Corporate and M&A in Australia

Allens

Allens operates in the top end of the public and private M&A market, regularly advising on high-value cross-border transactions on behalf of major corporates and global private equity sponsors. The firm's private equity practice stands out, with recent mandates from KKR, Cerberus, and Advent International overseen by practice heads Tom Story and Melbourne-based Mark Malinas. Story also maintains a broad practice in corporate M&A, leading on a number of market-significant and complex mergers. Guy Alexander is highly active in large-scale public M&A, advising on $35bn of deals during 2019, while Richard Kriedemann works on public company takeovers, corporate governance, and listed company restructuring matters. Brisbane's Chelsey Drake advises real estate, energy, and natural resources clients, and also sits on the Australian Government's Takeover Panel. Kylie Brown has a blue-chip client base across media, insurance, and infrastructure, while Vijay Cugati is recognised for his broad practice across complex takeovers, carve-outs, distressed M&A, and corporate governance. Lawyers are in Sydney unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Tom Story; Mark Malinas

Testimonials

‘They are individually brilliant and collectively exceptional. While other firms also have quality and dedicated individuals, you know with Allens that the right people with the right expertise will be deployed when needed. The team does not restrict contact to particular channels, but rather thrives on creating deep and broad connections across their teams. From my perspective, this ensures quality advice and quality outcomes rather than my contact being limited to my known contacts. The seamless interaction between the Corporate and M&A practice with the Banking, Insolvency, and particularly the Funds teams has been invaluable for us.’

‘The Allens team is across both the technical and commercial aspects of transactions and is fantastic at balancing these (often competing) matters. Given their wealth of experience, Allens is more than capable of navigating even the most complicated of transactions. Allens provides value for money relative to the high standard of work and the expertise they deliver.’

‘Engaging, commercial, and approachable. No matter the question or time of engagement, the Allens Corporate Team is always willing to take a call or provide input.’

Key clients

Alimentation Couche-Tard

Brambles

KKR

Santos

Brookfield

Bellamy’s

Evolution Mining

QIC

Uni space

Puma Energy

GBST

Cerberus Capital Management

Pacific Equity Partners

Advent

TPG Capital

National Storage REIT

Wesfarmers

Vocus Group

Work highlights

  • Advised KKR in relation to its agreement with Campbell Soup Compan to acquire Arnott’s, and certain international operations from Campbell.
  • Advising Alimentation Couche-Tard on its non-binding indicative proposal to the Board of Caltex to acquire 100% of Caltex by way of a scheme of arrangement.
  • Advised Brambles on its dual-track US$2.5bn separation by demerger or trade sale of the IFCO RPC business, ultimately sold to Triton and ADIA.

Gilbert + Tobin

Gilbert + Tobin's diverse corporate practice is routinely involved in large-scale and high-value mandates on behalf of major Australian companies, multinationals, and global private equity funds, with sponsor-side PE advice forming a key part of the firm's offering. A wide range of technically complex mandates includes cross-border mergers and investments, acquisitions, de-mergers, hostile takeover defence, and private equity buyouts. Peter Cook is highly regarded in the market for his role in major private equity and corporate transactions, with values regularly exceeding $1bn. Practice co-head Costas Condoleon handles complex corporate matters including takeovers, corporate governance, and securities issues. Melbourne-based co-head Neil Pathak is highly active in high-value deals, including advising AB InBev on its proposed $16bn sale to Asahi, and regularly advises PE funds on Australian investments. Rachael Bassil advises private equity, investment banks, and foreign entities on a range of acquisitions and exits. Lawyers are in Sydney unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Costas Condoleon; Neil Pathak

Testimonials

The Gilbert + Tobin Mergers & Acquisitions team is one of the leading M&A teams within Australia. They have a depth of expertise and a consistent level of high-quality partners across the entire practice. The G+T M&A team are experts in their field and know when to push legal points and when to counsel to make commercial calls. They are truly a rare find and a pleasure to deal with.’

Rachael Bassil – a tenacious and skilled advocate for her clients. Always fair in her approach and knows the key issues to push to provide maximum benefit to her clients. Always available, no matter what time of day or night.’

‘Elizabeth Cameron – one of the firms rising stars – works under Rachael and can run deals. Quality advice and never lets you down. Would definitely use Elizabeth again.

Key clients

Anheuser-Busch InBev

Westpac

GrainCorp

Telstra

The Stars Group

Coca-Cola Amatil

DuluxGroup

RuralCo Holdings

Tilt Renewables

Cardno Group

Jacobs Engineering Group

Mineral Resources

KKR

TPG Capital

Quadrant Private Equity

BGH Capital

CPE Capital

Adamantem Capital

Pacific Equity Partners

Pemba Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Anheuser-Busch InBev on the $16bn proposed sale of Carlton & United Breweries to Asahi Group.
  • Advising KKR on the proposed $3.4bn acquisition of a 55% stake in Colonial First State from CBA and advised on corporate aspects of its $3.2bn acquisition of Arnott’s Biscuits and certain international operations of Campbell Soup.
  • Advised DuluxGroup on Nippon Paint’s $3.8bn acquisition of DuluxGroup by scheme of arrangement.

Herbert Smith Freehills

Herbert Smith Freehills regularly advises clients on high-profile and market-critical M&A transactions of significant value, with a deep and broad stable of experienced partners capable of acting on deals in key market sectors. The team works with major corporate clients across Australia and the Asia-Pacific, multinationals, and global private equity investors such as Brookfield. Carolyn Pugsley oversees the corporate practice in Australia from Melbourne. Sydney's Tony Damian specialises in public company takeovers and takeover defence, contributing extensively to literature on the subject and acting for a number of major clients. Rebecca Maslen-Stannage advises on high-value transactions in the telecoms, technology, and retail spaces. Philippa Stone is recognised for her blue-chip client base and role in public M&A, privatisations, and corporate restructurings. In Melbourne, the highly experienced Rodd Levy advises on domestic and cross-border transactions of significant value, while Baden Furphy is noted for his role in large-scale M&A and demerger transactions. Robert Nicholson has retired from the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Carolyn Pugsley

Testimonials

‘Commercial, responsive, and deeply experienced, the firm provides innovative and practical legal solutions to commercial situations.’

Tony Damian is in my view the country’s leading M&A lawyer these days. He has unrivalled technical skills (having literally written the book on schemes of arrangement) but also is acutely commercial, practical, and responsive. His list of marquee transactions is testimony to the regard in which he is held in the market. Philippa Stone has been pre-eminent in the field for 25 years and her innovative and practical legal skills are remarkable. Rebecca Maslen-Stannage, Rodd Levy, Baden Furphy among many others make the HSF M&A  team simply outstanding.’

‘Tony Damian is exceptional.

Key clients

Amcor

TPG Telecom

Healthscope

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

National Bank of Australia

Caltex

Suncorp Group

Boral

Brookfield

Worley

AGL Energy

Work highlights

  • Acted for Amcor in relation to a scheme of arrangement between Amcor and its shareholders to create a new holding company, Amcor plc, in order to effect the combination of Amcor and Bemis Company.
  • Advising TPG on its $15bn merger of equals with Vodafone Hutchison Australia.
  • Acted for HSO in relation to all aspects of the approaches from Brookfield and the BGH-AustralianSuper consortium and the successful cash or scrip scheme of arrangement and simultaneous cash takeover bid by Brookfield.

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons has an extensive and highly-regarded corporate team, combining full-service expertise across transactions, regulatory, and corporate governance issues with a strong client base of blue-chip ASX-listed companies, major private equity houses, and multinational corporates. The practice regularly advises on high-profile transactions, investments, and corporate structuring matters, and has notable cross-border capabilities. The team is overseen by Evie Bruce and Renae Lattey in Sydney and Melbourne respectively, and features a number of highly-regarded practitioners. David Friedlander has an impressive record in public M&A, including transactions, takeover advice and defence, and complex structuring mandates, including demergers and competitive sales processes. Jason Watts is also active in high-level public company M&A, combining this expertise with extensive experience in corporate governance and private equity work. Meredith Paynter is noted for her work on complex transactions across a variety of industries, including retail, food & agribusiness, and healthcare. Melbourne's Nicola Charlston has a growing profile in the healthcare and industrials sectors, building several key client relationships in recent years, while senior associate Jennifer Cheung remains highly recommended. Lawyers are in Sydney unless otherwise noted.

Practice head(s):

Evie Bruce; Renae Lattey

Testimonials

KWM was very flexible and adaptable in their approach. They were happy to provide additional support when we needed it but also reduced their involvement (at our request) for matters that were more suited to completion by our in-house team. It was a really collaborative approach and refreshing that they were there when we needed them, but they weren’t trying to over-service/increase their billing for the sake of it at times when their involvement wasn’t as crucial.

Nicola Charlston brought a cool and calm head to what was, at times, intense, detailed, and drawn-out negotiations. Her pragmatic approach and commercial focus on what was concede-able versus what were deal-breakers were very much appreciated by our team. She was also able to distil some of the more complicated provisions into consumable summaries and presented these with ease and confidence to our senior management.’

Jason Watts is the standout Corporate M&A partner. He is client focussed, though prepared to give the hard advice if appropriate. Very commercial and a lateral thinker. Gets along with all stakeholders. Jason delivers on transaction milestones and completion.

Key clients

AATS Co

Affinity Equity Partners

AMP

Atlas Arteria

Aurizon

Australia Post

Apax Partners

Australian Unity

Brookfield Business Partners

Brookfield Capital Partners

Campbell Soup Company

Clean Energy Finance Corporation

EMR Capital

EQT

Goldcorp

United Malt Group Limited

Investec

IOOF

KKR

Lion Pty Ltd

Lynas Corporation

Macquarie

Mercury Capital Investments

Navis Capital

Newmont Gold Corporation

OPTrust

PAG Asia Capital

Starwood Capital

The Growth Fund

Transurban

Vista Equity Partners

Zurich Financial Services Australia

Work highlights

  • Advised Brookfield on its $5.7bn acquisition of Healthscope.
  • Advised AMP on the $3bn sale of its Australian and New Zealand life insurance business.
  • Advised Campbell Soup Company on the $2.2bn sale of Arnott’s Biscuits and international operations.

Ashurst

Ashurst utilises its diverse range of sector focuses to play a key role in high-profile public and private M&A deals, working on major deals in the retail, energy, digital economy, and real estate sectors on behalf of blue-chip domestic and international clients. An area of focus for the firm during 2020 has been competitive sales and restructuring transactions impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The team also regularly acts for private equity investors such as Brookfield and Blackstone in a further reflection of its cross-border expertise. Melbourne's John Brewster heads up the team alongside Anton Harris, with both partners working prolifically on deals. Mark Stanbridge leads the private equity practice, regularly advising the firm's key PE clients and specialising in Asian investment work. Phil Breden is recognised as a highly accomplished transactional counsel, known for advising major Australian entities on complex regulated industry mandates.

Other key lawyers:

Phil Breden

Testimonials

‘The Ashurst Corporate and M&A team is extremely responsive and capable, providing high quality legal and commercial advice.’

Key clients

AIA

Aurizon

Blackstone Group

Navitas

Nine Entertainment

NorthWest Healthcare

Oxford Properties

Resolution Life Group

Sunsuper

Tronox

Woolworths Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Woolworths on the restructure and separation of Endeavour Drinks.
  • Advising UK-based Resolution Life Group in its acquisition of AMP Life for an esimated AU$3bn.
  • Advising AIA Group on its AU$2.735bn acquisition of Commonwealth Bank’s life insurance businesses, CommInsure Life and Sovereign.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie combines a broad range of sector focuses with integrated capabilities in capital markets, tax, regulatory, and finance, alongside a geographically diverse team capable of working on national and cross-border transactions. Clients include major listed companies, government bodies, private equity funds, and high net-worth individuals. Sydney's Ben McLaughlin co-heads the practice, leading the firm's corporate market group and advising on corporate governance and public and private M&A deals for domestic and international clients, with a particular focus on the life sciences sector. Co-head Richard Lustig is based in Melbourne, and advises listed companies on cross-border transactions as well as overseeing the firm's work on inbound Japanese investment. Also in Melbourne, Simon de Young specialises in work with private equity funds on a variety of domestic and cross-border acquisitions, divestments, and corporate restructurings. The practice expanded during 2019 and 2020, with notable arrivals including Brisbane-based pair Derek Pocock and Jim Peterson from McCullough Robertson.

Practice head(s):

Richard Lustig; Ben McLaughlin

Testimonials

Baker McKenzie’s Energy, Resources, Infrastructure, and Corporate team deliver exceptional services with their incontestable legal and commercial knowledge of the industry and jurisdiction. The partners are highly commercially savvy and reliable to not only effectively deal with the legal issues but also provide beneficial legal solutions for complicated commercial issues.

‘Michael Kunstler, Lewis Apostolou, and Eric Thianpiriya are the partners who make Baker McKenzie stand out. Michael’s problem solving and networking skills are exceptional and unparalleled. He is able to identify the hidden / real issues in transactions and provide effective solutions like no other. Lewis has a deep knowledge of capital markets and M&A law and is an expert that we can trust on highly complicated and tricky issues. Eric is always dependable and efficient and provides constructive and thorough service. All of them avoid overusing legal jargon and consistently provide commercially valuable advice that our investment teams appreciate.’

Supremely client-friendly, despite time zone differences. Deep experience across multiple asset classes. The right mix of specialists and generalists on files.

Michael Kunstler is one of the best lawyers that I have ever worked with. He provides excellent advice, based on years of experience, and delivers it in a calm and balanced manner. He is able to focus on the most critical matters and offers very practical solutions. Lewis Apostolou also provides fantastic advice and demonstrates an unwavering commitment to his clients.

Key clients

MUTB

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA)

Orora

Medtronic

Gresham Partners Capital; Barminco Holdings

DMGT US

HT&E

Booking Holdings

AccorInvest Group SA

BRP

Australian Pharmaceutical Industries

Sundance Energy Australia

QIC & Schiphol International B.V.

Caisse de Dépot Et Placement Du Québec

Kalbar

F45 Training

MacPhersons Resources

Intrepid Mines (now AIC Mines)

PAREXEL International

Work highlights

  • Advised Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation (MUTB) on its AU$4bn acquisition of the global asset management division of Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
  • Advised Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) on its acquisition of an 88% stake in AirTrunk by a consortium led by Macquarie Asia Infrastructure Fund 2 (MAIF2), a MIRA-managed infrastructure fund.
  • Acted for Orora in entering into a binding agreement to sell its Australasian Fiber Business to a wholly owned subsidiary of Nippon Paper for an enterprise value of AU$1.7bn.

Clayton Utz

Clayton Utz has a strong record acting for ASX-listed companies, private equity sponsors, and overseas investors, advising on complex and high-value investments, takeovers, acquisitions, and disposals. Alongside transactional work, the team also provides strategic advice to many of its high-profile clients. These clients come from a broad range of industry sectors, including health, retail, industrials, and IT, reflecting broad expertise across the practice. The highly-regarded Rory Moriarty leads the team, and advises blue-chip clients including Bain Capital and Virgin Australia, as well as serving as the youngest member of the Australian Takeover Panel. Jonathan Algar works with businesses on a variety of transactional and corporate governance-related matters, while Melbourne's Andrew Walker supports public and private companies in transactions and board-level issues. Brisbane's Stephanie Dawson is heavily involved in technical and transactional elements of mergers and takeovers, with expertise in shareholder activism and hostile takeovers. Lawyers are in Sydney unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Rory Moriarty

Key clients

Chevron Australian Downstream

Nippon Steel

ConocoPhillips

Pacific Equity Partners

CCMP

AVID Property Group

Salmat

Webster

Woolworths Group

Graymont

Virgin Australia Holdings

Macquarie Media

Bananacoast

Permira

Melco Resorts & Entertainment

Knauf Ceiling Holdings

Zone 5 Venture

Mare

Gebr Knauf

Work highlights

  • Advised Nishimura & Asahi on the acquisition by Nippon Paint of DuluxGroup, including due diligence.
  • Advised CCMP Capital Advisors on its acquisition of Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions from Brookfield Business Partners.
  • Advised Bananacoast Community Credit Union on its merger with Police & Nurses.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Corrs Chambers Westgarth acts on a wide variety of high-value M&A matters, with a client list encompassing major domestic and international corporates, and a number of private equity sponsors, including major houses Blackstone, Silver Lake, and Warburg Pincus. The team has expertise across the telecommunications, media, and manufacturing sectors, to name a few, but is especially active in private equity and real estate transactions. Practice head Sandy Mak is relationship partner for many of the firm's major PE clients, and is active in high-value and cross-border transactions. Andrew Lumsden heads the firm's China desk and specialises in cross-border M&A and inbound investment, alongside corporate governance advice. Young partner Adam Foreman is highly praised for his role in cross-border transactions in media and financial services. Melbourne's Justin Fox is noted for his strategic advice to multinationals in the media and digital sectors. Lawyers are in Sydney unless otherwise mentioned.

Practice head(s):

Sandy Mak

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Lumsden; Adam Foreman; Justin Fox

Testimonials

Client-focused, technical excellence, commercially minded. All very friendly and personable. There is no gratuitous advice, just a focused understanding of the problem and a well-tailored solution.’

Robert Clarke is one of the most seasoned and exceptional transactional partners I have worked with the world over. He has vast knowledge by virtue of his intuition and experience. He is quick to identify the key issues and capable of solving them no matter how complex.

A very well resourced M&A team who are prepared to put the work into getting to know clients – becoming true partners for the business.’

Gaynor Tracey and her team are fantastic to work with – they are smart and efficient and have an awareness of the commercial drivers underlying a transaction.

Very experienced and knowledgeable on the market and the law. Highly commercial and great and negotiating commercial outcomes.

Best in class knowledge of their craft and how to successfully apply it. Proactive in their approach and very effective at working towards successful outcomes.

Corrs is focused on providing technically accurate but commercially pragmatic advice. They have a range of specialists who assist in achieving the right outcome rather than just providing advice.’

Very pragmatic and easy to work with. The individuals at Corrs that we deal with have taken the time to understand our organisation and people and adapted to our ways of working. That makes them efficient and more likely to achieve the outcomes we want in the way that we want it.

Key clients

Vodafone

Warburg Pincus

Wesfarmers

Macquarie Corporate Holdings

Bowmark Capital

ABC Tissue

Silver Lake Partners

Fuji Xerox Ltd

Boston Scientific Corporation

NRW Holdings Limited

Heathley Limited

Blackstone

Refinitiv

Argyle Street Management

DIF Capital Partners

Apollo Global Management

Adelaide Brighton

Commonwealth Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising Vodafone in respect of its interests in the merger between Vodafone Hutchison Australia and TPG to create a $15bn merged entity.
  • Advised Silver Lake on its acquisition of TEG from funds advised by Affinity Equity Partners.
  • Advising ABC Tissue Products Pty Ltd on its competitive sale process with a reported potential sale value of approximately AU$1bn.

Minter Ellison

Minter Ellison acts on a consistent flow of transactional mandates from corporate and financial sponsor clients, including major Australian businesses and private equity houses, most notably Brookfield and Anchorage Capital Partners. The practice is able to act across the life cycle of deals, including financing, documentation, regulatory aspects, and exits, with a broad range of transactions including strategic acquisitions, takeovers, mergers, investments, and disposals. Sydney's Bart Oude-Vrielink is a highly experienced and well-regarded practitioner, active in transactional and regulatory work across financial institutions, and public and private companies. Also in Sydney, practice co-head Constantine Boulougouris specialises in strategic advice to ASX-listed companies on governance issues, reputational risks, and transactions. Melbourne-based Joseph Pace also co-leads the practice, while Melbourne managing partner Jeremy Blackshaw has great experience in public and private M&A in the infrastructure and service sectors.

Testimonials

An excellent team, with great allocation of responsibility to those best placed to do the work efficiently for the client.’

John Steven and Bart Oude-Vrielink have worked together as a seamless team for many years. They are supported by excellent lawyers including Keith Tan.

Key clients

AMP

Arrotex Holdings

Anchorage Capital Partners

Brookfield Asset Management

Dexus

Next Capital

Odyssey Private Equity

Quadrant Private Equity

Tal Dai-ichi Life

Urbanest

Work highlights

  • Advised Urbanest on the AU$2bn sale of its Australian student accommodation business and property portfolio to Scape Australia.
  • Advised Arrotex Holdings  on its acquisition and subsequent merger of the Australian subsidiaries and business of Strides Pharma Science and Apotex.
  • Acted for NYSE-listed Albemarle Corporation on all aspects of its US$1.3bn acquisition of a 60% interest in Mineral Resource’s Wodgina Lithium Project in Western Australia.

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP works on a prolific flow of deals from domestic and international clients, with its team in Australia forming a key part of the firm's Asia-Pacific platform. Partners are heavily involved in cross-border transactions and inbound investment deals, particularly on behalf of major Japanese corporates such as Asahi. The team is led by the highly experienced Aaron Kenavan, who advises on large-scale transactions in the chemicals, construction, and financial services sector, while Michael Parshall is recognised as a top-tier corporate counsel, advising clients on governance, deal structuring, and corporate financing matters. Jamie Palmer takes the lead on private equity work, advising funds such as Palisade and Crescent Capital.

Practice head(s):

Aaron Kenavan

Testimonials

The Corporate M&A team is responsive and has a depth and breadth of talent. All team members I have worked with are commercially astute, technically excellent, provide pragmatic and well-considered advice, and excellent in negotiation.

Jamie Palmer is pragmatic, commercially astute, and an all-around excellent practitioner.

Michael Parshall is very much a trusted advisor – exceptional technically, highly experienced negotiator, strategic, dependable, and personable. He genuinely cares for our business, objectives, and team.

Nick Harford is an excellent lawyer – very responsive, proactive, and pragmatic.’

Key clients

Asahi

John Laing

Palisade Investment Partners

EG Group

Mitsubishi Materials Corporation

Pilbara Minerals

QuadReal

Clearstream Banking S.A.

ASSA Abloy

Chow Tai Fook Enterprises

Work highlights

  • Advised Asahi on its AU$16bn acquisition of Carlton & United Breweries.
  • Advised Palisade Investment Partners on its acquisition and subsequent refinancing of the Snowtown 2 Wind Farm from vendor Tilt Renewables for a reported total enterprise value of AU$1.07bn.
  • Advised EG Group on its AU$1.725bn acquisition of the Woolworths Petrol Business from Woolworths Group.

Arnold Bloch Leibler

Arnold Bloch Leibler advises a wide range of domestic and international public and private companies and investment funds on complex M&A transactions and investments. Matters include M&A deals within Australia as well as both inbound and outbound cross-border transactions. Clients operate across a variety of sectors, including energy, technology, and financial services. The team is led by Jonathan Wenig, who has a broad corporate and commercial practice across several industry sectors, and Jeremy Leibler, who focuses on mergers, takeovers, and shareholder activism. Christine Fleer focuses on private client work, while Sydney-based Scott Phillips advises on listed company M&A and capital raisings. Lawyers are in Melbourne unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Wenig; Jeremy Leibler

Testimonials

ABL is a highly professional, customer-focused organisation. They are incredibly strong in providing practical, time-efficient advice. The model allows commercial decision making to be precise and effective. They possess a great experience, commercial approach, and understanding of the client.’

Jonathan Wenig and Jeremy Lanzer are time-efficient, highly commercial in their approach, take the time to understand the clients business making them very effective, very strong negotiation skills, and ability to reach strong M&A outcomes for their client.

Key clients

Nufarm

Deloitte, as administrators of Axsesstoday

Funlab

Maso Capital Investments

Spotlight Group

A consortium controlled by Antony Catalano and Thorney Investment Group

ARA Asset Management

KordaMentha

Zip Co

Visy Industries Australia

Karoon Gas Australia

Square Peg Capital

Probiotec

Leigh Morrison, CEO of RYCO Hydraulics

Founders of Assetic, Joel Brakey and Ashay Prabhu

Tristan Sternson, Justin Parcell and Cameron Boog

SoftwareONE

Work highlights

  • Acted for ASX-listed Nufarm on the sale of its Latin American business to Sumitomo Chemical Company for $1.18bn.
  • Acted for the administrators of Axsesstoday in respect of the sale of of Axsesstoday Operations and Axsesstoday Retail to an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management LP.
  • Acted for Zip Co on its agreement to acquire 100% of the shares in PartPay.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper has expanded its presence in the Australian M&A market, picking up a number of major corporate and private equity clients during 2019 alongside significantly bolstering its team. The practice advises on a number of public and private M&A transactions, with sector specialisms in resources, technology, and life sciences, as well as a strength in cross-border work. Notable arrivals include Shane Bilardi and James Stewart in the Melbourne office, specialising in M&A and joint ventures, and public company takeovers respectively. Both joined from Norton Rose Fulbright. Sydney-based Grant Koch leads the team and advises on transactions and joint ventures for corporate and private equity sponsor clients. Also in Sydney, David Ryan specialises in public M&A and equity capital markets.

Practice head(s):

Grant Koch

Testimonials

The team is extremely client-focused and makes a point of being available at all times for any level of issue. This provides great comfort and confidence when critical deadlines approach. The team feels more like an extension of the in house team, rather than a distant external adviser.’

Chris Mitchell is the most available partner I have dealt with at any firm. He brings a commercial approach to all issues and ensures the client gets the best result. He has the ability to distil what is at times complicated client instructions and produce the best result for the client.

In addition to being very knowledgeable and experienced, the DLA Piper team is very well organized, hard-working, flexible, and – above all – always available, even until late at night. This makes the team very reliable, which is extremely valuable when you are acquiring a business in Australia from the other side of the world (particularly in corona-times where travel is not possible).

I appreciate Grant Koch’s efficient and gracious customer service, with a high level of detail and accountability, as demonstrated throughout each phase of the acquisition process. Grant demonstrates a smart, no-nonsense, and pragmatic approach. I also value James McCarthy’s contribution.

Key clients

Airtrunk

Antler Luggage International

Asahi

Aurecon

Basslink

BP

Credible Labs

Danaher

General Electric Company

IMF Bentham

InfoTrack

Intermediate Capital Group

Irvin and Johnson

LyondellBasell Australia

Morningstar

Novo Nordisk

Pacific Equity Partners

Saracen Minerals Holdings

Schréder

Starpharma Holdings

Titan Minerals

The Hut Group

Zip Co

Work highlights

  • Advised AirTrunk on the AU$3bn competitive sale of a majority of equity by Goldman Sachs Special Situations Group and TPG Sixth Street Partners to Macquarie Group’s infrastructure arm,
  • Lead legal advisor to Saracen Mineral Holdings on its acquisition of Barrick Gold Corporation’s 50% interest in the KCGM Joint Venture for AU$1.1bn and the associated AU$796m equity raising, which funded part of the purchase price.
  • Advised Credible Labs Inc on its AU$585m merger with Fox Corporation.

Johnson Winter & Slattery

Corporate-focused firm Johnson Winter & Slattery acts for a combination of major Australian corporates, multinationals, private equity houses, and venture capital investors, as well as regularly collaborating with US firms on inbound investment into Australia. The firm takes a partner-led approach to acquisitions, investments, joint ventures, and takeovers, with expertise in a number of industry sectors such as retail, energy, and logistics. Jeremy Davis and James Rozsa (who is dual-qualified in the US) head up the firm’s M&A and private equity offerings respectively, with both recognisedfor their regular role in complex cross-border transactions. Damian Reichel advises on large-scale corporate transactions, restructurings, and corporate governance issues.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Davis; James Rozsa

Other key lawyers:

Damian Reichel; Sophia Bobeff

Testimonials

The Corporate team at JWS acts as an extension of my in-house team. They truly act in partnership with us to achieve the best outcome on corporate matters. The partners I work with add a significant amount of value, including by coming up with unique solutions and negotiation strategies.’

Sophia Bobeff and Jeremy Davis are exceptional corporate lawyers who take a significant amount of interest in our business in order to tailor their advice. They consistently add value by identifying critical issues that could impact us and partner with us to make sound legal decisions. I would recommend them highly to my peers.

Key clients

M&A Matters

AB InBev/ Carlton & United Breweries

Infrastructure Capital Group

Lineage Logistics

Gazal Corporation

Innovative Water Care Global Corporation/Platinum Equity, LLC

Natixis

Brookfield Infrastructure Group

Unilever

Flight Centre Travel Group

Private Equity Matters

Archer Capital

Potentia Capital

Coast2Coast

AccelKKR

L Catterton

The Raine Company

Laybuy Holdings

Work highlights

  • Advised ABinBev on strategic elements of the sale of CUB to Asahi.
  • Advised Michigan-based cold storage provider Lineage Logistics on all legal aspects of its acquisition of Emergent Cold.
  • Advised ICG on its acquisition of the Enwave Australia group from Brookfield Infrastructure following a competitive sale process.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright advises on public and private M&A transactions, private equity deals, joint ventures, disposals, and venture capital investments, alongside equity capital markets financing, regulatory support, and corporate governance advice. Clients include high-profile Australian businesses and multinationals in industries such as telecommunications, technology, and energy. Experienced practice head Richard Lewis advises global private equity sponsors and other investors, including family offices and ASX-listed groups, on a range of acquisitions and disposals. John Elliott is highly regarded by clients and peers for his role in major transactions, including acting for Vodafone on its merger with TPG.

Practice head(s):

Richard Lewis

Other key lawyers:

John Elliot

Key clients

Vodafone Hutchison Australia

China Mengniu Dairy Company

Sumitomo Chemical Company

Golden Energy and Resources

Downer EDI / Spotless Group

Technology Crossover Ventures

Excel Operations as trustee for Excel Operations Holding Trust

Tiger Resources

QBE Insurance

Shell Australia

Ferrier Hodgson

Madison Dearborn

Summit Partners

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ)

ATP

Work highlights

  • Advising Vodafone Hutchison Australia on its $15bn merger with TPG, one of the largest M&A deals ever in the Australian telecommunications industry.
  • Advised China Mengniu Dairy Company  on its AU$1.5bn acquisition of Bellamy’s Australia Limited by way of a recommended scheme of arrangement.
  • Advised Sumitomo Chemical Company on it’s AU$1.118bn agreement to purchase Nufarm Limited’s crop protection business in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Chile.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance has a highly focused private equity, infrastructure, and financial sponsor practice, advising a number of high-profile funds and investors on buyouts, minority investments, and sales nationally and internationally. The team is integrated within the firm's global and APAC platforms, with significant cross-border and multijurisdictional expertise. Andrew Crook leads the practice and advises major clients including Partners Group on complex transactions in a number of industries. Mark Currell is highly active in a variety of transactions and regulatory matters. Nadia Kalic focuses on energy and infrastructure-related deals, while senior counsels Jacob Kahwaji and Reuben van Werkum are also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Crook

Testimonials

‘The team is made up of seasoned M&A attorneys. They are a well-oiled team, working seamlessly and tirelessly.

‘Andrew Crook is a smart, experienced team leader. He understands not only M&A but takes time to understand a client’s business so he can tailor his approach to meet their needs. He and his team, including Jacob Kahwaji and Reuben van Werkum, have strong technical skills and provide superior client service – even with a time difference of 14 hours.’

Key clients

PVH Corp.

Five V Capital

Pepper Group

Partners Group

AMA Group

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets Holdings

Sunsuper and HESTA

ProTen

BizCover

Pemba Capital Partners

TBG AG / DTN

Navis Capital Partners and Device Technologies

Tobi Pearce and Kayla Itsines, and The Bikini Body Training Company

BBRC Private Equity

I-MED Radiology Network

Quintet Partners

The Carlyle Group

Willian Hill

Nature’s Care consortium

Photon Energy

Pacific Infrastructure Partners

Work highlights

  • Advising AMA Group Limited on multiple aspects of its AU$440m acquisitions from Suncorp.
  • Acting for PVH Corp in connection with its acquisition of Gazal Corporation Limited by way of scheme of arrangement.
  • Advising a syndicate of international and domestic financiers to the Land Services WA Consortium on the corporate and financing aspects of the AU$1.41bn partial privatisation and commercialisation of Landgate.

Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells advises clients in a range of sectors, including financial services, mining, industrials, and technology on high-value and business-critical M&A and financing matters. The team is integrated with the firm's global platform, allowing it to access multi-jurisdictional expertise on cross-border mandates, and collaborate with finance, tax, and regulatory practices elsewhere in the firm. Matthew Johnson leads the team from Perth and offers significant experience in mergers, takeovers, and general corporate advisory matters, including corporate governance and regulatory compliance. In Sydney, David Holland and Charles Bogle are key names, recommended for their expertise in complex M&A, takeovers, and private equity deals.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Johnson

Other key lawyers:

David Holland; Charles Bogle

Testimonials

Charles Bogle is very client-focused and hands-on, and a pleasure to work with.

Expertise and willingness to share knowledge, advise, and educate. Strategic and able to provide exceptional advice through reading situations and circumstances and drawing on industry knowledge to guide a successful outcome. Very principled and dedicated staff. Enjoyable to work with. High level of respect and patience with each situation. The team worked and communicated exceptionally well.

Incredibly dedicated and determined to assist to achieve a successful outcome. Patience, expertise, and exceptional guidance. Very communicative, with a great sense of humor, and willing to invest time into ensuring the client achieved the desired outcome. Genuinely invested in clients’ best interests and navigating a way to a successful outcome.

Great expertise in M&A matters and keen to grow, so very focussed on providing excellent service, at a cost-efficient basis.

Charles Bogle is great to work with – experienced M&A lawyer, who is commercial, pragmatic, and a pleasure to deal with – no ego, which is a novelty with M&A lawyers. He was approachable on my resourcing requests (not overloading with juniors). He helped us solve some really difficult points with the counterparty by being sensible and imaginative.’

Key clients

InterHealthcare

Allied Gold Corp

Emeco Holdings

Nine Entertainment Co. Holdings

Robin Khuda

Xenith IP Group

Morrison & Co

REST Superanuation

Accident & Compensation Private Markets

Work highlights

  • Acted for IHC in relation to its proposed roll-up transaction and investment from a private equity investor, Next Capital IV.
  • Advised Emeco Holdings, Pit N Portal, and associated AU$65m entitlement offer underwritten by Goldman Sachs to part-fund the acquisition.
  • Advising Allied Gold Corp on its acquisition of the majority interest in Société d’Exploitation des Mines d’Or de Sadiola S.A.

Jones Day

Jones Day focuses on cross-border transactions, acting for a combination of domestic and international corporates and financial sponsors on acquisitions, sales, capital markets transactions, and investments in Australia and Asia. The geographically diverse team is led by Mark Crean in Sydney, who advises on M&A and private equity transactions in the financial services, telecommunications, and media sectors. Also in Sydney, Matthew Latham has a broad practice encompassing cross-border M&A and private equity acquisitions and divestments, alongside corporate governance. Brisbane's Brett Heading focuses on advice to boards and capital raisings.

Practice head(s):

Mark B. Crean

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Latham; Brett Heading

Key clients

Pepper Group

Centuria Capital

KPMG

Sumitomo Chemical Co

Sasser Family Holdings

GARDA Capital Group

Australian Future Energy

Horizon Global

QIC

Bank of Queensland

Work highlights

  • Legal counsel to the Pepper Global Group in connection with the proposed IPO of its Australian and New Zealand business on ASX.
  • Acted for Horizon Global on the sale of its Australian and Asia-Pacific division to Pacific Equity Partners.
  • Acted for Sasser Family Holdings in the sale of CF Asia Pacific to a company controlled by one or more entities managed or advised by Anchorage Capital Partners.

McCullough Robertson

McCullough Robertson offers a wide range of sector focuses, with expertise in life sciences, financial services, fintech, TMT, natural resources, and energy, particularly renewable energy. The team acts for a number of notable clients in these spaces, alongside banks and investment funds. Practice head Damien Clarke is noted for his broad commercial skills and tax expertise, advising on a number of complex energy and resources transactions. Firm chair Reece Walker provides strategic advice to listed companies, while Sydney-based Ben Mortimer works regularly with financial services and public sector clients. Also in Sydney, Adrian Smith advises on cross-border matters and is regularly referred work by international firms. Lawyers are in Brisbane unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Damien Clarke

Other key lawyers:

Reece Walker; Ben Mortimer; Adrian Smith

Key clients

AP Eagers

Macquarie Group

Arthur J Gallagher & Co

Technology One

Over the Wire Holdings

OneVue Holdings

Lindsay Australia

Whitehaven Coal

Imugene

Rural Funds Management

Sojitz Corporation

NQ Minerals

Falcon Oil & Gas

Jellinbah Group

Mackay Sugar

Illyria

Westpac Banking Corporation

Palgrove Holdings

EM Solutions

Droppoint Australia

The True Origins Company

Work highlights

  • Advising Sojitz Corporation, on the $300m sale of its 10% stake in the Moolarben coal project in New South Wales to Yancoal.
  • Advising Macquarie Group on the sale of shares in Macquarie Premium Fundingto Steadfast Group.
  • Advising Imugene on its capital raising and acquisition of Vaxinia. funded  through a combination of cash and the issuance of shares in Imugene.

Dentons

Dentons has expanded its corporate team in Australia following a merger with Fisher Jeffries in Adelaide, expanding the firm's geographical reach, while Perth-based Dan Kirk joined from Lavan Legal. The practice has a national and international reach, acting for major multinational clients including Bayer. The team's main sector focuses are life sciences and natural resources, as well as financial services and private equity. The team is led by Melbourne-based corporate head Nicholas Stretch, who works in both public and private M&A, and has additional corporate restructuring capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Stretch

Other key lawyers:

Dan Kirk

Key clients

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group

Textron

John Bean Technologies

Groupe Lactalis

MAXIMUS Australia Holding Company

Anchor Resources

Rapid Response Revival Research

Brandwood CKC

Windlab

Biopoint

Work highlights

  • Advised Australia and New Zealand Banking Group on the sale of its retail, commercial and small-medium sized enterprise banking businesses in Papua New Guinea to Kina Bank.
  • Assisted Rapid Response Revival with the market launch of a ground breaking device to help sufferers from cardiac arrest.
  • Acted for Windlab in connection with its takeover by Scheme of Arrangement by private equity funds managed by Federation Asset Management and the Mindaroo Group.

Gadens Lawyers

Gadens Lawyers combines mid-market M&A and private equity advice with good capabilities in corporate finance and day-to-day corporate counsel. The team acts for medium-sized corporates in a range of key sectors, encompassing retail, agribusiness, and IT. Cross-border mandates are also a standout, with several transactions involving UK and European-based clients. The team is led by Jeremy Smith, an experienced partner with a broad practice encompassing corporate advisory, domestic and cross-border M&A, and joint venture documentation. Jol Rogers focuses on corporate acquisitions and takeover advice.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Smith

Other key lawyers:

Jol Rogers; Edward Nixey

Testimonials

The M&A team takes a very collaborative and yet commercial approach to working on small to medium-sized enterprise transactions. We get very customer service from the Gadens team, who are always on hand to assist. They invest in the partnership with their clients, which is appreciated.

Approachable and easy to communicate with and accessible. Interested first in how they can assist, as opposed to driving the conversation based on fees. They regularly check-in and treat our relationship like a collaboration.

Gadens is a highly agile firm that makes the difference when it comes to solving unique legal challenges, including cross border ones.

In transactional work such as M&A, Edward Nixey on a constant basis demonstrates solid technical skills combined with a highly practical negotiation style, which allows him to successfully reach a win-win agreement even on the most contentious elements and close the deal in a timely manner.

Key clients

Kathmandu

The Citadel Group

DKSH & DKSH Smollan

Silk Contract Logistics

Christian Bus Company

Viva Leisure

WINConnect

Third Horizon Consulting

Marand Precision Engineering

DCF Asset Management

Mach7 Technologies

Work highlights

  • Advised The Citadel Group on their acquisition of Wellbeing Software Group.
  • Advised Kathmandu Holding on its acquisition of the Rip Curl Group for AU$350m.
  • Advised the vendors on the sale of WINConnect to Pacific Equity Partners.

Hall & Wilcox

Hall & Wilcox is active in transactions across a wide range of industries, including insurance, financial services, healthcare, and technology, advising medium-to-large companies on mid-market public and private M&A. The practice offers significant international corporate and tax expertise, with four foreign-qualified partners and foreign desks in Germany, the US, China, and South-East Asia. Key partners include section head Martin Ross, inbound investment specialist Ed Paton, and German-qualified Oliver Jankowsky and in Melbourne, US and UK desk heads Jacqui Barrett and Christopher Brown in Sydney,

Testimonials

‘They were always responsive and guided us through in the most cost and time-efficient manner. We have nothing but high praise for them.’

‘Has solid experience in our industry.’

‘Very reliable and good service.’

Key clients

Getzner Werkstoffe

Sabco Australia

SLK Trading

AM Group

Elixxer

Sto SE & Co

Bravo Fit Holdings

Redpoint Investment Management

Shareholders of Refocus Furniture

Filpro Automotive Australia

Outsourcing

Insurance Australia Group

L.C. Dyson Group of Companies

AmorePacific Corporation

Australian Unity

Fairview Aged Care

University of New South Wales

United Super

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

Isuzu Australia

AusNet Services Holdings

Aussie Broadband

Victorian Government Legal Services Panel

Kaufland Australia

Westpac Bank Corporation

Arab Bank

Victorian Pride Centre

Note Printing Australia

Fender

Work highlights

  • Advising AmorePacific on the acquisition of a significant minority stake in Australian luxury skincare brand Rationale.
  • Advising AM Group on it sale to Sweden’s Assa Abloy.
  • Advising Sto SE & Co on its acquisition of Unitex.

HWL Ebsworth

Jamie Restas in Adelaide and Sydney's Robert Gibson are key names in HWL Ebsworth's corporate and M&A practice, heading up the firm's commercial and transactional teams respectively. The firm concentrates on work for domestic clients across Australia, with matters including strategic restructurings, transactions, and takeovers.

Practice head(s):

Kamie Restas; Robert Gibson

K&L Gates

K&L Gates has a full-service corporate offering, encompassing advice to boards and governance issues, corporate M&A, and private equity investments, with a range of sector specialisms across the firm's Australian offices including agribusiness, healthcare, venture capital, and sports. James Clyne joined the Perth office from Allens in late 2019, bringing a broad M&A practice in a variety of sectors including energy and commodities. Harry Kingsley joined the Melbourne office from Holding Redlich in early 2020 and specialises in financial services and infrastructure work. Cameron Abbott leads the overall practice in Melbourne, with the highly experienced John Mann another key name in the office. Perth's Adam Levine has a broad practice encompassing natural resources and tech platform deals.

Practice head(s):

Cameron Abbott

Key clients

APACHE Innovation

Evoqua Water Technologies

Greentown Service Group

iStaySafe

LBNCo Holdings

Onwatch

OPENetworks

Pit N Portal Mining Services and Pit N Portal Equipment Hire

Sydney Fish Market

TasFoods

Blackbird Ventures

AirTree Ventures

Main Sequence Ventures

Square Peg Capital

Telstra Ventures

AGL Investments

Macquarie Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Evoqua Water Technologies on an agreement to divest its Memcor membrane product line to DuPont Safety & Construction.
  • Advised LBNCo Pty on its acquisition by Adelaide-based telco Uniti Group.
  • Advised investors on over 40 venture capital transactions involving an aggregate investment of more than AU$400m.

Lander & Rogers

Lander & Rogers offers a partner-focused service to domestic and international clients engaged in transactions and investments within key focus industries, including insurance and financial services, real estate, retail, and energy. Matters include mergers, acquisitions, asset and portfolio divestments, supply contract agreements, and advice to overseas clients making inbound investments in Australia. Melbourne-based Jackie Solakovski heads up the practice, advising on a variety of corporate governance and transactional issues, notably promoting the use of warrant and indemnity insurance in corporate M&A deals.

Practice head(s):

Jackie Solakovski

Key clients

QMS Media

ARA Asset Management

Uniti Group

Arthur J. Gallagher

Bapcor

Cobalt Blue Holdings

ComfortDelGro Corporation

Invictus Biopharma

Isaac Property Group

Tablo Corporation

QMS Sports Holdings

SAExploration

Pearson Education

GPC Asia Pacific

Eddyfi

Work highlights

  • Advised QMS Media in all aspects of its $570m acquisition by Quadrant Private Equity via a shareholder, ASIC, FIRB, OIO and Federal Court approved scheme of arrangement.
  • Advised ARA Asset Management Limited, through its subsidiary ARA Logistics Partners Limited on the Australian law aspects of the acquisition of LOGOS Group, including FIRB, ACCC analysis, due diligence, and transaction documents.
  • Advised Uniti Group Limited on all aspects of its acquisition of OptiComm for $532m via scheme of arrangement.

Maddocks

Maddocks focuses on the mid-market, advising small-to-medium listed companies, private companies, and global subsidiaries on a range of transactions. Another focus area is the firm's founder practice, which advises companies looking to sell to private equity. Sector specialisms include healthcare and education, with the practice also enjoying integrated tax and regulatory expertise. The team is jointly led by Duncan Hall in Sydney, who advises public and private companies and private equity houses, alongside Melbourne-based Damian Wurzel, who works with domestic and international corporates.

Practice head(s):

Damien Wurzel: Duncan Hall

Key clients

Kidman Resources

Broadspectrum Australia

Mercury Capital

Adamantem Capital

NetComm Wireless

Sushi Sushi Group

Washington H. Soul Pattinson & Company

Department 13

CBG Capital

Atomos

Regis Aged Care

Indoor Skydive Australia Group

ACOEM Group

BPPCare

Work highlights

  • Advised Kidman Resources on its AU$776m acquisition by Wesfarmers by way of a scheme of arrangement.
  • Advising Mercury Capital on the sale of their circa 75% interest in Nexus Hospitals to QIC Global Infrastructure Fund.
  • Advising Cereus Holdings Limited on its sale of Medtech Global.

Mills Oakley

Mills Oakley works across a wide range of M&A matters, including public and private transactions, mergers in regulated and unregulated sectors, secondary capital raisings, and consortium structures. The practice acts for a diverse client base, including domestic and international corporates in a wide range of industries, such as consumer goods, professional services, energy and resources, and leisure. A large and geographically broad team features key lawyers across Australia, including Daniel Livingston and Warren Scott in Melbourne, Gavin Douglas and Simon Champion in Sydney, Tim Cox in Brisbane, and Perth-based duo Simon Panegyres and Andrew Crean.

Testimonials

It was a pleasure to work with the Mills Oakley team. They have an excellent work ethic and esprit de corps, with first-class leadership, in that case, provided by Gavin Douglas.

The Mills Oakley team was led by Gavin Douglas. Gavin’s leadership was outstanding. It was necessary for him to keep tabs on developments regarding the client and its individual directors, the client’s English lawyers, and the client‘s commercial and financial advisers. Communications often had to be by telephone conference in unusual hours and continuing intensely over the Christmas and summer holidays. Gavin was at the center of the development of strategy and tactics and never sacrificed his attention to detail and his role in coordinating all of the inputs to the transaction.

Actually work as a team, not individual practitioners, very knowledgeable around ASX and M&A matters and super responsive.’

Can-do attitude, straight-talking, excellent technical capability and they know our business. Can lead a transaction or play a supporting role.

Key clients

Intega Group

PPK Group

Link Administration Holdings

Resimac

Horizon Minerals

Appen

Volpara Health Technologies

ELMO Software

Consolidated Operations Group

Qantas Airways

Work highlights

  • Advised Appen on its key $300m acquisition of Figure Eight Technologies.
  • Acted for Intega Group in respect of its demerger from Cardno Group by way of scheme of arrangement.
  • Acted as Australian counsel to Universal Coal in respect of a hostile takeover bid made by TerraCom.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP has expanded its share of the Australian M&A market, with focuses on energy, tech, and advanced manufacturing. The team advises on standard transactions, regulatory issues, joint ventures, and private equity deals, with a growing share of cross-border work on behalf of inbound investors. In particular, the firm regularly advises foreign investors on corporate considerations and applications to the Foreign Investment Review Board. Melbourne's Ewan Robertson heads up the team, and has significant international experience, having practiced in the UK and US. Perth's Brian Scott has similar experience, having worked across the Asia-Pacific on energy transactions.

Practice head(s):

Ewan Robertson

Other key lawyers:

Brian Scott

Key clients

China Education Group Holdings

International Parking Group

Lamb Weston Holdings

CNOOC International

Hitachi Zosen Inova

S.R. Smith LLC

Mabey Engineering

Wind Energy Partners

First Solar

Kier Group

The Yume App

Blue Ocean Monitoring

Work highlights

  • Advised China Education Group Holdings Limited through the whole lifecycle of their first acquisition outside of China, the AU$128m acquisition of King’s Own Institute.
  • Advised International Parking Group on the acquisition of the Queen Elizabeth Medical Centre Car Park PPP from Lendlease and Catholic Super.
  • Advised Lamb Weston Holdings on its acquisition of Australian Frozen Potato Processor Ready Meals.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs has enjoyed significant growth, with Simon Adams and Caroline Brown joining the Perth office from HFW in a boost to the firm's transactional energy practice, while Chris Rosario made partner in mid-2020. In Sydney, Ashley Rose arrived from Watson Mangioni. The national team advises on a range of corporate transactions, regularly acting on cross-border mandates involving inward investment from Asia and the US. Perth's Simon Rear is highly active in the energy and resources sector, while Sydney-based Campbell Davidson advises a number of domestic and international businesses on corporate and transactional issues. Perth-based Tony Chong is noted for his work for clients across the Asia-Pacific.

Key clients

Australian Biome Project

Biarri Rail

Blue Ocean Equities

Comsec TR shareholders

Consortium featuring Fini Group, Linc Property and Birchmead

Government of the Republic of Fiji

IDOM Automotive Group

1ICT

Pindan Group

Ricardo

Tamboran Resources

Theiss

UON

Xodus Group

Work highlights

  • Advising the Consortium which acquired Midland Brick from Boral, including approximately 800 hectares of landholdings.
  • Advising the Government of Fiji in the reform of the electricity regulatory framework, the privatisation of the utility and the subsequent divestment of 20% of the shares in the Fijian public electricity utility Energy Fiji.
  • Acting for Pindan Group in a restructure involving the acquisition by Oxley Holdings of all the shares in Pindan through a combination of a share buy-back by Pindan and share transfer to Oxley from the co-founders.

Thomson Geer

Thomson Geer's national M&A practice acts on both sides of public and private transactions, advising corporates, private equity, and venture capital funds. The team acts for controlling and minority shareholders, businesses making acquisitions, and target companies, co-operating across its state-level offices on complex mandates. The practice is headed up by Melbourne-based Adam Brooks, who works on corporate and capital markets-based transactions in a variety of industries, Sydney-based pair Dan Kramer and David Zwi, who advise on private equity transactions, and the energy-focused Eugene Fung in Brisbane.

Testimonials

Strong for private equity and funds management.

High senior engagement.’

Their senior team led by Loretta Reynolds and Annabel West was very experienced and I would definitely recommend them to other Corporate clients. From start to finish, they handled the transaction superbly in a professional manner and were all pleasant to deal with.

Strong relationship-based team – sound knowledge of private and public M&A related transactions.

Dave Schiavello has a unique understanding of both private and public M&A related transactions with a strong ability to negotiate technical points whilst explaining them in simple terms. His interpersonal skills make him exceptionally approachable and his competence across a broad range of industries and transaction structures make him an invaluable advisor in any M&A related transactions.

The Thomson Geer team is very experienced and provides very professional and high-level advice at a reasonable cost. They have a commercial approach and generate effective solutions to challenging legal issues.

I trust and value highly the advice of TG team members, including Emma Cook, Ben Coogan, and Ray Marshall, whom I have worked with for many years while at different companies and concerning a range of issues. They have a high level of integrity, are dedicated to providing protection for our company, and always work towards effective outcomes.

Work highlights

  • Advised CountPlus on its acquisition of Count Financial Limited from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
  • Acting for VetPartners NVC on its $251m acquisition of National Veterinary Care by way of a scheme of arrangement.
  • Advised Ellex Medical on the sale of its lasers and ultrasound business to The Lumbird Group.

White & Case

White & Case has expanded its corporate offering in Australia, and now advises a number of major international clients, including private equity funds QIC Brookfield, on high-profile acquisitions, joint ventures, and exits with significant cross-border elements. The team is co-led by John Tivey, who primarily works in the energy and resources sector, offering international expertise to transactional clients having previously practiced in Hong Kong until 2018, alongside Nirangjan Nagarajah, a regular advisor on high-value cross-border mandates, encompassing public M&A and private equity deals. Joanne Draper is highly regarded by clients for her transactional work in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Practice head(s):

John Tivey; Nirangjan Nagarajah

Testimonials

Good mining industry knowledge and expertise.

John Tivey is a longstanding mining professional. Inhouse expertise. Rebecca Campbell has industry experience and expertise.

Key clients

MMG

QIC

Royal Schiphol Group

Brookfield

INPEX

NMMC

Orion Resource Partners

Galaxy EOS VC Fund

OCP

Lumibird

Work highlights

  • Advised a consortium consisting of QIC and Royal Schiphol Group on the A$600m acquisition of a 70% equity interest in Hobart International Airport.
  • Advised Brookfield on the Australian elements of its $8.4bn take private acquisition of major listed freight rail operator Genesee & Wyoming.
  • Advised Hengxing Gold on the potential acquisition of gold mining interests in Armenia from a multinational gold mining company based in Canada.

Colin Biggers & Paisley

Colin Biggers & Paisley works with corporate clients on public and private M&A transactions, financing, distresses sales and acquisitions, private equity sales, and corporate advisory issues, including listing and reporting obligations. Areas of focus include the financial services, insurance, retail, and real estate sectors. Jon Meadmore heads up the team, and focuses on acquisitions, commercial strategy, and risk management advice to corporate clients. Brent Van Staden advises on M&A, takeovers, and capital markets matters, and also has regulatory and tax expertise. Syndey's Connie Chen specialises in cross-border work, regularly advising on transactions and projects in Australia and China. Lawyers are in Brisbane unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Jon Meadmore

Other key lawyers:

Brent Van Staden; Connie Chen

Key clients

Express Travel Group

Poly Australia

Dalwhinnie Wines

Fire and Safety Australia

Medic Oncall

Ecofibre

Vir Pharma Holdings

Sayona Mining

Edwards Group

Lipman

Work highlights

  • Advised Story House Group Holdings on a refinance and increase in debt facilities via a $83.5m syndicated facility, and preference equity investment by the syndicated facility lenders of $17.5m.
  • Advised Poly Australia on the acquisition of a 26-storey office tower for $270M from Singapore-based SC Capital Partners.

Piper Alderman

Piper Alderman offers a range of corporate expertise across its broad national team, advising clients on complex transactions, cross-border considerations, corporate governance, and takeover panel issues. The team is active in healthcare and life sciences, transport, technology, food and beverages, and natural resources deals, with many containing complex technical aspects or foreign ownership. Adelaide-based co-head James Dickson has a strong focus on mergers, acquisitions and takeovers (both for bidders and targets) in Australia while Melbourne co-head James Macdonald is active in transactional and corporate advisory work. Adelaide's Bianca Jennings (nee Battistella)  is noted for her expertise in foreign investment approvals. Lis Boyce joined the team in February from Dentons.

Practice head(s):

James Dickson; James Macdonald

Testimonials

Able to tailor advice to a company’s size and specific requirements. Timely and clear advice. Partners Sarah Clarke and Josh Steele have both provided outstanding service.

The team is always very responsive and makes a big effort to understand our businesses and what our definition of what a successful outcome looks like.

I have worked with Alasdair McLean for four years now and always found him exceptional to deal with. He takes time to understand our issues and the intricacies of our businesses. I find the personal approach, genuine interest, and care of great value and reassurance.

The Corporate team is well-led by James Dickson, who allows his team members to shine in their own right, having the well-founded self-confidence to feel no need to dominate all client interaction, while at the same time having an equally well-founded confidence in the legal and commercial judgment of his colleagues.’

James Dickson is a voice of calm assurance. He is also gracious in bringing in his expert colleagues in other areas of the practice when they have something to add.

I was impressed with their depth of knowledge and ability to apply this to unconventional areas, and particularly impressed with the level of interaction internally to provide solutions.

Lis Boyce is very commercial, personally engaged, quick to call in further expertise from within the firm where required. Lis has been actively involved in our matters and has helped us resolve several difficult situations with investors relating to contract technicalities, debt and equity maturity, and conversion, adjustment of shareholdings, deal documentation.’

Key clients

Accolade Wines Australia

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

Broadspectrum

Bruce Mathieson Group

Checkout Payments Group

McColl’s Group Holdings

Red River Resources

Syncsort

Warakirri Asset Management

Zentree Investments

Work highlights

  • Advising Bruce Mathieson Group on a deal to merge Endeavour Drinks with ALH Group.
  • Represented Zentree Investments in a Takeover Panel application against Energy Resources of Australia and Rio Tinto.
  • Acted for Checkout Payments Group in its acquisition of Southern Payment Systems.