Our Team

Darren Sommers

Principal


Darren specialises in providing general commercial legal advice and specialist technology law advice to clients in the IT industry and other technology industries. In addition to his law degree, Darren has both an honours degree in Science and a Master of Information Technology. Darren has previously worked as a software developer and business analyst for leading multi-national companies. Darren’s vocational experience in IT assists in providing his clients with practical and well targeted legal advice.

He has also worked as general counsel for one of Australia’s largest online companies, and been a Partner/Principal Lawyer in two of Melbourne's best known boutique law firms.

Whilst focusing on technology companies, Darren also acts for clients in a range of industries and is well versed in corporate law and general commercial legal issues. Darren’s experience extends to the following areas of law:

  • IT and technology licensing
  • Online legal issues
  • Telecommunications
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Venture capital and other fund raising
  • Commercialisation and protection of intellectual property
  • International trade and negotiations

RECOGNITION

Darren has been recommended in the Leading Technology Media & Telecommunications Lawyers in Victoria category in the highly regarded Doyles Guide for two consecutive years (2018-2019).

Stephanie Chin

Special Counsel


Stephanie is financial services lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in both private practice and in-house roles, having worked for traditional fund managers as well as a fund manager specialising in alternative assets.

Stephanie's practice focuses on the startup space, where she advises: startups on all aspects of their business; investors in startups; and fund managers on the establishment of venture capital funds. Her funds management/financial services expertise also extends to fund mergers and terminations; capital raising; meetings for member approvals; regulatory and compliance advice - including regulatory aspects of traditional funds management (ie. Corporations Act requirements and related ASIC policy); and regulatory aspects of venture capital funds (ie. Venture Capital Act and ITAA requirements) and dealing with regulators such as ASIC and Innovation and Science Australia.

Stephanie began her career in-house at National Mutual, following which she moved into private practice at King & Wood Mallesons. After a secondment at Vanguard, she ended up staying, before moving to Artesian Venture Partners Pty Ltd, a global alternative investment management firm specializing in debt, venture capital and impact investment strategies. There she was the legal lead, where she oversaw the build and launch of many Artesian venture capital funds in Australia.

Kirstie Le Lievre

Senior Associate


Kirstie is a commercial lawyer with significant experience advising startups, small and medium businesses and enterprise clients. Kirstie has experience assisting clients across a range of business needs, from general commercial matters through to dispute resolution expertise.

Kirstie began her legal career in a boutique litigation practice before joining national law firm LegalVision. After working in LegalVision’s Sydney and Melbourne offices, Kirstie joined the disputes team at international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills in Melbourne, with a focus on legal technology.

Kirstie holds a Bachelor of Communication (University of Technology, Sydney) in addition to a Juris Doctor (University of New South Wales) and brings a love for clear communication and pragmatic optimism to legal practice. Kirstie joined the Adventum Legal team in September 2021 and is eager to be back working closely with startups and technology-focussed clients.


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