Australasian Law Awards


The Australasian Law Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of Australia and New Zealand's leading legal professionals, firms and in-house teams for their contribution to the industry over the past year. They are also a way to recognise the big deals that have occupied the profession.

The awards define excellence in the legal profession, the awards night typically attracts over 650 guests and is held at the Star Sydney.

Have a look at the highlights of the 2019 night here.


Unfortunately, due to recent developments in Australia, we won’t be able to run a face-to-face gala dinner this year. While we’re disappointed that we’re not going to be seeing you at our face-to-face event, we’ve come up with a unique format to recognise and celebrate excellence across the Australasian legal profession.

Due to the high calibre of nominations this year, we will be recognising several excellence awards in addition to the winners of each category.

The winners and excellence awards will be announced on Australasian Lawyer next week. For more information on the format and dates click here.


It’s been a standout year for IFM Investors’ Australian Legal team. In addition to being involved in virtually every aspect of the business (including fund raising, new products, and transactions across infrastructure, debt investments, listed equities and private equity), highlights include:   Acquisition of 50.4% of Ausgrid (enterprise value $20.7b) • first successful unsolicited proposal for a major infrastructure acquisition in NSW, achieved in highly compressed timeframe (4 weeks);

  • largest Australian M&A transaction in 2016;
  • largest ever Australian direct privatisation;
  • largest debt raising in 2016 and one of the largest in Australian market history ($12b+).

$3b+ sale of global renewables platform Pacific Hydro; involved a global sales process requiring:

  • a variety of different structures, assets, jurisdictions and governing laws (15+ SPAs);
  • significant vendor due diligence process and the largest data room ever managed by HSF Australia;
  • produced a highly competitive process and an outstanding result for IFM.

Infrastructure debt funds for Korean investors (approx US$600m): IFM’s first entry into Korea, requiring an innovative investment structure to cater for Korea’s relatively closed and complex market.

Launch of 3 new equities products, requiring the establishment of a complex structure involving Australian and Cayman based funds.

Debt investments (approx. $1.2b): credit facilities to listed and private companies, complex, innovative securitisation transactions, and project and property finance.

Private Equity: acquisition of 50% interest in ISGM, growth acquisitions for Scottish Pacific and eCommerce Ventures, ASX listing of Scottish Pacific and introduction of Hugh Jackman as shareholder in IFM-owned RM Williams.

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