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Brett Heading

Chairman of Partners

Brett takes a pragmatic and hands-on approach and is passionate about assisting corporate and private clients achieve success and solve problems.

Having been in practice for 43 years, Brett has had deep experience in corporate law, property, estate succession and tax planning. Prior to joining Hamilton Locke, Brett was a partner at Jones Day and Chairman of Partners at McCullough Robertson. 

Brett has been a leading corporate law practitioner for many years.  He has combined his professional legal career with board appointments for many ASX listed companies (including Unity Pacific, Technology One, AACo, Chemgenex Pharmaceuticals, Peplin Biotech and Apollo Tourism & Leisure) and unlisted companies (including Hoyts and Peanut Company of Australia). He was also a long serving member of several Federal Government organisations (Takeovers Panel, Board of Taxation and CAMAC Legal Committee).

This “school of hard knocks” boardroom and government involvement assists Brett in client problem solving in a variety of sectors, particularly resources, tourism, agribusiness, property and life sciences.

In terms of major transactions, Brett has, over his career, been the lead legal advisor on many IPOs (including Technology One, Wilson HTM, ERM Power, Apollo Tourism & Leisure, Maas Group Holdings and Dominion Minerals) and substantial M&A transactions including the $6 billion Orocobre Scheme of Arrangement and the $5.6 billion Queensland Gas takeover.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

M&A (public and private); Capital Raisings; Takeovers; Governance; continuous disclosure and regulatory issues; private client advisory.

 

AWARDS

  • Best Lawyers, Brisbane Corporate Law and M&A law lists, 2016 - 2023
  • Best Lawyers (Australia), Agriculture and Rural Affairs, 2023
  • Best Lawyers (Australia), Corporate Law, 2023
  • Best Lawyers (Australia), Equity Capital Markets Law, 2023
  • Best Lawyers (Australia), Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2023
  • Best Lawyers, M&A Lawyer of the Year – 2021, 2013
  • Doyle’s Guide, Recommended Leading Business and Commercial Lawyer, 2022
  • Doyle's Guide, Leading Corporate Lawyer – 2017, 2022
  • Doyle’s Guide, Preeminent Corporate Lawyer – 2020, 2019, 2018, 2015
  • Centenary Medal – 2003

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Laws (Honours) – University of Queensland
  • Admitted to practice in Queensland
  • Fellow of Australian Institute of Directors