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Deal Awards

Debt Market Deal of the Year

Financing of GE Commercial acquisition
  • Firm: Ashurst; King & Wood Mallesons; Mayne Wetherell
Iron Mountain syndicated Term Loan B facility
  • Firms: Allens; Clifford Chance; Simpson Thacher; Sullivan & Worcester
Scottish Pacific restructure
  • Firms: Allens; Corrs; King & Wood Mallesons
SMART ABS Series securitisation
  • Firms: Allen & Overy
  • Advisors: JP Morgan; Citi
  • Banks: Bank of New York Mellon; HSBC; Macquarie Capital; nabSecurities; Perpetual; Societe Generale; The Trustee Company Ltd


Energy & Resources Deal of the Year

AWAC joint venture renegotiation
  • Firms: Ashurst; King & Wood Mallesons; Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz (USA)
Beach Energy merger with Drillsearch Energy
  • Firms: Ashurst; Clayton Utz; MinterEllison
  • Bank: Macquarie Capital
BHP Billiton REDD+ forest bond
  • Firms: Baker McKenzie; Gilbert+Tobin
  • Advisors: Ernst & Young; KPMG; McGrathNicol; Wood Mackenzie 
Establishment of the Powering Australia Renewables Fund
  • Firms: Allens; Herbert Smith Freehills; King & Wood Mallesons
Glencore/ Evolution Mining Ernest Henry Mine agreement
  • Firms: Allens; King & Wood Mallesons
Merger of Queesland electricity distributors to create Energy Queensland
  • Firms: King & Wood Mallesons; MinterEllison
  • Advisor: Ernst & Young


Equity Market Deal of the Year

Boral Limited capital raising
  • Firms: Alston & Bird; Clayton Utz; Herbert Smith Freehills; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
  • Advisors: Deloitte; KPMG
  • Banks: Citi; J.P. Morgan Australia; Macquarie Capital
Mayne Pharma equity raising
  • Firms: Gilbert + Tobin; MinterEllison; Sidley Austin LLP
  • Advisor: Miller & Martin LLC
  • Banks: Credit Suisse (Australia) Ltd; UBS AG
Reliance Worldwide Corporation IPO
  • Firms: Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Advisors: Evans and Partners Pty Ltd; KPMG; Oaktower Partnership Pty Ltd; Macquarie Equities Ltd; Morgans Corporate Ltd; Ord Minnett Ltd; Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
  • Banks: J.P. Morgan Australia Ltd; Macquarie Capital (Australia) Ltd
STC sale of StatePlus
  • Firms: Clayton Utz; Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Advisor: KPMG; Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
  • Banks: Macquarie Capital (Australia) Ltd; Morgan Stanley
Tegel IPO and dual listing
  • Firms: Bell Gully; MinterEllison; MinterEllisonRuddWatts
  • Advisor: PwC
  • Banks: Deutsche Bank AG; Deutsche Craigs Limited; First NZ Capital Securities Limited; Goldman Sachs
  • Firm: Allen & Overy; Allens; Gilbert + Tobin; Sidley Austin
  • Banks: Deutsche Bank; Merrill Lynch
WiseTech Global IPO
  • Firms: Clayton Utz, Gilbert + Tobin; Sidley Austin
  • Advisors: Blackpeak Capital
  • Banks: Credit Suisse; Morgan Stanley


Insolvency & Restructuring Deal of the Year

Arrium Group insolvency
  • Firms: Arnold Bloch Leibler; Ashurst; Baker & McKenzie; Cariola Diez Perez Costapos y Cia Ltda; Clayton Utz; Estudio Muniz; Gilbert+Tobin; Herbert Smith Freehills; Hiswara, Bunjamin & Tandjung; Husch Blackwell LLP; King & Wood Mallesons; Kirkland & Ellis LLP; Lewis Rice; McCarthy Tetrault LLP; MinterEllison; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius; Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt;  Richards, Layton & Finger PA; Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolaus S.C (Mexico); Ropes & Gray LLP; Sidley Austin
  • Advisors: Deutsche Bank; KordaMentha
Imdex recapitalisation
  • Firms: Ashurst; Herbert Smith Freehills; Mills Oakley
  • Advisor: Houlihan Lokey;
  • Banks: Bain Capital Credit; Bankwest; HSBC; Imdex Ltd; Westpac
McAleese restructuring and debt sale
  • Firm: Allens; Henry Davis York; Herbert Smith Freehills; Johnson Winter & Slattery; King & Wood Mallesons
Sale of six Keystone Group venues
  • Firms: Allens; Herbert Smith Freehills; K&L Gates


International Deal of the Year

ABI acquisition of SABMiller
  • Firm: Corrs Chambers Westgarth; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Gilbert+Tobin
Hanesbrands acquisition of Pacific Brands
  • Firm: Baker McKenzie; Herbert Smith Freehills; King & Wood Mallesons
  • Banks: Goldman Sachs; Macquarie Bank
Iron Mountain syndicated Term Loan B facility
  • Firms: Allens; Clifford Chance; Simpson Thacher;  Sullivan & Worcester
Sale of Moly-Cop
  • Firms: Allen & Overy; Arnold Block Leibler; Baker & McKenzie; Baker Botts; Bell Gully ; Cariola, Diez Perez-Cotapos & Cia Ltda ; Estudio Muniz;  Gilbert + Tobin; Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung; Husch Blackwell; King & Wood Mallesons; Kirkland & Ellis ; Lewis Rice; McCarthy Tetrault ; MinterEllison; Morgan Lewis ; Nader Hayaux & Goebel; Osler; Richards, Layton & Finger; Ritch Mueller ; Ropes & Gray; Sidley Austin; Stikeman Elliott; Von Wobeser y Sierra
  • Advisors: Ernst & Young; KPMG; McGrathNicol; Wood Mackenzie 
  • Banks: Deutsche Bank; Macquarie Bank; UBS
Sale of Pacific Hydro to State Power Investment Corporation
  • Firm: Herbert Smith Freehills; King & Wood Mallesons
  • Bank: IFM Investors
Shanghai Pharma and Primavera acquisition of Vitaco
  • Firm: King & Wood Mallesons; MinterEllison


M&A Deal of the Year

Acquisition of Asciano by Brookfield and Qube
  • Firms: Allens; Baker & McKenzie; Bell Gully; Clayton Utz; Gilbert+Tobin; Herbert Smith Freehills; Jones Day; King & Wood Mallesons; MinterEllison
  • Advisors: Ernst & Young; KPMG; McGrathNicol; Sullivan & Cromwell LLP; Wood Mackenzie
  • Banks: Citibank; Macquarie; UBS
Acquisition of SAI Global by Baring Private Equity
  • Firms: Gilbert+Tobin; King & Wood Mallesons; MinterEllison
  • Advisors: Dr Bob Austin; Deloitte; GRA Cosway; James Lockhart SC; Lathan & Watkins
  • Banks: Credit Suisse; Goldman Sachs; UBS
Blackstone acquisition of Goodman portfolio
  • Firm: Clayton Utz; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
  • Advisors: Deloitte
Privatisation of Ausgrid
  • Firms: Allens; Ashurst; Clayton Utz; Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Advisors: Arup; Deloitte; Downer; KPMG
  • Banks: Deutsche Bank; IFM Investors; Macquarie; UBS
Sale of Pacific Hydro to State Power Investment Corporation
  • Firm: Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Finance: IFM Investors
Universal Robina acquisition of Snack Brands Australia
  • Firms:  King & Wood Mallesons; Mayne Wetherell


Property, Infrastructure & Projects Deal of the Year

Canberra Light Rail PPP
  • Firms: Allens; Clayton Utz; Herbert Smith Freehills; Sparke Helmore
  • Advisors: ARUP; Ernst & Young; Everything Infrastructure Group; SNC-Lavalin; TBH; Turner & Townsend; Veitch Lister Consulting; Group WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Engineering Services
High Capacity Metro Trains project
  • Firms: Ashurst; Clayton Utz; Colin Biggers Paisley; Herbert Smith Freehills; King & Wood Mallesons
  • Advisors: KPMG; PwC
Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing and Investa Property Group
  • Firms: Allens; Clayton Utz
Port of Melbourne lease
  • Firms: Allens; Ashurst; Herbert Smith Freehills; King & Wood Mallesons; Minter Ellison; Torys
  • Advisors: Arup; Mazars; PwC
  • Banks: Credit Suisse; Flagstaff Partners; Gresham; Morgan Stanley
Victoria International Container Terminal project financing
  • Advisors: Allen & Overy; Allens; Citi; Linklaters


In-House Awards

Lawyers on Demand  Banking & Financial Services In-house Team of the Year

  • ANZ
  • Challenger
  • IFM Investors Australian Legal Team
  • Local Government Super Governance Team
  • National Australia Bank Group Governance & Legal Team
  • Travelex
  • UBS Legal Team
  • Westpac


Sparke Helmore Insurance In-house Team of the Year

  • AIA Australia
  • AIG
  • Berkley Insurance Australia
  • Chubb
  • Dual
  • IAG
  • Steadfast
  • Suncorp - Vero
  • XL Catlin


Young In-house Lawyer of the Year (30 or under)

  • Steven Clayton, AIA Australia
  • Rosanna Biggs, eBay
  • Kerry O’Brien, Fair Work Ombudsman
  • Louise Young, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games
  • Taha Khan, UBS AG, Australia Branch
  • Haren Pararajasingham, United Voice
  • Theo Kapodistrias, University, Tasmania
  • Kate Pullinger, Vodafone Hutchison Australia


FTI Consulting Australian In-house Lawyer of the Year

  • John Fitzgerald, AGL Energy
  • Claire Bibby, Brookfield Properties
  • Jacob Waye-Harris, Cobham Aviation Services
  • Clare Mifsud, NSW Treasury Corporation
  • David Stewart, Telstra
  • Stephen Barrett-White, UGL
  • Lachlan Pfeiffer, Viva Energy Australia


Clayton Utz Australian In-house Team of the Year

  • AGL Group Legal
  • Brookfield Properties
  • Cobham Aviation Services
  • Fox Sports Australia Legal Team
  • IFM Investors Australia Legal Team
  • Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA)
  • SingTel Optus Pty Limited
  • Sydney Water Legal & Corporate Secretariat Team


Russell McVeagh NZ In-house Team of the Year

  • Air NZ
  • ANZ Bank New Zealand Limited
  • Contact Energy
  • Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited
  • New Zealand Superannuation Fund
  • Vector Legal Team
  • Vodafone New Zealand


Profession Awards

The Resolution Institute Australian Arbitrator of the Year

  • Alex Baykitch
  • Angela Bowne SC
  • Laurie James
  • Toby Shnookal
  • John Wakefield
  • Stephen Walsh


The Resolution Institute Australian Mediator of the Year

  • Mieke Brandon
  • Anne Sutherland Kelly
  • Stephen Lancken
  • Alan Limbury
  • Anne Purcell


Firm Awards

Australian Deal Team of the Year

  • Allen & Overy Capital Markets Team
  • Allens Mergers & Acquisitions Team
  • Clayton Utz Real Estate Team
  • Gilbert + Tobin Corporate Advisory Group
  • Herbert Smith Freehills Equity Capital Markets Team
  • Herbert Smith Freehills Mergers & Acquisitions Team
  • King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) Project, Energy & Resources Team
  • MinterEllison Mergers & Acquisitions Team


New Zealand Deal Firm of the Year

  • Bell Gully
  • Chapman Tripp
  • Harmos Horton Lusk Limited
  • Mayne Wetherell
  • MinterEllisonRuddWatts
  • Russell McVeagh
  • Simpson Grierson
  • Webb Henderson


Scarlis Pringle Australian Dealmaker of the Year

  • Guy Alexander, Allens
  • Tom Story, Allens
  • Stuart Byrne, Clayton Utz
  • Julie Levis, Clayton Utz
  • Rory Moriarty, Clayton Utz
  • Peter Cook, Gilbert + Tobin
  • Hiroshi Narushima, Gilbert + Tobin
  • Philippa Stone, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Andrew Rentoul, MinterEllison


NZ Dealmaker of the Year

  • David Holden, Anderson Lloyd
  • Garry Downs, Bell Gully
  • John Strowger, Chapman Tripp
  • Silvana Schenone, MinterEllisonRuddWatts
  • Joe Windmeyer, Russell McVeagh
  • James Hawes, Simpson Grierson
  • Michael Pollard, Simpson Grierson
  • Garth Sinclair, Webb Henderson


Corporate Citizen Firm of the Year

  • Arnold Bloch Leibler
  • Ashurst
  • Clayton Utz
  • DLA Piper
  • Gilbert + Tobin
  • Herbert Smith Freehills
  • King & Wood Mallesons (KWM)
  • Maddocks
  • Salvos Legal


JLT Employee Health & Wellbeing Award

  • Ashurst
  • Clayton Utz
  • Coleman Greig Lawyers
  • DibbsBarker
  • King & Wood Mallesons (KWM)
  • Leach Legal
  • McInnes Wilson Lawyers
  • Russell McVeagh


Employment Law Specialist Firm of the Year

  • Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors
  • Danny King Legal
  • Harmers Workplace Lawyers
  • HR Law
  • McDonald Murholme Solicitors
  • MDC Legal
  • PCC Employment Lawyers
  • Workdynamic Australia


AIG Insurance Specialist Firm of the Year

  • Barry.Nilsson
  • Carter Newell Lawyers
  • Curwoods Lawyers
  • Gilchrist Connell
  • Holman Webb
  • Sparke Helmore Lawyers
  • TurksLegal
  • Wotton + Kearney


IP Specialist Law Firm of the Year

  • AJ Park
  • Baldwins Intellectual Property
  • Banki Haddock Fiora
  • Bird & Bird
  • Davies Collison Cave
  • Griffith Hack
  • Philllips Ormonde Fitzpatrick
  • Wrays


FTI Consulting Boutique Firm of the Year

  • Bellanhouse Legal
  • Bespoke
  • Clarendon Lawyers
  • KHQ Lawyers
  • Massons
  • Nexus Lawyers Pty Ltd
  • Polczynski Lawyers
  • Speirs Ryan


Young Private Practice Lawyer of the Year (30 or under)

  • Elyse Adams, Allens
  • Chris Travers, Allens
  • Samantha Robson, Ashurst
  • Cassandra Wee, Ashurst
  • Stipe Vuleta, Chamberlains Law Firm
  • Thomas Dougherty, Clayton Utz
  • Olivia Blakiston, Gilbert + Tobin
  • Wendy Hsu, Gilbert + Tobin
  • Holly Sara, Jones Day
  • Linda Kelleher, MinterEllison


State/Regional Law Firm of the Year

  • Carter Newell Lawyers
  • Chamberlains Law Firm
  • Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers
  • Griffin Legal
  • Harwood Andrews
  • Jackson McDonald
  • Russell Kennedy Lawyers
  • TBA Law


Law Firm Leader of the Year ( ≤ 200 employees)

  • Paul Hopkins, Carter Newell Lawyers
  • Vik Sundar, Chamberlains Law Firm
  • Claire Carton, Griffin Legal
  • Sandra Gibson, LOD – Lawyers On Demand
  • Bechara Shamieh, Madison Marcus Law Firm
  • Marcus McCarthy, Nexus Law Group


Scarlis Pringle Law Firm Leader of the Year ( > 200 employees)

  • Chris Freeland, Baker McKenzie
  • Rob Cutler, Clayton Utz
  • Tony Macvean, Hall & Wilcox
  • Sue Gilchrist, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Sue Kench, King & Wood Mallesons (KWM)
  • Michelle Dixon, Maddocks
  • John Nerurker, Mills Oakley


Law Firm of the Year ( 1 - 100 Lawyer)

  • Bird & Bird
  • Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers
  • Carter Newell Lawyers
  • Chamberlains Law Firm
  • Holman Webb
  • Madison Marcus Law Firm
  • Proximity
  • Russells
  • Salvos Legal
  • Speirs Ryan


GlobalX Law Firm of the Year ( 101 – 500 Lawyers)

  • Allen & Overy
  • Baker McKenzie
  • Clyde & Co
  • Gilbert + Tobin
  • Hall & Wilcox
  • Maddocks
  • Mills Oakley
  • Russell Kennedy Lawyers
  • Sparke Helmore Lawyers


FTI Consulting Law Firm of the Year ( > 500 Lawyers)

  • Allens
  • Ashurst
  • Clayton Utz
  • Herbert Smith Freehills
  • King & Wood Mallesons
  • MinterEllison


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