Ash St. offers clients “The New Way” in professional services by providing integrated professional disciplines including Legal, Tax, Compliance and Management Consulting to ensure our clients’ evolving needs are met, no matter how complex.
Our team of senior lawyers (most being former partners of top-tier law firms) and consultants have decades of experience in mergers & acquisitions, corporate law, finance, IT contracting, projects and employment matters. We also cater to start-up and scale-up companies looking to raise debt or equity capital. The firm’s culture is based on providing our clients technical yet pragmatic advice with direct access to commercially astute senior lawyers and other advisors.
Our reach is global, with some of our clients based in the UK, United States, Canada, Singapore, China and Hong Kong. Our unique approach and commercial acumen is why our clients keep coming back to us.
We have a strategic partnership with GRC Solutions, a multi award winning RegTech company, leaders in Governance, Risk and Compliance training. Our partnership allows us to provide centralised and agile legal, consulting, governance and compliance services to the benefit of our clients.
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.
To demonstrate the New Way in Professional Services we have responded to overwhelming client requests for pre-defined Solutions to common business needs that have transparent pricing and can be implemented quickly.
Lyn Woods Director - 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.
David Ward Director - MBA BSc(Hons)
David leads the consulting advisory practice with an expertise working with executive teams on the development and successful execution of sustainable business strategies. He has a passion for business transformation through: strategy design and execution; building high performance teams; organisational design; IT and operations; sales and marketing; procurement; shared services and outsourcing; early-stage ventures; and managing culture change programs.
Samantha Carroll Director - LLB
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 and Fellow GRC Institute and non-executive director BABI Youth and Family Service Board and Fellow GIA.
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 has a very strong legal and commercial background in information technology, social media, procurement, systems integration, commercial property, construction, infrastructure, complex property development, intellectual property, dispute resolution and corporate governance. These skills have been gained in international private practice, a multi-national ASX-listed group, and Australian Federal and State corporations. Andrew also writes on legal technology for the Journal of the Law Society of New South Wales.
Katrecia March Special Counsel - LLM LLB
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 LLB
Michelle is a governance, compliance and regulation expert with extensive experience in AML/CTF compliance and managing engagement with regulators and various other government and non-government stakeholders. She has worked both in the private sector at 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.
Chris Barton Consultant Employment
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.
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 heads up the marketing and development function at Ash St.
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.
Level 21, 1 York Street
Sydney NSW 2000
+61 2 8651 8700