HWL Ebsworth secures leading automotive specialist

01 February 2016

Leading independent Australian law firm HWL Ebsworth Lawyers has announced that Maria Townsend has joined the firm as a partner within its Commercial team in Sydney.

Maria moves to HWL Ebsworth from Hunt & Hunt where she was a partner.

Maria operates a wide-ranging commercial and financing practice, with a specific focus on the automotive sector.

Clients seek Maria’s expertise on acquisitions and disposals, as well as commercial leases, restructures, contracts, financing and compliance related matters, particularly in relation to automotive dealership businesses.

Maria also advises lenders on all aspects of financial structuring and the documentation of loans and security products.

Outside of the automotive sector, Maria’s expertise has been highly sought after in sectors such as transport, real estate, information technology and telecommunications.

Maria’s appointment reinforces HWL Ebsworth’s position as the premier automotive industry practice in Australia, and the only national law firm with a specialist offering in this area.

Juan Martinez, Managing Partner of HWL Ebsworth, said “Our firm has had a long standing affiliation with the automotive industry, having assisted distributors, dealers and manufacturers with their legal needs over many years, while actively contributing to industry legal and regulatory developments on behalf of our clients and the relevant industry bodies.”

Maria offers a rare combination of specialist skills and a comprehensive industry understanding, having immersed herself within the automotive sector for over 20 years,” added Juan. “Many of our existing clients are already familiar with Maria’s technical expertise and commercially oriented approach, and we are delighted to welcome her to our existing leading automotive industry group.

Note to Editors:

HWL Ebsworth is the largest legal partnership in Australia according to the most recent partnership surveys published by The Australian and the Australian Financial Review.

Following the abovementioned appointment, the firm will comprise 975 staff including: 196 Partners, 467 other legal staff and 312 support staff across offices in nine locations – Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Melbourne, Norwest (North West Sydney), Perth and Sydney.

HWL Ebsworth is an independent, nationally integrated, full service commercial law firm, providing tailored and commercially oriented legal services.

HWL Ebsworth operates a different business model to the other leading national law practices, and this allows us to offer unrivalled value for money without compromising quality and service. Our low ratio of solicitors to partners ensures that our clients receive optimal access to partner resources for all matters.

For further information, please contact:

Russell Mailler, National Marketing Manager (03) 8644 3569 or rmailler@hwle.com.au.

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