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Sparke Helmore Lawyers is delighted to welcome Andrew Johnston as a Banking and Finance partner in its Corporate & Commercial team.

A skilled lawyer with more than 10 years’ experience specialising in banking and finance, Andrew joins the team as a partner and combines his legal and finance industry expertise to support institutions with transactional and advisory services, while keeping them ahead of the curve on global and local regulatory shifts.

Andrew’s experience includes construction and development finance, project finance, real estate finance, leveraged acquisition finance, corporate finance, restructuring, asset finance, securitisation, debt capital markets as well as derivatives. He also has specialist expertise in Islamic Finance, a rare and valuable commodity in the Australian market.

National Managing Partner Phillip Salem said, “I am excited that Andrew has decided to join Sparke Helmore—or should I say re-join Sparke Helmore, as he was a Senior Associate with the firm from 2011 to 2016.  Having someone with Andrew’s sophisticated offshore expertise, combined with his experience working for leading investment banks, is another significant step in enhancing the outstanding solutions and service we offer our Banking & Finance clients.”

Andrew features in Legal 500 in his practice area, and is returning to Australia after a number of years in the Middle East working with Addleshaw Goddard LLP.  While in the Middle East, Andrew’s practice focused on large club and syndicated corporate, project and real estate financings, involving local and international banks.

About Sparke Helmore

We’ve come a long way since our doors first opened in the Hunter in 1882. We’ve had an office in Sydney since the ‘60s and we recently opened our ninth office in Darwin.

We cover five key areas of law – Corporate & Commercial, Commercial Insurance, Government, Statutory Lines of Insurance and Workplace – with more than 30 specialised areas of expertise. We’re a truly national, full service and proudly Australian firm that delivers results through deep collaboration with our clients. Wherever our clients need us, that’s where we’ll be.

Covering a big country needs a big team—we’re more than 900 people now and still growing. And in true Australian spirit, we’re friendly, approachable and easy to work with. And when you work with one of us, you get the expertise of all of us.

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