Firms To Watch: Corporate and M&A

Keypoint Law offers a bespoke consulting approach to corporate clients, advising on commercial contracting, M&A, and cross-border export licensing issues, among others. Dual UK-Australian qualified Douglas Linnette is a key name for cross-border work.
KPMG Law in Australia advises on public and private M&A, providing integrated tax, financing, and corporate advisory expertise through its connections to the wider global KPMG operation. The practice is led by David Morris in Sydney.

Corporate and M&A in Australia

Allens

Allens combines a broad public M&A offering, with strong expertise across financial services, resources and other key sectors, with an active private equity practice, advising a number of key international buyout funds including Cerberus and GIC. The team is led by Tom Story and Melbourne’s Mark Malinas, who remain heavily involved in big-ticket transactions, particularly those involving private equity issues, including notable unsolicited takeover offers. Guy Alexander closed a number of high-value transactions and rights issuances during 2020, while Vijay Cugati has played a key role in advising ASX100 companies at board level, including on takeover proposals. The highly experienced Richard Kriedemann has a strong focus on public takeovers and schemes of arrangement.  Emin Altiparmak in Melbourne specialises in private equity work, and has advised KKR on a number of investments, and Noah Obradovic is also a key relationship lead for many of the firm’s major PE clients. Lawyers are in Sydney unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Tom StoryMark Malinas

Testimonials

‘The Corporate team consistently demonstrate their expertise through practical, commercial and market referenced advice and solutions to often complex issues. They have demonstrated their strength in collaboration with their property colleagues approaching their matter handling as one team, leveraging the expertise of others for the best outcome of their client.’

‘Mark Malinas – very personable and commercial. Great technical skills and an excellent knowledge of how M&A deals work.’

‘Emin Altiparmak – really good to work with and excellent with clients.’

‘Tom Story – really knowledgeable and great technical skills. Really good with difficult clients.’

‘Quality of individuals at all levels of the Corporate practice and across different offices. Very smart people but also really good people skills and generally a pleasure to work with on M&A deals.’

Key clients

Madison Dearborn Partners

QIC

Vocus Group

BGH Capital

Zimmermann Laureate Education

Pacific Equity Partners

TA Associates

Global Infrastructure Partners

BP International Ltd

Zenith Energy Limited

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Unispace

Cerberus Capital Management

Village Roadshow Corporation

Charter Hall Group

Westpac Banking Corporation

Santos

Hg Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised BGH Capital on the acquisition of Healius’ medical centres and dental clinics businesses for A$500m.
  • Advised Vocus on a Scheme of Arrangement for its purchase by a consortium led by Macquarie Infrastructure.
  • Advising QIC on the establishment of a A$5bn fund for the State of Queensland.

Gilbert + Tobin

Gilbert + Tobin maintains its powerhouse reputation within the transactional market, working with blue-chip corporate clients and major private equity houses on high-value M&A and investments, with a particularly strong track record in Australian private equity buyouts. The team is led by Costas Condoleon, a specialist in large-scale strategic M&A and securities transactions, and Melbourne’s Neil Pathak , who advises on deals in a variety of industries, with heavy involvement in cross-border work. Peter Cook is an experienced figure with a strong record in private equity buyouts and advice to financial services clients. Rachael Bassil  is heavily involved in corporate and private equity transactions, including market-leading deals, while Melbourne-based Susannah Macknay is noted for her work on equity capital markets and corporate governance matters. Lawyers are in Sydney unless otherwise stated.

Testimonials

Exceptional technical skills. Very commercial, always had a partner on hand, available at short notice, great communication. Excellent management of matter across teams and firms, really good to work with culturally.

Key clients

Westpac Banking Corporation

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets & Aware Super

KKR

Quadrant Private Equity

Infigen Energy

PowAR consortium (QIC, Future Fund, AGL)

The Carlyle Group

ARA Group

Federation Mining

Cleanaway

QuadPay

L Catterton

SG Fleet

Adamantem Capital

IFM Investors

APN Property Group

Pacific Equity Partners

Crescent Capital Partners

Telstra

Work highlights

  • Advising KKR on the proposed acquisition of a 55% interest in Colonial First State (CFS) and establishment of a joint venture with Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
  • Advised Infigen Energy on the successful recommended takeover by Iberdrola, S.A.
  • Advised Cleanaway Waste Management Limited on the proposed $2.52bn acquisition of Suez Groupe’s recycling and recovery business in Australia.

Herbert Smith Freehills

Herbert Smith Freehills combines strong cross-border M&A work for a number of high-profile domestic and international companies with an active private equity practice, working with major funds on large-scale investments. The firm has a strong record in public M&A, and regularly handles business-critical transactions with complex regulatory and multi-jurisdictional elements. The experienced team is led by Carolyn Pugsley and includes key players Tony Damian, an expert in listed company takeovers and mergers, including unsolicited offers and board-level advice; Baden Furphy who remains highly active across major public M&A and complex demergers; and Rodd Levy, a senior practitioner with strong capabilities across takeovers and schemes of arrangement. Rebecca Maslen-Stannage is now the firm’s global chair, and has remained active in complex international deals, many in highly regulated sectors. Philippa Stone is another active dealmaker, combining public M&A and equity capital markets expertise. All lawyers mentioned are in Sydney.

Practice head(s):

Carolyn Pugsley

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons remains an active player in top-end M&A, private equity deals and capital markets transactions, with particular strength in the financial services, healthcare and technology sectors. The firm works with a number of blue-chip clients, including listed companies, international investors, and private equity funds. The team is led by Sydney-based Evie Bruce and private equity head Mark McNamara, and Melbourne’s Renae Lattey. Jason Watts is an active dealmaker with a strong track record in a number of sectors, while David Friedlander plays a leading role in public M&A and capital markets work. Meredith Paynter has advised on business-critical strategic acquisitions, while Peter Stirling handles a combination of public and private M&A. Nicola Charlston continues to be active in landmark healthcare, telecoms and financial services deals, while Henrik Moritz is also noted for his emerging practice, acting as a key relationship partner to standout private equity clients. Senior associate Jennifer Cheung is a key contributor to the transactional team, playing a leading role on several major deals.

Testimonials

‘The team, led by Mark McNamara, is involved in the biggest, most complex deals in the market and therefore are at the forefront of corporate law in Australia. As well as having very strong technical skills at all levels, they have demonstrated a level of commerciality that I have not seen from any other top tier law firm. In my view, they are the best team in the market.’

‘Mark McNamara – In my view, the best corporate M&A lawyer in Australia – highly experienced, incredibly responsive, able to push points in commercial negotiations, and above all highly commercial and what can be described as a true trusted adviser.’

‘KWM has great breadth and depth of expertise and works quite seamlessly across states. They spend time to understand your business and deliver value-adds above and beyond matters.’

‘Jason Watts – An exceptional practitioner in M&A and Corporate – very good communicator, technically excellent and unflappable.’

‘Nicola Charlston is a stand out partner providing excellent commercial advice and outstanding client service. Highly recommend her and her team.’

‘Nicola Charlston – excellent commercial advice and outstanding client service.’

‘The KWM team is overall fantastic – they go above and beyond.’

‘Peter Stirling – superb, practical, reliable, responsive.’

Key clients

AATS Co Pty Ltd

Accenture

Affinity Equity Partners

Amaysim

AMP

Atlas Arteria

Aurizon

Australia Post

Apax partners

Australian Unity Limited

BGH Capital Pty Ltd and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Brookfield Business Partners

Brookfield Capital Partners

Campbell Soup Company

Champ Private Equity

Clean Energy Finance Corporation

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

EMR Capital

EQT

Etex NV

Goldcorp

United Malt Group Limited

Investec

IOOF

IRESS Limited

KKR

Lion Pty Ltd

Lynas Corporation Ltd

Macquarie

Mercury Capital Investments

National Australia Bank

Navis Capital

Newmont Gold Corporation

OPTrust

PAG Asia Capital

QPE

QSuper

Starwood Capital

Style Capital

Suncorp

The Growth Fund

Telstra

Transurban

Verra Mobility

Westpac

Vista Equity Partners

Zurich Financial Services Australia Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising National Australia Bank on the strategic divestment of its financial advice, superannuation and platforms, and asset management businesses (trading under the MLC Wealth brand and other brands) to IOOF.
  • Advised AMP Limited on the sale of its Australian and New Zealand wealth protection and mature life insurance business to global insurance group, Resolution Life.
  • Advised EQT Infrastructure on its public to private acquisition (by scheme of arrangement) of Metlifecare in New Zealand.

Ashurst

Ashurst works with an array of household-name corporates on major public M&A, working effectively on cross-border deals in collaboration with its global teams. The team also works with major private equity clients and investment funds on buyouts and investments, and has strong sector focuses including the real estate, financial services and resources industries. The team is led by Melbourne’s John Brewster, who advises on large-scale public and private M&A mandates, active dealmaker Anton Harris and Mark Stanbridge , who leads on the firm’s largest private equity transactions. Phil Breden remains a key player, working with blue-chip clients on major strategic deals, while Perth’s Antonella Pacitti is noted for her combination of transactional and board-level advice. Andrew Kim was promoted to partner in late 2020. Lawyers are in Sydney unless otherwise stated.

Testimonials

‘Breadth and depth of their experience and talent. A top flight law firm providing a top flight service.’

‘John Brewster is an excellent M&A lawyer. He is able to get to the core of the issue and provides advice in a calm and measured manner.’

‘We trust Ashurst with our most complicated legal requirements and they always deliver great results.’

‘Phil Breden is a stand out partner who leads a team of dedicated associates.’

‘Ashurst has a strong corporate franchise in Perth. A strong understanding of the resources sector combined with a market leading corporate M&A skill set position Ashurst to participate in many of the major transactions centred in Perth.’

‘Roger Davies has a commanding position in Perth amongst corporate and M&A lawyers, which is thoroughly deserved. With the assistance of his team, he strikes the right balance of conservatism and commerciality, while remaining good natured and friendly even under pressure.’

Key clients

Allegro Funds

ANZ

Auscred (Lendi)

Automotive Holdings Group

Barclays PLC

Blackstone Group

Deterra Royalties

Downer EDI

DW Healthcare Partners V, LP

HOCHTIEF AG

Infrastructure Capital Group

Mortgage Choice Ltd

Macquarie Group

Northern Star Resources

Mortgage Choice Ltd

Tilt Renewables

Woolworths Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Woolworths Group Limited on the proposed A$12bn separation of its retail drinks and hospitality business to create an independent ASX-listed company, Endeavour Group Limited.
  • Advised Northern Star Resources Ltd on its A$16bn merger with Saracen Mineral Holdings Ltd. The merger was implemented by way of a members’ scheme of arrangement under which Northern Star acquired all of the shares in Saracen.
  • Advised Lendi on its merger with CBA’s Aussie Home Loans business to create the Lendi Group.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie has extensive experience in cross-border M&A, acting for domestic and international corporates as well as overseas investors from Europe, the US and Asia-Pacific. The team has a blue-chip client base of listed companies, and also acts for financial institutions on major capital markets transactions. The team is led from Melbourne by Richard Lustig, who takes the lead on M&A and has great expertise in working with Japanese companies and investors; Simon De Young, who specialises in private equity transactions; and Lewis Apostolou, who handles corporate transactions and work for funds, particularly domestic superfunds. Kate Jefferson is noted for her Asia-Pacific work and healthcare expertise.

Other key lawyers:

Kate Jefferson; Daniel Conti

Testimonials

‘Very experienced partner leading a highly motivated and intelligent team of associates. Focused and fast.’

‘Simon De Young is an outstanding counsel, very pragmatic and efficient. His involvement was crucial for breaching gaps during negotiations and closing the deal. Daniel Conti was bright and extremely well organised. His work product was impeccable.’

‘My experience has been simply exceptionally good. I commonly remark that the good service levels are such that you have to wonder why anyone would use anyone else. Essentially that reflects your people and first class value for money. And your turnaround time responding to service requests beats anything I have seen from the legal or accounting professions in my 50 years in dealing with the professions as a professional or as a company director.’

‘Its all about one partner, Richard Lustig. He is simply remarkable, and I tell everyone that too. Richard is the standout, and I am not exaggerating!’

‘The lead partner Simon De Young is always available and has incredibly deep knowledge of our business and related legal and commercial needs. He and the team are a pleasure to work with and we rely on his insight and direction to ensure we deliver what is needed for the business.’

‘Simon is the consummate legal professional. He provides the business with confidence and clarity in a complex environment and does it with composure and an even tempered, balanced approach to the issue whilst providing optionality where possible.’

Key clients

KKR & Co. Inc.

Orora Ltd

HMS Holdings Corp.

Clarus Corporation

PointsBet Holdings Ltd

BizCover

Dai-ichi Life Holdings, Inc.

FAR Ltd

KDB Infrastructure Investments Asset Management (KIAMCO)

White Rock Minerals Ltd

MIRA

Spirit Technology Solutions Ltd

Platinum Equity Advisors LLC (Platinum)

Siemens Mobility

GRA Supply Chain Pty Ltd

Manassen Foods Australia Pty Ltd

LeasePlan Corporation

Yum! Brands Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised KKR on a $4.3bn investment deal in multinational cosmetics and beauty company Coty Inc.
  • Advised Orora Limited on entering into a binding agreement to sell its Australasian Fibre Business to a wholly owned subsidiary of Nippon Paper Industries Co for A$1.72bn.
  • Advised HMS Holdings on the acquisition of Lorica Health.

Clayton Utz

Clayton Utz remains active across listed company M&A, capital markets transactions and private equity investments, working with major names within Australia and internationally. Recent standout work for the team has included big-ticket private equity acquisitions and distressed transactions as an alternative to corporate restructurings. Rory Moriarty leads the team, and is an active player in major domestic and cross-border M&A, private equity transactions and takeovers. Niro Ananda focuses on private equity work and has productive relationships with a number of major US-based buyout funds, while Melbourne’s Andrew Walker has a strong track record in retail and beverage industry deals. Senior associate Johan Pieterz is a key member of the private equity team.

Practice head(s):

Rory Moriarty

Testimonials

‘Partners are hands on supported by very capable associates.’

‘Rory Moriarty- Hands on, user friendly, give practical advice and get things done!

‘Quality of the corporate team is market leading. They draw on the broader resources of a full service team in a seamless fashion to deliver an excellent customer experience.’

‘Niro Ananda is the unusual combination of having excellent technical legal skills, but is able to apply these with a broader commercial context to solve problems in often quite a creative fashion.’

‘A senior-leaning team who are always available, collaborative and extremely pragmatic in their legal approach.’

‘Niro Ananda is a standout partner who is across all aspects of a deal, and available at any time. When you pay for a partner, you get a partner at Clayton Utz and that means a lot to us.’

‘The work product produced by the CU team is excellent. We often seek their advice on the more complex transaction we are involved in. They also have a wide array of subject matter experts.’

‘Rory Moriarty is to be noted for his around the clock availability and commercial and pragmatic advice on complex matters.

Key clients

The Blackstone Group

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu

Heineken International B.V.

Gebr Knauf KG

Children’s Investment MasterFund and CIFF Capital UK LP (“TCI Funds”)

Uniti Group Limited

Chevron Australian Downstream Pty Ltd

Tyro Payments Limited

Pacific Equity Partners

VVG Holdings LLC

Morgans Corporate Finance

Healthia Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising The Blackstone Group on its A$8bn bid for the remaining 90% stake in Crown Resorts.
  • Advised Heineken International B.V. on its acquisition of three cider brands and the rights to two beer brands in Australia from Carlton & United Breweries.
  • Advised Gebr Knauf on various transactions, including on its $1bn buyout of Boral’s 50% share in the former USG Boral joint venture.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Corrs Chambers Westgarth made a wave in the market with the hire of a private equity team from Minter Ellison, with Riccardo Casali, Glen Sauer and Chris Allen joining the Sydney office in mid-2021. This has expanded the firm’s domestic and international private equity capabilities, bolstering the practice with existing strong public and private M&A capabilities, particularly within the real estate sector. Practice head Sandy Mak , who continues to advise on market-leading corporate transactions for domestic and global clients alongside major private equity investments, and was recently appointed to the Takeovers Panel. Andrew Lumsden has a strong record in M&A, and also leads the firm’s China desk. Adam Foreman is noted for his work on M&A and private equity investments within the media, real estate and financial services sectors. All lawyers mentioned are in Sydney.

Practice head(s):

Sandy Mak

Testimonials

‘Corrs exceptional knowledge on technology, intellectual property and cross boarder transactions. Empathy shown to us, the speed and the anticipation of the potential conflicts and provide legal constructs to counter them. We appreciated the diversity in the team and speed.’

‘Philip Catania’s knowledge on the intellectual property on technology beside his leadership.’

‘Strong commercial focus, including forming a clear understanding of the key issues in the transaction. Well structured deal plans that provide certainty and facilitate forward planning within the business.’

‘The team is very professional to work with, with great knowledge and resources to rely on.’

‘We found they are also professional, reliable, transparent, timely communication, and also generally thorough/patient discussion with you from different perspectives.’

‘Commercial approach to problem solving and negotiations. A coordinated and whole of team approach to multi-practice group transactions.’

‘I find the team we deal with at Corrs to be very commercial. They focus on what’s important and understand how best to engage with entrepreneurs and C-level executives.’

‘Gaynor Tracey is an outstanding M&A lawyer. She has wonderful communications skills and deep experience and expertise.’

Key clients

Coca-Cola European Partners plc

Allianz Real Estate GmbH

Elliott Advisers (UK) Ltd

Zoox Inc

ESR Cayman Ltd

Investa Commercial Property Fund and Manulife Financial Corporation

Resource Capital Fund VII LP

Hoover Group Inc.

Medibank Private

NRW Holdings Limited

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

The Access Group

Federation Asset Management

QIC

AXA Investment Managers

Brookfield

LaunchVic

Work highlights

  • Advised Coca-Cola European Partners on its A$11bn acquisition of Coca-Cola Amatil.
  • Advised Equistone Partners Europe Limited on its acquisition of a 50% interest in Ligentia Group Holdings Limited.
  • Advised NRW Holdings Limited on its acquisition of Primero Group Limited.

Minter Ellison

Minter Ellison has an active M&A practice, spanning public and private transactions, spin-offs and joint ventures, with the team enjoying productive relationships with a number of ASX-listed clients. The firm also has a notable private equity offering, advising on domestic and international deals for leading funds. Joseph Pace leads the team alongside Constantine Boulougouris, who is an active public and private M&A practitioner who also advises the boards of listed companies on governance and strategy. In Melbourne, the vastly experienced Bart Oude-Vrielink has continued to advise on market-leading transactions for corporates and financial institutions, while managing partner Jeremy Blackshaw has a strong record in cross-border M&A. Shaun Clyne joined from Norton Rose Fulbright in 2020, and advises on cross-border M&A, private equity transactions and international capital markets work. Lawyers are in Sydney unless otherwise stated.

Testimonials

‘Accurate advice the first time around. Very responsive. Top quality technical knowledge. Great people – friendly and with a sense of humour.’

‘Shaun Clyne’s technical knowledge is outstanding and he balances the black letter law with commerciality.’

‘We have found Minter Ellison to be extremely knowledgeable in all areas of corporate law. ME has provided expert commercial advice delivered always with an overarching focus on client care. Coming from an entrepreneurial background we have greatly valued this corporate knowledge/advice which has helped us navigate some complex situations. Moreover their ability to frame up the requirements and help devise strategy in simple terms is both appreciated and beneficial.

Shaun Clyne comes with a wealth of corporate knowledge that affords him a very commercial view on all matters legal. He has a strong ability to clearly articulate the key issues in any situation and provide balanced and informed counsel on how best to navigate this.’

Key clients

CIMIC Group

Village Roadshow

Cromwell Property Group

Crown Resorts

Select Harvests

WPP

Ceridian HCM Holding

Steinhoff International/GreenLit Brands

Amplifon S.p.A

Essity Aktiebolag

Centerbridge Partners

Carlyle Group

Livingbridge

Quadrant

Bain Capital

TripADeal

Visy Industries Australia Pty

Work highlights

  • Advised CIMIC on its A$2.2bn divestment of a 50% interest in Thiess Pty Ltd to Quarry Services Holdings Ltd, a fund managed by New York investment management firm Elliott Management Corporation.
  • Advising on Essity’s take private acquisition of ASX-listed Asaleo Care Limited by way of scheme of arrangement.
  • Advised Visy on its A$733m acquisition of Owens-Illinois’ Australian and New Zealand bottle manufacturing operations.

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP advises on blue-chip public M&A and private equity deals with strong capabilities in the energy and TMT sectors, alongside a successful track record in cross-border transactions, particularly within Asia. The team is led by Aaron Kenavan, who focuses on major corporate transactions across Asia, the Middle East and North America, while Michael Parshall is a senior practitioner with experience in public and private M&A, capital raisings, restructurings and corporate advisory matters. Jamie Palmer leads on the firm’s private equity work, including buyouts and venture capital investments. Lawyers mentioned are in Sydney.

Practice head(s):

Aaron Kenavan

Testimonials

‘A&O Corporate and M&A has deep experience in high value and complex M&A, is highly responsive and reliable, and offers practical solutions that balance the needs of clients as well as market considerations for transactions. This is a team of high performers with solid experience and practicality.’

‘The Allen & Overy Sydney team provides an exceptional breadth of experience and expertise in the M&A space. The way they can get their minds around complex issues and turn this into concise documentation is a credit to the team. Their understanding of how the M&A space works means you are never caught out. The preparedness to meet deadlines through their allocation of resources is very good.’

‘Jamie Palmer has an exceptional mind and the speed at which he can take in complex situations and find a commercially workable solution is outstanding, whilst at the same time very attentive in listening to the client’s point of view. His intensity when it is required at critical points of a project is a standout feature.’

‘Simone Lowes is a very conscientious, detail orientated team member that is solution orientated, determined to achieve the best outcome for the client along with getting a deal across the line. Is also very helpful after a deal is over when a particular detail comes up.’

‘Comparing this practice to others, it is clear that A&O are extremely experienced and are subject matter experts. Therefore, it is able to use a smaller and more efficient team to provide a better service. The depth of experience at A&O results in being able to provide much strategic advice which has been appreciated.’

‘The individuals are very much hands on and experienced in the specific areas. This means they provide more accurate advice and direction and can create documents faster. They team is also extremely dedicated.’

Key clients

Asahi

IOOF Holdings

Crescent Capital Partners

Pilbara Minerals

Credit Corp Group Limited (Credit Corp)

Verlinvest

Orange Hire

Mitsubishi Materials Corp

Mineral Resources

Osaka Gas

Schroders Investment Management

Mineral Resources Limited

Dexus

Work highlights

  • Advised Asahi on its acquisition of Carlton & United Breweries from Anheuser-Busch InBev for A$16bn.
  • Advised IOOF on its A$1.44bn acquisition of superannuation and wealth management business MLC Wealth from National Australia Bank.
  • Advised Pilbara Minerals on the acquisition of Altura Mining’s lithium operations.

Arnold Bloch Leibler

Arnold Bloch Leibler prioritises high-level corporate transactions, working on a multi-disciplinary basis on complex deals, with particular expertise in cross-border matters in regulated industries, such as the financial services sector. The team also handles shareholder activism issues such as defending against hostile takeovers. The team is led from Melbourne by Jonathan Wenig, who advises public and private clients on M&A, takeovers and wider corporate issues; and Jeremy Leibler, who combines high-profile transactional expertise with standout work on takeovers and shareholder activism. Senior associate Vidushee Deora  is an increasingly integral part of the team, handling M&A and capital markets work.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Wenig; Jeremy Leibler

Other key lawyers:

Vidushee Deora Christine Fleer

Testimonials

‘The team works with you and takes initiatives rather than waiting for instructions. They build a relationship with you and partner with you and take responsibility.’

‘Christine Fleer is the partner that I worked with and did an excellent job with the legal advice and contributed over and above the legal by assisting with advice on consequences around certain decisions and initiating thought processes and strategy. She kept me ahead of others thinking on the transaction we worked on.’

‘Nimble, responsive and trying to get to a solution for the client.’

Key clients

Members Equity Bank Limited

ARA Asset Management

Nufarm Limited

Hume Partners

Zip Co Limited

Seek Limited

Sleeping Duck

Kogan.com Limited

BGH Capital

Probiotec

Spotlight Group

Delta Drone International Limited

Tom Organic

Work highlights

  • Advised ME Bank on the A$1.3bn sale of its business to the Bank of Queensland.
  • Advised buy-now-pay-later provider, ASX-listed Zip Co. Limited, in connection with its A$400m acquisition of New York-based QuadPay Inc.
  • Advised ARA Asset Management on its circa $500m hostile proportional takeover bid for ASX-listed Cromwell Property Group.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper combines a strong private equity offering with an increasing share of high-value public and private M&A, particularly within the energy and resources sectors, alongside public markets and ECM capabilities. The team is led from Sydney by Grant Koch, who is particularly active within the private equity space, and has secured a number of new major funds clients. In Melbourne, Joel Cox specialises in public M&A, while James Stewart handles M&A and ECM work, with a particular specialism in takeover-related issues.

Practice head(s):

Grant Koch

Testimonials

‘The Corporate and M&A practice is very strong with quality partners and lawyers who are able to deal with large, complex international transactions. The firm is financially integrated so we find it easier to deal with across jurisdictions.’

‘Shane Bilardi from the DLA Corporate and M&A practice is very capable, commercial and strategic. He understands our business and what our objectives are and is able to offer creative solutions.’

‘Very deep knowledge of the data centre market. Strong commercial practice. Very efficient.’

‘Shane Bilardi (Partner) is very commercial. Understands what’s important to his clients, what’s likely to be received well and what will work well in a competitive situation. He has a very good understanding of the data centre industry, was always contactable and was across the detail.’

Key clients

360 Capital

Access Platform Systems

AirTrunk

Arcaris

Alinta Energy

Asahi

Assurant

ATI Global

Banpu Energy Australia

Cox Automotive

Canadian Solar

Downer

Gladstone Ports Corporation

HCL Australia Services Pty Ltd

HKI Biotechnology Limited

Iberdrola, S.A.

Intermediate Capital Group

Link Group

LyondellBasell

mCloud Technologies Corp

Nord Gold

POSCO

Saracen Mineral Holdings Limited

Speedcast International Limited

Washington H. Soul Pattinson

Wipro

Worldline SA/NV

Xero Limited

Zip Co

Work highlights

  • Advising advised Saracen Mineral Holdings Limited on its A$16bn merger with Northern Star Resources Limited.
  • Advised Worldline on its acquisition of 51% of the merchant acquiring business of ANZ Bank with EV of $925m and related 10 year strategic alliance arrangements.
  • Advising Iberdrola on its A$893m takeover of Infigen Energy.

Johnson Winter Slattery

Johnson Winter Slattery fields an independent, bespoke transactional team, with strong domestic and international involvement across public M&A, private equity and venture capital deals. The firm enjoys productive relationships with a number of major funds, and has also advised corporate clients on high-profile deals and innovative structures. The team is led by Jeremy Davis, who heads up the corporate M&A offering and advises on a number of cross-border deals, and James Rozsa, who specialises in private equity and venture capital investments. Damian Reichel is an experienced practitioner with expertise across public and private M&A and corporate governance work, and regularly handles complex deal structures. Richard Graham has broad sector expertise, working in key areas such as the IT, telecoms and resources industries. All lawyers mentioned are in Sydney.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Davis; James Rozsa

Other key lawyers:

Damian Reichel; Richard Graham 

Testimonials

‘Team with broad experience in many sectors with good understanding of the specific industry segment (asset management) and of business. Very practical approach to problems.’

‘Jeremy Davis, partner, is very practical, goal oriented lawyer and a straight shooter in negotiation.’

‘Damian Reichel: Direct, fearless, persuasive, contrarian.’

Key clients

AB InBev/ Carlton & United Breweries

Blackmores Limited

Liquefied Natural Gas Limited

Virgin Group

Flight Centre Travel Group

The a2 Milk Company

Aspire 42 Group

Novo Resources Corp.

Macmahon Holdings Ltd

Beach Energy Limited

Tantalus Media

Veritas Capital

Lineage Logistics

Liverpool Partners Group

Potentia Capital

Employment Hero Holdings Pty Ltd

Archer Capital

BayGrove Capital and Lineage Logistics

Accel-KKR

Marlin Equity Partners

Insight Partners

OneVentures

MH Carnegie & Co

Work highlights

  • Advising Veritas on its deal with Evergreen to acquire 100% of the stock in Cubic.
  • Advised Michigan-based cold storage provider Lineage Logistics on all legal aspects of its acquisition of Emergent Cold.
  • Advising Liverpool Partners on the acquisition of Melbourne Consulting Business’ division of PS&C Limited.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright advises on significant public and private M&A transactions, private equity deals and broader corporate issues, with strong expertise in cross-border work and the regulatory aspects of complex deals. The team has a notable focus on the energy and resources sectors, advising on sector-critical transactions within the space, and also has a growing technology practice. The Sydney-based team is led by Bryan Pointon and Michael Greene, and includes senior practitioner John Elliott, who remains active in high-profile transactions, and Richard Lewis , who handles cross-border M&A and private equity transactions. The practice has been boosted with the addition of Julian Traill who has joined from the firm's Moscow office.

Practice head(s):

Bryan Pointon; Michael Greene

Other key lawyers:

John Elliott; Richard Lewis ; Julian Traill; Stephen Iu

Testimonials

‘Stephen Lu and his team are excellent in providing practical and very timely advice and support in M&A transactions.’

‘Stephen Lu is a real trusted adviser. He understands your business and offers you the right level of support needed.’

‘Team is commercial, understand client’s strategic intent well and provide advice accordingly.’

Key clients

Vodafone Hutchison Australia Pty Ltd

Shell Australia

ESR Group

Sumitomo Chemical Company Limited

Talison Lithium

Longmoat

Retail Financial Intelligence Group

Faethm Holdings

Spotless Group

Golden Energy and Resources

Ord Minnett Management

Loan Market Group

Petstock

Objective Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Vodafone Hutchison Australia on its A$16.6bn merger with TPG Telecom.
  • Advised Shell on its sale to Global Infrastructure Partners of a 26.25% interest in the Queensland Curtis LNG Common Facilities for $2.5bn.
  • Advising ESR on its conditional agreement to purchase Blackstone’s A$3.8bn Milestone Logistics Portfolio.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance has an international M&A offering, advising on cross-border transactions on behalf of domestic and international clients, working in close collaboration with its international offices. Areas of strength include the energy and resources sectors (oil and gas co-head Nadia Kalic is a key player) alongside private equity expertise, with the team advising funds on formations, investments and exits. The practice is also integrated with the competition and antitrust team. Other leaders in the team include Andrew Crook, Mark Currell and Dave Poddar.

Testimonials

‘The practice has a clear niche strategy, they employ some of the best lawyers and provide outstanding service. They very quickly grasp your business and requirements and the relationship becomes long term.’

Key clients

The Bikini Body Training Company Pty Ltd

I-Med Radiology Network Limited

Quintet Yorkway

ATF Services Pty Ltd

Pemba Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised two entrepreneurs and their start-up The Bikini Body Training Company on the Series A investment by US private equity firm Norwest Equity Partners.
  • Advised I-MED Radiology Network (I-MED), which is backed by global private equity firm Permira, on its entry into an agreement to acquire Alfred Medical Imaging from existing shareholders.
  • Advised Quintet Partners and Quintet Yorkway on the acquisition of a majority stake in Talent International.

Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells advises domestic and international companies on M&A, capital raisings and other corporate issues, with strong capabilities in cross-border work thanks to the firm’s integrated global platform. Key sector focuses include the energy and minerals, life sciences and technology industries, alongside regular work on private equity investments. The team is led by Perth’s Matthew Johnson, a specialist in mining work, alongside the Sydney-based trio of Charles Bogle, who has notable fund relationships, David Holland, who maintains a diverse portfolio of corporate clients, and James Wood, an active player in private equity work.

Testimonials

‘Charles Bogle is very responsive and extremely easy to work with. He is a very safe and steady set of hands.’

Key clients

Allied Gold Corp

Aware Super (previously First State Super)

Emeco Holdings

HomeCo

HT&E

Work highlights

  • Advising Allied on its acquisition of Société d’Exploitation des Mines d’Or de Sadiola S.A.
  • Advising Aware Super on the acquisition of ASX listed Vocus Group Limited with Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets pursuant to a scheme of arrangement.

Jones Day

Jones Day focuses on cross-border transactions, with particular strength in the energy and resources, private equity, technology and real estate spaces, working with corporates and investment funds, including REITs, on a combination of mid-market and large-cap deals. The team is led by experienced dealmaker Mark Crean, with Shannon Finch also active in M&A and capital markets transactions. Hemang Shah has a strong track record in both public and private M&A, while Brisbane’s of counsel Benny Sham  plays a key role in broad corporate, commercial and transactional work. Counsel Matthew Latham specialises in private equity transactions. Lawyers are in Sydney unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Mark Crean

Testimonials

‘Strong M&A practice.’

‘Mark Crean leads Jones Day’s Australian M&A team. Mark is renowned in M&A circles and has a track record of successfully leading complex cross border and domestic deals across a range of sectors.’

Key clients

Queensland Investment Corporation

SSR Mining

Cyrus Capital Partners

Sheffield Resources Limited

GetSwift Limited

PRP Diagnostic Imaging

Ansarada NewCo Pty Ltd

Alfred Medical Imaging

Pepper Group

Bank of Queensland

Work highlights

  • Advised the Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC) on its A$200m combined debt and equity investment and participation in the A$3.5bn recapitalisation and acquisition out of administration of Australia’s second-largest airline, Virgin Australia, by Bain Capital.
  • Advised SSR Mining Inc. on its scrip for scrip merger-of-equals with Alacer Gold Corp. to create a A$6.4bn group and associated foreign exempt listing on ASX, by a Plan of Arrangement under the Business Corporations Act.
  • Advised Pepper Global Topco Limited on a major restructure of its corporate group.

K&L Gates

K&L Gates combines board advisory and corporate governance work with a strong mid-market M&A capability, alongside notable work for venture capital investors and target companies. The geographically diverse team has a range of sector focuses, including in the energy and resources, sport, technology and life sciences industries. The team is led by Melbourne-based Cameron Abbott, while Tom Young in Brisbane focuses on aviation and transport work, and Sydney-based Richard Chew advises technology and IT clients.

Practice head(s):

Cameron Abbott

Other key lawyers:

Tom Young; Richard Chew

Key clients

Cannatrek Ltd

CAPGEMINI SE

Cluey Learning Pty Ltd

EdApp Pty Ltd

The Optical Company Pty Ltd

Pioneer Credit Limited

Poko Holdings Pty Ltd

Radio Rentals SA

United Global Logistics Pty Ltd (VISA Global Logistics)

Work highlights

  • Advised Swedish company, Sinch Holding AB, on its A$1.7bn  Melbourne-based SMS marketing technology company MessageMedia.
  • Advised the shareholders of VISA Global Logistic on the sale of its shares to New Zealand company, Milan FF Group Limited.
  • Advised Pioneer Credit on its A$120m acquisition by the Carlyle Group.

Lander & Rogers

Lander & Rogers is noted for its partner-led approach and strong mid-market record, which has seen it record consistent deal numbers as well as increasing its involvement in higher-value transactions. Alongside advising companies from a diverse range of industries, the team also works with repeat clients on acquisitions and growth strategies. The team is led by Jackie Solakovski in Melbourne, a trusted transactional adviser to a wide range of clients.

Practice head(s):

Jackie Solakovski

Testimonials

‘This is one of the very few legal firms where the junior lawyers are well supervised and produce high quality work in a timely manner under the guidance of their supervising partners.’

‘We use Lander & Rogers for our corporate and M&A work. Landers is commercially-focused, solutions-based, and a terrific partner to work with in the space. Their use of technology for due diligence processes is excellent and a time-saving wonder.’

‘Highly skilled yet brilliantly commercial with the interests of the client at the fore – rare to find that balance in other firms.’

‘Not only are the people we work with experts in their field they are fantastic individuals who can read the mood of a room, the personality of a client and a situation perfectly.’

‘Efficient. Very reactive.’

Key clients

Uniti Group Limited

Invictus Biopharma Limited

ReadCloud Limited

Abacus Property

Quadient Oceania Pty Ltd

Joordens’ Zaadhandel B.V.

B.C.A Logic Pty Ltd

QMS Media Limited (QMS)

ARA LOGOS Logistics Trust (ALOG)

Lancemore Group

Work highlights

  • Advised ASX listed Uniti Group Limited on its acquisition of OptiComm Ltd – $695m via scheme of arrangement.
  • Advised QMS Media Limited (QMS) on all aspects of its sale by scheme of arrangement to Quadrant for approximately A$571.6m.
  • Advised ARA LOGOS Logistics Trust on the simultaneous purchase of interests in a total of 11 properties from two vendors (Ivanhoe Cambridge and Partners Group).

McCullough Robertson

The team at McCullough Robertson combines long-standing strength in the energy and resources spaces with continued growth in financial services, technology and life sciences deals, working on a number of sector-critical transactions nationally and at the state level. Damien Clarke leads the team from Brisbane, with a strong focus on resources and minerals work, with Reece Walker also an active dealmaker. The firm’s Sydney office continues to flourish, with Ben Mortimer and Adrian Smith making great strides in technology and financial services work.

Practice head(s):

Damien Clarke 

Testimonials

‘Damien Clarke is a standout because of his considered, rational, and common sense outcomes focus.’

‘McCulloughs have the most commercial approach to the law of any law firm, where they acknowledge and reflect on commercial aspects of advice, and don’t just provide the bare advice that sometimes one doesn’t understand the implications of. They are extremely efficient. They are very user friendly. They are always available.’

‘Smart and capable group who understand the business side of what we do – not just the legal.’

Key clients

Over the Wire Holdings Limited

OneVue Holdings Limited

OneConfig Pty Limited

Sungrow Power Australia Pty Limited

Tag Oil Limited

Malabar Resources Limited

NQ Mineral PLC

Intuit Technologies Pty Limited

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.; Gallagher Bassett Services and Gallagher Benefit Services

Sensera Limited

Cludo Pty Limited

Technology One Limited

Lindsay Australia Transport Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised OTW on its $27m acquisition of Digital Sense Hosting.
  • Advised OneVue on its successful acquisition by Iress Limited by scheme of arrangement.
  • Advised Maropost on its acquisition of Neto.

Mills Oakley

Mills Oakley is noted for its client-focused approach, prioritising an agile service for mid-market deals including public M&A, joint ventures, investments and private mergers. The firm has a broad client base, including investment funds and healthcare, agriculture and financial services companies. The national team features a number of leading figures, including Melbourne’s Warren Scott and Daniel Livingston, Sydney-based Gavin Douglas and Danny Simmons, who is a recent arrival from PwC LLP, Brisbane’s Tim Cox, and Simon Panegryres and Andrew Crean in Perth. The firm has been further boosted since the merger of Clarendon Lawyers with the firm. Tony Symons, Nick Manuell and David Bryant are now part of the enlarged practice.

Other key lawyers:

Tony Symons; Nick Manuell; David Bryant

Testimonials

‘A great leader with unrivalled commercial savvy, right-sized and technically proficient team who work tirelessly to achieve the client’s goal.’

‘Dan Livingston is the best commercial and corporate Partner we’ve worked with. Clear, concise, no-fuss and has stood in our shoes as clients.’

‘Have always been able to put a very capable and professional person to deal with issues that arise outside my core dealings. Have a breadth of resources that provides responsive action and allows issues to be well handled from the beginning.’

Key clients

Link Administration Holdings Limited

WAM Capital Limited

ELMO Software Limited

Honan Insurance Group

Frew Foods International

Volpara Health Technologies Limited

UCW Limited

Bendon management team

Naked Brands Group Limited

Qube Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising the Link Group on the proposed sale of its 44.2% interest in Property Exchange Australia.
  • Advising WAM on its unanimously recommended scrip and cash takeover offer for all of the ordinary shares of amaysim Australia Limited.
  • Advising WAM on its hostile scrip takeover offer for all of the ordinary shares of Contango Income Generator Limited.

Colin Biggers & Paisley

The team at Colin Biggers & Paisley specialises in mid-market M&A, acting for SMEs, and has a number of sector focuses, including the resources, agriculture (particularly commercial cannabis), health, and logistics industries. The team is led by Brisbane-based Jon Meadmore, an active dealmaker with a broad commercial practice, while Sydney’s Connie Chen has standout expertise in advising Chinese companies investing in Australia and vice versa.

Practice head(s):

Jon Meadmore

Other key lawyers:

Connie Chen

Testimonials

‘Colin Biggers & Paisley understands their clients, the challenges clients face and what would be in the clients’ best interest. Colin Biggers & Paisley makes legal issues easy to understand and manage, provides straight and simple to understand answers. Colin Biggers & Paisley does not try to make small matters bigger than they should be to create more workload for themselves.’

Key clients

Poly Global

Ecofibre Limited

Equifax

IPD Group Limited

Easton Investments Limited

Neogen

U Be Fit Pty Ltd trading as Pinnacle Health Clubs

Work highlights

  • Advising Poly Global on the $270m acquisition of a 26-storey office tower on 59 Goulburn Street, Sydney via a unit sale structure.
  • Advised Ecofibre Limited on its acquisition of a portfolio of five businesses.
  • Advised Neogen Corporation on the acquisition of Cell BioSciences.

Dentons

Dentons advises on M&A in a number of key industries, particularly the financial services, consumer goods, fintech and energy spheres, and has strong cross-border capabilities, regularly collaborating with the firm’s international network on multijurisdictional deals. The team is now led by Melbourne’s John Mollard, who is a strong international performer, with Sydney’s Kym Livesely highly praised by clients and noted for his energy and resources work.

Practice head(s):

John Mollard

Other key lawyers:

Kym Livesley

Testimonials

‘The team are able to work seamlessly with their US colleagues to provide cross-border services with minimal double handling.’

Key clients

Kina Securities Limited

Dye & Durham Limited

Nubian Resources Ltd

Ardonagh Group

Windlab

Montem Resources Limited

CBH Resources

Carnarvon Petroleum Limited

GFL International Co. Ltd

Score Group Limited

Motorola Solutions Inc

Diploma PLC / Fitt Resources

MAXIMUS Australia Holding Company Pty Ltd

Groupe Lactalis

Canaccord Genuity

International Finance Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advising Kina Bank on its acquisition of Westpac’s Pacific business in Papua New Guinea and Fiji consolidating Kina as Papua New Guinea’s second largest bank.
  • Advising TSX listed Dye & Durham on its acquisition of SAI Global’s Property Division for A$91m, and the subsequent acquisition of GlobalX for A$170m which is subject to ACCC approval.
  • Advised Ardonagh Group on the acquisition of Resilium.

Gadens Lawyers

Gadens Lawyers has a strong track record in the mid-market, advising a diverse range of businesses on M&A, private equity investments, and cross-border work, alongside broad corporate governance and commercial matters. Areas of focus for the Melbourne-based team include the retail, IT and agribusiness sectors. The team is led by Jeremy Smith, who specialises in M&A and corporate advisory work, with Richard Partridge also a key team member, advising on joint ventures, partnerships and corporate restructures alongside an active transactional practice.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Smith

Other key lawyers:

Richard Partridge

Testimonials

‘Very cohesive service and very professional and commercial approach.’

‘Richard Partridge is a very good practitioner – very commercial, pragmatic and very fair.’

‘The people are excellent – top notch skills, approachable & commercial attitude.’

‘Dedicated and experienced M&A team that is very responsive is key in these situations and Gadens provide just that to us.’

‘Availability is key for us. When we need to speak to someone, we need them available in short notice. This is what we find with Gadens.’

Key clients

The Citadel Group Ltd

Optus Viva Leisure Ltd

Civica Pty Ltd

3P Learning Ltd

Mach7 Technologies Ltd

DCF Asset Management

WOTSO Property

Kathmandu Australia and New Zealand Banking Group

Work highlights

  • Advised The Citadel Group on its sale to Pacific Group Bidco.
  • Advised WOTSO on its combination with Blackwall Property Trust and Planloc.
  • Advising 3P Learning on its rejection of a takeover bid from IXL and its ensuing merger with Blake eLearning.

Hall & Wilcox

Hall & Wilcox maintains an active mid-to-large market M&A practice, combining strong domestic work with focused cross-border capabilities, particularly in China and South East Asia. The team advises a wide range of high-profile clients within a number of industries, and also offers integrated tax and regulatory expertise. The team is led by Oliver Jankowsky , Martin Ross and South East Asia lead Ed Paton  in Melbourne, alongside US and UK desk heads Chris Brown and Jacqui Barrett  in Sydney. Ranny Fan joined the Sydney office as head of the firm’s China desk from Allens in mid-2021, while Michelle Eastwell joined the Queensland office from HopgoodGanim.

Other key lawyers:

Ranny Fan; Michelle Eastwell

Testimonials

‘Perfectly pitched team for mid-market M&A and mid-cap ECM work. They have exactly the right mix of sector expertise for our clients and they are far more competitive in pricing than the bulk of Australian firms.’

‘Stand-out partners for M&A are Ed Paton, Chris Brown and, especially for German clients, Oliver Jankowsky. Always on it and extremely good to work with. Have no hesitation in recommending them to clients. Very hot on inward investment and on PE.’

John Hutchinson as the team leader is very experienced and practical. His advice is commercial and efficient.

Key clients

Powerwrap Limited

Channel Capital Pty Ltd

Pharmalex

Big Ant Group

Australian Botanical Products

Arborsafe

Maggie Beer Holdings

RetPro/Moelis

Annex Products Pty Ltd

Cortina Holdings Limited

Focus Financial Partners (including Aspiri)

Tata Consumer Products

Stone and Chalk Limited

Allianz Australia Insurance Limited

Attvest Finance Pty Ltd

UNSW Global P/L

United Super Pty Ltd as trustees of Cbus

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

Isuzu Australia Pty Ltd

AusNet Services Holding Pty Ltd

Aussie Broadband

Victorian Government Legal Services Panel

Westpac Bank Corporation

Victorian Pride Centre

Note Printing Australia Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised PharmaLex GmbH on its acquisition of a majority interest in Australian health science consultancy Brandwood CKC.
  • Advised the founders of Quad Lock on the sale of a majority interest in the company to Quadrant Growth Fund.
  • Advised Maggie Beer Holdings on its $40m acquisition of e-commerce company Hampers & Gifts Australia.

Maddocks

Maddocks is noted for its prolific mid-market work, including technically complex transactions in a variety of sectors, including the healthcare, technology, and agriculture industries, alongside its standout founder practice, which secures the sales of a number of businesses to private equity investors. The team is led by Sydney-based corporate head Duncan Hall  and Melbourne-based M&A leader Damien Wurzel . Melbourne’s Catherine Debreceny  has notable cross-border expertise, and is dual-qualified in Australia and New York.

Practice head(s):

Damien Wurzel ; Duncan Hall

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Debreceny

Testimonials

‘High skilled.’

‘Duncan Hall, very professional and timely.’

‘Pragmatism and connectedness to market and industry insights.’

Key clients

Greencross

Samsung Electronics Australia

Macquarie Bank

ORIX Australia

Regis Aged Care

Adventist Healthcare

Diageo Australia

Mercury Capital

CBG Capital Limited

Broadspectrum Australia

Dentsu Aegis Network Australia

Capitol Health Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Mainstream Holdings on its scheme of arrangement with Vistra, where Vistra is bidding to fully acquire the equity interests in Mainstream Group Holdings for $178m.
  • Advising Direct Capital on the acquisition of its stake in Mondiale Freight Services Limited and advising Mondiale Freight Services on its acquisition of VISA Global Logistics.
  • Advising the shareholders of GlobalX on the sale to Dye & Durham Limited for $170m.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Led by Ewan Robertson, the Melbourne-based team at Pinsent Masons LLP advises domestic and international clients on M&A, joint ventures and private equity transactions, with focuses on the energy and resources, technology and healthcare sectors. The team is integrated with the firm's international offices and regularly handles the Australian elements of cross-border deals.

Practice head(s):

Ewan Robertson

Testimonials

‘Very proactive team, with high availability. Commercial understanding.’

‘Ewan Robertson – pragmatic approach. Commercially focused. Excellent partner.’

Key clients

GFG Alliance

Epiroc

Orica

SR Smith LLC

Bunge LLC

Suez

Lamb Weston

Travel Counsellors

Clean Energy Partners

Lendlease

PT EmpatKali

Centennial Property Group

Delorean

Red Nose

Best Practice Software

Rocky Brands Inc

Amber Australia

Sage Global Services

Work highlights

  • Advised Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance on the demerger of elements of the SIMEC Zen Energy Group, GFG’s renewable energy development and retail businesses in Australia.
  • Advised Lamb Weston on the restructure of its Australian businesses following acquisitions.
  • Advised Travel Counsellors on the transfer of its Australian business to Express Travel Group and its subsequent exit from the Australian market.

Piper Alderman

Piper Alderman has expanded its M&A footprint with the opening of a new Perth-based office, giving the firm a national offering. Additionally, the team was bolstered by the addition of Sydney-based Lis Boyce from Dentons, giving the firm new capabilities within healthcare and life sciences. Elsewhere, the team advises a variety of clients, including mid-sized companies, family offices and investment funds, focusing on areas such as the energy, financial services, private equity and agribusiness arenas. The team is led by Adelaide’s James Dickson  and Melbourne’s James Macdonald , both experienced in M&A and broader corporate advice, including hostile takeover matters.

Testimonials

‘Very commercial and pragmatic. More like advisers with a legal lens than pure lawyers.’

‘James Macdonald is very good and is supported by capable associates.’

‘Knowledgeable and hands-on.’

‘Big enough to have deep niche expertise but small enough to provide personal service.’

‘Very extensive experience in the Resources sector and has a deep understanding of the critical issues. This is especially important with the legal construction of joint venture agreements and ensuring one’s interests are protected.’

‘Reliable and efficient. They are well versed in the area and often come up with inventive and intelligent solutions. They are timely with all advice and often complete work before the required time.’

‘Intelligent, personable and reliable. They go above and beyond to service their client’s needs.’

I worked very closely with Bianca Jennings on multiple transactions. Her expertise with the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act and familiarity with the Foreign Investment Review Board were absolutely critical to the successful completion of our transactions. Her ability to educate me and our transaction team on the issues was absolutely fantastic.

I work with with Josh Steele and find him to be excellent – Josh solves problems, he doesn’t cause them! This is the most important attribute a lawyer can possess.

Key clients

Archer Materials

Brandwood CKC Australia Pty Ltd

Catalyst Metals Limited

Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers Ltd

Kingspan Water & Energy Pty Ltd

Leigh Creek Energy Limited

Matrak Industries Pty Ltd

Pegasus Management Pty Ltd

PepinNini Minerals Limited

Price Industries Limited

Santana Minerals

Syncsort Inc

Work highlights

  • Advising Pegasus Management Pty Ltd and its current shareholders on the sale of all the shares in Pegasus Management Pty Ltd to a wholly owned subsidiary of Avetta, LLC.
  • Advised Brandwood CKC on its merger with international life sciences consultancy, PharmaLex Group.
  • Advised KPT on all aspects of the response to an unsolicited, hostile on-market takeover bid by its major shareholder to acquire all of the shares in KPT.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs has continued to expand its Australian presence, with the hire of Sydney-based Michael Gajic from Minter Ellison deepening the office’s private equity and public M&A capabilities. Broadly, the firm specialises in cross-border transactions, early-stage investments and venture capital transactions, and technology work. Key names in Sydney include managing partner Campbell Davidson , who primarily advises on public M&A, and Ashley Rose, who has a notable financial services focus. In Perth, Simon Rear , Simon Adams, and Caroline Brown are noted practitioners.

Testimonials

‘The team are pragmatic, quick and efficient – available at all hours and understand our business drivers. Amazing to work with, understand that CEO does not want or need chapter and verse during verbal briefings.’

‘Ashley Rose is driven yet relaxed, pragmatic yet has excellent attention to detail, responsive and commercial.’

Key clients

Ahuit Holdings Pty Ltd

Biarri Holdings / Biarri Rail

Capitary No. 3 Pty Ltd

Fox

Go West

Government of the Republic of Fiji

ITOCHU Corporation

Ligentia

Janison Education Group Ltd

Luco Energy Pty Ltd

Live Nation

McKay Drilling Pty Ltd

Pilot Energy Ltd

Pine Island Capital Partners

Sherwin Williams

Sine Group

Southernpec (Australia) Pty Ltd

Tamboran Resources Ltd

Thiess Pty Ltd

Vmoto Ltd

Vortiv Ltd

YGH Australia Investments Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Pine Island Capital Partners on its acquisition of Meggitt Training Systems.
  • Advised YGH Australia Investment on a number of Australian transactions, complicated by changes to foreign investment rules.
  • Advised a consortium comprising Fini Group, Linc Property and Birchmead on its acquisition of the business and the assets of Midland Brick from Boral Bricks Western Australia.

Thomson Geer

Thomson Geer expanded its offering in Western Australia with the addition of a resources-focused team from DLA Piper, strengthening the office led by Michael Bowen. Elsewhere, the firm has continued to record consistent deal numbers in public M&A and private equity transactions, with Melbourne’s Loretta Reynolds a standout performer within the space. Alongside transactions, the firm also regularly advises boards and executives on corporate governance and strategic considerations. Key names in the team include Melbourne-based Adam Brooks, Brisbane’s Eugene Fung, and the Sydney-based pair of Dan Kramer and David Zwi.

Other key lawyers:

Loretta Reynolds

White & Case

White & Case‘s Melbourne-based team is a strong choice for cross-border M&A, and energy and infrastructure work, advising a combination of domestic companies and international investors, including private equity houses, on acquisitions, investments, disposals and joint ventures. The team is led by energy and resources specialist John Tivey alongside Nirangjan Nagarajah, who has a strong record in cross-border public M&A and private equity deals.

Testimonials

‘Good global coverage and industry knowledge.’

‘John Tivey – experienced resources professional.’

Key clients

Future Global Resources Limited

China Molybdenum (CMOC)

First Sentier Investors

Electrum Strategic Opportunities Fund II LP (Electrum)

Starlight Investment Company

MMG

Brookfield

Orion Resource Partners

INPEX

QIC

Unisuper

Work highlights

  • Advised Australian fund manager First Sentier Investors as successful bidder on a competitive sale process to acquire infrastructure investor John Laing’s Australian wind farm portfolio.
  • Advising CMOC on its acquisition of the Kisanfu copper-cobalt deposit in the Democratic Republic of the Congo from Freeport-McMoran Inc.
  • Advised UniSuper on the acquisition of a minority investment (10%) in Transurban’s toll roads in the US.

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird advises primarily on cross-border transactions in close collaboration with its Asia-Pacific and global teams. The practice focuses on key sectors, including the life sciences, healthcare, technology and retail industries, using sector groups to provide specialised expertise in each area. The firm also advises mid-sized domestic businesses on transactions. The team is led from Sydney by Shane Barber, who focuses on the communications and media industries.

Practice head(s):

Shane Barber

Testimonials

Very commercial and have access to offices across Europe which make cross-jurisdictional matters very easy to manage.

Key clients

9Spokes International Limited

Regius Resources

Bacchus Resources Pty Ltd

Experience Co Ltd

Vevo

Elixinol Global Limited

Wagestream Holdings Limited (UK)

Wirecard AG

SPX Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised SPX Corporation on its acquisition of the Sealite Group.
  • Advised Australian Wirecard entities (one solvent, one insolvent) on the complex corporate and regulatory issues affecting them in light of the parent’s insolvency.
  • Advised Elixinol Global Limited on the agreement to acquire Cannacare Health GmbH.

Hamilton Locke

Hamilton Locke has developed its transactional offering, advising a number of domestic and international businesses on M&A, as well as working with a growing number of private equity funds on investments. Cross-border work is a notable strength for the firm, which has expanded from its Sydney base into Brisbane. Key names in the team include Cristin McCoy, who advises on corporate and M&A issues for clients in the retail, mining services, technology and manufacturing sectors; private equity specialist Gordon McCann, and James Delesclefs, who has a broad practice encompassing transactional and corporate advice. All lawyers mentioned are in Sydney.

Testimonials

The team was smart, sophisticated and responsive, and they have consistently provided top-notch support on Australian matters (including with respect to some very challenging and nuanced issues).’

James Delesclefs is fantastic. He is the primary person with whom we have worked and has consistently provided top-notch support on Australian matters.

Hamilton Locke provide practical advice, which is on point and fit for purpose. For a business that works with early stage start-ups, Hamilton Locke allowed us to managing external legal costs in a cost effective way.

James Delesclefs is our key point of contact and is always available, approachable and extremely knowledgeable. James will go out of his way to help in any way he can.

The Hamilton Locke team appear to have a slightly different DNA than other firms, with a real focus on providing specialist commercial legal advice. The technical output is excellent and the ability to quickly identify what the issues are and how best to approach them in a commercial and realistic manner. Each member of the firm that I am introduced to is easy to work with and seems to really enjoy the client service aspect of the role, not just the technical component.

Hamilton Locke lawyers are proactive in communications and thinking ahead of any potential legal issues. They truly understand what the client needs and able to strike a balance between dealing with counter party and legal protection for their clients. Their responsive time is extremely fast and the quality of work is outstanding. They are always on top of what they are doing and make you feel confidence and comfortable working with them.

Key clients

J.C. Flowers & Co.

Climate Friendly Holdings Pty Ltd

Xplore Wealth Ltd

Telstra Limited

Integrated Payment Technology Limited

Komatsu

Rhipe Limited

Anacacia Capital

Honan Insurance Brokers

myHomecare Group Pty Ltd

Merchant Place Investments

Primewest Agrichain Management Pty Ltd

Primewest

Refratechnik Holding GmbH

Inflazome Ltd

The shareholders of Precision Marketing Holdings Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised the Shareholders of Precision Marketing Holdings Pty Ltd on the acquisition of 75% of the shares in the company by Arch Financial Holdings Europe III.
  • Advised Honan Insurance Group on the acquisition of Bovill Risk and Insurance Consultants.
  • Advised Climate Friendly and its shareholders on all legal aspects of the company’s acquisition by Adamantem Capital.

Kain Lawyers

Kain Lawyers has developed a specialist mid-market transactional offering, advising clients on domestic and cross border M&A, private equity investments and capital markets work. The firm has key offices in Adelaide and Sydney, with managing director John Kain leading the team from Sydney, and handling a wide range of standout deals. Other key names include Adelaide-based Michael Garry, James Burchnall and Gerry Cawson, who have experience from leading firms and offer a partner-led service to corporates and fund managers on deals and capital raisings.

Practice head(s):

John Kain

Testimonials

Very committed to supporting the client’s outcome, highly detail orientated.

Will do whatever it takes to achieve client’s preferred outcome.’

‘Strong partners – Gerry Cawson and James Burchnall.’

This practice provides the breadth and expertise in M&A that matches the larger firms whilst maintaining the close interest in a file that normally only smaller firms can. Kain Lawyers’ understanding of the M&A space is very strong and they can support well on related issues. Attention to the critical fine details whilst maintaining a very commercial approach.’

Gerry Cawson is a very astute M&A lawyer, very quickly separating the noise from the real issues. His ability to quickly read what the other side is driving at means that key issues can be focused on early. Gerry is very commercial but at the same time ensuring there is no undue exposure to unacceptable risk. Gerry will always listen to the client’s ideas and work with them to ensure the best possible outcome.’

Key clients

ROC Partners

Light Warrior Group

Adore Beauty

WelleCo

Silk Laser Clinics

Zen Energy

ResourceCo Pty Ltd

Nash Advisory

Jumbuck Pastoral

Stilmark Holdings

TPorts

Inheritance Capital Asset Management

Engage Marine

Pharmacy Platform

SeaLink Travel Group

Humanihut

Planet Innovation Holdings Limited

7 Eleven Group

SC Capital Partners

ADM Capital

Zen Shareholdings Pty Ltd

BDO

Work highlights

  • Advised Roc Partners on its $350m+ competitive takeover bid for the Vitalharvest Freehold Trust.
  • Advised ResourceCo Group on the investment by private equity group Mercury Capital which valued Resourceco group at approximately $300m.
  • Advised Zen Energy on its business sale to Sunshot Energy Pty Ltd.

Sparke Helmore Lawyers

Sparke Helmore Lawyers advises a wide range of clients from SMEs to blue-chip companies on transactions and broader corporate issues, including governance work and restructurings. The team also works on private equity investments, distressed situations and fund management issues. The team is led by Sydney-based Sally Weatherstone.

Practice head(s):

Sally Weatherstone

Key clients

Tartana Resources Limited

PNG Sustainable Development Program (PNGSDP)

NET Modular

ACM Group Pty Ltd

Attune Hearing

Envest Pty Ltd

Partner Now

Work highlights

  • Advising the shareholders of Net Modular on its acquisition by UK-based Algeco Global.
  • Advised ACM Group on the sale of its A$400m debt ledger and assets to Collection House Limited.
  • Advised Envest on an investment into the client by Macquarie Capital.