Corporate/M&A - Australia
Teresa Handicott is praised by sources as “a top M&A lawyer” who is especially recommended for the handling of structuring and scheme of arrangement matters. Her ability to cultivate and maintain longstanding relationships with such blue-chip clients as QGC and the Suncorp Group is also much admired.
Practice head Braddon Jolley focuses on high-end, complex M&A transactions which frequently have cross-border aspects. This is well demonstrated by his recent representation of US-based Archer Daniels Midland in its AUD3.4 billion acquisition of GrainCorp. Interviewees highlight his “respected intellect” and robust negotiation skills.
Sandy Mak's practice focuses on schemes of arrangement, takeovers and demergers. She has extensive international experience, having worked in both London and Hong Kong for a total of six years, and is active in cross-border transactions, including the recent Archer Daniels Midland acquisition of GrainCorp.
Russell Philip is fast acquiring an impressive reputation acting for international clients in the resources space. He recently, for example, advised Aspire Mining on corporate and other issues affecting its Ovoot coking coal project in Mongolia. Clients report that he is “fantastic on corporate stuff,” being both “sensible and practical," and having "the experience to back up his advice.”
Robert Clarke previously acted as the managing partner of a Singapore-based practice. Currently based in Melbourne, he has built on this experience to act regularly on transactions across Asia, particularly in Singapore and Indonesia. He also possesses significant investment fund, real estate and regional infrastructure expertise.
Foreign Desks A 20-lawyer China desk that specialises in corporate/M&A, energy and natural resources, and finance advice for Chinese entities looking to enter the Australian market. Lately the desk has seen its intellectual property expertise in increasing demand. The team also advised Zhengyuan International Mining and China Metallurgy Bureau on their investment into Zeus Resources, a leading Australian uranium explorer. Andrew Lumsden is a key contact.