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William is a senior corporate lawyer in the Sydney Corporate/M&A team.

William specialises in public M&A, private M&A, corporate restructurings, joint ventures and general corporate and commercial advisory matters. William has significant experience in advising a broad range of clients (from large publicly listed companies to small proprietary companies) across multiple sectors.

William joined Herbert Smith Freehills in March 2017. Prior to this, William trained and practised at a Magic Circle firm in London, where he completed an international secondment to the firm’s Dubai office and a client secondment to the London headquarters of a large global bank to predominately work on an own-account acquisition for the bank. 


William is admitted to practise in Victoria, Australia and England & Wales and currently holds an unrestricted NSW practising certificate. William graduated from Monash University with a double degree in Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce.

Experience & expertise

Selected matters

  • Smartgroup on the announced (but ultimately withdrawn) $1.4 billion acquisition by a consortium comprising TPG and Potentia Capital via scheme of arrangement
  • BoozeBud on its acquisition of the business and assets of Get Wines Direct
  • Allegro Funds on its acquisition of Toll Global Express from Toll Group and its parent company Japan Post following a highly competitive auction process
  • OCP Asia in relation to the financing of the Golden Beach Gas Field development in the Gippsland Basin, Victoria
  • iCar Asia on the $241 million acquisition by Carsome Group via scheme of arrangement
  • Speedcast on its complex global restructuring via US Chapter 11 bankruptcy
  • KKR and HPS Investment Partners on their participation in the corporate restructuring and recapitalisation of the Maia Financial business
  • Webcentral on its strategic review process, involving the sale of its 'Enterprise' division to Quadrant, followed by the sale of its remaining 'SMB' division initially proposed via scheme of arrangement to, but ultimately via a successful takeover bid made by 5G Networks
  • Carlyle on its proposed $120 million acquisition of Pioneer Credit via scheme of arrangement following a highly competitive auction process and its subsequent refinancing of Pioneer Credit
  • Commonwealth Bank on the $2.4 billion sale of CommInsure Life to AIA Group
  • ERM Power on the $620 million acquisition by Shell Australia via scheme of arrangement
  • Commonwealth Bank on the $4.2 billion sale of Colonial First State Global Asset Management to MUTB Corporation
  • CBL Insurance on the sale of Assetinsure to Lombard Insurance
  • Metcash on the sale of its Chinese business, Metcash Export Services, to eCargo
  • Carlyle and Värde in relation to the $1.2 billion restructuring of the Bis Industries Group implemented by way of two inter-related creditors’ schemes of arrangement
  • ASX on its joint venture with InfoTrack to launch Sympli Australia
  • Aristocrat on its cross border internal reorganisation
  • Royal Wolf on the $290 million off-market takeover offer made by General Finance Corporation