Sidley’s office in Australia, based in Sydney, was established in 2007 and comprises U.S. qualified lawyers who are either native Australian or have worked in Australia for many years. Partners in our Sydney office are recommended lawyers for their practice in Australia. Our Sydney office lawyers collaborate with colleagues in our Firm’s other offices, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai and Tokyo as well as New York and London to serve local, regional and international clients all across Australia and New Zealand. Our comprehensive network of lawyers around the world enables us to seamlessly facilitate transactions for global clients.
Our Sydney office lawyers advise companies and financial institutions with respect to U.S. law across such practice areas as debt and equity capital markets, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, structured finance, energy and resources, and project finance. We work closely with Australian and New Zealand counsel when domestic law advice is required.
We have assisted clients on numerous award-winning transactions. For instance, we represented ANZ Securities, Citi, Nomura and UBS as underwriters in the US$1.25 billion five-year covered bonds offering by ANZ. ANZ was the first Australian financial institution to issue a covered bond under new laws governing bank capital raisings, establishing a framework for others to follow. This transaction was named in 2011 as Best International Bond Deal by FinanceAsia.