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Kim O'Reilly

Principal Lawyer, Sydney

Kim is a Principal Lawyer in DWF’s Corporate and Commercial team, and is based in our Sydney office.
Kim OReilly


Kim is a corporate lawyer who brings almost 20 years of experience and expertise in the areas of corporate and commercial law.

Kim assists businesses of all sizes, from start-ups through to some of Australia’s largest private businesses and family offices. Her clients come from a diverse range of sectors, such as financial services, health, energy and resources, and property and real estate. She helps her clients to achieve their corporate objectives in every stage of their life cycle, from start-up, through growth, and up to exit.

Throughout her career, Kim has developed a particular expertise in capital raisings (including IPOs), M&As and joint ventures arrangements. Her expertise also includes the following:

  • advising clients on the optimal initial structure of their business;
  • assisting clients with the growth of their business, via debt or equity finance, strategic mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures or restructures;
  • providing general commercial advice (including formalising and negotiating arrangements with employees, suppliers and customers); and
  • assisting clients with the succession of their business, whether by exit via trade sale – asset or share sale, management buy-out, IPO, joint venture or another liquidity event or by intergenerational wealth transfer through wills and estate planning.
When she's not in the office, Kim enjoys spending time with her family and travelling. She is also passionate about CSR and giving back to the community, having previously been the National Project Officer at the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre, providing legal advice and services to children across Australia.


Kim played an instrumental role in the following deals, teams and firms when they were nominated for or won the following awards:

  • Australasian Law Awards Project Finance Deal of the Year Nominee – The Royal Children's Hospital Project (Babcock & Brown)
  • Australasian Law Awards Project Finance Deal of the Year Nominee– Coogee Resources deal (Babcock & Brown)
  • Australasian Law Awards In-House Team the Year Winner– AMP
  • Australasian Law Awards Law Firm of the Year Winner – Mills Oakley
  • Australasian Law Awards Law Firm of the Year Nominee – HWL Ebsworth
  • Australasian Law Awards Law Firm of the Year Nominee – Ashurst
  • Australasian Law Awards Boutique Firm of the Year Nominee – Coleman Greig


  • The Law Society of New South Wales
  • Women in Business
  • Women on Boards
  • ACLA
  • Ladies in Leverage

Recent Cases

  • acting for a $3 billion Wall Street VC Fund for all of its Australian acquisitions;
  • merger of $1.3 billion and $1.7 billion wholesale distributors of food such that they became the largest operator in the Australian market in the industry;
  • refinance and restructure of a $200 million revenue animal wholesale distribution business;
  • legal adviser for multi-million dollar investments and divestments originated by Chase Corporate Advisory;
  • $60 million business and land sale in the horticultural sector;
  • ·ongoing advice for $60 billion superfund;
  • $25 million capital raising for a global biotech company;
  • $20 million capital raising and merger and acquisition work for investment company;
  • key advisory role for Australia’s first on-line cancer hospital;
  • $50 million capital raising for global social and environmental technology company;
  • 6 mergers and acquisitions for IPO of Australian-based training organisation; and
  • Coogee Resources deal (nominated for Australasian Law Awards Project Finance Deal of the Year);
    • establishment of a $3 billion Asian Infrastructure Fund;
    • acquisition and divestment of Orange Hospital and Associated Health Services and the Neerabup Power Station; and
    • the restructure and divestment of Westnet Rail and Capital Wind Farm.

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