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Leading international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has announced the promotion of 10 new Executive Counsel in Australia. The promotions are a part of the firm’s annual global Counsel promotion round and will come into effect from 1 May 2024.

Kristin Stammer, Executive Partner - Asia and Australia, said the new appointments recognise the high performance of each new Counsel in their practice areas and their exceptional client focus.

“I would like to pass on my congratulations to the 10 new Executive Counsel, each of whom possess the technical skills, client focus and leadership qualities that we value within our high performing teams across the firm."

“The new Counsels are known for their expertise, drive and commitment to excellence. Each of them will play an integral role in ensuring that our clients continue to receive exceptional service from our market-leading teams,” Kristin said.

The promotions are across the firm’s market-leading practices including Corporate, Disputes, Projects Energy & Infrastructure, Finance, Employment, Industrial Relations & Safety and Real Estate.

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Charlotte Cameron, Perth – Corporate (Equity Capital Markets and M&A) 

Charlotte is a corporate lawyer who specialises in equity capital markets. With over 13 years of experience and beginning her career at Herbert Smith Freehills, she now works with the Corporate team in Perth and was previously part of the Equity Capital Markets team in Sydney. Charlotte has advised on equity capital raisings (including initial public offerings and secondary capital raisings) and hybrid raisings and has acted for both issuers and underwriters/lead managers on these transactions. Charlotte has also advised on mergers and acquisitions including private and public company M&A along with general corporate and commercial advisory matters across a range of sectors. 

Anna Coroneo, Sydney – Corporate (Head Office Advisory and ESG)

Anna is a member of Herbert Smith Freehills’ Head Office Advisory Team (HOAT) and is an expert in ESG, market disclosure, shareholder activism and other board and executive-level governance issues. She advises a broad range of clients on strategic governance issues, including both listed and unlisted entities. One of Anna’s areas of speciality is financial services governance, including the Banking Executive Accountability Regime, Financial Accountability Regime and prudential governance and remuneration requirements. Anna started her career at Herbert Smith Freehills and has practised for over 12 years.

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Jacques Giuffre, Perth – Projects, Energy & Infrastructure (Technology and IP)

Jacques is the Perth technology and IP practice lead, advising on a range of strategic and complex technology transactions. Jacques is an experienced commercial lawyer, advising on technology procurement, commercialisation and disputes as well as intellectual property licensing and protection. Jacques’ focus areas include digital transformation, outsourcing, operational technology, critical infrastructure, data use and privacy, cyber security, R&D collaborations and IP-heavy transactions. He has a broad practice across a range of sectors including energy, infrastructure, not-for-profits, state and local governments. Jacques started his career at Herbert Smith Freehills and has practiced for 11 years.

Aaron Hayward, Sydney – Disputes (Intellectual Property)

Aaron is an experienced intellectual property litigator who has advised and acted for clients in international and national matters in both Australia and the UK. He particularly specialises in litigation involving complex technology in the high-tech and life sciences sectors, and his experience extends across all aspects of intellectual property protection including patents, copyright, trademarks, confidential information, passing off, parallel importation, and consumer law. Aaron started his career at Herbert Smith Freehills and has been with the firm for over 15 years, having worked in both our Sydney and London offices in that time.

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Gabby Herron-Cartwright, Brisbane – Finance (Energy and Project Finance)

Gabby is an experienced energy specialist with a focus on the financing, structuring and development of projects that play a role in the energy transition. With almost 15 years' experience, she specialises in multi-sourced and alternative capital financing solutions, as well as bespoke structuring and offtake arrangements for complex projects. Gabby has spent time working in the UK, Hong Kong and Australia and during her career has advised on transactions and projects in more than 25 different jurisdictions across all major global regions.

Kimberley Lean, Melbourne – Real Estate (Real Estate)

Kimberley specialises in commercial real estate focusing on large-scale property development, real estate aspects of infrastructure, energy and renewable projects, acquisitions, disposals and major leasing. Kimberley has more than 12 years’ experience in the sector advising both corporate and government clients on a broad range of complex real estate transactions throughout Australia. 

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Rommo Pandit, Brisbane – Employment, Industrial Relations & Safety (Employment)

Rommo’s key areas of expertise are senior executive employment arrangements and advising on employment issues associated with corporate restructuring / transactional support, both of which require Rommo to traverse employment laws, ASX Listing Rules and Corporations Act issues. Rommo also has significant experience in the underpayments and payroll compliance space. Rommo has over 10 years’ legal practical experience and is highly regarded for his ability to leverage his technical legal excellence to achieve his client’s desired commercial outcomes.

Claire Sharpe, Perth – Employment, Industrial Relations & Safety (Employment) 

Claire is an experienced employment and safety lawyer with a particular focus on disputes and advisory work. Claire assists clients across a range of industries providing strategic advice in employment, industrial relations, equal opportunity and workplace health and safety. She has a strong litigation background with over 10 years’ experience and has represented clients in a range of disputes and litigation in the Fair Work Commission, the federal courts and civil claims in the District and Supreme Courts of Western Australia.

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Andrea Sneddon, Sydney – Disputes (Commercial Litigation)

Andrea is an experienced commercial litigator, with specialist expertise in defending class actions, including both shareholder and product liability class actions. Andrea has been practising for over 15 years. She has acted in several of the most high-profile class actions in Australia and has assisted our clients both in defending these class actions, and in managing the risks associated with these actions.

Robert Withycombe-Taperell, Sydney – Finance (Finance)

Robert advises financial institutions, corporate borrowers and investment funds on all aspects of financing transactions, with a focus on real estate, development, corporate and fund financing transactions, as well as acquisition financings. Robert has more than 13 years’ legal experience, including seven years in London, which includes advising on a wide range of domestic and cross-border financing matters in Australian, European and US markets.

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Executive Partner, Asia and Australia, Sydney

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