G+T beefs up corporate advisory practice with lateral partner hires

The new partners crossed over from major international firms

G+T beefs up corporate advisory practice with lateral partner hires
Susannah Macknay

Gilbert + Tobin (G+T) has beefed up its corporate advisory practice with two lateral partner hires over the past month.

The firm welcomed M&A expert Susannah Macknay from Slaughter and May’s London office and investment law specialist Nathan Cahill from MinterEllison’s Sydney office to its ranks. Macknay officially joined the M&A/corporate team in Melbourne on 1 August, while Cahill became part of the Sydney corporate advisory team on 1 July.

In addition to her specialisation in both public and private M&A, Macknay is also an expert in equity capital markets deals. She has specific experience in handling cross-border transactions, with a focus on working with the financial services and telecommunications sectors.

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She has provided advice on corporate governance matters to listed companies and has responded to shareholder activism campaigns. In addition, she played a role in what G+T said is “the largest telecommunications deal in Europe for a decade,” advising Vodafone Group Plc on its acquisition of Liberty Global’s businesses in Germany and CEE for €19bn.

Prior to making the shift to G+T, Macknay had been a partner at Slaughter and May since 2014.

“I’m delighted to be joining the market-leading M+A team in Australia and I look forward to bringing my international experience to advising clients on their most significant corporate transactions,” she said.

“We are excited that a lawyer of Susannah’s calibre has chosen to join G+T. Susannah’s commercial and technical excellence and dedication to clients will only strengthen our M+A team,” said Neil Pathak, who co-leads the firm’s M&A/corporate team.

Meanwhile, Cahill brings to G+T more than 20 years of experience in handling various aspects of investment law, including both local and offshore investments involving credit, hedge equity, private equity, venture capital and real estate. He counts significant hedge and equity fund managers, financial institutions and large family offices as his clients.

He has managed regulator challenges involving ASIC, and provided advice on business strategies, raising funds, launching new ventures and funds and mitigating risk. Before joining G+T, he was part of MinterEllison’s partnership.

“G+T has the best of the best in the areas it practices. And clients want the trusted best particularly in these troubled times where solid strategic advice is needed. In joining G+T I will be working with a team known for their strong entrepreneurial and flexible culture aimed at delivering the best commercial outcomes for their clients,” Cahill said.

As a partner on G+T’s corporate advisory team, Cahill works together with investment funds and fintech lawyers Adam Laura, Deborah Johns and Peter Reeves—a team that he said aims to “build the best investment law practice in the country covering all aspects of investment across multiple asset classes.”

Nathan Cahill

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