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

Michael Jefferies

Senior Associate

Michael thrives on solving complex problems with a broad commercial insight to help his clients achieve their objectives.

Michael’s core practice areas are Private M&A, investment transactions and corporate governance. His legal work is complemented by directorship roles with several non-profit organisations including batyr, the United Nations Association of Australia (NSW Division) and the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Prior to joining Hamilton Locke in 2020, Michael was a corporate M&A lawyer at PwC Australia, and previously had his research published in the Australian Journal of Corporate Law.


Mergers & Acquisitions; Private Equity; Corporate Governance & Advisory

  • Rising Star of the Year, Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards (2020 winner; 2022 finalist)
  • Rising Star of the Year (Private Practice), Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards (2023 finalist)
  • ‘Rising Stars’ list, Australasian Lawyer (2022)
  • 30 Under 30 Awards, Lawyers Weekly (2023 winner in Commercial and finalist in M&A ; 2022 finalist in M&A)
  • Law Student of the Year, Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards (2018 and 2019 repeat winner)
  • Chancellor’s Medallist, University of the Sunshine Coast (2019 recipient)
  • New Colombo Plan Scholar, Australian Government (2018 recipient)
  • Company Directors Course – Australian Institute of Company Directors.
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice – College of Law.
  • Bachelor of Laws (Class I Honours) – University of the Sunshine Coast.
  • Bachelor of Commerce – University of the Sunshine Coast.
  • Admitted to practice in New South Wales.
  • Advised Climate Friendly’s shareholders on the company’s sale to Adamantem Capital and follow-on investment by Mitsui & Co.
  • Advised Pemba Capital Partners a series of acquisitions to create a leading national provider of diversified healthcare services to both the home care and disability sectors.
  • Advised J.C. Flowers & Co. on the sale of Tier 1 market operator Chi-X to CBOE Global Markets.
  • Advised Alceon Private Equity on its majority stake acquisition in the EFEX IT services business.
  • Advised Quadrant Growth Fund on its majority stake acquisition in Papinelle.
  • Advised Pollination on its strategic partnership with (and equity investment by) ANZ, and separately on its investment in a large-scale international carbon capture project.
  • Advised Egis Group on its acquisition of the Indec consulting business and other transactions.
  • Advised Evergen on various capital raises and operational matters including separate strategic investments by Providence Asset Group’s venture capital fund and Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV).
  • Advised Ziff Davis (Nasdaq: ZD) (then J2 Global) on the sale of its Australian & New Zealand “Voice” businesses to Over the Wire Holdings Limited (ASX: OTW) and on Australian law aspects of the sale of its KeepItSafe, LiveVault and OffSiteDataSync businesses to a US private equity firm.