Introducing Kenneth Stanton
Kenneth’s Stanton’s global legal career began at the law firm Freehills in Sydney.
“At Freehills I specialised in mergers and acquisitions. I was fortunate to be part of a team led by Philippa Stone, one of Australia’s leading transactional lawyers. During that time, I worked on some of the largest deals, both onshore and offshore, seen in this country,” Kenneth says.
At that point, Kenneth decided he wanted to obtain more experience on the deal-making side of mergers and acquisitions. He spent the next couple of years at a global investment bank where he worked on a range of large transactions and also advised clients on potential opportunities for their businesses.
“During my time with the bank, I detected a need among my clients for lawyers who would take the time to obtain a detailed understanding of their businesses, and then work closely with them to help expand them, not only through acquisition but through organic growth. I could also see that they needed assistance with implementing processes and procedures associated with their economies of scale,” Kenneth explains.
The Birth of Stanton & Stanton
“When we set up Stanton & Stanton, the main objective was to provide clients with top-tier-quality legal advice without the high fees of a larger firm,” he says.
“As part of this strategy, we decided to focus on building long-term relationships with our commercial clients by coming up with solutions for them that were both legally sound and commercially astute. Over the years, we’ve also put together a team of exceptional lawyers, all of whom have been with us since they were graduates. This means that, as a firm, we’re extremely efficient in the way we operate,” Kenneth says.
Out-of-the-Box Legal Solutions Based on Deep Understanding
In particular, Kenneth has special expertise in handling major transactions for the wine and liquor, fuel and petroleum, and food and beverage industries.
“I always ensure I have a deep understanding of all the businesses run by my ASX 200 clients, as well as those who operate large family companies. I think my clients appreciate my top-tier-firm experience and first-hand knowledge of the financial side of major transactions. Over the years, I’ve often used my ability to think laterally to come up with out-of-the-box legal solutions that have achieved my clients’ commercial goals efficiently and effectively,” Kenneth says.
Kenneth specialises in:
- Mergers & Acquisitions;
- Business structures;
- Corporate law;
- Commercial law;
- Commercial litigation.
Kenneth is a current member of the:
- Wine Australia Regulatory Advisory Board;
- Business Advisory Council for the Fédération Internationale des Vins et Spiritueux (International Federation of Wine and Spirits) (FIVS).
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