Rachel Davies

Rachel Davies

Associate
Baker McKenzie

Biography

Rachel is a member of our Australian Funds Transaction Group and a member of the Firm's Asia Pacific and Global Funds Teams. Rachel also works closely with the Australian Banking & Finance Group, advising on financial services regulation and compliance.

Practice Focus

Rachel is a funds and financial services lawyer who assists clients to undertake domestic and cross-border capital markets and M&A transactions. She works closely with the Firm's private equity, real estate and energy infrastructure groups on transactions such as fund formation, complex M&A transactions, privatisations, and structured investments. A particular area of focus is advising on Australia's foreign investment regime.

In addition to working in the funds sector, Rachel advises both cross-border and domestic clients on a range of matters related to financial services regulation and compliance.

Alongside Rachel's experience as a legal practitioner, she has externally published her research in respect of Australian taxation law and policy.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advising investors (including government-backed pension funds) and asset managers in relation to acquiring and/or managing Australian investments.

  • Advising on applying for and/or maintaining an Australian financial services licence, Australian credit licence or banking licence.

  • Advising HomeCo on the listing of the HomeCo Daily Needs REIT, the largest IPO of 2020, obtaining recognition for client service in the process.

  • Advising a MIRA-led consortium in its acquisition of an 88% stake in data centre owner and operator AirTrunk which was valued at AUD 3 billion and subsequent post-completion matters, obtaining a client service award from the Firm in the process.

  • Advising CDPQ on a proposed reorganisation of its Australian PPP investments.

  • Advised CDPQ in relation to its acquisitions of interests in DP World Australia.

  • Advising CDPQ on its proposed acquisition of a developer, owner, and manager of renewable energy generation assets in Australia and New Zealand (Tilt Renewables).

  • Advising OTPP on various Australian agricultural land acquisitions.

  • Advising OTPP on its acquisition of an increased stake in the Sydney Desalination Plant.

  • Advising CC Real on its acquisition of an Australian institutional investment manager / private non-bank debt lender.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Law Institute of Victoria - Member
  • International Bar Association - Member
  • Victorian Women Lawyers - Member
  • Alternative Investment Management Association - Member

Admissions

  • High Court of Australia~Australia (2018)
  • Victoria~Australia (2017)

Education

  • College of Law (Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice) (2017)
  • University of Melbourne (JD) (2016)
  • University of New South Wales (Master Criminal Justice and Criminology) (2013)
  • University of British Columbia (BA) (2012)

Languages

  • English
  • Co-author with Professor Miranda Stewart, "The Gatekeeper Court: For the Revenue or For the Taxpayer?" in James Stellios and Pauline Ridge (eds), The Federal Court's Contribution to Australian Law: Past, Present and Future (Federation Press, 2018)

  • Co-author with Professor Miranda Stewart, "The Gatekeeper Court: For the Revenue or For the Taxpayer?" (Working Paper, 2018)