Ruth Fesseha
Olivia Boyle
Angus Verheul
Law Graduate
Taufiq Arahman
Ed Macgregor
Senior Associate
Samridhi Sinha
Peter Mutema
Joanna Wang

Matthew Dean


Matt is an experienced lawyer specialising in complex transactions and reorganisations, including in respect of M&A, capital markets, and international business reorganisations. Matt is a highly capable, commercial and solutions focused lawyer with a relaxed, positive, and collegial attitude. He enjoys solving complex problems for clients, especially in high-pressure high-stakes situations, and is proactive in ensuring we deliver outstanding results.

Matt regularly advises corporates and funds on all aspects of their businesses including, commercial contracts, scaling through acquisitions or strategic divestments, fund raising activities (i.e., equity, debt and hybrid raisings), joint ventures, partnerships, initial public offerings, and other liquidity events. He has worked closely with well-known global household brands on significant and complex legal entity rationalisations and resulting group restructuring. ​He has also advised two State/Territory Governments on the need for, and design of, Government backed venture capital funds supporting early-stage high-growth companies in the relevant jurisdiction.

Matt was a core part of the Board advisory practice, working closely with Boards across the listed, unlisted, and not-for-profit sectors on their ongoing corporate governance requirements, including directors’ duties, legal and regulatory compliance requirements and implementation of governance frameworks across the Board and committee functions.

Prior to Hamilton Locke, Matt worked as a lawyer at professional services firm KPMG and spent over 10 years prior in the health and insurance sectors, including providing warranty and indemnity insurance for a global insurance company and working as a physiotherapist in both Australia and the UK.


M&A; Private Equity; Investment Funds; Venture Capital


  • Financial Markets Course Certificate – Stanford University
  • Juris Doctor – University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Science and Master of Physiotherapy – University of South Australia
  • Admitted to practice in New South Wales


  • Advising Australian-based clinical stage radiopharmaceutical company Clarity Pharmaceuticals Ltd on its $92m IPO and associated listing on the ASX.
  • Advising ASX and NASDAQ listed life sciences company, Avita Medical Limited, on its redomiciliation to the US by way of a scheme of arrangement.
  • Advising NSW-based power distribution company Connect Engineering Pty Ltd on its acquisition by ASX-listed GenusPlus Group Ltd.
  • Advised Raspadskaya Ugolnaya Kompaniya LLC on its acquisition of 30% of of the shares in Pembroke Olive Downs Pty Ltd coal mine in Queensland’s Bowen Basin.
  • Advising the shareholders of Kunitaro Co., Ltd on the sale of all of their shares.
  • Advising the shareholders of Everyday Independence Pty Ltd on the sale of all of their shares.
  • Advising Baker Hughes Digital Solutions Australia Pty Ltd on its acquisition of Arms Reliability Software Pty Ltd.
  • Advising Asia Principal Capital structure and establish RealVC Fund, I LP as an ESVCLP and restructure the RealVC group.
  • Advising the ACT Government as legal SME in relation to the development of a statement of requirements (including an indicative term sheet and operational DDQ) for the procurement of a fund manager to support an ACT Government backed venture capital fund. This led to a follow on job to support them run the procurement process and negotiate with prospective fund managers.
  • Advising Investment NSW as legal SME in relation to the need for, and design of, a NSW Government backed venture capital fund supporting early-stage high growth NSW companies.