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Holly Sara is an experienced litigator and advisor with a strong track record in handling high-profile, complex matters.

Recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers and The Legal 500, Holly's practice encompasses corporate disputes, class actions, government and regulatory actions, and investigations. She has acted in matters across all Australian jurisdictions and spanning multiple countries. She has extensive experience dealing with many Australian and foreign regulators, including ASIC (Australian Securities and Investments Commission), ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission), and AUSTRAC (Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre), among others.

Holly advises corporations (listed and unlisted), financial institutions, and individual directors and officers and has experience across several industry sectors, including health care and life sciences, energy and resources, technology, funds, property and development, consumer goods, and manufacturing.

Holly has in-depth experience in class action defense and regulatory investigations and prosecutions. She has defended clients against numerous high-profile class actions and related regulatory actions regarding financial products, securities, IPOs (initial public offerings), pharmaceuticals, franchisees, consumer goods, and ESG (environmental, social & governance) issues, among others. She also assists clients with their responses to regulatory investigations and Royal Commissions, Commissions of Inquiry, and Parliamentary inquiries. Her corporate litigation experience includes several multibillion dollar, bet-the-company corporate disputes, numerous post-M&A disputes, and insurance coverage disputes.

In addition, Holly leads the Firm's ESG efforts in Australia and regularly counsels clients on ESG issues and risk management.


  • Foreign client seeks advice relating to potential domestic and private international law remedies against Australian governmentJones Day is advising a foreign client as to its domestic and international law remedies following an Australian government decision to exclude the company from participating in an Australian commercial opportunity.
  • Bank of Queensland seeks counsel in Banking Royal Commission inquiryJones Day acted for Bank of Queensland Limited and its subsidiaries in the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.
  • Former CEO defends Australian corporate regulator claimJones Day is acting for the former CEO of a metals and mining company in defending proceedings brought by the corporate regulator, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission ("ASIC"), in the Federal Court of Australia.