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Peter Dunne is one of Australia’s leading private equity and venture capital lawyers, specialising in M&A and private capital raisings. He is a Partner and Head of Venture Capital at Herbert Smith Freehills and has advised on multibillion-dollar transactions, including acquisitions, buy-outs,...
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Peter Dunne is one of Australia’s leading venture capital and private equity lawyers, specialising in private capital raisings and M&A. Peter has advised on multibillion-dollar transactions, including acquisitions, buy-outs, disposals, joint ventures and recapitalisations, involving some of Australia’s largest public and private organisations; his clients include Atlassian, Canva, Deputy, Culture Amp, Linktree, BigCommerce, Campaign Monitor, Expert 360, SafteyCulture, Tyro, Zoox…the list goes on.

In this conversation with Ian, Peter talks about…

  • Why he became a lawyer and how early experiences shaped his career
  • Why he’s more interested in people than the size of deals
  • Key differences between private equity and venture capital
  • How he got involved in Atlassian’s first capital raise
  • His approach to building a tech practice and choosing clients
  • His advice for startup founders who are fundraising
  • What “legal debt” is and how to avoid it

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