Sydney 22 November 2006: LAWFUEL – Legal News, Legal Jobs Network – Blake Dawson Waldron has won the Chambers Global ‘Australian Law Firm of the Year’ Award for 2006.
Chambers Global is the major international law firm directory and the Award is based on independent market research on the firm’s practitioners and the high standard of work undertaken for clients over the past year.
In presenting the Award at a ceremony in London last Friday, the Chambers Global judging panel made the following commendation:
Australian Law Firm of the Year
Blake Dawson Waldron
Winner, Australian Deal of the Year 2006. Blake Dawson Waldron has led Australia’s largest ever contested takeover offer, and largest cash deal – advising BHP Billiton on its successful A$9.2 billion cash takeover for WMC Resources. 2006 also saw the firm receive a high number of accolades, including being awarded an Employer of Choice citation by EOWA (Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency) for the sixth consecutive year. In addition, 75 lawyers will be recommended as leaders in their field Chambers Global 2007 – that’s 40% of the partnership. It demonstrates the depth and breadth of the firm’s talent and ability to consistently provide clients with high quality services, locally and offshore.
Managing Partner John Atkin acknowledged the Award and said: “This Award is a fantastic accolade for the firm. It reflects the calibre and professionalism of our people and the remarkable work we have done collectively for our clients especially over the past year.
“It’s also recognition of the strength and progress of our practice and reinforces other achievements such as our outstanding League Tables results throughout the year which continue to highlight our exceptional work for leading Australian and international corporations and government organisations. We are grateful to our clients for the opportunity to work with them, often on high profile or landmark transactions and cases. ”
This year Blake Dawson Waldron has also achieved top firm for M&A in both the mergermarket Asia-Pacific and mergermarket Australian League tables by number of announced transactions for the first half of 2006. Top ranking in Australian tables with 11 deals collectively valued at over $15bn.
The firm achieved a no. 2 ranking in the Thomson Financial League Tables for announced deals in Australia and New Zealand with 57 deals worth $23.8bn for the same period.