Shannon Finch has in-depth experience in all aspects of corporate law involving M&A, private equity, equity capital markets (IPOs and secondary raisings), debt capital markets, restructurings, and workouts.
Shannon advises boards and companies on governance and M&A matters, including continuous disclosure, directors duties, shareholder activism, greenmail, takeover approaches, competing bids, take privates, government privatizations, no-talks/no-shops, nominee directors, conflicts, independent board committees, director rotation, board spills, and executive remuneration. She also advises on annual general meetings and extraordinary general meetings, regulatory investigations, class action threats, capital management, strategic partnerships, mergers, bolt-on M&A strategies, spin-offs, reverse takeovers, strategic reviews, workouts and distress transactions, and liaison with the ASX (Australian Securities Exchange), ASIC (Australian Securities & Investment Commission), APRA (Australian Prudential Regulation Authority), and FIRB (Foreign Investment Review Board).
She also has advised companies and underwriters on capital markets transactions, including IPOs, venture capital, pre-IPO funding, series A funding rounds, accelerated and traditional rights issues, strategic placements, strategic economic stakes via derivatives, corporate hybrids, prudential capital including hybrids (Tiers 1 and 2), convertible bonds including SGX-listed bonds, U.S. private placements, 144A equity and debt issuance, Reg D placements, ASX-listed retail bonds, crowdsourced funding, and cartel issues in capital markets.
Shannon chairs the Corporations Committee of the Law Council of Australia and has worked with Treasury, ASIC, and ASX on corporate law reforms, including simple corporate bonds, the crowdfunding regime (public and private), product design and distribution, and Banking Royal Commission reforms.
Shannon lectures at the University of Sydney and University of NSW, teaching securities law masters courses with Justice Ashley Black.
- Australian National University (LL.B. Hons. 1 1995; B.A. Hons. 1 1993)
- Australia (New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory) and England & Wales
Corporate LiveWire award for Equity Capital Markets (Australia) (2016)
Euromoney Australasian Women in Business Award for Capital Markets (2013)
National Chairman, Corporations Committee, Law Council of Australia
Best Lawyers Australia: M&A, corporate/governance, equity capital markets, debt capital markets, venture capital
Chambers (Global & Asia-Pacific editions): capital markets
IFLR 1000: highly regarded leading lawyer
Legal 500: leading individual in equity capital markets
Doyles Guide: leading lawyer in corporate/M&A