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Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

Melbourne is home to our largest office in the Asia Pacific region. Our lawyers have distinguished themselves across all areas of law, including in the growth areas of fintech, fashion, sports, franchising, and startups.

Our Melbourne lawyers have received both peer-based and independent awards and accolades in the areas of financial services, corporate and transactional, litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property, restructuring and insolvency, real estate, and labour and employment. Our appointment to a number of government panels and our experience advising government entities on many significant projects complements our extensive experience acting for some of Australia’s largest private sector organisations.

A sporting and cultural hub, Melbourne attracts more than two and a half million international visitors every year. K&L Gates has an established history with some of the city’s most influential organisations and major events, and our teams have strong connections with the Melbourne business community.  

  • The 2020 Asia-Pacific Chambers guide recognised the firm among leaders in Australia in the areas of Capital Markets: US Law, Competition/Antitrust, Construction, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Financial Services Regulation, Health & Safety, Intellectual Property, Investment Funds, Life Sciences, Private Equity, Real Estate, Restructuring/Insolvency, Sports Law, and Tax. 
  • The firm was ranked among leaders in Australia in the areas of Banking and Finance, Competition and Trade, Construction, Corporate/M&A, Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Project Development, Real Estate, Restructuring and Insolvency, and Tax by the 2020 Asia-Pacific Legal 500 guide. 

The banking and finance team at K&L Gates acts for a range of clients including major domestic banks, alternative lenders, debt funds, professional trustees, sponsors and corporates. The key strength of the team is in complex mid-market real estate finance transactions. Jason Opperman heads up the national finance practice from Sydney, and Melbourne-based Alan Maclean is active in property finance in Victoria. In a major hire, Richard Hayes joined the Sydney office from Hogan Lovells in September 2020.

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021

K&L Gates has a full-service corporate offering, encompassing advice to boards and governance issues, corporate M&A, and private equity investments, with a range of sector specialisms across the firm's Australian offices including agribusiness, healthcare, venture capital, and sports. James Clyne joined the Perth office from Allens in late 2019, bringing a broad M&A practice in a variety of sectors including energy and commodities. Harry Kingsley joined the Melbourne office from Holding Redlich in early 2020 and specialises in financial services and infrastructure work. Cameron Abbott leads the overall practice in Melbourne, with the highly experienced John Mann another key name in the office. Perth's Adam Levine has a broad practice encompassing natural resources and tech platform deals.

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021

The asset management and investment funds practice at K&L Gates advises clients on a range of work in the FSR space, including regulatory compliance and regulatory reform. Experienced in dealing with the Australian regulators, the practice also regularly advises offshore clients on AFSL and APRA licensing requirements. Melbourne-based team head Jim Bulling has a practice that focuses on areas including financial product disclosure issues, payment systems, and financial product distribution.

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021

K&L Gates  ‘handles IP issues from trade mark registration to copyright litigation with minimum fuss and a lot of good humour’. The Australia IP team is led from Melbourne by global IP co-head Jonathan Feder. Working in conjunction with its colleagues worldwide, the team is routinely involved in commercial licensing and transactional support, brand protection, and general portfolio management. It stands out in particular for its activity in the fashion industry, though the team is also experienced in the areas of technology, sport, and food and beverage. Also recommended in Melbourne is Chris Round, whose recent highlights included several IP-related disputes, strategic IP transactions, and a global rebranding matter.

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021

Headed up by the Newark-based chair of the firm's global employment practice Rosemary Alito, K&L Gates combines experience across broad regulatory and litigation in this space. It is known in particular for its work in a number of sectors including health, education, agriculture, sports and government. Key names in Australia include Nick Ruskin, sports and healthcare sector expert Michaela Moloney, and public sector specialist Peter Lupson (all Melbourne-based).

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021

K&L Gates focuses on projects in the renewable energy sector, greenfields developments, transport, and social infrastructure work. Matters include infrastructure transactions, construction and operations contracts, and distribution agreements, on behalf of constructors, public and private transport companies, and subcontractors. The practice is led from Melbourne by Zac Kerr, who focuses on transport and social infrastructure, with particular expertise in roads, rail, aviation, and public-private-partnership (PPP) agreements, alongside Luke Westmore, a regular advisor on renewable energy projects, including wind and hydro generation and distribution projects. The arrival of Simon Ashworth has bolstered the team's range of expertise and client base.

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021

Equally comfortable with contentious and advisory work in the restructuring and insolvency space, K&L Gates handles complex situations of financial distress for clients across a wide range of industries, while retaining strong links with major Australian banks and government entities. Jason Opperman heads up the team from Sydney, with support from Andrew Chambers and Stephen Hume in Melbourne. In team news, Alex Smith was promoted to partner in Sydney in March 2020; her experience includes in-house roles and secondments at major banks.

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021
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