Tony Symons

Founder & Managing Director

Tony has over 25 years’ experience in corporate, mergers and acquisitions and general commercial law. Tony is the trusted adviser for many listed and private corporate clients, private equity funds and their portfolio companies, founders, family businesses, start-ups, family offices and high net worth individuals, in Australia and internationally.

His clients rely on his outstanding legal advice, commercial judgement and strategic negotiation. He identifies and understands the most important issues for his clients and leads negotiations to achieve successful outcomes for every transaction. Tony’s experience includes four years in Hong Kong working on mergers and acquisitions throughout Asia.

Tony holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Melbourne and is also admitted in Hong Kong.

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CONTACT DETAILS

P +61 3 8681 4410
M 0433 280 882
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Admissions & Qualifications

LLB (Melbourne)
BCom (Melbourne)
Admitted to Practice in Victoria and
Hong Kong

Nick Manuell

Director

Nick is a specialist M&A corporate lawyer, with more than 17 years’ experience advising a range of Australian and international clients on their most important and challenging M&A transactions.

Nick has an outstanding track record of delivering successful outcomes to his clients. He is highly regarded for his strategic thinking, and brings exceptional commercial and legal insight to the table.

Prior to joining Clarendon Lawyers in 2010, Nick spent four years in Hong Kong with Norton Rose Fullbright, where he advised on numerous high-profile cross-border transactions.

Nick holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Monash University, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. He is also admitted in Hong Kong.

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CONTACT DETAILS

P +61 3 8681 4408
M 0431 658 652
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Admissions & Qualifications

LLB (Monash)
BCom (Monash)
Grad. Dip. (Applied Finance and Investment)
(FINSIA)
Admitted to Practice in Victoria and
Hong Kong

David Bryant

Director

David is a leading corporate lawyer with more than 13 years experience. David advises clients across a wide range of industries on private and public M&A, capital raising and investments, joint ventures, strategic contracts, corporate restructuring and general corporate and commercial law.

David joined Clarendons in October 2018 and was appointed a director of the firm in July 2020. Prior to joining Clarendons, David was a senior lawyer with ASX-listed Costa Group, and prior to that was a senior associate at King & Wood Mallesons in its mergers and acquisitions team. David’s experience also includes multiple secondments to National Australia Bank Limited. He also previously worked in the corporate finance division of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

David has a deep understanding of clients’ commercial drivers, risk profiles, challenges and opportunities. His time at Costa Group has given him greater insight into the issues that matter to clients and has further honed his commercially-minded approach.

David holds a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Bachelor of Creative Arts degree from the University of Melbourne.

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CONTACT DETAILS

P +61 3 8681 4431
M +61 421 302 645
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Admissions & Qualifications

BCA (Melbourne)
LLB (Melbourne)

Brendan Sheehan

Director

Brendan is a specialist M&A lawyer with more than 12 years’ experience in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, capital raisings and other corporate transactions.

Brendan joined Clarendon Lawyers in January 2018 and was appointed a Director in January 2021. He joined Clarendon Lawyers from Stephenson Harwood, a highly regarded international law firm headquartered in London. Brendan previously worked in the Melbourne office of a national law firm.

Brendan’s focus is mid-market M&A and he enjoys acting for a diverse range of clients, including founders on exits and large corporates on acquisitions. Clients appreciate Brendan’s clear, pragmatic, outcome-focussed advice.

Brendan holds a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Bachelor of Business (E-Commerce) from Victoria University.

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CONTACT DETAILS

P +61 3 8681 4451
M +61 438 195 210
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Admissions & Qualifications

LLB (Victoria)
BBus (Victoria)
Admitted to Practice in Victoria

Andrew Chan

Director

Andrew has over 13 years’ experience as a corporate lawyer and is experienced in advising founders, listed companies and private equity firms on a range of issues, including negotiated cross-border M&A, public company takeovers, equity capital raisings, debt restructuring, joint ventures, interaction with regulators and general corporate/commercial advice.

His recent focus has been directed at mid-market and private M&A and foreign investment into Australia.

Prior to joining Clarendon Lawyers, Andrew was a partner in a global law firm, worked in the M&A groups of Gilbert + Tobin and Freehills and spent three years in London with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University.

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CONTACT DETAILS

P +61 3 8681 4413
M +61 458 400 304
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Admissions & Qualifications

LLB (Hons) (Monash)
BCom (Monash)
Admitted to practice in Victoria

The Team

Our directors are supported by an exceptional team of lawyers ranging from Senior Associate through to Solicitor and Graduate level.
We have an energetic team which is passionate about the work that we do. We pride ourselves on our dedication to our clients, outstanding legal skills and commercial advice.