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 Leader in LegalVision’s Banking and Finance team. She has over 15 years’ experience practising as a lawyer at top commercial firms in Europe, Asia and Australia. She is qualified in England and Wales, as well as Australia.

Jill previously worked at Norton Rose Fulbright, Herbert Smith Freehills, Corrs and Clayton Utz, where she advised large corporates and other sophisticated clients on complex cross-border transactions. In these roles, Jill developed a comprehensive understanding of banking and finance law, including the Personal Property Securities Act.

In addition to banking and finance law, Jill now also has an active practice focusing on the legal needs of startups – including business structuring, capital raising, shareholders agreements and employee share schemes. Jill draws on her experience working on large, complex transactions to provide startups, SMEs and corporate clients with high-quality and 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

  • 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
  • Diversity Law Firm of the Year Finalist – 2017 Women in Law Awards Diversity Law Firm of the Year Finalist – 2017 Women in Law Awards
  • Employee Program of the Year Finalist – 2017 Australian Law Awards Employee Program of the Year Finalist – 2017 Australian Law Awards
  • Innovator of the Year – 2016 Australian Law Awards Innovator of the Year – 2016 Australian Law Awards
  • Professional Services Business of the Year – 2016 Optus MyBusiness Awards Professional Services Business of the Year – 2016 Optus My Business Awards