managing Partner: Stuart Fuller
  • Managing Partner China: Wang Ling
  • Managing Partner Australia: Sue Kench
  • Number of partners in Asia-Pacific: 390
  • Number of lawyers in Asia-Pacific: 1,800
  • Number of partners worldwide: 550
  • Number of lawyers worldwide: 2,200
  • Languages: Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Cantonese), English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish.

FIRM OVERVIEW:
King & Wood Mallesons is strategically positioned in the world’s growth markets and financial capitals. The firm is on the ground with 31 offices in 13 countries globally. King & Wood Mallesons operates throughout Asia, Europe, Australia, the Middle East and the United States. The King & Wood Mallesons platform combines unique market insights about doing business in and through Asia with scale. King & Wood Mallesons’ lawyers provide international standard cross-border deal execution and disputes capability with a deep understanding of the markets which its clients (including multinational corporations and Asia-headquartered businesses) operate in and transact with.

King & Wood Mallesons is the only international legal network headquartered in Asia and the only one in the world licensed to practise PRC, English, European, Australian and other international law. The combination with SJ Berwin, a leading European-based international firm, has further enhanced its footprint in key European and Middle Eastern markets. This is enabling King & Wood Mallesons to better service client needs whenever they operate and to more closely follow capital flows from rapidly expanding regional markets.

MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE: 

Banking & Finance
Including banking compliance, trade financing, project finance, acquisition finance, outbound finance, and restructuring.

Capital Markets
Including initial public offerings and refinancing, the issuance of corporate bonds, mergers and acquisitions of listed companies, and private equity financing.

China Outbound Investment
Including legal and regulatory research, international treaties and agreements advisory, due diligence investigation, investment and finance structure advisory, and post-completion transaction and integration.

Competition / Antitrust
Including antitrust merger control fillings, antitrust compliance and advisory work.

Corporate / M&A
Including mergers and acquisition, joint ventures, corporate governance and compliance, real estate, and labor law and employment

Dispute Resolution
Including domestic and cross-border litigation and alternative dispute resolution, bankruptcy, restructuring and liquidation, , and maritime arbitration

Energy, Mining and Resources
Including domestic and international investment and financing transaction in environmental energy covering oil, natural gas, coal, mining, electric power, renewable energy, and new energy.

Intellectual Property
Including patents, trademark, copyright, IP legal, and IP litigation.

International Trade
Including trade remedies, WTO dispute settlement, custom measures, and import and export business.

Taxation
Including general tax advice and planning, and tax considerations in complex finance and M&A transactions.

Areas of Practice

  • Banking & Finance
  • Competition/Antitrust
  • Corporate/M&A
  • Employment Law & Industrial Relations
  • Energy, Resources & Projects
  • Government, Public Insolvency & Restructuring
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Trade & Investment
  • International Arbitration
  • Investment Management
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Real Estate, Construction & Environment
  • Securities & Capital Markets
  • Taxation, Superannuation & Pensions
  • Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Branches

  • 40th Floor, Office Tower A,
  • Beijing Fortune Plaza,
  • 7 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu,
  • Chaoyang District,
  • Beijing,
  • China
  • 100020
  • Tel +86 10 5878 5588
  • Fax +86 10 5878 5599
  • Email : marketing@cn.kwm.com
  • Website : www.kwm.com
  • 17th Floor, One ICC, Shanghai ICC,
  • 999 Huai Hai Road (M),
  • Shanghai,
  • China
  • 200031
  • Tel +86 21 2412 6000
  • Fax +86 21 2412 6150
  • Email : marketing@cn.kwm.com
  • 54th Floor,
  • CITIC Plaza,
  • 233 Tianhe Road North,
  • Guangzhou,
  • Guangdong Province
  • China
  • 510613
  • Tel +86 20 3819 1000
  • Fax +86 20 3891 2082
  • Email : marketing@cn.kwm.com
  • 28th Floor,
  • Landmark,
  • 4028 Jintian Rd,
  • Futian District,
  • Shenzhen,
  • Guangdong Province
  • China
  • 518026
  • Tel +86 755 2216 3333/99
  • Fax +86 755 2216 3380/90
  • Email : marketing@cn.kwm.com
  • 22nd Floor, City Tower,
  • 86 Section One,
  • Renminnanlu,
  • Chengdu,
  • Sichuan Province
  • China
  • 610016
  • Tel +86 28 8620 3818
  • Fax +86 28 8620 3819
  • Email : marketing@cn.kwm.com
  • 13/F, Gloucester Tower,
  • The Landmark,
  • 15 Queen's Road Central,
  • Hong Kong,
  • China
  • Tel +852 3443 1000
  • Fax +852 3443 1299
  • Email : marketing@cn.kwm.com

Corporate/M&A - Asia-Pacific Region

What the team is known for Maintains its position as key advisers on transactions between Australia and China. Commended for its extensive breadth of M&A capabilities in the energy sector, with clients ranging from oil exploration to mining companies. Particularly highlighted for its ability to issue PRC law advice and having Chinese market knowledge that is second to none.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Pragmatic advice: "The firm was thoroughly professional and supportive at all times. Their advice was detailed and sound, but also extremely practical at the same time."

Work highlights Lead Australian counsel to long-term clients Glencore and Xstrata on their worldwide merger.

Represented the Hong Kong-listed China Resources Gas Group in making a USD238 million acquisition of AEI China Gas.

Notable practitioners  

Greg Golding and David Eliakim are two key partners in Australia. The main contacts for the China group are Conrad Chan and Joshua Cole in Hong Kong.

Significant clients National Australia Bank, GE, Goldman Sachs, PetroChina International Investment (Australia), China Resources Gas Group, BG Group.

Projects - Asia-Pacific Region

What the team is known for Picks up roles on key projects in both China and Australia. Noteworthy involvement in major infrastructure projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bench strength: "The team is becoming better integrated and ramping up its expertise in projects."

Work highlights Acts for the project company on the AUD500 million development of Diamantina Power Station, including involvement in arranging financing, offtake and EPC contracts.

Advises Gladstone Ports on the multi-commodity Port of Gladstone Development, alongside a number of other port projects for the client.

Notable practitioners

Sydney-based Peter Doyle and Hong Kong-based Joshua Cole are key contacts for projects and infrastructure work.

Significant clients BHP Billiton, Sydney Water, Mitsubishi.

Banking & Finance - Australia

Basic facts about the department
- 25 partners
- approximately 100 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Maintains a reputation as a go-to firm for large, complex domestic and cross-border deals. Offers a comprehensive range of expertise across all aspects of banking and finance in conjunction with multidisciplinary skills covering areas such as restructuring and insolvency and FSR. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
Market standing: "Partners are extremely knowledgeable and senior associates are of high quality." 

Work highlights Advised nine joint arrangers including Deutsche Bank and Bank of America on the acquisition and debt financing for Algeco Scotsman's USD3.4 billion acquisition of Ausco Modular and Portacom. The matter included a USD1.25 billion revolving asset-based loan.

Advised a syndicate of 38 banks including ANZ, CBA and NAB in connection with a successful AUD2.4 billion debt raising by Origin Energy. The loan facility obviated further refinancings until 2015.

Notable practitioners  

Ken Astridge is well established as a property finance specialist. His recent work includes acting for a number of domestic and international banks on the financing of several property investment funds managed by AMP Capital. The matter was valued at AUD770 million and included a number of AMP's shopping centre investment funds.

Yuen-Yee Cho is considered to be "exceptional," with sources saying she "gets things done and solves problems with minimal guidance and instruction." Her high-value work includes advising Sydney Airport Corporation on its AUD1.125 billion refinancing, which included two Rule 144A issuances and AUD300 million of syndicated bank debt facilities.

Property finance specialist Ian Solomon is highly regarded for having "a great practice." He represented the Grocon Group in connection with the provision of facilities by ANZ to a special purpose project vehicle part owned by Grocon, to facilitate the Swanston Square residential, retail and commercial development. This complex matter also involved contributions into the project by two external equity investors.

John Canning impresses with his considerable asset finance skills. He assists National Australia Bank in connection with its aviation finance portfolio, including advising on the establishment of its credit policy, negotiating transaction documents and advising on domestic and cross-border financings. 

Richard Hayes attracts praise for his acquisition finance work and his knowledge of the US markets. Clients also report that he is "always available and very easy to work with." Most recently, he advised a syndicate of banks on the acquisition of Genesys by Europe-based private equity house Permira. The matter is thought to be one of the first global transactions to be registered under Australia’s new PPS Act.

Jonathan Oldham continues to impress, with one source commenting that he is "a good operator" and another noting: "He is very good – we use him for complex transactions." Oldham's clients include major Australian banks, and he has acted for a number of banks on refinancing for several Arena Investment Management funds.

Nicholas Creed is well respected for his corporate and project finance experience. He represents lenders and borrowers, and recently assisted mining and services group Ausdrill on a AUD550 million syndicated financing.

Significant clients National Australia Bank, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, UBS, Goldman Sachs, Citi Group.

Capital Markets - Australia

Basic facts about the department
- 45 partners
- 114 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Offers exceptional strength across all facets of capital markets, including securitisation and derivatives. The DCM team attracts both inbound and outbound deals and is a leading kangaroo bond practice. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Breadth of service: "They are pre-eminent on big ticket work."

Work highlights Advised Suncorp-Metway on the establishment of its USD5 billion global covered bond programme and the issue of the first two series of covered bonds out of that programme.

Acted for Pepper on their acquisition of a portfolio of auto and equipment loans from Suncorp Metway together with the financing of that acquisition by way of securitisation.

Notable practitioners  

Berkeley Cox is the highly experienced head of the structured finance, securitisation and derivatives group. He brought that considerable experience to bear when advising Suncorp-Metway on its global covered bond programme.

The talented David Friedlander led the team advising Fonterra, a New Zealand multinational dairy co-operative on its NZD500 million public offer in Australia and New Zealand under the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Regime.

Seasoned practitioner Greg Hammond is the head of the DCM practice. His work includes advising a group of 17 mutual authorised deposit-taking institutions in connection with the issuance of capital instruments to a special purpose vehicle (the Australian Mutual Investment Trust).

Ian Paterson is sought out for his structured finance, securitisation and derivatives expertise. He advised ANZ on its public retail offering of subordinated notes. 

Ken Astridge combines debt capital markets and banking expertise and was part of the team that advised Echo Entertainment Group on its AUD454 million accelerated renounceable entitlement offer.

Ian Edmonds-Wilson has a particular focus on structured finance and securitisation. His clientele includes borrowers, issuers, trustees and underwriters, both domestic and international. 

Clients consider Scott Farrell a "go-to" for derivatives. He is the legal counsel to the International Swaps and Derivatives Association in Australia as well as legal counsel to the Australian Financial Markets Association. 

Shannon Finch is highlighted by one client who enthused "she is outstanding in the way she deconstructs complex problems and is very clear and considered." Her recent work includes leading on advising Echo Entertainment on its AUD454 million accelerated renounceable entitlement offer. 

Philip Harvey has been heavily involved in many of the kangaroo covered bond issuances of the past year and counts an impressive array of major domestic and international banks amongst his clients. One source noted: "He is very commercial and really on top of the markets, he is very knowledgeable and I would recommend him." 

Greg Golding has a focus on contested public company takeovers and reconstructions, as well as capital raisings and mergers and acquisitions. 

Evie Bruce continues to build a profile acting on IPOs, and hybrid and retail debt offerings. She has acted on matters such as representing the underwriters on Billabong International's AUD225 million accelerated non-renounceable entitlement offer. 

Paul Smith specialises in securitisation matters and structured finance. He acts for issuers and managers in the Australian, Euro and US financial markets.

Significant clients AMP, Billabong, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, NAB. 

Competition/Antitrust - Australia

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 47 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong all-round capabilities, including recent involvement in a number of high-value merger clearances. A client roster that covers many large multinational corporations. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bench strength: "They are client-focused and the practice has excellent depth, with senior lawyers that are able to provide agile and confident support on major matters."

What's new? Stephen Ridgeway joined the firm from Ashurst.

Work highlights Advising Nestlé with regard to its acquisition of Pfizer Nutrition, obtaining clearance from the ACCC.

Acting for Flight Centre in proceedings commenced by the ACCC before the Federal Court, alleging involvement in cartel agreements with several airlines.

Notable practitioners  

Sources continue to be "highly impressed" by department head Sharon Henrick, who is said to have "the ability to understand business needs, see the bigger picture, and then develop a fluent antitrust strategy." She is singled out for her expertise on merger clearances, a recent highlight of which was advising Nestlé on its acquisition of Pfizer Nutrition.

Partner Stephen Ridgeway advised Flight Centre on Federal Court proceedings commenced against it by the ACCC. "He has a strong economic background and, having worked at the ACCC, he knows what the drivers and pressure points are. He is technically excellent and strong on commercial acumen," a source said.

"Excellent" partner Caroline Coops is singled out for praise by a number of sources. She has broad competition expertise across regulatory investigations, merger clearances and abuse of dominance cases. 

Partner Andrew Monotti "has led us to some very successful litigation results," a client noted. He is principal advisor to Caterpillar and International Power on all competition issues.

Wayne Leach is gaining prominence in the market, having recently advised Glencore and Xstrata on obtaining Australian regulatory approval for their merger. Sources note: "He is one of the most practical and commercial lawyers I have dealt with," adding: "He always ensures his advice is packaged in a way that is relevant and easily understandable."

Significant clients Nestlé, BHP Billiton, Telstra, Flight Centre, Aurizon, International Power.

Construction - Australia

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 33 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Services a top-end roster of clients, offering strong dispute resolution expertise in conjunction with a comprehensive construction offering. Handles the full range of project-related matters, including risk assessments and project financing.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Breadth of services: "They are involved from planning and tender through to delivery, advising on all topics that come up."

What's new Sonya Harris has joined the practice as a partner.

Work highlights Assisting Perth Airport on all aspects of its ongoing redevelopment. The team is handling the project in its entirety, from the tender process through to construction, commissioning and start-up.

Represented Brookfield Multiplex Constructions in a defects dispute against the Owners’ Corporation of the Star of the Sea development. The New South Wales Supreme Court confirmed that builders do not owe a duty of care to owners’ corporations.

Notable practitioners  

Peter Pether is universally respected as one of the best in the construction arena, with interviewees saying: "He always impresses" and "he has the best strategic brain in business." He acted for Brookfield Multiplex Constructions on the Star of the Sea dispute.

Brisbane-based Scott Budd has impressed with his client care and "his understanding of the drivers and real risks associated with business." Recent work highlights include his involvement with the Diamantina Power Station project. 

James Forrest is considered "an exceptional strategist" with "superior industry knowledge." He was lead partner on the firm's work on the AUD750 million redevelopment of Perth Airport.

Significant clients BHP Billiton, Leighton Contractors, Thiess, Brookfield Multiplex, Baulderstone. 

Corporate/M&A - Australia

Basic facts about the department
- 63 partners
- 205 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Strong presence in Asia, and particularly China, extended to the Middle East and Europe by the recent merger with SJ Berwin. Notable expertise in handling transactions in the energy and resources, financial services and, increasingly, agribusiness sectors. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Breadth of services: "The point partners are very good at managing internal and complementary resources quite seamlessly, so big transactions manage themselves very well."

Pragmatic advice: "Their advice was detailed, sound and also extremely practical."

What's new? Partner Peter Stirling joined the practice through a lateral hire. 

Work highlights Acted for both Glencore and Xstrata on the Australian aspects of their AUD90 billion merger by agreement, the largest-ever deal of its kind in the mining sector and the largest M&A deal by value anywhere in 2012.

Advised pipeline operator APA Group on its AUD2.9 billion hostile takeover of the Hastings Diversified Utilities Fund, including the careful management of negotiations with the ACCC and seeing off a rival bid. 

Notable practitioners  

David Friedlander is widely recommended as a "genuine intellectual with a great reputation" who is "outstanding in managing deals" and also has a gift for nurturing long-standing relationships with clients. He recently advised Alesco during its takeover by Dulux. 

Greg Golding combines "fine legal skills with a pragmatic business approach," and is also valued as a "wise man for a second opinion." His key areas of specialisation include contested public takeovers. 

Jason Watts acts across corporate/M&A, private equity and capital markets, and is a greatly valued relationship partner to a number of the firm's most notable clients, who say he is "a fantastic help - our main port of call." Peers note that he is developing an increasingly significant profile in this practice area, and clients find him to be accessible and "great to work with."

Firm chairman Stephen Minns recently advised APA Group on its successful hostile takeover of the Hastings Diversified Utilities Fund. Satisfied clients describe him as "a very sophisticated lawyer" whose blend of legal expertise and sound business sense enables him "to take care of the technical issues, and also to advise us on the commercial considerations."

Diana Nicholson has a very broad corporate and commercial practice covering both transactional and governance mandates. Clients highlight her "great tenacity in negotiating for our interests and driving things to a successful conclusion," in addition to her "extraordinary ability to manage very complex transactions at a strategic level and still remain on top of the detail." She recently advised BlueScope Steel on the establishment of a joint venture with Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal.

Timothy Bednall is managing partner of the corporate/M&A and tax practices, and is highly regarded for his extensive knowledge and experience, commerciality and ability to take a strategic view.

Craig Semple is widely respected amongst M&A practitioners and is considered a particularly tough opponent. He is adept in handling takeovers, mergers and restructurings, and is especially well known for his impressive and extensive clientele in the banking sector. Joining G+T on 1/1/14.

Significant clients BHP Billiton, GE, Macquarie Bank, National Australia Bank, Telstra.

Dispute Resolution - Australia

Basic facts about the department
- 42 partners
- 203 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Handles all forms of dispute resolution, and is particularly celebrated for its expertise in arbitration. Extensive national coverage from five offices and a commitment to relocating partners with particular skills to the regions where those skills are most required. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "One of the top three practices in Australia."

Work highlights Advised the Commonwealth government investment vehicle, the Future Fund Board of Guardians, on its complex dispute with AustralianSuper over the former's AUD2 billion acquisition of airport interests from the Australian Infrastructure Fund.

Secured the mandate to act for Seqwater, the Queensland government's dam management authority, in the class action expected to arise from the 2011 Brisbane floods. The class is anticipated to include more than 5,000 members and to have a value in excess of AUD1 billion. 

Notable practitioners

Peter Stockdale commands great respect in this space. He specialises in representing professional service firms and their insurers and reinsurers, and recently acted for Aioi Insurance Company in a AUD600 million dispute with Ensham Resources.

"A very practical lawyer with a lot of experience," Roger Forbes recently relocated to Perth to tackle some of the growing number of disputes in Western Australia. A notable example was his recent representation of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Bank of Scotland International in a dispute with Westgem Investments over the construction of the Raine Square office development.

Tony Troiani is based in Melbourne and specialises in matters of restructuring and insolvency and related litigation. He notably acted for two KPMG partners as Letten Group receivers in relation to numerous disputes concerning the company's assets. 

Justin McDonnell is "very measured and eminently sensible," say clients. He acts in disputes across a very wide range of industry sectors, being involved in both the Aioi Insurance matter and the representation of Seqwater in Queensland.

Joanne Cameron heads the Melbourne office and specialises in large-scale, particularly complex litigation in the banking & finance, contractual and trade practices spheres. She recently took charge of the representation of National Mutual Life Association of Australasia in one of the Victorian Supreme Court's longest-running cases.

Chris Fox is praised as "a very solid operator" and "a superb lawyer," with "all-round legal skills, client management and strategic thinking." He has 25 years' experience of dispute resolution issues and acted as lead partner in the Future Fund Board of Guardians matter. 

Alex Baykitch is a litigator, and an arbitration specialist, appearing most prominently in disputes involving construction or shipping. He was selected to represent the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration and Mediators Australia in a case concerning the constitutional validity of arbitral award enforcement. 

Max Bonnell is an experienced arbitrator, litigator and mediator who acts notably in the banking, resources and telecommunications sectors. Sources report that he "understands all the issues and is particularly good at contractual interpretation." 

Significant clients British Airways, Citi, Lion, Telstra, Westpac.

Employment - Australia

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Handles the full range of employment matters for blue-chip clients including health and safety, discrimination cases and termination disputes. It has a strong focus on the financial services and energy and resources sectors, and also acts for the government sector. 

Work highlights Advised BHP Billiton on matters related to its compliance with the new Work Health and Safety Act. 

Notable practitioners 

Department co-head Murray Kellock frequently advises high-profile clients. He has over 20 years' experience in this field and has recently participated in some of the department's most important cases.

Andrew Gray has specialised knowledge in the financial services sector as well as on executive employment issues. He remains a key member of the team.

Department co-head Philip Willox advises a broad range of clients. He strengthens the team's skill set with his occupational health and safety know-how.

Significant clients BHP Billiton, Echo Entertainment, Chevron, Caterpillar. 

Energy & Natural Resources - Australia

Basic facts about the department
- 37 partners
- 100 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Prowess across all aspects of the energy and natural resources sectors, particularly in the renewables field. Work includes high-value oil and gas and power deals, and infrastructure projects within the energy and natural resources sectors. Also noted for its experience assisting Chinese investors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "They have the depth of experience, have worked on all the major transactions in the infrastructure space, and provide an excellent quality of work and advice."

Client service: "They go above and beyond and provide a very high level of service."

Work highlights Advised PetroChina, one of the world's largest oil and gas companies, on the acquisition from BHP Billiton of an interest in the East Browse gas joint venture and an interest in the West Browse gas joint venture. 

Advising Gladstone Ports on the development of the Port of Gladstone into what will be one of the world’s leading multi-commodity ports. Its work has included advising on the AUD4 billion Wiggins Island coal terminal development and the development of an LNG project on Curtis Island. Most recently it also advised on an AUD545 million dredging project in Gladstone Harbour.

Notable practitioners  

Vishal Ahuja continues to grow his utilities practice which has an emphasis on M&A matters. One source commented: "technically he is probably without too many peers. He is also responsive, a clear communicator and is supported by a very good young team." 

Melbourne-based partner Louis Chiam leads the oil and gas team and focuses his practice on major infrastructure projects in the energy industry. He is also known for his climate change expertise. 

Alan Murray has a long-standing involvement in the oil and gas sector and is praised by market commentators for his expertise in the industry.

Robert Jackson is the well regarded head of the mining subgroup and is a key adviser to Gladstone Ports. 

Nicholas Pappas continues to be a key adviser to Glencore and advised both Glencore and Xstrata on their high-profile international merger. He garners praise for the breadth of his M&A experience in the natural resources sector. 

Paul Lingard is based in Perth and continues to focus on project development and operations work. He is particularly active in the mining sector, where he advises a number of major corporates. 

Significant clients Aurizon, QGC/BG Group, Chevron, Aquila, Gladstone Ports.

Environment - Australia

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 35 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Offers infrastructure know-how to clients as well as climate change and renewable energy expertise. Regularly represents high-profile clients across a wide range of sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bench strength: "Good bench strength; they can call on additional resources when required."

What's new? Mark Beaufoy joined the Melbourne office in October 2012. Scott Singleton joined the Brisbane office in August 2012. 

Work highlights Provided advice to Aurizon on its rail and port development including analysis of existing mine, rail and port environmental approvals, and land access issues. 

Advises BHP Billiton on its expansion projects for Cannington mine and Moranbah airport, including advising on the environmental impact of these activities.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Beaufoy joined the firm's Melbourne office in October 2012. His extensive experience includes advising on site contamination, brownfield transactions and environmental assessment requirements. 

Sally Audeyev is lauded for her ability to "provide leadership and oversight" in complex mandates. Clients also praise her "responsiveness in terms of workflow." She assisted Chevron in respect of two substantial LNG projects involving risk assessments and a range of approvals.

Significant clients Aurizon, BHP Billiton, Brookfield, Chevron, Sydney Water, Orica.

Financial Services Regulation - Australia

Basic facts about the department
-36 partners
-100 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Long-standing, excellent reputation advising major domestic and foreign banks and corporates on the full spectrum of FSR matters. Expertise with respect to global derivatives law reform, and compliance with APRA's Basel III rules.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "I find the firm very commercial, which is often difficult given the legislative uncertainty in the regulatory area."

Work highlights Acted as sole legal counsel for the Australian Securities Exchange regarding the formation of the first Australian clearing house for OTC derivatives. This involved working with regulators to create and reform existing rules for OTC derivatives.

Advised Suncorp Group, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, National Australia Bank and others on the formation and adaptation of financial products to meet the APRA's regulatory requirements.

Notable practitioners  

Katherine Forrest is at the cutting edge of the banking regulation sector, with one source rating her as "the most knowledgeable expert in the bank regulatory field." Recent work includes assisting both domestic and foreign banks on issues such as credit and deposit products, and also privacy and anti-money laundering regulations.

Jim Boynton has experience in a wide range of regulatory matters including advising major financial institutions on investment product regulations and the FoFa and Stronger Super reforms. Sources point to his strong presence in the market as well as his excellent technical knowledge.

Ruth Stringer receives universally glowing feedback from peers on her superannuation work and is viewed by one as a "superannuation guru." She also handles financial services regulation in a broader context, with areas of expertise ranging from financial services licensing to applications to ASIC and APRA for regulatory relief.

Significant clients ANZ, Deutsche Bank, RBS, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America.

Insurance - Australia

Basic facts about the department
- 13 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acts for insurers and policyholders on a variety of high-profile and frequently complex contentious and non-contentious insurance matters. Recent involvement in precedent-setting insurance litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bench Strength: "Not many firms have the depth of insurance specialists that this firm has."

International capability: "They have the advantage of that Asian link – they can carry out work in China."

Work highlights Represented insurer Aioi in its dispute with Ensham Resources, said to have been Australia's largest insurance litigation. This complex matter involved examining issues relating to non-disclosure and adjustment of claims.

Acted for the Legal Practitioners' Liability Committee in Hunt & Hunt v Mitchell Morgan, which examined the application of proportionate liability provisions in New South Wales.   

Notable practitioners  

"Thorough and thoughtful," Philip Ward is noted for his ability on non-contentious insurance issues. Recent highlights include advising on collateralisation of insurance recoverables, regulatory matters and major policy coverage issues. Sources praise his "excellent attention to detail," and describe him as "an absolute expert in this field."

Peter Stockdale is lauded for his ability to "focus on the crux of a matter and give concise, practical and timely advice." He recently acted for Aioi Insurance Company in its dispute with Ensham Resources following the flooding of a mine, raising issues of non-disclosure.

Significant clients Lloyds Underwriters, Suncorp, Marsh, Gen Re, Genworth.

Intellectual Property - Australia

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 55 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Recognised for its strength in trade mark infringement disputes, and related passing-off actions. Active in representing large pharmaceutical and TMT companies in patent litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Communication: "They’re very good at sharing our corporate history with those lawyers who haven’t worked with us before - I don’t need to repeat myself. They clearly have very good knowledge and management skills."

Market standing: "One of the top firms for IP in Australia."

Work highlights Acted for Microsoft before the Federal Court of Australia in patent infringement and misuse of confidential information disputes brought by a former IT journalist.

Acted for ADIDAS in respect of trade mark infringement proceedings against Pacific Brands Footwear. The matter concerned allegations of deceptive similarity between the ADIDAS three stripes trade mark and the four stripes used by Pacific Brands Footwear.

Notable practitioners  

Maurice Gonsalves acts for prestigious clients such as ADIDAS and Optiver Australia. He is known for his trade mark and copyright litigation practice, and for his advisory work in the areas of anti-counterfeiting and registration matters. 

Wayne McMaster is singled out for his recent work assisting large generic pharmaceutical companies in high-profile patent litigation. He is described as "really practical, commercial and easy to work with."

Sources universally praise Katrina Rathie's skills within the brand protection field, with one commentator noting her excellent handling of cases that require "deep inside knowledge." Interviewees also identify her knowledge of TMT as a key strength.

John Swinson led the team advising Microsoft on a patent infringement and misuse of confidential information dispute. He is well versed in advising TMT companies on many aspects of IP, including licensing and enforcing trade marks. He stands out for his commercially oriented advice, and "knows exactly what he is talking about."

Natalie Hickey has worked on complex trade mark and copyright litigation for clients such as Telstra. "She is the most proactive lawyer I have come across," enthused one client.

Significant clients Campbell's, Amazon, eBay, Starbucks, Ranbaxy Australia.

Investment Funds - Australia

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 40 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for In demand for its comprehensive range of expertise across the funds and regulatory spaces in combination with its finance, capital markets and tax know-how. Well positioned to offer assistance on both inbound and outbound investments.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Breadth of service: "You get access to the best resources at KWM."

Work highlights Advised MetLife on the launch of a guaranteed retirement income plan, assisting with the structuring, regulatory requirements and disclosure aspects. 

Assisted Leighton Contractors on the launch of a new social infrastructure fund, of which Leighton is a sponsor.

Notable practitioners  

Jim Boynton is considered a "standout funds lawyer" and "a go-to guy for complex regulatory issues."

Sources note that Mark McFarlane "has a deep understanding of our business and knows the pressure points. People have a lot of trust in his advice and he understands international financial services regulations very well."

Brian Murphy has particular expertise in funds M&A and fund-raisings. He advised AMP Capital and Macquarie Capital Group on an extensive series of transactions in connection with the internalisation of the management of the DUET Group.

John Sullivan's expertise covers REITs as well as international funds. He acted for Ascendas Hospitality Trust on the Australian aspects of its SGD385 million IPO and listing of stapled securities on the Singapore Exchange, in order to acquire a SGD1.05 billion portfolio of hotels around Asia.

John Malon continues to assist clients on a range of funds matters, including REITs and related regulatory issues.

David Eliakim acted for listed infrastructure group APA on a capital raising and bid for the Hastings Diversified Utilities Fund. He is appreciated as a good communicator and relationship manager who "knows when to step in." 

Ruth Stringer is highly regarded in the superannuation space, in addition to her expertise across FSR. She is well known for her work on the development of certain pension products that combine allocated pensions with an annuity fund. A source notes that "she is excellent on the super side and on managed funds."

Significant clients BT Investment Management and Westpac Bank Group, Deutsche Bank/RREEF, Colonial First State/Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Tishman Speyer.

Native Title - Australia

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Emphasises a broad perspective on native title matters with a view to providing clients with comprehensive coverage across indigenous, environmental, resources and construction issues. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Solution-oriented: "It's an experienced team, providing solution-focused advice, often within tight timeframes."

Industry knowledge: "We have been dealing with KWM over many years, and it has a particular knowledge of our business that aids negotiations."

Work highlights Acted for Gladstone Ports on devising a complex, whole-of-port Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) covering Gladstone, Rockhampton and Bundaberg Ports.

Advised Aurizon on ILUAs, cultural heritage management plans and other agreements underpinning its major coal development project in Queensland's Galilee Basin.

Notable practitioners

Scott Singleton attracts praise from clients and peers for his comprehensive knowledge of native title legislation and sensitive handling of negotiations with traditional owners. One client reported that he "has an in-depth knowledge of the law and provides advice that is precise, pragmatic and balanced with risk minimisation." 

Matthew Austin is appreciated by clients as a "diligent, intelligent and innovative" practitioner and skilled negotiator "who comes up with really excellent ideas." He led the team advising Aurizon on the native title aspects of its Galilee Basin pit to port infrastructural developments. 

Significant clients BHP Billiton, Cockatoo Coal, SunWater, Alligator Energy, Laramide Resources, EnergyAustralia.

Private Equity - Australia

Basic facts about the department
 - 18 partners
 - 55 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Strengths in key areas of acquisition finance, funds management and M&A. Offers a wide range of industry-specific expertise and has an extensive Chinese client base.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "More like commercial advisers and less legalistic than some large firms."

Breadth of services: "They have depth across multiple key practice areas, especially leveraged finance."

What's new? Mark McNamara has joined the group from Baker & McKenzie.

Work highlights Acted for CHAMP Private Equity on the complex and cross-jurisdictional USD1.05 billion LBO of oil rig operator Shelf Drilling.

Advised the syndicate of 19 international and domestic banks involved in the financing of the AUD1.2 billion public to private takeover of the Spotless Group by a Pacific Equity Partners entity. 

Notable practitioners  

Practice leader Mark McNamara is singled out as "the best private equity lawyer in Australia" and an insightful and commercial practitioner who "cuts through the chaff to get us to the point where we want to be." He is active across a broad range of industry sectors, and acted as lead partner for CHAMP Private Equity in the Shelf Drilling buyout. 

Sydney-based Mike Barker has over 20 years of experience in private equity matters, many of which were spent in the UK market. Clients value him because he "combines legal and commercial knowledge" and can be trusted to "play the role you want him to." He has acted on several significant private equity transactions of late.  

Jason Watts' extensive M&A experience includes a good deal of work in the private equity sphere. Recently, he formed part of the team advising fertility business Virtus Health on its IPO, an offering which involved a large number of individual equity stakeholders as well as the sale of Quadrant Private Equity's entire 46.5% stake in the business. 

Senior associate Alex Elser regularly acts alongside Mark McNamara on major deals, including KKR's recent disposal of a 12% interest in Seven West Media. Sources see her as "exceptionally hard-working, very commercial and very responsive - both to client needs and to the needs of the deal." 

Significant clients Archer Growth, Gresham Private Equity, IronBridge Capital Management, Platinum Equity, Quadrant Private Equity.

Projects - Australia

Basic facts about the department
- 34 partners
- 136 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly recommended for its financing know-how as well as its ability to handle large-scale infrastructure projects. Key clients include credit institutions, sponsors, contractors as well as government departments. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bench strength: "A truly impressive team - very cohesive and responsive. They attend to detail and understand our particular needs." 

What's new? Appointed to a number of panels including those for Sydney Water, Transport for New South Wales, QGC and the New South Wales Treasury.
Sonya Harris and Scott Singleton have joined the firm.

Work highlights Continues to assist Gladstone Ports on the ongoing development of the port, most recently in connection with a dredging project in order to increase port access and create new shipping channels.

Advising long-standing client Perth Airport on all aspects of the AUD750 million redevelopment of the airport. 

Notable practitioners  

Peter Doyle is highly appreciated by clients, with one noting "he is fantastic, I cannot fault him." He advises on large-scale infrastructure PPPs as well as projects in the resources sector. He is noted for his work on financing.

Mark Upfold is particularly well regarded for his financing skills and continues to work on some of the country's largest infrastructure mandates. He acts for Sydney Water and state governmental departments on the Sydney Desalination Plant Refinancing Project.

Jeff Clark is described by a source as "a very experienced PPP adviser who is well regarded in the financial and banking sectors." He advised a major Australian bank on the financing of a significant power project.

Brisbane-based Craig Rogers is praised by clients for being "client focused and very commercial." He advised Aurizon Holdings on its proposed acquisition of a majority stake in, and development of, a rail and port infrastructure project.

Significant clients BHP Billiton, Leighton Group, Mitsubishi, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Sydney Water.

Real Estate - Australia

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 40 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Offers a full-service real estate practice, including advising on sales, acquisitions, fund establishment, tax and regulatory issues. Heavily involved in assisting overseas clients with inbound investments, as well as handling significant urban renewal projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The firm is responsive, supportive, and gives excellent service. They went above and beyond the call for us."

What's new? Former Mirvac company secretary and general counsel Sonya Harris joins as a partner.

Work highlights Advised the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board on its investment into the development of two office towers in Sydney; it also assisted in the raising of AUD2 billion for the project.

Advised Dexus on the acquisition of a portfolio of office properties from Direct Property Investment Fund, a AUD503.7 million deal.

Acted for the University of Canberra to develop legal and commercial frameworks to develop a new sub-acute hospital to the satisfaction of the Australian Capital Territory.

Notable practitioners  

Property finance and development specialist Stuart Dixon-Smith is praised by clients for his responsiveness. He acts on major development and infrastructure projects and recently advised CPPIB and AMP Capital on a AUD2 billion asset swap between AMP and Westfield Group, wherein AMP took full control of three shopping centres.

Sources say of Andrew Erikson that "pound for pound, he's the go-to guy for property transactions." Erikson is a senior partner at the firm, and has a reputation for taking on large and complex transactions across a range of real estate issues, including retail leasing, property trusts and joint ventures.

Sue Kench is the managing partner of the firm in Australia, and has over 20 years' experience handling real estate projects. She recently advised CPPIB on its investment into two office towers being developed in Sydney.

Andrew Norman is respected by peers for his work on cross-border deals. He specialises in taking on significant leasing, acquisition, sales and development transactions.

Clients enthuse that William Whitaker is "very commercial and strategic in his thinking, and provides very clear advice and guidance on what are very technical issues." He recently acted for Westpac on lease negotiations relating to Westpac Banking's readjustment of its Sydney property portfolio.

David Bell is based in the firm's Brisbane office, and clients say: "He's very good at what he does, sensible, and very pleasant to deal with." His clients include BHP Billiton MetCoal, which he has advised most recently on a substantial leasing matter.  

Significant clients Australand, Brookfield, Colonial First State, Woolworths.

Chris Mitchell 

Restructuring/Insolvency - Australia

Basic facts about the department
- 19 partners
- 72 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Combines impressive skills in this field with expertise in banking and finance, M&A, tax and dispute resolution. Handles many of the most complex restructuring, insolvency and distressed debt matters, acting for major banks, corporates, administrators and receivers. 

Work highlights Advised UBS, the senior facility agent (which acts on behalf of the senior lender group), in relation to Nine Entertainment Group’s agreement with its senior and junior lenders with regard to a restructuring of its financing arrangements and implementation of a creditor’s scheme of arrangement.

Acting for KPMG on matters related to the receivership of Letten Group entities. This included winding-up a number of unregistered managed investment schemes, and involved some AUD150 million in unsecured debt and AUD60 million in secured debt.

Notable practitioners  

Melbourne-based partner Tony Troiani is an experienced commercial litigator. He is advising Goldman Sachs and Fortress Investment Group (secured lenders) and the receivers KordaMentha on the complicated receivership of Becton Group companies. Around AUD250 million of secured debt is involved.

Insolvency and corporate recovery specialist, Philip Pan is acting as lead partner for the administrators (FTI Consulting) in connection with the administration of LM Investment Management. This a complex matter involving interactions with ASIC as well as various creditors.    

Managing partner and department head Beau Deleuil "is one of the best in this space," according to clients. His work includes advising the Bank of Western Australia in connection with the Saraceni receiverships, a matter involving some AUD500 million.

Sydney-based Linda Johnson brings considerable banking and insolvency expertise to the table. She is part of the team advising Nine Entertainment on the restructuring of its finances. 

Significant clients FTI Consulting, Galileo Japan Funds Management, BankWest, Ferriers, Goldman Sachs. 

Tax - Australia

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 35 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Integrated approach to taxation matters, utilising relevant expertise from across the firm. Strong contentious capacity, with a close focus on new and emerging legislation and possible ATO strategies.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "Amongst the pre-eminent firms."

Work highlights Assisted Westpac Banking in the complex tax structuring of a range of new investment products. These innovative products required the development of correspondingly imaginative strategies in order to secure ATO approval.

Represented Consolidated Media Holdings and Crown Melbourne in a high-profile test case concerning the applicability of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 to share buy-back provisions in off-market purchases. 

Notable practitioners  

Michael Clough is described by sources as "a really good guy" with "a fantastic reputation in the tax controversy space." A specialist in the handling of income tax issues affecting M&A and capital and debt markets transactions, he lately advised Chevron on an exchange of interests in petroleum titles with Shell. 

Michael Perez is regarded as a "very client-focused" partner with "very strong technical skills" who strikes the right balance "between providing independent advice and being part of the team." He specialises in income tax, Goods and Services Tax (GST) and stamp duty matters.

Richard Snowden specialises in the interaction of taxation issues and financial services products and led the team advising Westpac on the tax structuring of new investment products. Peers regard him as having done "an excellent job" since his arrival at King & Wood Mallesons and clients are "happy to use him" as he is "very strong technically and has a good deal of experience."   

Andrew Clements has extensive experience in the handling of corporate tax issues and those affecting the funds management industry or arising from IP disputes. He is singled out in particular by commentators for being "very good in the area of trusts."

David Wood is respected for innovative thinking in taxation matters, particularly where matters of structured finance or infrastructure projects are concerned.  

Scott Heezen recently led the team advising Leighton Holdings on the intricate taxation issues arising from the AUD885 million sale of its telecommunications assets to the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. He is attracting increasing attention from both clients and peers in this space  as a "very bright" younger partner with "a pretty good reputation."   

Cory Hillier is a "very considered" tax practitioner, seen by some as one of the profession's future leaders. He specialises in assisting financial institutions with taxation matters, particularly those concerning income tax and GST. He also lately advised Bright Ruby Resources on one of Sydney's largest single-asset property deals.   

Significant clients AMP, GE, National Australia Bank, Telstra, Westfield Group.

Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) - Australia

What the team is known for A sizeable practice offering a sophisticated service in IT and telecommunications. Handles high-profile M&A transactions in these sectors, and provides specialist advice in areas such as spectrum auctions, data security and outsourcing.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):
Bench strength: "I always know I’m going to get a certain level of quality: I’m not worried who’s going to be put on the matter as everyone’s very good."

Expertise: "They've got the depth of knowledge." 

What's new? Took on CGI Group, K2 Energy and Siemens as new clients. 

Work highlights Acted as Telstra’s legal advisers on its proposed acquisition of all the issued shares in Adam Internet.

Advised Leighton Holdings on the sale of its telecommunications assets to Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.

Notable practitioners  

Neil Carabine is a leading transactional lawyer in the telecoms field. He continues to work for key long-term client Telstra, including advising on its proposed acquisition of Adam Internet.  

Cheng Lim is in demand in the technology and telecoms space, with one source noting: "we have the highest regard for him; he is very intelligent, very smart and very good on IP, licensing and technology." The Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation and Telstra are among his key clients.  

Patrick Gunning has wide-ranging experience on technology matters, especially in the areas of cloud computing, privacy and outsourcing. On the outsourcing side, he advised Medibank on its response to a request to tender for outsourced military health services, made by the Australian government. Subsequently, he continued to advise Medibank when it was chosen as the preferred tenderer. 

Mark Weber has been a mainstay at the firm for over 20 years and has extensive experience in IT issues. He is noted for his "practical and commercial manner."

John Swinson is praised for being accessible and knowledgeable. He is particularly highlighted for his contentious experience, with recent highlights including work for Microsoft in a patent infringement action in the Federal Court of Australia.

Significant clients LG, Telstra, NBC, Melbourne IT, Harris Corporation, Consolidated Media Holdings.