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Gilbert + Tobin


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What the team is known for

Gilbert + Tobin provides a greatly respected national offering, noted for combining a breadth of capability with lean, efficient staffing and the ready provision of expertise precisely suited to the matter in hand. Handles many of the most complex and significant M&A and takeover deals. Acclaimed for combining pragmatism with a flair for novel solutions and providing a consistent and dedicated service. Also in high demand by some of the most prominent domestic and international private equity players across the full investment fund life-cycle. Key clients include Anheuser-Busch InBev, KKR and Westpac.


A client who maintains that "Gilbert + Tobin is definitely one of - if not the - strongest overall corporate practices for both public and private markets" indicates a key source of this strength in going on to say: "Their model is to recruit the best lawyers; they have consistently strong individuals across the board."

Another client observes: "Gilbert + Tobin have the flexibility to change their terms, team structures and so forth according to what the client wants. I also like the fact that we get senior partners rolling up their sleeves to do the work rather than big teams of more junior lawyers."

Work highlights

Gilbert + Tobin advised a consortium, formed by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets and Aware Super, on its AUD3.5 billion proposal to acquire telecommunications company Vocus by scheme of arrangement.

Notable practitioners

Costas Condoleon co-heads the Gilbert + Tobin corporate and M&A team and, much admired for his specialised expertise in M&A, also advises on securities law and corporate governance issues from the Sydney office. He is summed up by a client as "a sensational, very commercial corporate lawyer who manages processes across disciplines brilliantly and is also super-accessible and very customer-centric."

Craig Semple is based in Melbourne and advises across a wide range of corporate issues, including not only large-scale acquisitions, mergers and takeovers, but also securities law and governance issues. Market sources report themselves to be "very impressed" by a practitioner they regard as "a good lawyer and a lovely guy," and he is further identified as a natural destination for referrals in conflict situations.

David Josselsohn is a Sydney-based private equity specialist, particularly well known for his work on behalf of Quadrant Private Equity. Market sources report that they both "hear a lot" and"see a lot of him" in the space, where he is clearly "very busy" and is assessed as a "great guy" of whom "good things" are frequently said.

John Williamson-Noble operates from the Sydney office, regularly assisting major private equity houses with a variety of substantial transactions, including leveraged buyouts and venture capital deals. He is characterised by a client as a "strong, responsive technical lawyer who gives astute commercial advice."

Neil Pathak co-heads the corporate and M&A team from the Melbourne office and is an experienced handler of multibillion-dollar takeovers and other acquisitions. A client acclaims him as "very good in the public M&A space," while another source identifies him as a lawyer who "would do a great job" on any mandate assigned to him.

Peter Cook is a highly regarded adviser on the most sophisticated transactions in both the public M&A and private equity spheres. Interviewees regularly testify to his commercial vision and strategic insight. He is based in Sydney.

Rachael Bassil commands a high level of recognition for her busy, Sydney-based private equity practice, interviewees variously characterising her as "very highly regarded,""very prominent" and "very much a lead partner" who "attracts a lot of praise in the market." She counts leading private equity firms, banks and listed companies among her clientele.

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Gilbert + Tobin’s Corporate Advisory Group provides innovative solutions and project management for large-scale corporate transactions and advises on a range of related corporate issues. The team is made up of highly respected lawyers with skills appropriate to a range of merger and acquisition, and capital markets transactions. We achieve commercial results through creative solutions and perseverance.

Our services

Our services include:​

  • Corporate mergers, acquisitions and disposals, and related due diligence, tax and structuring issues.
  • Joint ventures, including devising ownership, management and operational structures to meet commercial and regulatory requirements.
  • Complex private equity structuring and consequent investment and exit transactions; including management and leveraged buy-outs.
  • Corporations Act and ASX Listing Rule compliance issues.
  • Australian Financial Services Licence applications and compliance for licensees.
  • Company secretarial assistance to companies, including the establishment of companies, preparing minutes and resolutions for board and shareholder meetings, and undertaking statutory filings.
  • IPOs, placements and rights issues for companies and managed funds.
  • Capital management strategies, including buy-backs and capital reductions.
  • Capital markets activities, including the structuring of complex capital instruments such as debenture and hybrid offerings and warrants.


Athanasoff, Julie

Bassil, Rachael

Bassil, Rachael

Bogle, Charles

Cardaci, Marcello

Clee, David

D'Andreti, Adam

Flynn, Christopher

Gordon, Tim

Hill, Elizabeth

Johns, Deborah

Josselsohn, David

Laura, Adam

Macdonald, Ben

Mannolini, Justin

Nagarajah, Nirangjan

Narushima, Hiroshi

Pathak, Neil

Reeves, Peter

Semple, Craig

Spain, Bill

Turner, Sarah

Williamson-Noble, John

Williamson-Noble, John


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Gilbert + Tobin


Level 35

Tower Two, International Towers

200 Barangaroo Avenue


New South Wales


NSW 2000

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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.



Costas Condoleon
Band 2
Craig Semple
Band 3
Neil Pathak
Band 2
Peter Cook
Band 1

Private Equity

David Josselsohn
Band 4
John Williamson-Noble
Band 4

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