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 every year since 2019 and is recommended in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 in corporate and M&A.


Awards and recognition

Best Lawyers in Australia 2019-2025
Recognised – 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

Corporate & Commercial | 14 May 2024

US acquisitions in Australia: issues to consider from a US and Australian perspective

We summarise some of the issues to be aware of when considering an M&A transaction involving a US buyer and an Australian target.