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Michael Jefferies

Lawyer – Corporate, M&A and Private Equity

Michael is focused on solving complex problems with a broad commercial insight to help clients achieve their objectives by approaching his work in a strategic and creative manner.

Michael’s expertise includes mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and corporate advisory.

Michael’s legal work is complemented by his voluntary governance roles at non-profit organisations including with Batyr (the preventative mental health organisation), the United Nations Association of Australia (NSW Division) and previously the University of the Sunshine Coast, as a 2015-2017 Council member.

Prior to joining Hamilton Locke, Michael was a lawyer at PwC Australia and previously completed internships with firms including Linklaters (Singapore), Clayton Utz (Melbourne) and MinterEllison (Brisbane). He also spent nine months in Singapore as one of the Federal Government’s New Colombo Plan Scholars.


Mergers and Acquisitions; Private Equity; Corporate Advisory



  • Rising Star of the Year (winner), Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards, 2020
  • Law Student of the Year (repeat winner), Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards, 2018 and 2019
  • Chancellor’s Medallist, University of the Sunshine Coast, 2019
  • New Colombo Plan Scholar (Singapore), Australian Government, 2018



  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice – College of Law
  • Bachelor of Laws (Class I Honours) – University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Bachelor of Commerce – University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Admitted to practice in New South Wales



  • Advised Sun Cable on its early-stage growth capital raise from Mike Cannon-Brookes's Grok Ventures and Andrew Forrest's Squadron Energy as co-lead investors for the development of the $20bn Sun Cable megaproject, to construct the world's largest solar farm (10 GW) and battery storage facility.
  • Advised Webuild (formerly Salini Impregilo) on its 'Future Generation' joint venture with Clough Projects for the $5.1bn Snowy Hydro 2.0 hydropower project.
  • Advised Evergen on its strategic investment by Providence Asset Group’s early stage venture capital fund by which Evergen became the global software partner for Providence’s hydrogen batteries (operated through its LAVO Hydrogen Storage Technology and H2Store businesses).
  • Advised National Australia Bank’s entities NULIS and MLC Nominees on governance, compliance measures and assurance arrangements following the Hayne Banking Royal Commission.