Meet our Partners


Dean Alexander

Managing Partner

Dean Alexander is the Managing Partner of NicholasBlack and is an accredited expert in insolvency law.

He was a finalist in the Lawyers Weekly top 30 under 30 Lawyers in 2017, 2018 and 2019, as well as a finalist for Partner of the Year awards in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Dean has practiced continuously and almost exclusively in the areas of insolvency and litigation for the majority of his career.  He has held a number of diverse positions in the industry, including managing a team of insolvency litigators at a boutique firm, taking on a senior position in a disputes and insolvency team at a top national firm, and building a boutique law-firm into a litigation powerhouse, which employed 15 staff.

Dean is also a graduate of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association (ARITA), after completing his industry renowned accreditation, now known as the Advanced Certificate in Insolvency.

With his extensive experience comes a notable list of clientele and results.  These range from assisting small to medium enterprises in defending actions brought by liquidators or other SMEs, through to representing insolvency practitioners appointed to international and domestic publicly listed companies in complex litigation both in Australia and overseas.

To find out how Dean can assist you, or to book an appointment, please contact him at or on +61 (0) 430 530 524.

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Paul Napier


Paul Napier is a Partner of NicholasBlack and leads our commercial law practice.

Paul has a diverse range of commercial law experience having worked for one of the Big 4 Professional Services firms, one of Asia Pacific’s top legal firms, and was Group General Counsel for an ASX100 listed company for almost a decade. He has advised on strategic partnerships, acquisitions and divestments, in a variety of different sectors (including services, agriculture, FMCG, energy and resources, consumer products, transport, and intellectual property) in Australia, USA, UAE, China, Hong Kong, Europe, and South America. He is a trusted advisor to a wide range of national and international clients, and has advised on acquisition and divestment projects ranging in value from AUD 1 million to AUD 550 million.

Paul regularly assists clients with:

  • Shareholder Agreements

  • Business Acquisitions and Divestments

  • Strategic partnership agreements

  • Distribution agreements

  • Joint ventures

  • Corporate governance matters

Paul is focused on building long term business relationships with his clients and helping them to achieve their strategic objectives.

To find out how Paul can assist you, or to book an appointment, please contact him at  or on +61 (0) 421 920 879.