Corrs Global Network


The Americas

The exponential growth in US/Asian investment has made Corrs a firm of choice for leading corporations and institutional investors due to our knowledge of doing business in both geographies. An increased focus on bribery and anti-corruption as well as the trade and regulatory principles governing US/Asian investment are important and Corrs has some of the most experienced thought leaders in this space in Asia.

Australia is viewed as a natural hub for the Asia Pacific region. With English-speaking legal teams and US-style lawyering, Corrs handles high end mandates both in Australia and across the region for US investors. A number of our lawyers have worked in the US, are US-qualified or have participated in Corrs US law firm secondments. We are particularly well placed to advise Asian entities with US business interests.

Key sectors for the firm’s clients include energy & natural resources, financial services, private equity, telecommunications and media & technology. Recent work highlights include advising top US-based global private equity player and consortium leader, Apax Partners as their domestic counsel in the US$1 billion acquisition of Paradigm Ltd, the largest independent software vendor focused on oil & gas exploration. In another key mandate, we advised a leading US industry player in the preparation of a voluntary disclosure to Australian Customs relating to rules of origin in the Australia-USA Free Trade Agreement.

The protection of the IP rights of leading US-based corporate entities and financial institutions is also a key area. We are lead Australian counsel to British American Tobacco (BAT) as part of a global team in the protection of BAT’s IP rights against Australia’s Tobacco Plain Packaging Act. We also advised GE in a recent patents dispute with Siemens in relation to water filtration technology in Australia.

Contact our team to learn more about the firms we work with across the region and how we can assist.

Recent News

Corrs advises leading US talent agency William Morris Endeavor on Droga5 acquisition

Corrs Chambers Westgarth has acted as Australian counsel for US talent agency William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, LLC (WME), who represents stars like Lady Gaga and Oprah Winfrey, on its acquisition of 49% of industry-leading global creative agency Droga5, LLC.

As part of the transaction Droga5 LLC, whose clients include Coca-Cola and Motorola, will transfer all of its assets to a special purpose vehicle and WME will have a 49% interest in that company.

The New York Times reported the transaction was estimated at US$225 million although terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The Corrs team was led by partner Andrew Lumsden who was supported by partner Lizzie Knight, senior associate Maggie Wong and lawyers Daria Orjekh and Melissa Storey.

Lead partner Andrew Lumsden said: “It was great to work with WME on the Australian aspects of this important deal to create a large creative, advertising, talent and entertainment business.”

The larger Corrs team advising on the deal also included Banking & Finance lawyer Zankhna Shah; Workplace Relations partners Stephen Price, Jack de Flamingh and lawyer Jessica Digby; Intellectual Property partner Eugenia Kolivos and lawyer Heather Hong; and Property partner Paul Carrick and lawyer Ramya Kumar.

The Corrs team worked very closely with international law firm Paul Weiss.

This is the latest transaction for the Corrs Corporate M&A team who have recently been ranked number one for completed deals so far this year in the Thomson Reuters M&A League Tables.

Corrs CEO contributes to Australian-American Dialogue

Corrs CEO and partner John W. H. Denton will join more than 100 Australian and American leaders from government, business, media, education and the community as part of the defining Australian American Leadership Dialogue (AALD) in Sydney this week.

Now in its 21st year, the AALD brings together some of the world’s most influential political and business figures to review and refine the Australian-American relationship. 

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Leader of the Opposition Tony Abbot will both be in attendance, along with a suite of high profile American representatives including US Ambassador to Australia, Jeffrey Bleich, Commander of the US Fleet Cyber Command, Michael Rogers and Assistant to the President, Bruce Reed.

Conversation will focus on critical bilateral issues covering:

  • Global finance and trade
  • Indo-Pacific and China defence and security
  • Agriculture, energy, water and resources
  • Technology, innovation and education

Cyber security and social media will also be up for discussion.

Mr Denton said the Dialogue was widely recognised as a vital platform for the exchange of ideas which impacted strategic policy in both nations.

“I am thrilled to participate again in this hallmark event. The Australian American Leadership Dialogue is an invaluable forum which brings together leaders from both nations to forge longstanding relationships, renew old friendships and make new connections. It is an unmatched platform which shapes the direction of one of Australia’s most important bilateral relationships and supports the free-flowing exchange of information and ideas to significantly deepen mutual understanding.” 

Corrs partner Mark McCowan also took part in the event as a delegate at the AALD Young Leadership Dialogue. The YLD engages leaders aged 24 - 37 on issues of priority for Australian and American youth and the next generation.

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Secondments in The Americas

Corrs has secondment arrangements in place with leading independent firms in this market.