Kate McKeough

Kate is a specialist in companies and securities law and has a broad practice in general commercial law. Kate has significant experience in: mergers and acquisitions (in particular, private treaty acquisitions and divestments); equity capital raising (for both listed and unlisted public and private companies); Corporations Act and ASX Listing Rules advice; corporate governance advice and company secretarial assistance; and commercial contract drafting and negotiation (including in relation to supply and procurement arrangements).

Prior to joining HWL Ebsworth, Kate was an in house legal counsel and company secretary of ASX Listed mining company Terramin Australia Limited.

Kate acts for clients in a range of industries, including manufacturing, energy and resources, mining services, health and technology.

Kate has been named by Doyle’s Guide as a Leading lawyer in Corporate Law and Commercial Law and has been named in Best Lawyers™ Australia for Commercial Law, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Mining Law and Oil & Gas Law.


Kate’s recent experience includes advising:

  • Adrad Holdings Limited in relation to its fully underwritten $22 million initial public offering and ASX listing;
  • 1414 Degrees Limited in relation to its $16.3 million initial public offering and ASX listing;
  • A listed entity in relation to multiple shareholder meeting requisitions and associated corporate governance issues;
  • An ADI in relation to various governance and compliance matters;
  • Marathon Resources Limited (now Leigh Creek Energy Limited) in relation to the reverse takeover and back-door listing of Allied Resource Partners Pty Ltd;
  • Igneo Infrastructure Partners (formerly Colonial First State Global Asset Managers) in relation to its acquisition of South Australian based water infrastructure operator Water Utilities Australia and the subsequent acquisition of Permeate Partners Pty Ltd by Water Utilities Australia;
  • SA Government in relation to the $1.605 billion commercialisation of certain transitional lands titling an evaluation under an exclusive 40 year arrangement, and advising in relation to the $427 million sale of the right to operate SA Lotteries to the Tatts Group;
  • A large Australian University and its subsidiary in relation to the establishment of a $328 million Co-Operative Research Centre, a partially Commonwealth Government funded research collaboration between public and private sector entities; and
  • A private fund in relation to multiple acquisitions and divestments in the manufactured home estate and tourist park industries.

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