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Expertise

Linda is a Senior Associate in our Corporate & Commercial Group. Linda advises on a wide range of transactional, regulatory and commercial matters, including:

  • mergers & acquisitions and divestments
  • alliance arrangements, incorporated and unincorporated joint ventures
  • corporate governance and regulatory compliance
  • strategy & efficiency review and corporate restructuring
  • foreign investment 
  • dispute and crisis management and support

Linda has extensive experience in the sectors of energy, mining, infrastructure, property, financial services, insurance, agribusiness, education, consumer, trade, public services and technology. Her clients include multinational groups, state-owned large and medium-sized enterprises, private enterprises, financial institutions, investment funds and government agencies.

Linda is a member of our China Practice and speaks fluent Mandarin, Shanghainese and Cantonese. With her unique cultural and language capabilities, Linda prides herself in being a trusted advisor and in forming close and long-standing relationships with clients from Asian markets.

Experience

Linda’s recent experience in corporate and commercial matters includes:

Merges and acquisitions

  • advised world-leading renewable energy companies on acquisition of multiple utility-scale solar farms across Australia
  • advised a foreign private equity fund on acquisition of distressed copper mining assets 
  • advised a NY Stock Exchange listed corporation on acquiring an industry leading R&D and distribution business for industrial and agricultural chemical products. 

Foreign investment

  • acted for both private and foreign-government investors in relation to matters involving regulatory compliance, approvals and dealing with regulators under Australia’s Foreign Investment Regime. 

Corporate advisory

  • devised restructuring strategies for a mining company with operations in multiple jurisdictions to enhance its organisational and management efficiency
  • acted for a mining company to identify and manage legal, regulatory and commercial risks for its major mining assets in PNG
  • advised a Chinese State Owned Enterprise in relation to entering into a EPC contract for a major coal mining project in Australia
  • provided general legal support to Australian and international clients on a wide range of matters covering contract law, consumer law, employment law and immigration law. 

Litigation and crisis management

  • advised a Chinese State Owned Enterprise on a complex litigation matter in the mining sector  
  • advised on domestic and cross-border corporate (shareholder), commercial and employment-related litigation disputes
  • managed corporate information leaks by a disgruntled employee, working together with PR specialists
  • advised on enforcement of a Chinese judgement in an Australian court.

Publications

12 August 2020 - Knowledge

New rules for a new international security environment: Ongoing reform to Australia’s foreign investment review framework

#Corporate & Commercial Law

The Australian government has released the exposure draft legislation for its proposed reforms to the foreign investment review framework. We look at the legislation in detail.

13 May 2020 - Knowledge

New foreign investment proposals during COVID-19 recovery: Key considerations for prospective investors

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #COVID-19

Are you looking to submit a new foreign investment proposal to the Foreign Investment Review Board? Read our checklist to ensure you meet the approval requirements in the current circumstances.

01 April 2020 - Knowledge

Enhanced foreign investment scrutiny during COVID-19 crisis

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #COVID-19

As of 10:30pm AEDT on Sunday 29 March 2020, important temporary changes to Australia’s foreign investment review framework have come into effect to protect the national interest during the COVID-19 crisis. These changes mean that, for the duration of the coronavirus crisis, all relevant foreign investments into Australia will require FIRB approval, regardless of the value, nature or country of origin of the foreign investor.

28 January 2019 - Knowledge

Tourism boom: Key things to consider when acquiring or building a hotel in Australia

#Corporate & Commercial Law

We have seen a steady growth in interest from both domestic and offshore investors in Queensland’s hotel and resort market. This article summarises some of the main legal issues for investors to consider when either acquiring an existing hotel or developing a new hotel.