Deanna is dedicated to servicing corporate clients with their strategic, M&A, governance and compliance needs. Clients appreciate her ability to get to the point, find common ground between parties and deliver a solution, a skill she honed during her years of experience leading an in-house legal team.
Deanna also leads our Japan client group and works seamlessly with foreign investors navigating their acquisition and establishment activities in Australia.
Deanna is highly capable, at ease with complexity and easy to work with. She is a trusted partner to her clients and well-regarded by her peers.
Deanna works across industries but has a keen interest and experience in the start-up/scale up, technology and resources sectors. In her extensive practise she has successfully closed M&A transactions for sophisticated financial services clients through to SME and foreign clients requiring a patient and thoughtful lawyer. She is also skilled in documenting commercial contracts, including corporate governance agreements, operational contracts and licensing arrangements.
Deanna has been recognised in Best Lawyers in Australia for her expertise in Energy Law. She has also been recognised in both Doyle's Guide as a leading Energy & Resources Lawyer and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific for Mergers and Acquisitions. In addition, she has been included in the Women in Business Law by Expert Guides for Energy and Natural Resources.
Deanna's experience includes advising:
- Enboarder's capital raisings (seed and venture capital rounds) and 'flip' of the Australian holding company to the US as part of a US venture capital investment
- Comfort DelGro Corporation on acquisitions in the transport sector, including of the Forest Coach Lines group (from private equity) and the Buslink group
- Millrock Resources Inc. on the sale of its Alaskan mineral assets in exchange for ordinary shares in ASX-listed PolarX Limited
- Aniplex Inc. (a subsidiary of Sony Music) on its acquisition of the Madman Anime Group, first as a minority owner and then outright on exercise of an option
- Kent Corporation on its first foreign investment outside the US into an Australian manufacturing business, including negotiation of warranty and indemnity insurance
- First State Super in its successful bid for StatePlus, a financial planning and pension fund business, from SAS Trustee Corporation (Government owned)
- HNZ Global on transactions including its joint venture and then merger with PHI Inc. and its helicopter leasing program
- Marubeni Corporation on its legal diligence and structuring for potential acquisition of emerging technology in the resources sector
- Tokio Marine Kiln Group in structuring and documenting its investment by convertible note into insurance technology company Evari Insure.