Jill McKnight

Practice Leader

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Practice Areas

  • Banking and Finance
  • Business Structuring
  • Capital Raising
  • Startups

Jill is the right combination of subtle + fierce lawyer you need at your side when reviewing and negotiating terms for startup financing. We’ve worked with Jill during our Friends & Family Round, and during our seed round which we closed with excellent terms and well ahead of schedule.”

Federico Collarte, Baraja Pty Ltd

Jill is a Practice Group Leader with particular expertise in Corporate and Banking and Finance Law. She has over 20 years’ experience practising as a lawyer at top law firms in Europe, Asia and Australia. She is qualified in England and Wales, as well as Australia.

Jill specialises in Corporate Law, advising startups and investors (including VCs) on raising capital via SAFEs, convertible notes, revenue loans, venture debt and straight equity.

In addition to Corporate Law, Jill also specialises in Banking and Finance Law having previously worked at a number of global top-tier firms where she advised large corporates and other sophisticated clients on complex cross-border transactions.

Jill uses her experience working on large, complex transactions to provide startups, SMEs and corporate clients with high-quality commercial legal advice.

In her spare time, Jill enjoys yoga and spending time with her four little boys.

 

Qualifications: Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Manchester, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Professional memberships: Law Society of New South Wales, Law Society of England and Wales, Law Society of New Zealand.

Expertise

Startups

Advising startups on business structuring, capital raising, employee share schemes and shareholders agreements.

Banking and Finance

Advising a range of investors (including angel investors and VCs) on different types of investments (including primary and secondary equity investments, convertible instruments, debt and venture debt).

Advising financial institutions and borrowers on a wide variety of finance transactions, including bi-lateral and syndicated secured loans and unsecured loans.

 

 

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  • 2020 Excellence in Technology & Innovation – Finalist – Australasian Law Awards 2020 Excellence in Technology & Innovation Finalist – Australasian Law Awards
  • 2020 Employer of Choice – Winner – Australasian Lawyer 2020 Employer of Choice Winner – Australasian Lawyer
  • 2021 Fastest Growing Law Firm - Financial Times APAC 500 2021 Fastest Growing Law Firm - Financial Times APAC 500
  • 2020 AFR Fast 100 List - Australian Financial Review 2020 AFR Fast 100 List - Australian Financial Review
  • 2021 Law Firm of the Year - Australasian Law Awards 2021 Law Firm of the Year - Australasian Law Awards
  • Most Innovative Law Firm - 2019 Australasian Lawyer 2019 Most Innovative Firm - Australasian Lawyer