Baker McKenzie continues to grow in Sydney with the appointment of 2 new partners. Lynsey Edgar commences as a partner in the Competition law practice from Dentons and Alastair Gourlay joins the Firm from Clifford Chance as a partner in the Firm's Banking and Finance group. The Firm has seen a spate of new partner appointments this calendar year (2019), including today's announcement raising the total to 12 new partners.
Baker McKenzie's National Managing Partner, Anthony Foley remarked: "Our Firm continues to augment practices where strong demand exists for our services. Both Lynsey and Alastair join our Firm at a time when our clients are relying more on our transactional capabilities and when our market research tells us that a key challenge for businesses is an increasing compliance and regulatory burden. These appointments will continue to ensure our clients access the best possible advice in meeting whatever challenges they face whilst also seizing opportunities to grow their business."
Lynsey advises on competition, regulatory and consumer law - advising on cartels, anticompetitive arrangements, merger clearance, exclusive dealing, misuse of market power, access, supply chain arrangements and the impact of competition law on various commercial activities.
Lynsey also advises on consumer protection issues including misleading and deceptive conduct, product liability, consumer guarantees, unfair contract terms, advertising, and compliance with the Australian Consumer Law. She has significant experience acting for clients facing regulatory investigations (in particular, investigations by the ACCC and ASIC), and represents clients in litigation commenced under the Competition and Consumer Act.
Alastair specialises in cross-border leveraged finance, funds finance, real estate finance, general corporate finance and financing by alternative capital providers.
Alastair advises on many of the world’s leading financial institutions, sponsors and corporates across a wide range of transactions and sectors on inbound, outbound and local financings. Prior to working in Australia, Alastair spent more than 10 years as a finance lawyer in the UK and Brazil and advises on both Australian and English law.