Corporate, M&A
and Private Equity.

Our team demonstrates strategic foresight and execution skills for transactions undertaken throughout all stages of a business’ lifecycle.

We use our understanding of domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions and private and public capital markets to achieve successful commercial outcomes for our clients. Our clients include listed public companies, asset managers, entrepreneurs, private equity funds and growth companies.

We have extensive experience advising on transactions of all sizes across a range of sectors and domestic and international markets, and we are experienced in advising collaboratively with our clients’ other advisers. We have the skillset to advise on both the debt and equity sides of corporate transactions, whether for listed public companies or private companies. 

Our finance and corporate teams are fully integrated to provide a seamless service delivery to our clients. Collaboration is important to us – having fully integrated finance and corporate practices areas means we are well positioned to help our clients to deploy capital.


An M&A transaction can be a complex and time-consuming exercise. Meticulous planning is required to ensure that key milestones in the process are achieved. We can assist with this planning and tailor our support to our clients at all stages of the process. Our clients have praised us for our understanding of the commercial rationale for a particular transaction, as well as the legal challenges involved.


Our team advises on a range of areas, including:

  • Acquisitions and disposals of companies and businesses
  • Private equity investments and exits
  • Venture capital investments
  • Public company mergers and acquisitions
  • Competitive sale processes
  • Shareholders’ agreements
  • Legal due diligence
  • Cross-border transactions
  • FIRB advice
  • Commercial contracts
  • Equity incentives
  • Corporate governance
  • Directors’ duties and liabilities.

Our team of lawyers pride themselves on understanding our clients’ business and have a deep knowledge of the industry sectors in which they operate. We have an extensive track-record advising clients who operate in a range of industries, including:

  • Financial services
  • Health
  • Agriculture and food
  • Technology
  • Private equity
  • Real estate
  • Retail
  • Consumer products
  • Manufacturing
  • Sustainability.

Our practice is also recognised by leading independent legal services publications, Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 as one of the top Corporate M&A practices in Australia.

Corporate, M&A and Private Equity Team.

Nick Humphrey

Managing Partner

Nick Humphrey - Hamilton Locke

Hal Lloyd

Deputy Managing Partner

Brett Heading

Chairman of Partners

Justin Fox

Partner, Head of Corporate – Melbourne

Brent Delaney


James Delesclefs


Cristín McCoy


Gordon McCann


Guy Sanderson


Matt Baumgurtel


Peter Williams


Benny Sham


Jo Ruitenberg


Shaun Hardcastle

Partner, Head of Corporate

Deanna Carpenter


Jeremy Newman


Seema Sandhu


Jeffrey Lai

Partner, Head of New Zealand

Phil Creagh


Mihai Pascariu


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