Deborah Chew


Qualifications: BA, JD (USA)


Deborah has extensive experience across a broad range of commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets and other corporate transactions, equity investments, shareholders and joint venture arrangements, management equity arrangements, ASX listed company advice, and a wide variety of commercial arrangements.

Deborah’s major clients span a range of industries, with particular focus on the technology and biotech industries, and on agribusiness, and vary in size from start-ups to Australian industry leaders.

Deborah began her legal career in New York, where she practised corporate and commercial law for over 10 years. She relocated to Australia in 1999.

Deborah combines a deep knowledge of her clients and the industries they operate within with a familiarity with corporate transactions that is based on over 25 years of experience in both Australia and the United States.

Deborah has been recognised in The Best Lawyers in Australia in Corporate/Governance Practice for 2019 and 2020 and is recommended in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 in corporate and M&A.


Best Lawyers in Australia – 2019, 2020 and 2021
Partner – Corporate/Governance Practice

Professional Membership

  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Australian Corporate Lawyers Association
  • Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association
  • American Chamber of Commerce

Latest thinking

Commercial | 26 May 2020

COVID-19: ASIC updates regulatory position on financial reporting deadlines and Annual General Meetings

ASIC recently published new regulatory guidance for listed and unlisted entities as a further response to the challenges that are being posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The measures, announced on 13 May 2020, extend the time by which financial reports are required to be lodged with ASIC and sent to members, as well as the time by which Annual General Meetings are required to be held.