Tony Denholder

Tony is the head of Ashurst’s resources practice in Brisbane specialising in energy and resources, government and native title.

He has advised companies in the mining sector for over 15 years including Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton. His practice focuses on the development of new mine and related infrastructure projects, including port and rail developments.

Tony is ranked as a leading individual in Chambers, 2007-2014. He is also recognised as one of Australia’s leading lawyers in the 2009 to 2014 editions of Best Lawyers Australia.

Tony Denholder co-heads the practice and is hailed as “a market leader in native title advice.” – Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2013.

Native Title Law Practice:

Ashurst Australia’s native title team is the only native title practice rated Tier 1 by Chambers Global each year since 2007. Our client base includes many leading corporates and significant infrastructure providers, which we assist to obtain project approvals and develop strategies for engagement with indigenous stakeholders.

Our solutions are geared to ensure compliance with all relevant legislation as well as managing the statutory processes that apply to developments in a manner that is consistent with our client’s corporate objectives and commercial imperatives.

Importantly, we also assist our clients to build enduring relationships with indigenous stakeholders. Prior to entering negotiations with groups, we assist our clients to develop a practical long term strategy, so that agreements remain workable long after the lawyers have left the scene.

Our native title, land rights and associated cultural heritage practice works closely with other specialists in property, environment and planning, resources, energy, construction and infrastructure to provide comprehensive legal services for project development.

Ashurst:

Ashurst is a leading international law firm advising corporates, financial institutions and governments. Our core businesses are in corporate, finance, dispute resolution, and the development and financing of assets in the energy, resources and infrastructure sectors. In November 2013, Ashurst LLP and Ashurst Australia (formerly Blake Dawson) merged to form one global team.

We have 28 offices in 16 countries and a best-friend referral relationship with an Indian law firm. With over 400 partners and 1,700 lawyers in total, we offer the international insight of a global network combined with local market knowledge

Harry Rigney

Harry Rigney is an Australian legal practitioner, solicitor of the Supreme Courts of Australian Capital Territory, Queensland and Tasmania.

Harry has specialised since 1981 in taxation research, advice, and the implementation of taxation solutions through senior positions in professional firms, with responsibilities in achieving national quality assurance standards for firm-wide taxation consulting and compliance. Harry has expertise in the areas of business succession planning, structuring for business and investment within Australia and international, design and implementation of overseas business and joint venture structures for exporters, property development, and asset acquisitions and sales.  His areas of practice include all tax-sensitive areas of commerce and investment.

Harry combines academic and practical professional backgrounds; graduating as Menzies Scholar from Harvard Law School in 1980, lecturing in law in several universities, author of “Australian Business Taxation” published by Butterworths in 1990, National Tax Director for PKF for several years, senior tax manager PwC, tax partner law firm and sole practitioner providing services in all Australian East Coast States since 2004.

His background reflects the ‘revolving door’ ethos acquired and cultivated during his Harvard studies; to deliver excellence in professional service by building and sharing skills and expertise within and across commerce and academic forums.  His work and standing continues to be recognised and acknowledged by international accreditation agencies.

 

Cheng Lim

Cheng Lim is an M&A partner in our Melbourne office who has deep experience in the telecommunications, technology and infrastructure sectors.

Cheng has been a key telecoms advisor to Telstra for over 2 decades. Most recently, he co-led the team advising Telstra on its landmark agreements with NBN Co, under which Telstra agreed to disconnect its copper networks as the NBN is rolled out.

He also has extensive experience in IT and outsourcing in regulated industries, such as electricity, gambling and financial services. He has deep expertise in new media, having acted for Telstra, Australia’s leading ISP on its major online initiatives on the delivery of music, sports vision (AFL and NRL), gaming and movies over the internet and to mobiles.

Cheng’s infrastructure practice is focussed on transport and energy. He has acted for successful bidders in many major infrastructure projects, including the Melbourne Metropolitan Train Franchise (MR3), the Victorian Smartcard Transport Ticketing Project (myki), and the Commonwealth Government’s $6 billion Air Warfare Destroyer Project.

Cheng is ranked as a Band 1 Leading Individual in TMT Chambers Global Guide 2013 with observers noting “his first-rate negotiation skills, strong industry knowledge and ability to mobilise a high-quality legal team to make things happen as quickly as the client wants”. He is recognised as a leading individual and “strong performer” in TMT by APL 500 2013 and in IT by Who’s Who Legal 2013. Cheng has also been recognised by leading international survey Best Lawyers as one of its IT and Telecommunications Lawyers of the Year for 2013.

TMT Law Practice:

Covering broadcasting, publishing, advertising, social media, film, music and radio – the media and entertainment sector is as diverse as it is dynamic. From the rise of digital and converging technologies to the launch of online newspapers, magazines and apps, there is a new business landscape in which revenue models for subscriptions and advertising are looking to keep up with the rise of social media tools, content aggregators and fast-changing consumer preferences.

At the forefront of this dynamic and fast-changing sector, King & Wood Mallesons has recently advised on some of the region’s most significant transactions and landmark matters, including: copyright in newspapers headlines, copyright in advertising copy, social media issues, negotiation of complex contracts for media ratings services, M&A capital and fund raising and a number of defamation actions, suppression orders and complaints regarding misleading advertising.

Across this market leading advice, clients have benefited from our seamless delivery of cross-expertise (corporate, capital markets, competition, litigation & dispute resolution and intellectual property) and our ability to draw upon our industry backgrounds in media and information technology. Ensuring compliance with ongoing regulatory change, clients have also benefited form our long-standing relationship with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

King & Wood Mallesons:

Strategically positioned in the world’s growth markets, financial capitals and the home of information technology – we’re on the ground where our clients need us most. We offer them unrestricted legal capability and capacity across the region’s most dynamic economies, including Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Europe, the US and the Middle East.

Clients benefit from our extensive network of legal advisors with the right expertise, sector insights and relationships to help them realise the opportunities and navigate the region’s complex web of regulators.
This game-changing combination is powered by more than 550 partners and 2700 lawyers and is the only firm that can practice Australian, PRC, Hong Kong and UK law which enables us to provide strategic advice on the ground in these must win markets.

Across 30 international locations we are delivering industry expertise across the full spectrum of commercial, financial and specialist legal services.

We’re opening doors and unlocking opportunities for business. We ask the right questions, listen hard and focus not just on what clients want, but how they want it. We use this to help our clients recognise where they are, where they want to be, and where they could be.

We are also committed to delivering real value for our people – empowering them to grow and to achieve great things in a flexible, dynamic and supportive environment.

We’re already achieving great things together and this is just the beginning.

Meagan Bertolatti

Meagan Bertolatti graduated from University of Notre Dame, Sydney with an LLB (First Class Honours) and a BA in Politics and Journalism. She joined Quinn Emanuel’s Sydney office in 2016 as an associate. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Meagan worked at one of Australia’s largest plaintiff’s class action firms, where she focused primarily on plaintiff law and commercial litigation. Meagan also has prior experience as a legal researcher at universities in both New South Wales and Western Australia.

Firm Overview:

The Sydney office opened with two of Australia’s “finest litigators,” Michael Mills and Michelle Fox, who joined the firm from Herbert Smith Freehills. They were then joined in 2014 by Beau Deleuil, former worldwide head of litigation at King & Wood Mallesons and in 2015 by Damian Scattini, who was a Principal at the largest Australian plaintiff’s class action firm and head of its Queensland class actions practice. The promotion to partnership in 2016 of senior associate Duncan Watson, took Sydney to a five partner office.

Quinn Emanuel’s global reputation is built on doing only one thing—business litigation—and doing it better than anyone else. The Australian offices are no different. We have no corporate practice. We filled a void in the Australian legal market for a high-end specialist litigation practice not saddled with the conflicts that plague the big, full-service firms. We are not committed to any one industry or side, and therefore we represent our clients without fear or favor—whether as defendants or plaintiffs. The Sydney office is backed by the resources, experience, and reputation of the largest litigation-only firm in the world.

We have hired our lawyers one by one, with a strict policy of hiring some of the best and the brightest in the country. We have former judges’ associates, honours graduates from Australia’s premier law schools, internationally recognized LLMs and attorneys admitted in multiple states and countries. They bring with them a wealth of litigation and trial experience from all over the world. Because we only employ the best lawyers, our clients receive the best work and resolution outcomes.

The lawyers in the Sydney office have deep experience representing companies in a broad array of complex commercial business disputes, in Australia and internationally and on both sides of the bar table. These include transactional disputes, directors and officers litigation, class actions for plaintiffs and defendants, insolvency and restructuring, mass torts, white collar crime, insurance (both coverage disputes and risk solutions for policy holders), competition law, products liability, financial services and various other kinds of business disputes.

Our Sydney partners have represented clients in some of Australia’s largest and most complex corporate collapses, crises, disasters, and class actions, including HIH, World Trade Center litigation, Ensham Resources, Babcock & Brown liquidation proceedings, the James Hardie Royal Commission, a shareholder class action against Shine Corporate Limited, and currently running seven class actions in the Supreme Court of NSW against vehicle manufacturers arising out of the Takata airbags recalls; as well as presently (as a matter of public record): Arup Pty Ltd, Aurizon, Forge Group, ICICI Bank, NuCoal Ltd, South32, Macquarie Bank, Deloitte, and Viva Energy (amongst others).

We also offer our clients an array of dispute resolution alternatives and expertise, including successfully negotiating creative ways to resolve commercial disputes by arbitration, mediation and early neutral evaluation. We have extensive experience acting as counsel in international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations under all major arbitral rules, seated in Australia and around the world.

Our Sydney Partners are highly regarded by the top publications including Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Expert Guides, Chambers Global, Chambers Asia-Pacific, Who’s Who Legal, and Australian Financial Review. Recently, Michelle Fox, Michael Mills, and Beau Deleuil were named in the 2019 “Best Lawyers in Australia” list by Best Lawyers. Michael Mills was also named “Product Liability Lawyer of the Year”. In the Global Arbitration Review 100 2016, we were noted as one of the highest ranked arbitration practices operating in Australia.

Emily Grunstein

Emily Grunstein is a foreign qualified senior associate in our infrastructure practice. Emily has extensive experience in a variety of finance transactions. These include financings of construction, restructures of debt and equity positions and sales of assets and loan portfolios.

Emily has international legal experience, including several years spent working for a leading New York firm.

During her time in the US, the clients she assisted included Macquarie Capital USA, Annaly, AIG, Jefferies Group, C-III Asset Management, Financial Guaranty Insurance Company, the estate of Lehman Brothers, Archstone, Madison Capital, and the Union Labor Life Insurance Company.

Emily is qualified in the USA (New York) but is not admitted in Australia.

Firm Overview:

A progressive global law firm

Our vision is to be the most progressive global law firm. For us, “progressive” is a mindset, an approach to how we do things. We instinctively take a fresh perspective on situations, exploring whether there are better ways of delivering practical, commercial solutions to the challenges our client’s face in today’s rapidly changing business landscape.

Joydeep Hor

Joydeep Hor is a Graduate of Harvard Business School’s Owner-President Management Program and one of Australia’s most high-profile lawyers and legal entrepreneurs.

Having completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Sydney where he majored in English literature together with his Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) degree, Joydeep went on to complete a Master of Laws at the same institution, focusing on labour and employment law. Joydeep has been ranked as a leading lawyer in Chambers every year since 2010 and also in Doyle’s Guide to the Legal Profession.

Joydeep started his career at Freehill Hollingdale & Page (as it then was), before moving to another specialist workplace relations firm where he was made an equity partner at the early age of 28. He was managing partner of that firm from 2005 to 2010. Joydeep’s first book “Inside Employee Screening” was published in 1999 and he has authored several books since that time, including “Managing Workplace Behaviour”, “Managing Termination of Employment” and “Finders Keepers: A Guide to Attracting and Retaining Great Employees”. He has been a keynote speaker at countless conventions and industry events and for many years has been appearing on television programs for Channel 7, the ABC and Sky News as a thought leader and commentator in his areas of expertise. In 2016 Joydeep represented Australia at the International Forum on Employment Law in Portugal and he has been an invited speaker at multiple International Bar Association conferences.

In July 2010, Joydeep founded a groundbreaking practice in the legal industry, People + Culture Strategies. PCS was established to be unlike any other legal firm given its emphasis on working with its clients to prevent disputation and legal problems arising within their organisations, as opposed to a mere “reactive” provider. PCS now services over 1000 employers (with a strong reputation particularly in handling sensitive employee separation issues, matters of workplace bullying and harassment and developing strategic solutions to organisation’s people management challenges). Clients of the firm include Mars, Coca-Cola, Yum! Restaurants, Cochlear, 7-Eleven, Starbucks, Tesla, Coles, Sony Universal, Mercer and many other household name businesses. The firm has sustained revenue growth in excess of 20% every year due to the strength of its value proposition and its “partnership-based” approach to clients and billing. PCS is a member of Innangard, a global alliance of specialist Labour and Employment law firms, giving its clients access to some of the best labour and employment lawyers around the world.

 

Paul McCann

Paul McCann is recognised as one of Sydney’s most effective litigation lawyers in superior court jurisdictions, with a reputation for exceptional commitment to client service.

With over 30 years experience in the area of commercial litigation, various Federal and State Commissions of Inquiry and the defence of corporate prosecutions, Paul’s skills are in the strategic management of the whole of the litigation process, particularly involving complex issues.  Paul’s intention is at all times to secure the right client outcome, whether through a commercial settlement, mediation, arbitration or a court proceeding, at the earliest opportunity.

In addition, Paul has played a pivotal role in the management of a leading law firm as a member of various senior executive teams charged with enhancing the firm’s service standards, maintaining its reputation for professional excellence and optimising its operational performance and efficiency.

Qualifications

·         Bachelor of Laws, University of Sydney, 1973

Professional Admissions

·         Admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of New South Wales, 1974

·         Admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of Victoria, 1988

·         Admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of Western Australia, 1998

·         Admitted to practice in the High Court of Australia, 1976

Professional Recognition

·         Leading Lawyer in Dispute Resolution, Chambers and Partners Global Guide 2010–2017

·         Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific 2017, Australia, Dispute Resolution (Ranked Lawyer – Band 4)

·         Leading Individual in Dispute Resolution, The Asia Pacific Legal 500 2013–2017

·         Leading Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Lawyer – New South Wales, Doyles Guide 2017

·         Best Lawyer in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Litigation, Best Lawyers 2010–2017 (Australia)

·         Expert Guides, Litigation and Product Liability 2016 12th Ed

·         Leading Lawyer, AsiaLaw 2014

Professional Experience

·         Partner, Russells, 1 July, 2015 to present

·         Senior Litigation Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, 2007–30 June 2015

·         Partner and National Head of Litigation and member of the National Operating Committee and Executive Team, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, 2001–07

·         Partner in Charge, Sydney Office, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, 2001–06

·         Partner and Head of Litigation, Sydney Practice and member of the Sydney Practice Executive Team, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, 1987–97

·         Partner, Sydney Litigation Practice, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, 1985–87

Key Practice Fields

  • Arbitration
  • Commercial Property Disputes
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate and Business Disputes
  • Corporations Law
  • Energy, Mining and Resources Disputes
  • Financial Services
  • Government and Administrative Law
  • Insurance and Risk Management
  • Media Law
  • Partnership and Shareholder Disputes
  • Professional Negligence

 

Adewale Oladejo

Our principal has over 18 years of legal practice experience including over 10 years in Australian Immigration Law, Practice & Procedure.

Adewale Oladejo holds a Bachelor of Laws, LLB (Honours) degree and has also completed Master of Public International Law at the University of Melbourne in 1999. He subsequently attended the College of Law, Sydney for his practical legal training and has been an Australian lawyer following his admission as a Legal Practitioner of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2002. He was appointed a Public Notary for Victoria by the Supreme Court of Victoria in May 2016.

He has practised law in Melbourne. Prior to becoming the principal at VisaTEC Legal, his legal career included some 6 years’ experience working variously in a specialist Immigration Law Firm as well as obtaining position as the senior lawyer / migration agent with a large non-profit migrant resource centre, both in Melbourne. He is also registered as a migration agent with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA), MARN: 0316370

Experience is extensive with mostly successful outcomes and touches on key areas of Immigration practice including General skilled migration, Employer sponsorships, Business and Investment Visas, Partner and Family visas as well as Student and citizenship matters.

His vast experience in Department of Immigration (DIBP) applications, Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) matters and Judicial Appeals coupled with hard work and an abiding commitment to client-focused representation ensures you get the best possible advice at all times with your Immigration and Visa issues.

Adewale mentors couple of Juris Doctor’s students annually for Melbourne University Law School for the past few years.

Our principal is part of dedicated team of lawyers and registered migration agents as well as para legal and administrative staff.

 

Phillip Gibson

Phillip is one of Australia’s leading criminal defence lawyers. Having over 30 years of experience in all areas of criminal law his practice now focuses solely on serious, complex, and international crime.

Serious and Complex Crime

As a result of his experience and skill as a defence lawyer Phillip can manage and advise on the most complex cases. In the areas of traditional crime Phillip has acted in many large and serious drug matters including the largest ever importation of drugs in Australia, high profile murder trials and numerous complex fraud matters including international / transnational bribery.

Phillip specialises in the following types of cases:

  • White collar and corporate crime
  • Serious fraud
  • Money Laundering
  • Commercial and international drug supply
  • Drug importation
  • Murder
  • International / Transnational Crime

With the proliferation of e-commerce and the availability of the internet to communicate and transfer money around the world many criminal investigations now involve overseas law enforcement bodies and require an ability to work on an international scale. Phillip has advised on cases involving China, U.S.A., United Kingdom, Sweden, Czechoslovakia, South Korea, British Virgin Islands, Hong Kong, Singapore, and New Zealand. These cases often involve assets forfeiture and multiple jurisdictions. This work includes the following:

  • International money laundering
  • New South Wales Crime Commission (NSWCC)
  • Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC)
  • Independent Commission against Corruption
  • Royal Commissions
  • Transnational crime
  • Cyber crime
  • Extradition law
  • Mutual Assistance in Criminal matters
  • National Security law
  • Proceeds of Crime law

Phillip appears in all courts in Australia and travels extensively outside Australia to facilitate the defence of his clients in international / transnational matters.

Awards

2016: Global Law Experts named Nyman Gibson Miralis the leading white collar defence firm in   Australia. Global Law Experts (GLE) is the premier guide to leading attorneys throughout the world.

2016: Corporate Live Wire named Nyman Gibson Miralis as the leading white collar defence firm in Australia

2016: Corporate Live Wire names Nyman Gibson Miralis as the leading criminal defence firm in Australia

The Corporate Live Wire Legal awards honour and celebrate achievements within the Global Law community.

2016: International Advisory Experts named Nyman Gibson Miralis as white collar criminal  lawyers of the year in Australia.

International Advisory Experts is a global alliance of well-established and experienced legal, financial and consulting firms that are committed to providing clients with specialist solutions for their international business requirements

2016: Doyles Legal Guide named Phillip Gibson as a leading criminal defence lawyer

2016: Doyles Guide named Nyman Gibson Miralis as a leading criminal defence firm

Doyles is the most comprehensive guide to Australia’s best lawyers, law firms and barristers.

2016: the 11th Annual ACQ5 GLOBAL AWARDS named Phillip Gibson as Criminal Defence Lawyer Of The Year for Australia.

 

Peter Franke

Peter Franke has the depth and breadth of experience to bring a clear focus to your IP strategies.

Peter holds the degrees of Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science, with a major in physics, from the University of Melbourne. He qualified as an Australian Patent and Trade Mark Attorney in 1990, and is also registered to practice in New Zealand. Peter has previously held senior roles, including as Chairman, in a major Australian patent attorney firm. Peter’s patent practice has encompassed a wide range of technologies and industries, including: medical devices, including mechanical, electrical, software and materials aspects of implantable, surgical and external devices, imaging and diagnostic methods; software and internet services; sustainable technologies, including power storage, hydrogen generation, water treatment, solar thermal systems, and photovoltaics; electronic and mechanical devices; building products; computer hardware; telecommunications systems and services; gaming systems including slot games and table games; and optical systems including fibre optics. Peter also has an active trade mark practice, having acted for major Australian and international companies.

PATENTS PRACTICE:

You invest a lot of time, money and effort into the development of new technologies that represent a competitive advantage for your products or services. You need to prevent competitors from gaining an income at your expense by copying.

Franke Hyland drafts patents for a wide range of technologies and then manages the entire application process in Australia, New Zealand and internationally to achieve the best protection for your invention.

Our services include conducting searches of patent and other publications to determine and advise on the patentability of new technologies, and can also advise on whether your new project might infringe other people’s patent rights.

Patents form a very important part of an overall Intellectual Property strategy that allows you the achieve the most useful protection available within the constraints of your budget.

IP strategy, and balancing the intersection of IP law, business and technology underpin all of Peter’s work.  Peter has extensive experience in drafting and prosecuting to grant patents in Australia, and taking them to grant around the world.  He is also experienced in pre and post grant procedure in Australia, including oppositions, re-examination and amendment processes.  He regularly provides expert reports to assist due diligence, IPO and related activities.  Peter also counsels clients and provides opinions on infringement and validity issues.