Eight firms are in the running for the prize, half of which were also finalists for the award in 2014: Ashurst, Minter Ellison, Norton Rose Fulbright and last year’s winner Herbert Smith Freehills.
Four new law firms made the list this year to mix up the competition: Arnold Bloch Leibler, Baker & McKenzie, Gilbert + Tobin and Sparke Helmore.
One of the smaller firms to be listed as a finalist for the first time, Arnold Bloch Leibler, has a high partner-to-lawyer ratio and often works with its clients for a number of years, offering their services at all stages of the business cycle.
Arnold Bloch Leibler’s transaction team is not defined by individuals focusing on specific sectors, but instead by offering varied industry experience specialising in the retail and biotechnology spheres and representing online businesses.
Another newcomer to the finalist list is Gilbert + Tobin’s corporate advisory team, with members hailing from the firm's Sydney, Melbourne and Perth offices. With a strong ‘power-to-weight’ ratio, the firm’s transaction team advised on five of the top 15 deals announced across Australia in 2014.
With a knack for international transactions, Gilbert + Tobin’s corporate advisory team advised on 19 cross-border M&A deals in 2014 with an aggregate value greater than $14.5 billion.
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