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What the team is known for

A highly respected lender-side practice with panel appointments for all of the major Australian banks and frequent engagements from international financial institutions operating in Australia. Highly regarded expertise in the handling of large syndicated corporate transactions and leveraged acquisitions, adeptly handling cross-border and domestic matters. Developing an already strong reputation for property finance, and offers notable experience in the areas of asset finance and leasing, and in advising corporate borrowers on high-value and complex refinancing matters. Offers clients a full and global service, drawing on expertise in other practice areas, such as M&A, real estate and tax, and on the firm's international presence.


Praised by one client as "very proactive in assisting us and coming up with solutions," the team is also reported to be "extremely commercially focused."

Another client values the fact that practice members are "always eager and prepared to help," adding: "They go the extra mile for us, and it shows."

Work highlights

Advised ANZ and BNP Paribas as sustainability coordinators, bookrunners and financiers of AGL Energy's AUD600 million syndicated sustainability-linked loan.

Advised a group of leading domestic and foreign banks on the provision of multi-tranched senior secured club facilities totalling AUD1.7 billion to the Charter Hall Office Trust.

Notable practitioners

Brenton Key focuses principally on property finance issues, acting for leading Australian and international banks on transactions across the commercial, residential, industrial and hospitality property spectrum. He is praised by one client as a practitioner of "great commercial balance and acumen" who is "pragmatic and solutions-focused in his approach."

Jock O'Shea is singled out by sources for his expertise in asset and property financing. A client notes his ability to "comprehend the whole transaction really well," and goes on to add that he works "phenomenally hard." Another mentions that he is "particularly good at large, structured transactions" in property financing.

Kenneth Tang is noted for his activity on large and complex deals in the acquisition finance space. One client calls him a "very calm and good negotiator," while another notes his "ability to assist banks in thinking through issues and finding solutions."

Martin Coleman offers expertise in property and corporate finance, and attracts praise as an "excellent technical lawyer" with a "can-do attitude."

Shawn Wytenburg is a leading figure in the space with significant experience in both corporate and acquisition finance matters. One client considers him a "business partner" who is "always available." Another source adds that "he's a good operator who's been around for a long time."

Steve Smith has a practice which encompasses both complex cross-border acquisition and corporate financing. A client praises his "client care and commerciality" and goes on to note his "exceptional output."

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Ashurst's Banking and Finance practice is an established practice with strong capabilities and an impressive track record in handling a diverse range of finance matters across: leveraged and acquisition finance; corporate lending and loan markets; real estate finance; and asset finance and leasing. The team advises leading Australian and international financial institutions, alternative credit providers, multinational corporate borrowers, issuers and government agencies on the full suite of domestic and cross-border financings and finance structures with tens of billion dollars in value.

In particular, we provide clients with:  

  • The full range of banking and financial services, including working with our wider Finance team across the debt and equity capital markets, structured finance and derivatives products, restructuring, insolvency and special situations, and transactional and advisory regulatory.
  • Experience in executing highly complex transaction structures as opposed to operating only within the traditional spectrum of banking products. For example, we advise clients on first of kind matters such as unitranche financings, US style term loan B structures, sustainability linked fund financings, and pre-IPO margin facilities.
  • Seamless cross-border and cross-practice team work and transaction management skills with the ability to plan and execute complex and strategically significant projects.


Coleman, Martin

Key, Brenton

Shaw, Nichola

Smith, Steve

Tang, Kenneth

Tang, Kenneth

Tucker, Graeme

Wytenburg, Shawn



Funds, Alternative lenders and Multi-asset managers

Global Banks

Major Australian Banks




Commercial & Professional Services



Financial Services


Health Care


Mining & Metals

Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences

Real Estate

Real Estate Finance




Banking & Finance



Level 11, 5 Martin Place


New South Wales


NSW 2000

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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.


Banking & Finance: Acquisition Finance

Kenneth Tang
Up and Coming
Shawn Wytenburg
Band 1
Steve Smith
Band 3

Banking & Finance: Asset Finance & Leasing

Jock O'Shea
Band 3

Banking & Finance: Corporate Finance

Martin Coleman
Band 2
Shawn Wytenburg
Band 2

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