Stephanie Patterson
Special Counsel
Kath Booth
Jackie Lazar
Andrew Vincent
Laura Driscoll
Special Counsel
Miriam Asar
Lucy Masters
Melissa Doran
Special Counsel

Jo Ruitenberg


Jo specialises in M&A, joint ventures and capital raisings and works with clients to get “investor-ready” and “deal-ready”.  She regularly helps clients with shareholder arrangements, governance arrangements that allow businesses to scale and grow as well as exits and acquisitions.

Jo is well experienced in working on both sides of the spectrum, working with both founders and private capital, and has a pragmatic and commercial approach in finding solutions for her clients. She also has extensive experience helping boards navigate regulatory environments, corporate governance and disclosure obligations for listed companies.

Jo has experience working with clients undertaking Energy M&A, particularly in renewable energy.  Jo has extensive expertise working with clients across a range of other industry sectors including financial services, industrials and healthcare. She has previously worked in Hong Kong, where she enhanced her international capability helping clients implement their acquisition and divestment strategies in the Asian market and advised on listings on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Prior to joining Hamilton Locke, Jo worked for King & Wood Mallesons and Ashurst.


M&A; Private Equity; Venture Capital; Corporate Advisory

  • Lawyers Weekly Women in Finance Awards, Partner of the Year – BigLaw, Finalist, 2023
  • Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws – Macquarie University
  • Admitted to practice in New South Wales
  • Advising Birdwood Energy on AUD2 Billion Distributed Energy Partnership with super fund, Aware Super.
  • Acted for the Cordina family on its sale of Cordina Farms to global private equity firm PAG.
  • Acted for Venture Growth Partners on various bolt on acquisitions and divestments.
  • Acted for Brickworks on various divestments
  • Advised Westpac on the $725 million sale of its general insurance business to Allianz.
  • Advised Westpac on the $900 million sale of its life insurance business to TAL Dai-ichi Life.
  • Advised Bank of Queensland on the $1.3 billion acquisition of digital bank ME Bank.
  • Advised Animoca Brands, a leader in digital entertainment, blockchain and gamification, on a number of capital raisings.
  • Advised Brickworks on its acquisition of Glen-Gery, the fourth largest brick manufacturer in the USA.