Rory is a Special Counsel in the firm’s Corporate & Commercial practice and has over 13 years’ experience in negotiated acquisitions and disposals, takeovers and schemes of arrangement, corporate fundraising and restructures, and shareholder and joint venture arrangements. Rory also practices in relation to a range of other general corporate and commercial matters, including regulatory advice, corporate governance and commercial contracting.

Prior to joining Russell Kennedy, Rory spent over 11 years in the M&A team at Herbert Smith Freehills in Melbourne. Rory has also previously worked in the New York office of Sullivan & Cromwell and has completed client secondments with the National Australia Bank and the Victorian State Government.


  • Acting for buyers and sellers in merger and acquisition transactions, including negotiated acquisitions and disposals, takeovers and schemes of arrangements
  • Preparing and negotiating shareholder, partnership and joint venture agreements
  • Providing corporate fundraising and restructuring advice
  • Advising on regulatory and corporate governance matters
  • Preparing and negotiating commercial contracts
  • Providing general commercial/corporate law advice
  • Acting for various clients seeking approvals from a range of regulators, including FIRB, ASIC, ASX and ACCC
  • Experience across a wide range of industries, including financial services, health, manufacturing, consumer products, retail and energy and resources