The Corrs Chambers Westgarth offering is an independent practice with a high cross-border capability, frequently selected to represent multinational clients in significant transactions, especially inbound foreign investments, and particularly well equipped to tackle China-related mandates. Acts for domestic and international private equity firms and investee companies on complex transactions and exits, its capability in this area having lately been augmented by significant lateral hires. Noted for its familiarity with such heavily regulated sectors as mining, life sciences and TMT. Prominently active in the hostile takeover sphere and in the representation of alternative capital providers, and praised for maintaining high levels of client service. Key clients include Hartleys, Investa Commercial Property Fund and Medibank.
Sandy Mak combines high-level M&A and corporate expertise with an active, Sydney-based practice advising major private equity firms and portfolio companies. Described by one market source as "a phenomenal practice leader," she receives no less enthusiastic commendation from a client who reports: "Sandy Mak has been a tower of strength. She's across the detail but sees the big picture, and her calm common sense and ability to deliver sound advice clearly and concisely at both executive and board level has been invaluable."
Andrew Lumsden acts from the Sydney office on significant corporate transactions for a varied domestic and international clientele, offering notable experience of cross-border transactions and of those involving the energy and resources, infrastructure and media sectors. Clients particularly appreciate the fact that "in addition to being an excellent lawyer, he has a very good business sense and approaches transactions in a very practical manner."
Nick Thorne is based in Brisbane and operates mainly in the resources and infrastructure spheres, offering experience of involvement in some of Papua New Guinea's highest-profile projects. A client praises his "strong Papua New Guinea knowledge and experience" and notes that he provides "valuable and timely advice."