We are an integrated professional services firm providing legal, compliance and other advisory services to solve complex business problems.
Established in 2013, we were founded to offer clients “The New Way” in professional services – one of the first of its kind. With this foresight and the application of our respective disciplines, high capability talent and agile commercial models we ensure our clients’ complex business problems are solved.
Our team of lawyers (many from top-tier law firms) have decades of experience in mergers & acquisitions; corporate and commercial law; governance, compliance and regulation; finance; IT; IP; real property; contracting; projects and employment law. Our firm’s culture is based on providing clients with high value, technical (but pragmatic), advice.
Our global clients are based in Australia, United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada, Singapore, China and Hong Kong and include both public and private companies, start-ups through to mature entities. Our integrated advisory approach and commercial acumen is why they keep coming back to us.
Our purpose and values is at the core of everything we do for our clients. View these here.
Ash St. provides fully integrated and independent expert advice that delivers robust, high quality business solutions quickly and cost effectively. Strong legal backgrounds combine with other professions including corporate finance, tax, human resources, strategy and management consulting and organisational design to challenge traditional thinking without the cognitive bias that may exist in any one professional discipline.
Ash St. has built a team of senior “experts”, each with lengthy proven experience in their professional fields and who were chosen for their ability to work collaboratively to deliver client solutions. Ash St. has moved away from the disruptive ‘patch protection’ behaviour that sometimes exists in professional services firms as we believe this does not best serve the client. Our experts have the benefit of broad industry networks that we use to benefit our clients.
Ash St. is a boutique firm and our size affords us low fixed overheads so that we can concentrate the full resources of our firm on client matters. This makes work interesting and fun for our teams and clients benefit from our ability to formulate creative commercial models to suit their specific needs, whether they are a start-up, an ASX100 or a multinational company. Our size permits an agility rarely seen in professional services.
Our Legal, Compliance & Advisory Team are happy to be contacted directly. Click here to access their details.
Lyn Woods CEO - MBA
Lyn is the CEO and a Director providing advice to clients on areas of business strategy, leadership, talent management, organisational design, and employment risk matters. Her background includes senior roles in global brand corporations and top-tier law firms. Lyn is also a Non-Executive Director for an Australian financial services company, a leading compliance training company and a global manufacturer.
Peter Shaw Director - MBA BSc LLB
Peter is top-tier trained with a focus on corporate/commercial advice specifically on public and private M&A transactions (nominated for M&A Advisor of the Year 2018), equity capital markets, private equity, strategic joint ventures and corporate governance. Peter acts for substantial private companies, investors and family offices and for a broad range of early stage companies. Peter is also an Alumni Council member of The University of Sydney.
Shaun McGushin Director - MBA LLB
Shaun is one of Australia’s most experienced advisers on infrastructure and finance, including greenfield and brownfield projects, buying and selling infrastructure assets, public private partnerships, project finance, corporate finance, acquisition and asset finance, capital markets and workouts. Shaun has over 30 years’ experience advising local and international corporates on a wide range of transactions with particular focus on the infrastructure, power, energy and resources industries.
Samantha Carroll DIRECTOR LLB/BBus(InternatBus), AGRCI
Samantha is a governance, compliance and regulation expert with 10 years’ experience in the Governance and Compliance division of a top-tier law firm and three years as the Head of Compliance for a mid-tier bank. Samantha has significant experience advising public and private sector clients on the implementation, upgrading and review of their governance and compliance systems. Samantha is an accredited Governance, Risk and Compliance professional, a Fellow of the GRC Institute and GIA and a Consultant for CCH Wolters Kluwer.
Janna Parfenova Associate Director - LLM LLB
Janna has worked with a focus on corporate/commercial advice specifically on public and private M&A transactions, private equity, venture capital and corporate governance. Janna acts on share and business sale transactions, public takeovers and schemes of arrangement. She has advised on share purchase and option plans, employee incentive schemes, convertible note issues and private placements. Janna is an accredited Family Business Australia adviser and also a fluent Russian speaker.
Andrew Calvin Associate Director - LLM LLB
Andrew is an accomplished lawyer, with over 30 years' experience in IT, IP and Real Property. He has a very strong legal and commercial background in technology transactions, corporations and commercial property laws as well as social media, procurement, systems integration, commercial property, construction, infrastructure, complex property development, intellectual property, dispute resolution and corporate governance related matters. Andrew has assisted a wide range of organisations from start ups through to global listed companies.
Katrecia March Special Counsel - LLM LLB GAICD
Katrecia is a top-tier trained, corporate/M&A lawyer, with nearly 20 years’ experience, specialising in both advisory and transactional work. She has particular expertise in corporate governance and corporate actions, including share buy-backs, capital reductions, directors’ duties, meeting procedure and regulatory compliance. Katrecia is also a notary public, a fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia, and a specialist advisor with respect to corporate governance for Director Assist (a service operated by IFX Legal in partnership with the Australian Institute of Company Directors).
Michelle Bradshaw Special Counsel - BCom (Hons) LLB (Hons) GradDipRiskMgmt&CorpGov
Michelle is a governance, compliance and regulation expert with direct experience managing engagement with regulators and various other government and non-government stakeholders. She has worked both in the private sector, banking institutions and in the public sector for start-up government entities setting up legal and compliance functions. Michelle also has significant experience advising on complex finance transactions including 11 years’ experience as a lawyer and consultant for a leading international law firm. Michelle is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.
Daniel Gallagher Lawyer | Projects & Finance
Daniel recently completed his law degree through the UNSW and is a graduate in our Projects & Finance practice.
Edwin Kwok Lawyer, LLB, CFA, CAIA
Edwin is currently working in our Governance, Compliance and Regulation practice. He advises banking, insurance, superannuation and FinTech clients on a range of corporate, AML/CTF, privacy and competition and consumer matters. Edwin is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst and has commercial experience working in the front office for leading international financial institutions prior to becoming a lawyer.
Chris Barton Employment Law Consultant
Chris has worked for a broad range of private and public sector clients and has over 30 years' experience in all aspects of employee relations including employment law, workplace relations, occupational health & safety, and discrimination and equal opportunity law.
Danny Sankey Litigation Consultant
Danny is a highly regarded and respected Litigation Lawyer, has practised as a barrister in common law, and for many years has acted and continues to work as General Counsel for the CPS group of companies and consultant for Ash St. Legal & Advisory.
Catherine Tomic Head of Marketing & Development
Catherine has over 15 years’ experience as a professional marketer and has represented top tier financial services organisations with domestic and global footprints. She is deeply client centric, passionate about the customer journey as well as helping companies grow. Catherine leads the marketing & development function at Ash St.
‘Urgent verbal advice required on a specific issue that was not straight forward – yet provided efficiently and accurately’.
Non Executive Director
‘I wanted to build upon the compliance frameworks that I had in place as well as to evaluate their effectiveness and address any gaps that might exist post Royal Commission. I was able to capitalise on the extensive experience that both Samantha and Michelle have in building and executing various compliance frameworks within the financial services sector. One of the greatest results is that I am now easily able to articulate the Bank’s approach to and structure of its compliance frameworks and programmes to interested stakeholders. I really liked the workshop approach allowing us to easily and effectively work through all of the various components including stakeholders involved in the gap analysis process, as well as being able to apply real improvements to the Bank’s compliance frameworks immediately following each workshop. I am happy to recommend the services of the Governance, Compliance and Regulation Team at Ash St.’
Head of Regulatory Services, Teachers Mutual Bank Limited
‘We engaged Ash St. to advise Zhik on its compliance with and governance of Privacy legislation around the world including GDPR compliance processes and best practices. Michelle and Samantha were very easy to work with, constructive, hands-on and ensured a strong framework was implemented to meet the requirements of our growing business. Ash St. were extremely professional with their time and managed the project and expectations incredibly well from start to finish. They assisted with the implementation and any queries where asked and have been fantastic partners to engage with. I would strongly recommend Michelle and Sam to any level of business big or small, requiring advice on compliance and governance factors, they are extremely qualified in understanding the nuances and extremely professional.’
Zhik Pty Ltd
You are invited to contact Ash St. using the form below, visiting us at our offices or calling our reception. Whatever method you choose you are assured of a friendly response and we will do our utmost to prove we are The New Way in Professional Services.
L1, 25 King Street
SYDNEY NSW 2000
+61 2 8651 8700