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Kain Lawyers appoints 3 directors

Mid-market law firm Kain Lawyers has appointed three directors, in a move to promote continued “national growth”.

user iconGrace Robbie 15 March 2024 Big Law
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Kain Lawyers – a finalist for Lawyers Weekly’s Australian Law Awards Transaction Team of the Year for three consecutive years – has appointed David Mitchell, Brendan Ivers, and Jeremy Collins as directors in Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne, respectively.

These appointments have seen the firm’s leadership team increase by 20 per cent.

Kain Lawyers stated that this decision corresponds with the firm’s “commitment to meet the growing demand for its services in Australia’s mid-market” and strengthens its “position as one of Australia’s premier transaction law firms”.


Kain Lawyers has revealed that Mitchell “will advise on private equity, venture capital and real asset investments, together with bolt-on acquisitions and exits” due to his extensive experience in private practice as well as general counsel and company secretary for a listed funds management company.

With over a decade’s worth of experience within the industry, Mitchell has held various titles at different firms. This includes solicitor at HWL Ebsworth, senior associate and partner at Talbot Sayer, and legal partner at PwC Australia.

The transaction specialist law firm also commented on Mitchell’s extensive career by highlighting that he has advised on deals “including Fortitude Investment Partners’ sale of Better Medical to Livingbridge; the sell down of Murray River Land and Ulupna Pastoral Co to ROC Partners; and Global Endowment Mangement’s sale of Cowal Agricultural to Macquarie Asset Management”.

Ivers started his legal career with McMahon Clarke, where he rose up the ranks to partner. He then attained the same title at Hamilton Locke. Through his proven track record, Kain Lawyers believes that Ivers will enhance the firm’s “ability to service Australia’s fund management community on capital raising and deployment”.

Through attaining such in-depth experience and knowledge in advising property transactions, the firm believes he will assist in strengthening its “growing capability in property and real asset transactions”.

Collins has worked for leading firms in both Melbourne and London. He has extensive experience and has advised ISPT on both the acquisition of 50 per cent of NAB’s head office at 405 Burke Street, Melbourne and the acquisition of 50 per cent of the commercial and retail component of 447 Collins Street, Melbourne.

Kain Lawyers managing director John Kain said these highly credentialed appointments brought extensive skills and expertise to the firm.

“We welcome three highly credentialed and experienced transaction lawyers to our team. Their complementary skills significantly bolster our capabilities in M&A, private equity, property and real asset transactions, and investment funds,” he said.

“Their skills, complementing our existing deep transactional expertise, better position us to meet the transactional needs of Australia’s investment community.”

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