Gilbert + Tobin partner Simon Lynch has been named ‘Lawyer of the Year – Banking + Finance – Australia’ in the Finance Monthly Legal Awards 2019. The Awards recognise the achievements of lawyers and law firms who have delivered exceptional results for their clients over the past 12 months.

Winners of the Finance Monthly Legal Awards are determined by Finance Monthly subscribers and a judging panel. Over 300,000 subscribers are invited to vote, and this year the publishers received the highest ever number of recorded votes, 19,955.

The judging panel considers all related documentation and supporting text from voters, and assesses this based on extensive criteria, including: expertise, responsiveness, understanding of a business and its needs, cost-effectiveness, customer service, reliability, experience, knowledge, integrity, firm capabilities, involvement in significant legal cases and legal activity, and size (value) of involvement within transactions, deals and cases.

Simon Lynch said he was honoured to accept the award. “I would like to thank my team for your hard work, talent and support, which is second to none, and to voters for nominating me. It’s wonderful to be recognised for the work we have done for our clients over the past 12 months, and that we continue to do,” he said.

In addition to his recognition in the Finance Monthly Awards, Simon is consistently recognised as a leading banking and infrastructure lawyer in numerous other international publications including Best Lawyers, Chambers, and Legal 500. The most recent edition of Chambers Asia-Pacific (2018) ranks Simon as Band 1 for Banking & Finance: Corporate Finance.

Simon Lynch specialises in corporate facilities, leverages buyouts (LBOs) and acquisition financings (including private equity transactions), property and construction financings, project financing, restructurings and workouts, capital markets and derivatives.

Gilbert + Tobin’s Banking + Infrastructure team has advised on countless energy and infrastructure deals including Beach Energy’s A$1.585 billion acquisition of Lattice Energy and Reliance Rail’s A$2 billion refinance.



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