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Cathy Russo

managing principal lawyer - brisbane, commercial

meet Cathy

about Cathy

brisbane office +61 7 3235 0403
pa: claudia mitchell +61 7 3235 0462

about Cathy

Cathy Russo has earned a reputation for being a relentless commercial lawyer and seeing a matter through, no matter what. Whether Cathy is working with a large private lending group on a multi-million dollar loan transaction or structuring a new acquisition for a business operator, she never loses sight of what’s most important and keeps the client’s best interests top of mind.

“I don’t want to be known just for my technical skills and for providing great service. My goal is also to become a vital part of my client’s business and to support them as they grow.”

Cathy provides a full range of commercial services acting for private owners through to multinationals including share and business purchase and disposals and associated due diligence, structuring and shareholder documentation.

Areas of Expertise



leadership positions

Board Member- Spinal Life Australia 

Board Member- Macpherson Kelley Foundation 

recent experience

  • early growth stage fintech

    Cathy acted for an early growth stage fintech and provided services across the whole of their legal requirements. This included restructuring and equity raising in the operating entity, internal corporate governance, shareholders/subscription and option agreements, a $33M working capital facility which involved warrant deeds and intercreditor/ subordination agreements along with associated due diligence reviews on internal facility documents including review of compliance with the National Credit Code and associated Legal Opinions.

  • hybrid debt/equity funding

    Cathy acted for a client looking to gain funding through equity and convertible notes of circa $50M across three entities. This included Unitholders/Shareholders, Subscription Agreements, Unitholders/Shareholders Agreements, Convertible Note Deeds (secured) and associated mortgage, intercreditor and tripartite arrangements.

  • M&A

    Cathy acted for a Not-for-Profit company in the complex rollup and merger with a new entity.