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7 February 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Mallesons Stephen …

7 February 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Mallesons Stephen Jaques has this month been named Best Financial Law Firm, for the second year running, at the second annual FinanceAsia Australian Achievement Awards.

Finance leaders from around Australia and New Zealand came together at Sydney’s Park Hyatt for the event recognising the best of the Australian finance sector. The publishers received a record number of submissions – 107 for 22 deals.

FinanceAsia’s editorial coverage of the awards acknowledged Mallesons as a premier financial legal services provider. “Mallesons’ client list reads like the Who’s Who of Australian capital markets transactions in 2004. The firm acted for companies and banks alike, advising on transactions such as British Airways’ share sale, Pacific Brands’ IPO, ConnectEast’s Mitcham-Frankston bid and Westfield’s merger.”

Publisher and CEO for FinanceAsia based in Hong Kong, Mr Foster Wright said: “These awards are a celebration of the institutions, the clients and the deals who stand out above competitors – they represent those who have done the hard work and produced the results and we acknowledge the tireless efforts and creativity of the winners.”

This achievement award acknowledges Mallesons’ excellence in Australian finance and further enhances its increasing leadership across Asia Pacific.

Mallesons’ head of Financial Services, Stuart Fuller, in accepting the award, said: “We are grateful to our clients for including us in their transactions and thanks to FinanceAsia for including us for the second year of the Awards.”

Robert Milliner, Chief Executive Partner of Mallesons Stephen Jaques said: “This prestigious award further authenticates our position as a law firm that consistently delivers top deals for leading corporations, banks and financial institutions. The depth of our team and integration of our services across our network enables us to take a multi-faceted approach to each transaction.

“Increasingly, this capability is being replicated in Hong Kong and greater China, with the firm receiving additional regional and cross-border work in the areas of Banking and Finance as well as Debt and Equity Capital Markets. We’d like to thank our clients for their ongoing support.”

This month, Mallesons was recognised by Global Counsel 3000 2004-05 as on of the world’s top 50 law firms, in the Global 50. Mallesons received the highest number (14) of top tier rankings for Australia, placing the firm number one in Australia. As well, Mallesons was ranked in six ‘Global 50 Areas of Excellence’ for its capability in both Australia and Hong Kong in the following areas of practice: Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Dispute Resolution, Equity Capital Markets, M&A, Projects and Telecommunications.

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