Our Sydney office is one of the region's largest, located in the heart of Australia’s most populous city, which is also the economic and financial hub of the nation. The Sydney lawyers, numbering in excess of 100, work closely with colleagues from our other Australian offices to provide a full range of commercial legal services throughout Australia.
Sydney is Australia’s truly international city and is becoming one of the most important centers for international dispute resolution in the Asia Pacific region. Our team of experienced lawyers draws on their superior local knowledge and strong international ties to provide practical, commercial advice to our clients. Our lawyers advise major domestic and international corporations, government departments, publicly listed companies, commercial institutions and private businesses on all aspects of commercial law.
Our Sydney office experience extends from financial services, insolvency and litigation and dispute resolution to corporate and transactional, intellectual property, real estate and labor and employment.
Our finance group advises a range of financial services institutions including domestic and international banks, corporate borrowers, investment banks, private equity houses and fund managers on matters including corporate and acquisition finance, project finance, property finance, asset finance and financial services. This is complemented by our strong restructuring and insolvency practice that advises on receivership, enforcements, voluntary administrations and bankruptcy.
Our antitrust, competition and trade regulation practice offers trade practices and regulatory expertise across a broad range of industries. The group advises on competition law and policy, industry specific regulation and access regimes and fair trading and consumer protection. Ongoing development of a suite of complementary products covers dawn raid protocols, trade practices compliance program, directors liability schedule and cartel audit.
Our corporate and transactional practice has significant depth and breadth of experience and focuses on equity capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, head office advisory work and taxation. Capital markets work includes IPOs, other fundraisings via private placements, rights issues and debt securities. The group advises on complex transactions that span M&A and has extensive experience structuring and executing distressed transactions. We advise on the full cycle of investment work, from initial acquisition/investment to bolt-on acquisitions, restructures, contracting arrangements and employee incentive plans to ultimate exits. Working closely with some of Australia’s largest private equity investors, as well as advising on a broad range of complex corporate transactions, we have partnered with institutions, blue chip corporations and private equity funds (and their portfolios) and have significant experience negotiating large, complex acquisitions, divestments and investments, including structuring share sales, negotiating shareholder and subscription agreements and conducting due diligence investigations. Our corporate and transactional group also possesses deep experience in taxation issues associated with mergers and acquisitions, inbound and outbound investment, asset financing and corporate and international tax. We have extensive experience advising on structured finance transactions, cross-border leasing corporate finance tax, managed investment trusts, audits, disputes and litigation, and tax issues relevant to Australian and non-resident investors. In addition, we have extensive experience advising clients in relation to all indirect taxes, including goods and services tax (GST), stamp duty, land tax, payroll tax, wine equalization tax (WET) luxury car tax (LCT), customs duty and excise.
The energy and resources practice provides advice in relation to electricity, gas, petroleum, coal, minerals, water, forestry, climate change and renewable energy projects for both government and corporate sectors. Our infrastructure practice has extensive experience in ports and other infrastructure projects.
We advise a broad range of companies on intellectual property (including patents, copyright, trademarks, designs and plant breeder’s rights) as well as regulatory and compliance issues. In addition, our partners have acted for companies representing diverse industries, including pharmaceutical, medical device, biotechnology, technology, consumer goods, mining and construction. Our advice has covered intellectual property management strategies, including the exploitation, commercialization, management and protection of intellectual property rights. Our Sydney practice has particular expertise and experience advising on the regulatory framework for therapeutic goods, cosmetics, chemicals and foods in Australia and we have advised a number of the world’s largest life sciences companies on issues arising in the context of research and development, clinical trials, genetically modified products (GMP), pricing and reimbursement, compliance with industry codes, advertising complaints and disputes with regulators.
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.
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 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.