Hamilton Locke hits the ground running with $1bn Specialty Fashion Group deal

We are delighted to announce the launch of Hamilton Locke, a corporate law firm specialising in complex corporate finance transactions including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, debt financing, distressed investing and capital markets.

“We’ve hit the ground running with a significant book of deals,” said managing partner and co-founder Nick Humphrey.

“In our first few weeks we’ve closed the sale of a 65 per cent stake in Tailored Packaging to Huhtamaki and the acquisition of a majority of Speciality Fashion Group’s business by Noni B.”

The firm is also acting on several acquisitions for Quadrant Private Equity portfolio companies.

Hamilton Locke has invested in state-of-the art systems including automation, process mapping and outsourcing to deliver the most efficient and effective service for clients.

“As a challenger brand, we know we need to provide clients with exceptional service, find creative solutions and deliver smart advice,” Humphrey said. “Which is why we offer a true partnering model, whether that be through alternative fee arrangements or by originating opportunities that solve our client’s capital and strategic needs.”

“By making use of modern systems and technology, our team are freed up from the bureaucracy to really focus on doing what they do best – solving complex client problems.”

Humphrey, who has authored a book on high-performance culture, said he is intent on optimising the people experience, or ‘PX’, at Hamilton Locke.


“We believe strong PX drives the best possible client experience (CX), so we focus on creating a vibrant culture of learning, teamwork and collaboration, underpinned by a values-based leadership model.

We have adopted a corporate structure, allowing us to take third party capital to invest in people and systems. Every associate, lawyer and staff member is an owner, focussed on long term value. The care of one owner is worth ten employees.”

Hamilton Locke has entered into a strategic alliance with global law company Elevate, giving the firm access to Elevate’s 500+ lawyers, engineers, consultants and business experts to extend and enable the firm’s capabilities.

About Hamilton Locke:

  • With five partners and fifteen lawyers, Hamilton Locke have an experienced team covering all aspects of corporate finance.
  • Clients include Macquarie Bank, CSIRO, Alceon, Moelis Australia, CHAMP Ventures, Mercury Capital and Quadrant Private Equity.
  • The team focuses on upper mid-market transactions and has previously won numerous awards including Best Lawyer, Doyles, Chambers Asia, Legal500 and M&A Team of the year.
  • Founding partner Nick Humphrey was previously global co-head of M&A at K&L Gates and is Chair of the Australian Growth Company Awards. Nick recently advised on the sale of Cassons and Macpac.
  • He is joined by senior partner and co-founder Hal Lloyd, who is an experienced public M&A and capital markets lawyer, recently leading deals for Hunter Hall in its takeover defence and merger with Pengana and acting for Moelis Australia in its acquisition of Redcape Hotel Group for $670 million.
  • The firm has appointed three additional partners, Gordon McCann (previously a partner at K&L Gates in the M&A and Private Equity group), Brent Delaney (public M&A specialist) and Zina Edwards (finance and restructuring).