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Cowell Clarke expands with new acquisition

Commercial law firm Cowell Clarke has continued its growth in Sydney with the acquisition of a Sydney boutique, which brings two new directors and five lawyers to the firm’s CBD office.

user iconLauren Croft 06 July 2023 SME Law
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Cowell Clarke has acquired Sydney boutique Andrews & Holm Lawyers, bringing the firm to 145 lawyers and staff operating across offices in Adelaide and Sydney.

Joining Cowell Clarke are Andrews & Holm directors Andrew Mutton and Paul Holm, along with five lawyers. The team started this week in Cowell Clarke’s office in Sydney.

Mr Mutton is highly experienced in the areas of corporate finance, property transactions, property finance and Australian financial services laws. He acts on direct real estate acquisitions and sales, property joint ventures and debt financings, as well as acting for funds managers in fund establishment, capital raisings, financial services law compliance and Australian Financial Services Licence applications and variations.


Mr Holm has more than 25 years of experience as a corporate lawyer and specialises in competition law and regulation, advising corporate and government clients on mergers, restrictive trade practices, access to essential services, consumer protection, franchising and compliance issues, as well as environmental, social and governance (ESG).

“The values and culture of both firms align. We saw an opportunity to team with a dynamic and progressive law firm that supports and promotes its future leaders,” Mr Holm said.

“As well as benefiting our clients, joining Cowell Clarke creates clear career progression pathways for our team and provides further opportunity to work with other leading Australian businesses on increasingly complex matters.”

Cowell Clarke managing director Rob Comazzetto said the Andrews & Holm team brought additional expertise and capabilities to its Sydney offering.

“Andrew and Paul have built a strong reputation for providing high-level corporate and commercial legal services,” he said.

“We welcome them as directors of Cowell Clarke and know that, along with their team, they will be highly valued trusted advisers to our existing and future clients.”

Cowell Clarke chair Megan Jongebloed said the firm would continue to expand across South Australia and NSW, growing its digital offering alongside its traditional full commercial law services.

“We are steadily increasing our footprint in Sydney with our clients’ evolving legal requirements front of mind. As well as organic growth, we will continue to pursue an acquisition pathway when the right opportunity presents itself and is a strategic fit,” she said.

“We see great potential for our Sydney office, and we are actively seeking out more exceptional lawyers to join us, either individually or as part of a team.”

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