Loretta Reynolds has been a Partner of the firm since 1998 and was elected Chair in 2007.
While her main focus is on her funds management/mergers & acquisitions practice, she also has executive responsibility for client development and relationships in all markets.
Loretta is individually recognised in Chambers Asia Pacific (2013, 2014 – 2016) in the Private Equity category for her “extensive experience in fund formation, handling of buyouts, and work for superannuation funds“, and was “praised for the very well-honed process and consistently high standard of her work, her reliable meeting of deadlines, and her excellence in the fund set-up and management space“. Loretta is also recognised as a “thoroughly experienced M&A lawyer” in Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2012), and is ranked as a “preeminent” corporate lawyer (South Australia) in Doyle’s Guide (2012, 2015 – 2019), as well as a leading lawyer in the areas of agribusiness in South Australia (2016 & 2018) and commercial law in South Australia (2017 – 2019). Loretta has been “Lawyer of the Year” in the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in Australia in the area of Mergers & acquisitions, in the 2017 edition for Private Equity, in the 2018 for Corporate law, in the 2019 edition for Commercial law and in the 2020 edition for Venture Capital Law. In this entirely peer-review based publication, she has also been recognised (2014 – 2020) as one of the best lawyers in Australia in the areas of Corporate law, Corporate governance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Funds Management, Private Equity, and Venture Capital and Commercial law.
Loretta has completed the FINSIA Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment, and the Advanced Insolvency Law and Practice I & II at The University of Queensland. She also has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Adelaide. Loretta is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow Member of the Governance Institute and a Senior Fellow of FINSIA.
Recent experience includes:
- Acted for the Willunga Basin Water User Group joint venturers in respect of the sale of the Willunga Water Basin, which included the Christies Beach to McLaren Vale water pipeline and associated water infrastructure and the Willunga Basin Water Company (the company managing the pipeline and associated infrastructure).
- Acted for Jobfit in 2013 in the sale of an 80 per cent stake in its business to a Singapore investor, Fullerton Healthcare. Jobfit is one of Australia's leading occupational healthcare service providers.
- Acted for Pacific Network Global Logistics (PacNet), an Australian based supply chain, freight and logistics company, in the sale to the Maersk Group, one of the largest container ship operators and supply vessel operators in the world.
- Acted for CHAMP Ventures and other shareholders on the sale of Intercast & Forge Pty Ltd to Pandrol Australia Pty Ltd. Intercast & Forge is a casting and forging company servicing industry including rail, mining, and automotive businesses.