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Dale Chapman


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"I help my clients achieve their goals by applying my understanding of their business drivers and strategies."

Dale’s work involves advising both public and private companies on a broad range of business matters and acting as external general counsel for a number of companies.

He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, joint venture projects, equity capital markets, corporate governance and commercial contracts, and the particular insights gained while practising law in Tokyo, acting for some of Japan’s largest trading houses on a variety of challenging global transactions.

Dale also has a focus on the water sector with significant expertise in water law, markets and trading, and drafting and negotiating complex commercial contracts for the water industry.

Murray Goulburn — advised a bidder on the $1.3 billion sale of Murray Goulburn’s dairy processing business.

Bega Cheese — advised Bega Cheese on its takeover of Peanut Company of Australia Limited.

Ashley Services Group — advised on numerous mergers and acquisitions over 15+ years, including its acquisition of a 75% interest in Linc Personnel, a labour hire and recruitment services company supporting the offshore oil and gas industry. Also advised on ASG’s IPO which raised $98 million.

Australian Associated Press (AAP) — advised on mergers and acquisitions for over a decade, including the sale of the newswire and their media monitoring business to iSentia (formerly Media Monitors) and obtaining competition clearances in Australia and overseas.

Irrigation infrastructure operators — advised various farmer-owned irrigation businesses, including Coleambally Irrigation Co-operative, Jemalong Irrigation, Murray Irrigation, Murrumbidgee Irrigation and Western Murray Irrigation, on a broad range of business matters, including corporate governance issues, commercial/customer contracts, infrastructure and major projects, property issues, environment and planning issues, regulatory investigations, and water policy, law and regulation.


Doyle's Guide — Leading Business & Commercial Lawyers: Recommended — NSW — 2022

Committees and memberships

Member, Australian Water Association




Energy & Resources

Food Manufacturing





Mining, Oil & Gas

Professional Services




Bachelor of Laws, University of Newcastle

Bachelor of Economics, University of Newcastle