Kate Naude Special Counsel

Kate is a corporate lawyer specialising in mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets and corporate governance matters.

She has extensive experience in takeover bids, schemes of arrangement, private treaty transactions and in relation to equity capital markets, rights issues, placements and share purchase plans.

Kate acts for ASX-listed companies in relation to their corporate transactions and has experience across a range of industries, with a focus on the health and technology sectors. She also acts for private equity and venture capital firms in relation to their Australian investments. She has previously worked for major Australian banks in their in-house legal teams.


Recent matters

Clean Energy Finance Corporation

Advised on its investment through the Clean Energy Innovation Fund in Sunman Energy’s US$12 million Series B capital raising.

Insight Partners

Advised on their A$223 million investment in software startup Octopus Deploy.

Macmahon Holdings

Advised on its proposed transaction with PT AMNT involving the acquisition of mining equipment and the award of a multibillion dollar mining services contract in Indonesia.

Middle East Sovereign Wealth Fund

Advised in relation to the establishment of a A$1 billion Australian industrial / logistics real estate platform.

Perenti Global

Advised on its A$250 million capital raising and the acquisition of Barminco Limited in a deal worth A$271 million which created Australia’s second largest mining services company.

Westpac Banking Corporation

Advised on the sale of Westpac’s vendor financing business to Cerberus Capital Management for A$600 million.

Career & qualifications


  • Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance, Governance Institute
  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Western Australia
  • Bachelor of Economics, University of Western Australia


  • Law Society of New South Wales


Internal publications

  • JWS Australian IPO guide for US issuers
  • JWS Australian IPO guide