Christine is a partner of the firm’s corporate & M&A and private clients practices. She has a diverse practice, providing legal and strategic advice to some of Australia's wealthiest individuals, entrepreneurs and family groups, as well as to global hedge funds, ASX-listed companies and insolvency administrators.
Christine is recognised as a leading Corporate and M&A lawyer in Legal 500 Asia Pacific. She has been a finalist in the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards for “Commercial Partner of the Year” and is also recommended in Doyle’s Guide for commercial law and wills, estates and succession planning. Clients say she has “the perfect mix of being across the detail, incredibly smart and technically competent in her field. By getting this mix right she builds a firm foundation to competently manage the many moving parts of a transaction.”
Christine graduated from The University of Melbourne with a first class honours degree in law and a degree in commerce. She joined Arnold Bloch Leibler as an articled clerk in 2005, was appointed a senior associate in 2010, and promoted to partner in 2016.
“The advice Christine offers always has the client's best interests at its core and Christine understands what ‘success’ looks like for her clients.”
- mergers and acquisitions
- business and corporate restructuring
- stakeholder agreements, including partnership, shareholder and joint venture agreements
- succession planning, including family agreements and constitutions, and
- wealth management, including asset protection, estate planning and family disputes.
Christine's recent experience includes acting for:
ME Bank: on the $1.325 billion sale by 26 Australian industry super funds to Bank of Queensland Ltd
Spotlight: on the acquisition by Spotlight of Harris Scarfe from insolvency, via a Deed of Company Arrangement
BGH Capital: on its bid to acquire Virgin Australia
- the founders of CrownBet: on a series of milestone transactions, including the $150m exit of Crown Resorts, the entry of new partner The Stars Group, the sale of a further 18 per cent interest in CrownBet to The Stars Group and the acquisition by CrownBet of William Hill Australia for circa $300m and the exercise of a put option of the founders' remaining shares
- the deed administrators of Arrium Australia: in relation to the successful competitive sale process out of a complex insolvency process, which resulted in the sale of Arrium Australia as a going concern
- Fitness Outcomes: in relation to its acquisition by Patties Foods
- BlueScope Steel: in relation to the sale of its New Zealand iron sands business, and
- some of Australia’s wealthiest individuals and family groups: in relation to estate planning, business succession planning, family agreements and complex family disputes.
Directorships & memberships
Christine is a member of the board of the National Theatre, the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and the TarraWarra Museum of Art. She is also a trustee of the Besen Family Foundation and the Bennelong Foundation.
Awards & recognition
Christine is recognised as a leading lawyer by various international guides to lawyers and law firms, including
- Chambers High-net-worth: charities and private wealth
- Doyle’s Guide: commercial law and wills, estates and succession planning
- Best Lawyers® International: commercial law and corporate law, and
- Legal 500 Asia Pacific: corporate and M&A.