The firm also welcomed four special counsel in the off-cycle promotions round
Two special counsel and three lawyers in Gilbert + Tobin’s (G+T) Sydney office have been elevated to the firm’s partnership in its latest promotions round.
Louise Klamka most recently served as a special counsel in G+T’s competition and regulation practice. She has particular expertise in dealing with ACCC-related matters, including the application of the ACCC’s merger clearance and authorisation processes, investigations and competition and regulatory issues in aviation and travel markets.
She is also experienced in handling issues involving the implications of the Competition and Consumer Act for mergers, strategic alliances and joint ventures. Moreover, in her 13 years within the commercial practice space she has provided advice to various industries on cartel prosecutions, immunity applications, complex supply agreements, competition, pricing, privatisation and access issues for energy networks, airports and ports.
Spiro Papadolias has particular expertise in restructuring and insolvency matters, and is a specialist in AREIT financing transactions. His clients include lenders, borrowers and sponsors, and he possesses much experience handling leveraged, syndicated, project, acquisition, local and cross-border corporate finance and general finance transactions.
He has overseas experience as well, having served as a foreign legal consultant with White & Case in New York from 2013-2014. He is qualified as a solicitor in Australia and as a New York State Bar attorney.
Papadolias kicked off his legal career in 2004 with PwC as a consultant before he made the jump to G+T as a lawyer in 2007. He returned to G+T in 2015 as a special counsel; at present, he is a part of the firm’s banking and infrastructure team alongside fellow new partner Stuart Cormack.
Cormack focuses on leveraged infrastructure and corporate financing transactions, with particular expertise in unitranche and TLB financing and data centre financings. He has worked with lenders, borrowers and sponsors, advising active investment banks and debt funds, leading corporates (both listed and unlisted) and private equity funds.
Meanwhile, lawyers Antonia Garling and Daniel MacPherson will become partners within G+T’s disputes and investigations team
Garling practises with G+T’s disputes and investigations team, concentrating on large-scale and complex corporate and financial services disputes. She has worked with ASX200 companies and multinationals, and has been involved in complex court proceedings, class actions, regulatory investigations and enforcement actions.
A commercial litigator, MacPherson is particularly experienced with regulatory investigations, class actions and other complex disputes. He has advised both local and global clients on large-scale litigation and regulatory investigations, such as potential violations of the Corporations Act and ASIC Act.
The firm also promoted the following four lawyers to special counsel:
- Lloyd Chater – corporate advisory, Sydney
- Lucy Hall – corporate advisory, Sydney
- Jeremy Jose – competition and regulation, Melbourne
- Andrew Low – competition and regulation, Sydney
Managing partner Danny Gilbert praised the newly elevated lawyers as a showcase of the firm’s pipeline of future leaders.
“I’m thrilled to announce our new partners and special counsel and proud to see this group of dedicated lawyers with diverse transactional, disputes, and regulatory practices have all come from within our firm,” he said. “These appointments are a testament to their individual skills, ambitions and leadership qualities. These are important moments for our firm, recognising talented men and women who are committed to our values and who have the capacity and energy to drive the continued growth and success of our firm.”
The lawyers will step into their new roles on 1 January.
“Like all businesses we have faced many unprecedented challenges this year; however, I am confident we have the right people and strategy in place to continue delivering for our clients and our people,” Gilbert said.
Spiro Papadolias and Stuart Cormack, banking and infrastructure
Antonia Garling and Daniel MacPherson, disputes and investigations
Louise Klamka, competition and regulation