Neil Fearis is a leading corporate and commercial lawyer in Western Australia and special counsel in the firm’s Perth office. He specialises in mergers and acquisitions, capital raisings and corporate reconstructions, with a particular focus on the mining and resources sector.

    Neil has been in practice for more than 35 years and has worked as a commercial lawyer in London, Sydney and Perth. He was a partner in one of Australia's largest national law firms until 1999, when he formed Fearis Salter Power Shervington, a niche firm that was ranked by The Australian Financial Review as one of the top 10 law firms in Australia for mergers and acquisitions work.

    Neil provides high quality corporate and commercial legal advice to public company clients and has advised on some of the largest corporate transactions ever undertaken in Australia, including what was at the time Australia's largest ever contested takeover.

    Prior to studying law, Neil spent several years engaged in mineral exploration in both Australia and southern Africa and as a result has a good understanding of the practical issues facing companies developing resource projects in remote locations, both in Australia and overseas. A joint winner in the “Mergers & Acquisitions” category of the Legal Elite poll conducted by WA Business News, Neil has also been recognised as an outstanding individual by Best Lawyers Australia 2009.

    Neil has written and presented papers on various aspects of commercial law, including takeovers and securities regulation, and on the legal aspects of investing and conducting business in Australia.

    In recent years Neil has undertaken extensive work, both as a company director and as a lawyer, in francophone Africa and has a working knowledge of French.

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    Education

    • University of London, LL.B., Honours, 1976

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Member, Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia
    • Member, the International Bar Association
    • Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia
    • Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
    • Involved in a number of not-for-profit and community organisations
    • Currently non-executive director of three ASX-listed companies

    Languages

    • English
    • French
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