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  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Perth, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Mining Law Equity Capital Markets Law Corporate Law Commercial Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Equity Capital Markets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Law Corporate Law Tax Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Equity Law Venture Capital Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate / Governance Practice Commercial Law Leveraged Buyouts Corporate Law Funds Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Equity Law Wealth Management / Succession Planning Practice Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Commercial Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Commercial Law Corporate / Governance Practice
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Chris Davis was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Chris Davis

McInnes Wilson Lawyers
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Commercial Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Sydney, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Corporate Law Native Title Law Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Equity Capital Markets Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate / Governance Practice Commercial Law Agriculture and Rural Affairs Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Commercial Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Perth, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Sydney, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Law Corporate Law Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Banking and Finance Law Corporate Law Commercial Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Law Agriculture and Rural Affairs Corporate Law Corporate / Governance Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Sydney, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Law Privacy and Data Security Law Corporate Law Outsourcing Law Information Technology Law Intellectual Property Law Telecommunications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Perth, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Commercial Law Transportation Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Law Corporate Law Trusts and Estates Planning and Environmental Law Agriculture and Rural Affairs Wealth Management / Succession Planning Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Commercial Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
Brett Heading was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Brett Heading

Jones Day
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Agriculture and Rural Affairs Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Equity Capital Markets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Equity Capital Markets Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Funds Management Corporate / Governance Practice Investment Funds
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Hospitality and Tourism Law Litigation Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Corporate Law Commercial Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Water Law Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Sydney, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Equity Capital Markets Law Commercial Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Sydney, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Government Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Commercial Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate / Governance Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Commercial Law Corporate / Governance Practice Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Commercial Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Equity Law Sports Law Corporate Law Intellectual Property Law Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Commercial Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Sydney, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate / Governance Practice Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate / Governance Practice Competition Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Debt Capital Markets Law Corporate Law Leveraged Buyouts
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Private Equity Law Venture Capital Law Commercial Law Corporate Law Corporate / Governance Practice Funds Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Sydney, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Entertainment Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction / Infrastructure Law Commercial Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Equity Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Sydney, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Investment Funds Corporate Law Funds Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Commercial Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Venture Capital Law Corporate Law Commercial Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Commercial Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Agriculture and Rural Affairs Corporate Law Commercial Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Agriculture and Rural Affairs Corporate Law Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Equity Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Sydney, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Equity Law Venture Capital Law Equity Capital Markets Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law

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Practice Area Definition

Corporate Law Definition

In Australia, the practice area denoted by the expression "Corporate Law" is very broad. It is typically understood to encompass the following specific practice areas:

  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Equity Capital Markets
  • Private Equity
  • Corporate Governance

These areas often intersect, however. For example, a client may need to raise capital as a prelude to an acquisition, with the capital raising and the acquisition raising various corporate governance issues.

Similarly, a private equity fund may acquire a controlling shareholding in a listed company and seek representation on the Board of Directors, which in turn raises corporate governance issues. Alternatively, a private equity fund may wish to exit its investment in an entity by undertaking a dual track IPO and trade sale process.

It is common for Australian corporate lawyers to have expertise and experience across most of these areas, although specialisation in one or two areas is also becoming more common given the increasing complexity and sophistication of transactions.

Mergers and Acquisitions
Australian lawyers practising in this area represent entities that wish to merge with or acquire the shares or assets of another entity in the same industry sector (to increase the acquirer's industry scale), a complementary industry sector (to achieve, for example, vertical integration with the acquirer's other operations), or an entirely new industry sector (to achieve earnings diversity). Lawyers practising in this area also may represent entities that are the subject of a merger proposal or a sale/acquisition proposal. In other words, Australian M&A lawyers typically act on either the buy-side or the sell-side of these transactions.

Equity Capital Markets
Australian lawyers practising in this area represent entities that issue securities to raise capital, security holders seeking to sell their securities, or banks and investment banks that underwrite and sell such securities.

Private Equity
Private equity lawyers are involved in establishing private equity funds (usually in the form of corporations, limited partnerships, and trusts) and structuring private equity transactions. Private equity funds include:

  • leveraged buy-out funds;
  • venture capital funds;
  • hedge funds;
  • real estate investment funds; and
  • infrastructure investment funds.

Private equity lawyers work closely with specialist lawyers in areas such as M&A, Equity Capital Markets, Banking and Finance, and Tax to ensure all relevant legal aspects of private equity transactions are covered. This often involves coordinating foreign law advice.

Corporate Governance
Corporate governance is the system by which companies are directed and managed, including the division of decision-making responsibility between a company's shareholders, its Board of Directors, and executive management. Corporate governance seeks to promote transparency and accountability in the management of companies, in turn contributing to investor protection and confidence in publicly listed companies.

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In Australia, the practice area denoted by the expression "Corporate Law" is very broad. It is typically understood to encompass the following specific practice areas:

  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Equity Capital Markets
  • Private Equity
  • Corporate Governance

These areas often intersect, however. For example, a client may need to raise capital as a prelude to an acquisition, with the capital raising and the acquisition raising various corporate governance issues.

Similarly, a private equity fund may acquire a controlling shareholding in a listed company and seek representation on the Board of Directors, which in turn raises corporate governance issues. Alternatively, a private equity fund may wish to exit its investment in an entity by undertaking a dual track IPO and trade sale process.

It is common for Australian corporate lawyers to have expertise and experience across most of these areas, although specialisation in one or two areas is also becoming more common given the increasing complexity and sophistication of transactions.

Mergers and Acquisitions
Australian lawyers practising in this area represent entities that wish to merge with or acquire the shares or assets of another entity in the same industry sector (to increase the acquirer's industry scale), a complementary industry sector (to achieve, for example, vertical integration with the acquirer's other operations), or an entirely new industry sector (to achieve earnings diversity). Lawyers practising in this area also may represent entities that are the subject of a merger proposal or a sale/acquisition proposal. In other words, Australian M&A lawyers typically act on either the buy-side or the sell-side of these transactions.

Equity Capital Markets
Australian lawyers practising in this area represent entities that issue securities to raise capital, security holders seeking to sell their securities, or banks and investment banks that underwrite and sell such securities.

Private Equity
Private equity lawyers are involved in establishing private equity funds (usually in the form of corporations, limited partnerships, and trusts) and structuring private equity transactions. Private equity funds include:

  • leveraged buy-out funds;
  • venture capital funds;
  • hedge funds;
  • real estate investment funds; and
  • infrastructure investment funds.

Private equity lawyers work closely with specialist lawyers in areas such as M&A, Equity Capital Markets, Banking and Finance, and Tax to ensure all relevant legal aspects of private equity transactions are covered. This often involves coordinating foreign law advice.

Corporate Governance
Corporate governance is the system by which companies are directed and managed, including the division of decision-making responsibility between a company's shareholders, its Board of Directors, and executive management. Corporate governance seeks to promote transparency and accountability in the management of companies, in turn contributing to investor protection and confidence in publicly listed companies.