Australia Practice

Latham advises Australian clients, and international clients doing business in Australia, on some of the largest and most significant deals in the country.

Why Latham

Providing Sophisticated Legal Counsel

Latham has been advising clients on both inbound and outbound investment activities in Australia for nearly 20 years. The firm has recently been recognized for its roles in many significant corporate and finance transactions in Australia, many of which are setting precedents in the Asia-Pacific market.

Broad Scope of Services

Lawyers in Latham's Australia Practice provide advice to clients in the following areas:

Industry Prowess

With a particular expertise in the energy and natural resources sector, Latham’s Australia Practice lawyers provide advice to clients across a range of industries, including:

Latham lawyers routinely handle transactions governed under both English and US law, working together with leading local firms in Australia to provide clients with integrated legal advice in a seamless manner.

Our Experience

Latham & Watkins had advised on some of the most significant deals in the market, including:

  • The Roy Hill iron ore project acquisition – Latham represented Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd, an Australian mineral exploration and extraction company, in the acquisition by a consortium comprising POSCO, Marubeni Corporation and STX Corporation of a 30% equity interest in the Roy Hill iron ore project in Australia. Roy Hill is acknowledged as one of the highest quality fully integrated iron ore projects globally. This market-defining deal was the recipient of multiple awards in 2015, including “Overall Deal of the Year” by Asian Legal Business, “Asia Pacific Overall” by Infrastructure Journal, “Project Finance Deal of the Year” by Asian Legal Business and “Asia Pacific Mining & Metals” by Infrastructure Journal.
  • The Ichthys LNG project – Latham represented eight export credit agencies from Japan, Australia, Korea, France, Germany and The Netherlands, and a syndicate of 24 commercial lenders on the US$20 billion project financing in Australia, the largest project financing ever arranged in the international finance market. This ground-breaking deal was named “Global Deal of the Year” by Project Finance magazine.
  • The Australia Pacific LNG project – Latham represented sixteen lenders across 11 countries, in the US$8.5 billion phase-1 financing of the Australia Pacific LNG project, the largest-ever greenfield energy project in Australia. This landmark deal was named “Asia-Pacific Oil & Gas Deal of the Year” by Project Finance magazine.
  • The Jurlique International sale – Latham represented Jurlique International Pty Ltd, a producer of beauty and skin care products, in its acquisition by Pola Orbis Holdings, Inc.

Awards & Rankings

  • Corporate Counsel and Business Leaders Rank Latham a “2015 Firm of the Year” - October 19, 2015
  • Latham & Watkins Takes the Top Slot in Financial Times Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards - June 11, 2015
  • Financial Times Ranks Latham & Watkins Among Most Innovative Law Firms in Asia-Pacific - June 12, 2014
  • Asian-Mena Counsel Ranks Latham & Watkins #1 for Work on Stand-Out Deals - May 04, 2014
  • Singapore Office Managing Partner Named “All Star” in Energy Sector - March 13, 2014
Latham advised the sponsors on the Roy Hill Iron Ore Project, which was one of the largest mining project financings ever undertaken and recognized as “Asia Pacific Mining & Metals Deal of the Year” and “Asia Pacific Overall Deal of the Year” by Infrastructure Journal 2015.

News

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Thought Leadership

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