Legal Group Leaders

Nikki Bentley

I understand the financial services industry and thrive on helping our clients in this industry succeed.

Nikki Bentley Partner

Nikki is the Group Leader of Henry Davis York's Corporate Group, which includes the legal teams for Corporate / Mergers & Acquisitions; Investments & Financial Services and Tax.

Nikki is a leading investment funds advisor specialising in financial services and corporate law.  She specialises in business establishment and structuring, fund establishment, funds merger and acquisition, product disclosure and distribution. Nikki leads HDY's corporate group which combines expertise from the Financial Services, M&A and Tax areas.

Nikki provides advice to leading Australian and global fund managers on a full range of corporate, commercial and regulatory issues facing their businesses. She has considerable experience in assisting clients with fund establishment (onshore and offshore), disclosure and distribution. Nikki regularly advises clients on establishing, buying, selling and restructuring their businesses. She also regularly assists clients responding to regulatory enquiries and investigations.

With more than 15 years funds management experience in private practice, government and as an in-house lawyer, Nikki's practice spans the range of funds management products, with particular expertise in hedge funds, property funds and equities.

Nikki is regularly involved in industry and government discussions on regulatory reforms impacting the Australian funds management industry. Nikki is a passionate advocate for the development of a new corporate collective investment vehicle because of the opportunities it could provide to grow the funds management industry. She is the Honorary Legal Counsel and Chair of the Regulatory Committee for the Australian branch of the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) and is a regular participant on the Financial Services Council (FSC) working groups.

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Steven Blanch

I strive to deliver excellent results for my clients. My clients' success is then my success.

Steven Blanch Partner

Steven is the Group Leader of Henry Davis York's Projects Group, which includes the legal teams for Construction & Major Projects; Environment & Planning; Real Estate; and Technology & Procurement.

Steven has over 17 years' experience advising government agencies, statutory authorities, financial institutions, developers and construction companies in construction, engineering and infrastructure law. His particular passion and focus is transport infrastructure.

Steven specialises in tailoring contractual arrangements to suit the needs of the individual project. Steven's experience includes drafting the suite of contracts for Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arrangements, Build Own Operate and Transfer (BOOT) projects and Design Construct and Maintain (DCM) agreements, as well as numerous other project delivery alternatives. He also has considerable experience in drafting alliance contracts, Design and Construction (D&C) contracts, joint venture agreements and all associated documentation.

Steven's particular expertise is transport infrastructure, having worked as in-house counsel in public and private sector organisations devoted to the development, construction, maintenance and operation and rail and road infrastructure.

Steven represents his clients in contentious construction-related matters, successfully acting on their behalf in litigation and arbitration, conciliation, adjudication, expert determination and mediation.

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Alex Mufford Partner

Alex is the Group Leader of Henry Davis York's Banking, Turnaround and Insolvency Group, which includes the legal teams for Banking & Finance and Restructuring & Insolvency.

Alex specialises in structured capital markets, restructuring and receivables finance. He often uses his structured finance expertise to assist our insolvency and restructuring clients. Alex is recognised by his clients, peers and legal directories as a leader in his field.

Alex has also advised on various aspects of the cross-border insolvency of Lehman Brothers, including advising Perpetual Limited in its proceedings in the English High Court and the Court of Appeal against Lehman Brothers to enforce priority and subordination arrangements in the Lehman $US10billion 'Dante' credit linked note program.

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Jason Munstermann

I fix things. Big and small. Of any kind.

Jason Munstermann Partner

Jason is the Group Leader of Henry Davis York's Disputes Group, which includes the legal teams for: Litigation & Dispute Resolution; Employment & Safety; Insurance; and Government Inquiries, Commissions & Inquests.

Jason is a litigation and disputes expert. For over 20 years he has worked as a specialist commercial litigator. He has accumulated a broad range of experience. Jason has acted for a large variety of clients in many sectors, principally in the Corporate, Financial Services, Government, Health and Mining sectors. Jason's current clients include Commonwealth and NSW Government departments and agencies, Macquarie Bank, Westpac, Iris Capital, Dell, Goodman Group and Sonic Healthcare.

Jason's approach to a dispute reflects that risk is inherent in all disputes and that it cannot be eliminated. He works hard on reducing exposure to those risks as much as possible, while also identifying and deploying broader strategies as part of his commitment to resolve any dispute on fair and reasonable terms.

Jason is a strong advocate for pursuing alternative forms of dispute resolution. In consultation with an esteemed former Judge, Jason has developed a highly flexible model for the resolution of disputes through the appointment of an independent legal expert. This model can be used in a wider variety of disputes and has worked particularly well in resolving contract disputes. The model can be a powerful tool in settlement discussions and lends itself to being a very quick, cost effective and principled way of resolving a wide variety of disputes. 

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