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Managing Partner: Danny Gilbert
Number of partners: 84
Number of lawyers: 323

Firm Overview:
Gilbert + Tobin is a leading Australian law firm advising clients on their most significant corporate transactions, regulatory matters and disputes. The firm provides commercial and innovative legal solutions for ASX 100 leading companies, major infrastructure and service providers as well as government and public authorities across Australia and internationally, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. An international leader in M&A, private equity, capital markets, competition and regulation, intellectual property, and technology and digital, the firm works on complex issues that define and direct the market.

Main Areas of Practice:

Banking & Infrastructure:
10 partners, 5 special counsel, 45 fee earners
■ Deutsche Bank AG, New York Branch and Deutsche Bank AG, Sydney Branch as mandated lead arrangers and underwriters in relation to the AirTrunk Group’s $852 million 2018 refinancing, construction and working capital facilities agreement
■ The bank syndicate in relation to the A$950 million 2018 refinancing in respect of the Port of Newcastle
■ Tilt Renewables in connection with the $400million financing of the Dundonnell Wind Farm, which benefits from an offtake agreement with the Victorian Government under the Victorian Renewable Energy Auction Scheme – the first of its kind in Victoria Competition & Regulation: 7 partners, 5 special counsel, 38 fee earners
■ Tabcorp on its A$11.3 billion merger with Tatts. The most complex merger authorisation in Australia involving a transaction previously blocked by the ACCC
■ Microsoft on the implications of the Digital Platforms Inquiry
■ Westpac Banking Corporation as lead competition adviser, achieving unconditional clearance in their acquisition of Lloyds’ businesses in Australia, ACCC Inquiry into Residential Mortgage Pricing and Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into Competition
■ Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K-Line) in the first criminal cartel prosecution since the introduction of criminal cartel laws
■ Ola Cabs as their sole competition expert to act on all regulatory aspects of its Australian expansion

Corporate Advisory:
32 partners, 2 special counsel, 86 fee earners
■ Anheuser-Busch InBev on the sale of Australian brewer Carlton & United Breweries to Asahi for $16 billion
■ Coca-Cola Amatil on the joint acquisition with The Coca-Cola Company of a 45% equity stake in the Made Group
■ BGH Capital Consortium on its $2.3 billion takeover of Navitas
■ Goldman Sachs, UBS and Macquarie as Joint Lead Managers of the proposed $3.2 billion IPO and ASX listing of Latitude Financial Services Group Limited
■ TPG Capital on the $1 billion (enterprise value) acquisition of pet and vet care company Greencross
■ KKR on the $2 billion acquisition of MYOB Group
■ Yancoal Australia on its dual primary listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the associated IPO of its shares to raise HK$1.605 billion – the first dual primary listing of a company on the ASX and HKEx

Energy & Resources:
6 partners, 1 special counsel, 13 fee earners
■ The world’s largest proposed private equity deal in the energy & resources sector - Harbour Energy Ltd on the US$14.4 billion bid for Santos Limited
■ Beach Energy Limited on its A$1.585 billion acquisition of Lattice Energy Limited (Origin’s conventional upstream oil and gas business) from Origin Energy Limited (with multiple related gas offtake arrangements)
■ Mineral Resources on its US$1.3 billion sale of a 60% interest in the Wodgina Lithium Project to Albemarle Corporation, its acquisition of a 40% stake in Albemarle’s Kemerton lithium hydroxide plant, and the establishment of the MARBL Lithium Joint Venture
■ Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (CATL), the leading Chinese battery manufacturer for electric vehicles, on its $55 million strategic investment in Pilbara Minerals (representing an 8.5% ownership stake), as part of Pilbara Minerals’ broader $91.5 million equity raising

Intellectual Property:
6 partners, 20 fee earners
■ Imdex Limited in its successful patent infringement proceedings against Globaltech, which entirely dismissed the hotly contested invalidity cross-claim. This was the second time Imdex had successfully sued Globaltech, which has attempted to develop workaround technologies during the course of litigation that continue to butt up against different patents in Imdex’s core orientation tool portfolio
■ US band ‘Glass Candy’ in the highly publicised copyright infringement proceedings brought in the Federal Court by the owners and songwriters of the 1977 disco hit ‘Love is in the Air’
■ Providing IP support and advising on all TGA regulatory aspects to Pemba Capital on its sale of its medical supplies business Device Technologies to Navis Capital Partners

Disputes & Investigations:
12 partners, 3 special counsel, 63 fee earners
■ BT Financial Management and Westpac Life Insurance Services in relation to a class action concerning its superannuation cash product
■ The Commonwealth and its departments and agencies on its response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety
■ Westpac in relation to the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry
■ Cargill Australia Limited and Cargill Inc in a large claim for damages concerning allegations of false and misleading statements during the sale of a business
■ NIB in proceedings brought by the ACCC, defending allegations of misleading and deceptive conduct and unconscionable conduct in the sale of and changes to health insurance products

Real Estate:
4 partners, 2 special counsel, 13 fee earners
■ Roads and Maritime Services on the awarding of a 20 year concession to operate guided climbs on Sydney Harbour Bridge to Hammons Holdings
■ Elanor Investors Group (the owner of Featherdale Wildlife Park) in relation to Class 4 Civil Enforcement Proceedings in the Land and Environment Court of NSW against Sydney Zoo
■ Super Fund Rest on the $278 million sale of Eclipse Tower at 60 Station Street, Parramatta to real estate investment trust GPT Group ■Snack Brands as a tenant and purchaser and Fisher & Paykel as tenant in relation to large-scale agreements for lease
■ Norsk Hydro on the sale of its Kurri Kurri Aluminium smelter site

Technology & Digital:
7 partners, 20 fee earners
■ Advising and collaborating with Telstra to redesign the way it contracts with customers and fundamentally transform the design, sale, and contracting of its telecommunications products, including simplifying its Consumer and Small Business customer products from over 1,800 plans to 20 core plans with add-ons
■ ASX’s landmark replacement of the securities clearing and settlement system (CHESS) with a distributed ledger based system
■ Transport for NSW on its once in a generation transformation of the Sydney Trains suburban and intercity network to replace legacy signalling and train control systems with an advanced, integrated digital rail signalling and traffic management system

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