Often referred to as the cultural and sporting capital of Australia, Melbourne is an important industrial center and headquarters for many of Australia’s largest corporations. Our lawyers have a deep understanding of the Australian regulatory landscape and are committed to servicing local, national and international clients conducting business in Australia.
K&L Gates’ Melbourne office is our largest in the Asia Pacific region. Established more than 100 years ago, it has grown through several mergers to today, where more than 100 lawyers work closely with their colleagues in the other offices to provide a full range of commercial legal services throughout Australia. K&L Gates’ “one-firm, one-team” mentality allows our local team of skilled lawyers to access strong international ties to provide the best possible service to our diverse range of clients.
Our Melbourne lawyers have distinguished themselves in the areas of financial services, corporate and transactional, litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property, real estate and labor and employment. Our appointment to a number of government panels and our experience advising government entities on many significant projects complements our extensive experience acting for some of Australia’s largest private sector organizations.
Some of the largest litigation matters in Australia’s history have been conducted from our Melbourne office, including defending international corporations in Royal Commissions, defending major class actions and the protection of intellectual property rights in landmark cases before the Full Federal Court of Australia and the High Court. In addition, we routinely defend medical malpractice claims against all Victorian public health organizations.
Our intellectual property, biotech and pharmaceutical expertise has seen the firm act for clients in innovative commercialization of technology, protection of rights and capital raisings. We have advised major educational institutions on IP sharing and research collaboration agreements in establishing international joint ventures. We offer a diverse range of services to clients to generate, evaluate, register, protect, enforce and commercialize intellectual property rights across a range of industries, including the fashion industry. In addition, we provide advice in relation to telecommunications, information technology procurement, outsourcing, privacy, software and e-commerce websites, as well as negotiating large multi-jurisdictional system development and integration agreements.
Our patent attorney partners have represented clients in a broad range of industries including pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, mining, materials, semiconductors, food and other technologies, and biotech. Our expertise ranges across all aspects of Australian and New Zealand patent practice including patent drafting, providing advice on the validity and infringement of patents and, in particular, preparing and prosecuting domestic and international patent applications across a broad array of industries and technologies. We are experienced in all aspects of services relating to patents, including advising on patentability, validity, infringement, commercialization, and strategic patent portfolio growth and maintenance.
Our corporate M&A expertise has been widely recognized. The group focuses on equity capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, head office advisory work and taxation advising Australian and foreign based corporations on mergers, restructures, joint ventures, acquisitions (including management buy-ins and buy-outs) and sales. It assists companies within all aspects of the M&A process, from preliminary discussions through completion of the transaction and subsequent regulation of the parties’ continuing relationship. Capital markets work includes IPOs, other fundraisings via private placements, rights issues and debt securities. The group also advises on and documents the underwriting of securities issue shortfalls, including shares, options and entitlements generally.
Our finance and restructuring and insolvency groups routinely handle sophisticated banking transactions and complex schemes of arrangement on behalf of the major Australian banks. This includes corporate and acquisition finance, project finance, property finance and asset finance, complemented by our restructuring and insolvency advice on receivership, enforcements, voluntary administrations and bankruptcy.
Our real estate practice acts for developers, major corporations, investment trusts, institutional owners, fund managers, financiers and government instrumentalities and adopts a “from concept to completion” approach to all aspects of development. This covers sales and acquisitions, planning and environment, dispute resolution, project management, subdivisions, leasing, taxation and structuring, infrastructure projects, due diligence, finance and structures, real estate agency law and aged care facilities. The group also specializes in construction and is experienced in both front and back end construction deals.
The labor, employment and workplace safety practice extends across managing the individual employment relationship, collective bargaining and industrial disputes, handling anti-discrimination matters and assisting employers to respond to OHS incidents. Industries span construction and development, retail, energy and resources, heavy industry and manufacturing, insurance, major projects and infrastructure.