Sally Yang
Gonzalo Castro
Nimrod Amanuel
Henry Mitchell
Law Graduate
Jiashu Wang
Law Graduate
Rachel Stower
Chris Lin
Eamonn Carpenter

Hal Lloyd

Deputy Managing Partner

Solving complex problems is at the heart of Hal’s practice. He thrives on gaining an authentic understanding of a client’s business objectives and how a contemplated transaction is intended to facilitate that objective. His interest lies in understanding the commercial context of a transaction, so that he can better advise on structure, design and implementation.

Hal is engaged in a broad range of corporate transactional work, from public company mergers and acquisitions, private equity, capital markets, to distressed and restructuring transactions, across a number of industry sectors. With more than 25 years’ experience, the breadth and depth of Hal’s technical legal knowledge combined with his genuine understanding of the commercial context, and an element of creativity, allows him to solve even the most challenging problems.

In addition to his extensive client representations and expertise, Hal co-founded Hamilton Locke, bringing his commercial experience to help build an agile, evolved legal services business where cross-disciplinary teams genuinely collaborate.

Hal has been recognised for his expertise in a broad range of areas, including AFR Best Lawyer, as well as Legal 500 Asia Pacific for Restructuring and Distressed Investing and Legal 500 Asia Pacific for Mergers & Acquisitions.

Previously a partner at Baker & McKenzie, Hal has also worked at King & Wood Mallesons and Latham & Watkins in New York.


M&A; Private Equity; Capital Raising; Distressed Transactions

  • Best Lawyers (Global Edition), Corporate Law, Distressed Investing and Debt Trading Practice, Private Equity Law, and Venture Capital Law, 2020
  • Best Lawyers (Australia), Distressed Investing & Debt Trading, 2012 – 2025
  • Best Lawyers (Australia), Derivates, 2021
  • Best Lawyers (Australia), Venture Capital, 2016 – 2025
  • Best Lawyers (Australia), Private Equity, 2016 – 2024
  • Best Lawyers (Australia), Corporate Law, 2016 – 2025
  • Doyles, Preeminent Business and Commercial Lawyer 2021
  • Doyles, Recommended Leading Corporate Lawyer, 2020 – 2021
  • Doyles, Recommended M&A Lawyer 2017 & 2019
  • Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Restructuring and Distressed Investing
  • Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Master of Laws – University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Psychology, Sociology, Law – The Australian National University
  • Admitted to practice in New South Wales and New York

  • Represented Hunter Hall as the target in a contested public company takeover battle and in its subsequent reverse merger and listing with Pengana Capital.
  • Represented the founder of the childcare business, Only About Children, for 15 years in a series of growth transactions and its sale to Bain Capital.
  • Represented Moelis Australia Asset Management in its acquisition of the Redcape Hotel Group.
  • Represented Alceon Group in its public company takeover of Noni B and its subsequent acquisitions of Pretty Girl, the Specialty Fashion Group brands and Ezibuy.
  • Represented Homeloans Limited on its reverse takeover by Resimac by scheme of arrangement.
  • Represented Everlight Radiology, a public unlisted company on its acquisition by ICG by scheme of arrangement.
  • Represented Alceon Group in its acquisition of Surfstitch from its administrators by deed of company arrangement.
  • Represented Primewest in its restructuring and initial public offering on ASX.
  • Represented the administrators of Griffin Energy Group on all aspects of the administration and sale of the coal-fired power generation assets.