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Grant Pestell

LL.B (Managing Director)

Phone: +61 8 9221 0033
Email: gpestell@mphlawyers.com.au
Personal Assistant: Sunayana Bangera
Email: sbangera@mphlawyers.com.au

Grant holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Australia.

Grant has over 20 years’ experience in commercial litigation and corporate and commercial law, with an emphasis in providing strategic advice and acting on corporate transactions, critical contractual negotiations and large scale disputes. He has been the Managing Director of MPH since 2000.

Grant has extensive experience advising high net worth individuals and both listed and private companies particularly in the resources, energy, construction and ICT industries. He is regularly involved in and advises on complex commercial disputes, strategic contract negotiations, risk management, financing and restructuring. In recent years he has been involved in advising on large scale mining and gas agreements and commercial disputes in relation to them and numerous dealings with various state governments and probity regimes for tender negotiations and contracts. He has also advised public companies and directors on matters of corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions and is the Non-Executive Chair of ASX listed OpenDNA Limited.

In 2014, Grant was seleced as one of the Global 250 Leading Lawyers in Australia by Lawyer Monthly Magazine.

Experience includes:

  • Acting for listed mining and oil and gas explorers and producers in contractual disputes, corporate governance, farm in/farm out arrangements, joint operating agreements, due diligence investigations, joint ventures, assets and share acquisition and divestment.
  • Structuring, managing and executing corporate restructuring, asset and share mergers and acquisitions.
  • Acting on a project managing international lawyers and being lead adviser and negotiator in a corporate transaction valued in excess of $500 million both on the ASX and SGX.
  • Acting on multi-jurisdictional acquisitions.
  • Acting on complex debt recovery matters.
  • Acting on mediation in the Supreme and Federal Courts and separate contract mediations.
  • Acting for listed ICT companies including consortia on substantial litigation and negotiating new contracts (including probity) with various levels of government, customers, subcontractors and partners.
  • Acting for mining services providers (including EPC, EPCM and fabricators) on construction issues including variation and extension of time disputes and mediations.
  • Acting for directors in claims for breach of fiduciary duties.
  • Negotiating finance restructuring and working arrangements for facilities in property and mining and resource projects involving facilities up to USD$950 million.
  • Acting on professional negligence claims against lawyers, accountants and financial advisers.
  • Acting on actions for breach of the Australian Consumer law including for oppression, unconscionable conduct, misleading and deceptive conduct and breach of fiduciary duties.
  • Acting on gas sale agreement disputes in Australia and Texas.
  • Acting on defects claims in Federal and Supreme Court for damages of in excess of $100 million.