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Managing Partner: Danny Gilbert
Number of partners: 80
Number of lawyers: 297

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, and technology and digital, the firm works on complex issues that define and direct the market.

Main Areas of Practice:

Banking & Infrastructure:
9 partners, 4 special counsel, 36 fee earners
■ Cooper Energy on a funding package for its AUD$355 million Sole Gas Project
■ Reliance Rail, a public-private partnership within the NSW State Government, on its AUD$2 billion recapitalisation and refinancing
■ Veolia Water Australia and Infrastructure Capital Group’s bid to build, finance and operate the Springvale Mine and Mt Piper Power Station water treatment plant

Competition & Regulation:
8 partners, 4 special counsel, 35 fee earners
■ Tabcorp on their merger with Tatts. The most complex merger authorisation in Australia involving a transaction previously blocked by the ACCC
■ 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
■ PMP Limited on a merger with IPMG Group
■ Consortium of major banks on BEEM, an Australian-first peer-to-peer mobile payment service set to become the largest cross-industry digital wallet operating in Australia
■ Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K-Line) in the first criminal cartel prosecution since the introduction of criminal cartel laws

Corporate Advisory:
31 partners, 2 special counsel, 71 fee earners
■ Viva Energy Group Limited on its successful IPO and listing on the Australian Securities Exchange – the largest non-government IPO in Australian corporate history
■ CHAMP Private Equity on the AUD$1 billion sale of Accolade Wines to the Carlyle Group
■ Harbour Energy on its AUD$14.4 billion bid for Santos
■ IOOF on its AUD$975 million acquisition of ANZ’s OnePath Pensions and Investments business, including advising on a capital raising by way of placement and share purchase plan to fund the transaction

Energy & Resources:
5 partners, 1 special counsel, 18 fee earners
■ Beach Energy Limited on its AUD$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)
■ Wesfarmers Limited on the sale of it 13.23% stake in Quadrant Energy to Santos Limited alongside co-sellers Brookfield, Macquarie and AMB Holdings. The consideration payable by Santos to the seller group includes USD$2.15 billion cash plus contingent payments related to the Bedout Basin
■ Iluka Resources Limited on its engagement strategy with the Government of Sri Lanka regarding the development of a USD$350 million mineral sands project

Intellectual Property:
6 partners, 1 special counsel, 18 fee earners
■ Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Ltd in its major preliminary discovery action in the Federal Court of Australia relating to potential claims of copyright infringement, breach of confidence and other causes of action concerning its Lightning Link gaming system
■ Bed Bath & Beyond against trade mark infringement, and misleading or deceptive conduct claims in the Federal Court of Australia over the company’s entry to the Australian market
■ Encompass, and its exclusive licensee, SAI Global, in seminal patent infringement proceedings and an appeal against SAI Global’s main competitor, Infotrack, relating to computer software technology
■ Advising Pacific Equity Partners and The Carlyle Group on the USD$930 million joint purchase of the iNova Pharmaceuticals business from Valeant Pharmaceuticals, including strategic advice on iNova’s registered and unregistered IP portfolio and pharma regulatory issues spanning 30 jurisdictions

Disputes & Investigations:
13 partners, 2 special counsel, 59 fee earners
■ Westpac in relation to the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry
■ The receivers appointed to the BrisConnections group in a damages claim against Arup for over AUD$2.5 billion
■ Cargill Australia Limited and Cargill Inc in Supreme Court proceedings in a large claim for damages concerning allegations of false and misleading statements during the sale of a business

Real Estate:
3 partners, 13 fee earners
■ Twynam Agricultural Group on the sale of three large agribusiness properties which will be the first sales tested under new FIRB policy requirements
■ Roads and Maritime Services on the awarding of a 20-year concession to operate guided climbs on Sydney Harbour Bridge to Hammons Holdings
■ Norsk Hydro on the sale of its Kurri Kurri Aluminium smelter site

Technology & Digital:
6 partners, 2 special counsel, 20 fee earners
■ BPAY on the implementation of its revolutionary new product Osko, a service built on the New Payments Platform enabling real-time funds transfer between accounts
■ ASX’s landmark replacement of the securities clearing and settlement system (CHESS) with a distributed ledger based system
■ Transport for NSW on the acquisition of a new transport management system as part of the NSW Government’s Intelligent

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