As a commercial litigator with approximately 20 years' experience, Luke Buchanan has acted for clients from many different industries, but he has a particular focus on financial services, mergers and acquisitions and commercial property.
Luke's clients include some of Australia's largest blue chip corporations and government clients, who come to him for his strategic approach and "acute awareness of the client’s business goals" which get them the result they need, whether through the courts or alternative dispute resolution processes such as arbitration, expert determination and mediation.
Complementing his experience in litigious matters and ADR is Luke's deep skill in helping clients navigate regulatory investigations by ASIC and ACCC, as well as government inquiries.
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Litigation and Dispute Resolution
AMP Life/AMP Capital Investors: Luke acted in litigation involving an injunction application to restrain the sale of Stanbroke Pastoral Company (then one of the world's largest pastoral companies) and the defence of a claim for damages.
Perpetual: Luke is acting for Perpetual in high-profile proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia which arise out of Perpetual's and Mark Carnegie's attempts to unwind the Brickworks/Soul Pattinson cross-shareholding.
Regulatory investigations/ government inquiries
Luke has acted (and continues to act) for some of Australia's largest blue chip corporations in connection with investigations by ASIC and ACCC in the financial services and retail industries.
Luke has also acted for a statutory authority in connection with coronial matters.
Mergers and acquisitions
Symbion Health Limited: Luke acted for Symbion and its then directors in high-profile Federal Court proceedings brought by a subsidiary of Primary Health Care Limited, Idameneo Pty Limited, to impede the proposed merger between Symbion and Healthscope Limited. Symbion was wholly successful in the proceedings.
Perpetual: Luke acted in an application for judicial advice concerning offers made to unitholders in two managed funds by a company controlled by David Tweed.
AMP Capital Investors: Luke acted for AMPCI in its capacity as the Responsible Entity of the unit trust which owns Perth's most successful major shopping centre, in a dispute concerning the proposed expansion of premises occupied by David Jones.
Like advises on the corporate governance issues arising out of corporate disputes, including directors' duties and oppression.
See Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Macquarie Bank: Luke represented Macquarie in the GIO class action in the Federal Court of Australia, then the largest shareholder class action in Australian legal history, arising out of AMP's takeover of GIO.
See Class Actions