Sophia Bobeff Partner

Sophia is a corporate lawyer specialising in M&A transactions, private equity, including venture capital and joint ventures, with a particular focus on the IT and FMCG sectors.

She is highly regarded for her strategic approach and problem solving and has extensive experience in both cross border and domestic transactions.

Dual qualified in Australia and England & Wales, Sophia spent five years working for leading law firms in London.  She has been recognised in Best Lawyers in Australia for Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate.


Mergers & Acquisitions

Air New Zealand

Sale of its Australian aircraft maintenance business to management.

Apollo Education Ltd

Acquisition of Open Colleges Australia.

Blackmores Ltd

Acquisition of Global Therapeutics herbal and traditional products business.


Demerger of Treasury Wine Estates Ltd and separation of its beer, cider and spirits business and its wine business.

Johnson & Johnson

Australian aspects of its worldwide acquisition of Pfizer's consumer healthcare business.

KordaMentha as the receivers of the Cross City Tunnel

$700 million sale to an ABN AMRO/Leightons consortium.

Microsoft Corporation

Acquisition of certain technology assets from Event Zero, who carries on the business of providing management software for Microsoft’s Skype for Business product.

Natura Cosméticos S.A

Acquisition of the Aesop skincare business.

Tyrrells Potato Crisps Ltd

Acquisition of Yarra Valley Snack Foods Pty Limited.

Transport Infrastructure Projects

Proposed sale and purchase of a number of major transport infrastructure projects, including the Adelaide to Darwin Railway and Lane Cove Tunnel.

The syndicate of banks to the Allco Finance Group

Security review and subsequently acted for the receivers to the Allco Finance Group, including in relation to the sale of the shipping business.

Joint ventures


Joint venture arrangements as part of its successful bid for funding under the Commonwealth’s Solar Flagships Program.

Chemtech Australia

Joint venture with Transpacific Industries and related sale of business.

Hutchison Ports

Joint venture arrangements relating to an intermodal terminal at Port Botany.

Corporate and Commercial


Outsourcing of its maintenance operations at its Abbotsford brewery in Victoria.

Various clients such as Foster's, Johnson & Johnson and British American Tobacco

Commercial agreements relating to supply, distribution and logistics arrangements.

Various listed and unlisted companies

Corporate governance issues, including director's duties and compliance with the Listing Rules and Corporations Act.


Recognised as a key lawyer in corporate and M&A
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2021
Recognised in mergers and acquisitions and corporate law
Best Lawyers, since 2019

Career & qualifications


  • Bachelor of Arts, Monash University
  • Bachelor of Laws, Monash University
  • Graduate Diploma (Energy and Resources Law), University of Melbourne
  • Advanced Insolvency Practitioners Program (Module 1), IPAA
  • Admitted to Practice in the Supreme Courts of Victoria and New South Wales


  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Law Society of South Australia

International experience

  • Five years working for leading law firms in London
  • Admitted to practice in England and Wales

Insights Read more insight

Recent changes to Australia’s foreign investment regime

As announced in the 2017/18 Federal Budget, a number of changes to Australia’s foreign investment regime came into force on 1 July 2017.

New FIRB Business Exemption Certificates

There are a number of associated issues and uncertainties regarding a new exemption certificate for business acquisitions by foreign investors (Business EC).