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Michael Lishman to join Jones Day’s Melbourne Office as M&A partner

May 2018


The global law firm Jones Day has announced that Michael Lishman will join its new Melbourne Office on August 1, 2018 as a partner in the Firm's M&A Practice. Mr. Lishman joins the Firm from Gresham Partners Limited, a leading Australian investment bank, where he was a Managing Director in its Perth office.

Chris Ahern, Jones Day's Partner-in-Charge of Australia/Japan, said, "Michael is an outstanding lawyer and his arrival reflects our commitment to Australia and the importance we place on providing service to our clients on their most complex and significant matters. He brings a breadth of experience in various industries across a number of jurisdictions."

Mr. Lishman has acted on many of Western Australia's largest M&A transactions in recent years, including in the oil and gas, mining, financial services, and transportation sectors. His experience includes public company takeovers and schemes, private M&A, and complex restructurings. Some of his most significant transactions include the sale of Australian Railroad Group by Wesfarmers and Genesee & Wyoming; the sale of Jubilee Mines to Xstrata; acting for HBOS Australia on the sale of BankWest to Commonwealth Bank; the sale of Coogee Resources to PTTEP; the acquisition of 49% of Talison Lithium by Rockwood Holdings; and Apache's sale of LNG interests to Woodside. Mr. Lishman sits on the Council of Curtin University.

"In a turbulent commercial and economic environment, Michael has unique experience and perspectives, and we expect he will be a valued advisor to many boards and management teams," said Tim L‘Estrange, Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day's Melbourne Office. "In conjunction with our colleagues in Sydney, Brisbane, and Perth, we look forward to working with clients on their most important matters."

Mr. Lishman joins a full-service team spread across Australia that includes M&A partners Chris Ahern and Mark Crean in Sydney, and Brett Heading and Isaac West in Brisbane. In Melbourne, Mr. Lishman joins partners Lisa Taliadoros (Intellectual Property), Darren Murphy (Energy), and Tim L'Estrange (Global Disputes). His arrival follows the recent addition of Courtney Dixon, M&A of counsel in the Firm's Melbourne Office.

"Our deep M&A practice in Australia, magnified by our newest office in Melbourne, is yet another meaningful way in which we serve clients around the world in matters that cross practices and jurisdictions," said Lyle Ganske, who leads Jones Day's global M&A Practice. "Michael is a great addition to a strong team in Australia and a global team of more than 400 M&A professionals who collaborate seamlessly to serve clients everywhere they need us.

"I look forward to joining the global law firm Jones Day," said Mr. Lishman. "The Firm's reputation for client service is well known and its aggressive expansion in Australia is exciting. I look forward to practicing with a cohesive partnership that shares Jones Day's professional values."

Jones Day is a global law firm with more than 2,500 lawyers in 43 offices across five continents. The Firm is distinguished by: a singular tradition of client service; the mutual commitment to, and the seamless collaboration of, a true partnership; formidable legal talent across multiple disciplines and jurisdictions; and shared professional values that focus on client needs.