Kate Naude Special Counsel

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

She has extensive experience in ECM transactions including IPOs, rights issues, placements and share purchase plans. She also specialises in public and private M&A transactions such as takeover bids, schemes of arrangement and private treaty transactions.

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 / Virescent Ventures Pty Ltd

Acted in its investment in clean energy start-up, H2Lab.


Acting for Fireblocks (a platform that protects digital assets in transit) on the acquisition of BlockFold, a Melbourne-based start-up that helps financial institutions build blockchain-based systems (2023).

EBR Systems Inc.

Advised on its A$110 million initial public offering and ASX listing.

Cooper Energy Limited

Advised on its institutional placement and accelerated non-renounceable entitlement offer which raised A$244m.

ImpediMed Limited

Advised on its placement and share purchase plan which raised A$42.5 million.

Clean Energy Finance Corporation

Advised on its investment through the Clean Energy Innovation Fund in Sunman Energy’s Series B and Series C capital raisings.

Insight Partners

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

Middle East Sovereign Wealth Fund

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

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

Insights Read more insight

Still call Australia home? Achieving an outbound redomicile

Many growth-stage companies – particularly in the technology and resources sectors – have contemplated changing their jurisdiction of incorporation from Australia to elsewhere.

ASX insights: navigating the evolving IPO landscape in 2024

The ASX is likely to introduce a series of new measures in 2024 aimed at streamlining aspects of the IPO listing process, as outlined in a recent adviser briefing.



Internal publications

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