Liam Hickey

Liam Hickey

Partner
Baker McKenzie

Biography

Liam is a partner in the Funds Transaction Group at Baker McKenzie. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie in 2021, Liam worked at another major law firm in Boston, United States, where he advised private equity firms on a wide range of corporate transactions (with a focus on buyout transactions and venture capital investments). He has also previously worked as an in-house legal counsel at an investment fund and as a judicial associate.

Practice Focus

Liam specialises in advising institutional investors, including pension and superannuation funds, sovereign wealth funds, private equity funds and global asset managers, on a range of complex transactions globally. These include:

  • corporate transactions (including mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, venture capital and growth equity investments, and minority investments)
  • fund transactions and investments (advising both general partners/managers and limited partners)
  • joint ventures, including complex consortium governance arrangements between institutional investors

Representative Legal Matters

Since commencing at Baker McKenzie in 2021, Liam has worked on the following transactions:

M&A /Joint Venture Transactions

  • Acting for a pension fund on a minority investment in a carbon markets project developer alongside a global private equity fund.
  • Acting for a pension fund on its investments in various Australian agricultural assets.
  • Acting for a pension fund on its joint venture investment in an Australian electricity transmission company (focus on complex consortium governance arrangements).
  • Acting for a pension fund on its bid for a portfolio of Australian forestry assets.
  • Acting for a pension fund on its bid for an ASX and NZX dual-listed renewable energy platform.
  • Acting for a US-based private equity fund in respect of its add-on acquisition of an Australia software company with operations in Australia, the US and the UK.
  • Acting for an Australian-based global asset manager in connection with its acquisition of a data centre provider in Asia Pacific (focus on complex consortium governance arrangements).
  • Acting for Australian-based global asset manager in connection with its bid for a portfolio of digital infrastructure assets.
  • Acting for portfolio companies of various US-based private equity funds on ongoing portfolio matters for Australian subsidiaries.

Fund Transactions (limited partner roles)

  • Acting for an Australian institutional investor in respect of its investment in a club property investment (multi-family residential property) in the United States.
  • Acting for an Australian institutional investor in respect of its investment in a club property investment (industrial property) in the United States.
  • Acting for an Australian institutional investor in respect of its investment in a club property investment platform (industrial property) in Europe.
  • Acting for an Australian institutional investor in respect of its investment in a global property fund (opportunistic mandate across various sectors globally).

Fund Transactions (manager roles)

  • Acting for a UK venture capital manager on the establishment of various co-investment mandates with Australian institutional investors.
  • Acting for an Australian-based property manager on the establishment of a social infrastructure property fund.

Admissions

  • Massachusetts~United States (2019)
  • Victoria~Australia (2013)

Education

  • University of Melbourne (LL.B., (Honours)) (2011)
  • University of Melbourne (BSc. Immunology and Microbiology) (2011)