Government and public

Government departments, agencies and statutory authorities rely on King & Wood Mallesons for their most complex legal issues and strategic advice. Corporates benefit from this experience and our unique understanding of policy issues, decision making processes and stakeholder expectations. 

Confronting issues ranging from fiscal control to health to climate change, the role of government in Australia is significant and growing rapidly. Over the past year, we have seen the formation of a minority federal government, sporadic regulatory reform, comprehensive system reviews (tax and superannuation) and a continued appetite for privatisations and public-private partnerships (PPPs) at the state level.

At the forefront of government developments for more than 25 years, we have significant insight across the range of departments and agencies and the legal and commercial issues affecting the public sector. From advising on the Government Guarantee Scheme to major IT tenders, we have delivered a full-service capability and have shown the ability to balance public interest and accountability whilst providing pragmatic ‘outcomes-based’ solutions. State-owned entities and sovereign wealth funds looking to invest into Australia have called on our specialist capabilities in foreign investment policy and our track record of successfully navigating the minefield of cross-border investments.

With state governments’ continued enthusiasm for privatisations and blending commercial practicalities with public sector accountability, we have an unparalleled understanding and track record of delivering government procurement objectives of value for money and risk minimisation. Having assisted the Australian National Audit Office to develop best practice procurement guidelines for public sector managers, and having experience in advising on major government tenders, approvals and policy concerns, we have significant insight across policy issues, expectations, and the workings of the government decision-making process.

King & Wood Mallesons has advised on the sales, private sales, IPOs, competitive tenders and leases of some of Australia’s most significant public assets. With the privatisations of Telstra, Sydney Airport and a variety of state utilities, clients have benefited from our technical expertise (M&A and financing), role in utility reform, and multi-party experience.

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