Awards & Recognition


  • Banking and Finance Lawyer of the Year, Women in Finance 2023
  • Women in Banking and Finance / Turks Legal, Winner of Women in Leadership Scholarship, at Darden Business School, University of Virginia 2023
  • Banking and Finance Lawyer of the Year, Women in Finance 2022
  • Winner, Achievement in Excellence Award, Women in Finance 2022
  • Finalist, Achievement in Excellence Award, Women in Finance 2022
  • Finalist, Senior Associate of the Year, Women in Law Awards 2022
  • Achievement in Professional Services Award, Women in Banking and Finance 2021

About Paula

Paula is a banking and finance lawyer with extensive international experience, both in-house and private practice, acting for a sophisticated client portfolio, including a large number of financial institutions and corporate groups on a wide range of finance matters. As well as advising on complex corporate finance, real estate finance, acquisition finance and project finance, she also has significant experience on a wide range of corporate transactions and governance issues.

With a market-leading reputation for leading commercial and legal teams to deliver commercial solutions for clients under tight deadlines, Paula has a strong track record of building trusted relationships with key stakeholders and clients. She consistently delivers outstanding results, bringing deep commerciality and legal expertise to each matter.

Paula is also the founder and Chair of Women in Loan Markets Australia (Melbourne), a sub-committee of the Asia Pacific Loan Market Association which aims to promote women in the finance industry and has repeatedly been recognised in the industry for her work having won a number of awards. These include the Women in Finance, Banking and Finance Lawyer of the Year award for four consecutive years since 2020.

With a deep long standing commitment to supporting those in need in the community, Paula has worked with First Nations peoples, Starlight Children’s Foundation, Australian Red Cross, the Buttery and Healthy Bones Australia.

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