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.

Expertise

Banking and Finance

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

Advising export credit agencies, financial institutions and large corporates on complex cross border transactions.

Advising export credit agencies, financial institutions, lessors and corporate lessees on a wide variety of structured leasing transactions, including finance leases, operating leases and Islamic (Ilara) leases.

Startups

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

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Our Awards

  •  Top 20 Startups in Australia - 2018 LinkedIn Startups List Top 20 Startups in Australia - 2018 LinkedIn Startups List
  • NewLaw Firm of the Year Finalist – 2018 Australian Law Awards NewLaw Firm of the Year Finalist – 2018 Australian Law Awards
  • Law Firm of the Year Finalist – 2018 Australasian Law Awards Law Firm of the Year Finalist – 2018 Australasian Law Awards
  • AFR Fast 100 List – 2018 Australian Financial Review AFR Fast 100 List – 2018 Australian Financial Review
  • NewLaw Firm of the Year – 2017 Australian Law Awards NewLaw Firm of the Year – 2017 Australian Law Awards
  • Customer Service Experience of the Year – 2017 Optus My Business Awards Customer Service Experience of the Year – 2017 Optus My Business Awards

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