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Michael Neylan

Fax +61.2.9513.2399

Mr. Neylan's major areas of practice experience and interest include shipping and ports, maritime infrastructure, transport, logistics and supply chains. He has a deep knowledge of all these areas and his experience extends both nationally and globally.

Mr. Neylan's practice also concentrates on corporations law, corporate, project and structured finance, acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures, infrastructure projects, and contract advice, negotiations and disputes. He has a special interest in and knowledge of stock markets and their operation.

Mr. Neylan's clients include major industry operators and participants.

Professional Background

Mr. Neylan is an accomplished and award winning public speaker and presenter. He has been a frequent presenter to professional and industry forums over many years.


  • Listed in the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers in Australia as 'Lawyer of the Year – Transportation – Sydney'

Professional/Civic Activities

  • From 2009 to 2011 Mr. Neylan was a Visiting Fellow in the Macquarie University Applied Finance Centre and taught postgraduate students in the Masters of Applied Finance programme.
  • Financial Services Institute of Australasia (Finsia), Senior Fellow
  • Representing and advising the Quattro Grain joint venture in relation to a major brownfields new build project, involving the construction and operation of a new export grain facility and terminal in Port Kembla, New South Wales. The Quattro Grain JV comprises 3 of the world's largest grain traders (Noble, Cargill and Sumitomo / Emerald) and Qube Logistics.
  • Representing and advising Qube Ports in the acquisition of the Giacci national transport and logistics business based in Bunbury, Western Australia including due diligence, contract drafting and negotiation, regulatory advice and all transaction support.
  • Representing and advising DP World (formerly P&O Ports) in numerous corporate transactions since 1995, including major port development projects globally and the divestment in 2007 of DP World's non-containerised stevedoring businesses in Australia.
  • Representing and advising the vendors of Neptune Pacific Line (Neptune) in relation to the sale of the Neptune business and Neptune's fleet of vessels.
  • Representing and advising Sydney Ferries in relation to the disposal of its Jet Cat fleet.
  • Representing and advising international shipowners (as correspondent lawyers) in a major shipping contract dispute with Fortescue Metals Group.
  • Representing and advising Qube Ports in major resource infrastructure projects in Western Australia and in Queensland.
  • Representing and advising the members of the North West Infrastructure joint venture in relation to the development of port infrastructure in Port Hedland, Western Australia.