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Kate Jefferson

Baker & McKenzie


Kate is a partner in Baker McKenzie’s Sydney Office.

Kate is also Co-Head of the Firm's Australian Healthcare & Life Sciences Group and a member of the Firm's Asia Pacific Mergers & Acquisition Steering Committee.

Kate has over 20 years' experience as an M&A and ECM lawyer, advising clients on complex, high profile and cross border mergers and acquisitions and capital market transactions.

Kate is recognised by Legal 500 as a Leading Individual in Corporate and M&A, who 'comes in for praise' and is ‘commercial and attentive'. Kate is also recognised by Best Lawyers in Corporate Law, and was a finalist for Corporate Partner of the Year - Australian Law Awards in 2021 and Dealmaker of the Year - Australian Women in Law Awards in 2021 and 2022.

Practice Focus

Kate's practice includes advising on public company takeovers and schemes of arrangement (including defence strategies and takeover panel proceedings), private company acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures and alliances, equity and debt capital raisings (both domestic and international), carve-outs and reorganisations and ASX Listing Rule requirements (including corporate governance and compliance matters).

Kate is highly experienced in all aspects of corporate legal transactions, particularly healthcare, technology and renewable energy transactions.

Representative Legal Matters

Notable Corporate Transactions

  • Advised 7-Eleven International on its proposed AUD 1.71 billion acquisition of 7-Eleven Australia
  • Advised Tasman Capital and GIC on the sale of the Serenitas lifestyle communities platform to PEP and Mirvac for over AUD 1 billion
  • Advised Huntington Ingalls Industries on the establishment of its strategic joint venture with Babcock International.
  • Advised Suez S.A. on its proposed disposal of its Australian waste management business to Cleanaway Waste Management Limited (AUD 2.5 billion)
  • Advised Global Infrastructure Solutions on its acquisition of Palladium by scheme of arrangement (AUD 495 million)
  • Advised Suez S.A. on its partial sell down of its interests in Aquasure (the Victorian Government Desalination Plant)
  • Advised Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation on its acquisition of Colonial First State Global Asset Management (AUD 4.1 billion)
  • Advised Abertis Infraestructuras SA on its bid for the toll road network owned by the Queensland Government (AUD 7 billion)
  • Advised Washington H Soul Pattinson & Company Ltd on an activist shareholder dispute with Perpetual Limited and Carnegie Group (AUD 1 billion)
  • Advised Altamont Capital Partners on its recapitalisation of Billabong and acquisition of Dakine brand from Billabong (AUD 395 million)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Fellow, Financial Services Institute of Australasia
  • Member, Law Society of New South Wales


  • Federal Court of Australia~Australia (2011)
  • High Court of Australia (2011)
  • New South Wales~Australia (2000)


  • University of Sydney (LLM) (2010)
  • Securities Institute of Australia (Graduate Diploma Applied Finance and Investment) (2007)
  • University of Newcastle (LLB and Diploma in Legal Practice) (1999)
  • University of Newcastle (BComm) (1997)


  • English

Previous Offices

  • New York