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King & Wood Mallesons

Banking & Finance

7 ranked lawyersBand 1AustraliaAsia-Pacific 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

King & Wood Mallesons stands out for its leading banking group which is active on sophisticated financing arrangements for borrowers, lenders and sponsors. Enviable client list, including major domestic and multinational financial institutions, property and infrastructure developers and investment funds. Maintains a sterling reputation in all banking and finance disciplines, including asset, property, acquisition and corporate finance. Deals with major cross-border aviation and shipping transactions and advises on innovative corporate finance products. Supported by the firm's strong practice in financial services regulation to provide clients with a comprehensive service, as well as top-tier corporate and restructuring service offerings.

Strengths

The team is lauded for the depth of its experience in the market, one client commenting: "King & Wood Mallesons' banking practice benefits from the depth of talent and activity in the market - it is at the forefront of all major deals in the market and able to advise clients well based on this experience."

Another client highlights the team's responsiveness as an important strength: "They ensure there is always appropriate partner involvement and I always feel that I can pick up the phone to the relevant partner and discuss thorny issues."

Work highlights

King & Wood Mallesons assisted Macquarie Group on a USD2.5 billion refinancing of its existing syndicated facility.

Notable practitioners

Aaron Bourke has an established reputation for corporate finance matters and frequently acts on the arrangement of cross-border facilities. A client regards him as "not only an excellent lawyer but also a trusted adviser," going on to note: "He is able to navigate through complex negotiations and offer appropriate commercial solutions when negotiations stall."

Dale Rayner is an asset finance specialist and is frequently engaged by major domestic and international banks.

Ian Solomon is a distinguished practitioner in the property finance space and is particularly relied upon for complex transactions.

John Canning is a leading asset finance lawyer, with significant experience in the aviation finance field. A client comments: "He's really pragmatic and doesn't throw the client into a pool of legalistic jargon, but has the ability to translate technical legal concepts into simple terms." The same client goes on to add: "He's not afraid to offer an opinion."

Ken Astridge is one of the leading figures in the property finance sphere. "I have a huge amount of respect for him," comments a client, adding: "He's very responsive with excellent technical skills, and he's very engaged."

Yuen-Yee Cho is a leading acquisition and corporate finance lawyer. Described by a client as "universally regarded as best at what she does," she wins praise for her "incredible intellect and real passion" by another client, who adds: "She loves delivering for clients, it's what motivates her - she pushes to achieve outcomes and is completely across what's happening in the market."

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Australia

Banking & Finance: Acquisition Finance


Yuen-Yee Cho
Band 1

Banking & Finance: Asset Finance & Leasing


Dale Rayner
Band 3
John Canning
Band 1

Banking & Finance: Corporate Finance


Aaron Bourke
Band 3
Yuen-Yee Cho
Band 1

Banking & Finance: Property Finance


Ian Solomon
Band 2

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