Karina Marcar Partner

Meet Karina

Karina is a corporate and commercial lawyer, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and general corporate advisory.

Karina has a reputation for advising on innovative transactions.

She advises on all aspects of mergers and acquisitions, with an emphasis on negotiated transactions and private equity, corporate structuring (from implementation, such as joint venture and shareholders agreements, to exits), and capital markets matters (including IPOs, placements and rights issues).

Karina also assists clients with general corporate and governance advice, including advising entities on the ASX Listing Rules, corporate governance policies and charters, shareholder meetings, employee incentive schemes and ASIC investigations.

Karina has undertaken various strategic secondments which have deepened her understanding of clients and their industries, including in the financial services and the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sectors.

Karina is a steering committee member of the Australian chapter of the Women’s Infrastructure Network.


Mergers & Acquisitions

Touraust Corporation

Acting on the sale of the Constellation Hotels Group (including the Chifley, Country Comfort, Sundowner and Australis brands).

Oceania Capital Partners

advising on its bids for Wattyl Ltd, Baycorp Advantage Ltd and on its participation in the Airline Partners Australia $11 billion bid for Qantas.

Corporate Governance

Corporate Governance Activities

Providing corporate governance advice to major listed entities, including advising on their annual reporting requirements, charters and policies. Designing and advising on employee incentive schemes. Advising entities on compliance with the ASX Listing Rules. Advising on ASIC investigations, including insider trading and continuous disclosure matters.

General Corporate Advisory

General Corporate Advisory Activities

Corporations Act advice, including takeover and fundraising laws. Joint venture and shareholder agreements in a variety of industries, including financial services, infrastructure, energy, fertiliser, property, building products and hospitality sectors. Supply and distribution agreements. Advising foreign entities on establishing businesses in Australia.


Listed as a leading lawyer in Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Best Lawyers Australia, 2019

Career & qualifications


  • Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), University of New South Wales
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of New South Wales


  • Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Women’s Infrastructure Network (steering committee member)
  • International Women’s Forum
  • UNSW Law Alumni Chapter

International experience

  • Karina’s international experience includes two years working in London, where she advised on the Australian aspects of several significant transactions, including the purchase by Travelex of the Australian Thomas Cook retail and wholesale foreign exchange business as part of a global acquisition.


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The new safe harbour insolvency laws – basics for directors and commercial contracting

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The Federal Court has released its judgment in favour of Brickworks Limited and Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Company Limited, in its proceedings with Perpetual.1

2016 AGM Season Survey Results

At the conclusion of the 2016 AGM season, we conducted our annual survey of remuneration report voting for S&P/ASX 1001entities.




  • Submission to ASIC on employee incentive scheme relief reforms, 2014