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Mark Stanbridge

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Mark Stanbridge is the head of our corporate transactions practice in Australia

Mark is a mergers and acquisitions lawyer with over 25 years' experience advising on local and cross-border transactions. He leads our corporate transactions and private equity practices in Australia.

Mark has acted for prominent corporates, private equity houses and banks including Archer Capital, Bain Capital, Blackstone, Boart Longyear, Carlyle, Coca-Cola Amatil, CVC, Deutsche Bank, Downer EDI, Intel Capital, KKR, Luye Investment Group, Pacific Beverages (joint venture of SAB Miller & Coca-Cola Amatil), Providence, Ramsay Health Care, SAB Miller, Transurban and Värde.

He is a recommended practitioner by Chambers Asia-Pacific, The Legal 500 and Best Lawyers. Mark is "praised for being 'on top of everything' and 'commercial and creative in the search for solutions', and is further valued for his strong work ethic and excellent connections in the Sydney market" (Corporate/M&A, Chambers Asia-Pacific 2016).


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Ashurst’s ‘high-calibre team’ is ‘excellent in all areas, including investment in future practitioners’; its lawyers are ‘proactive and agile and provide practical, commercial advice tailored to clients’ needs’. Significant private equity work included advising Blackstone on its acquisition of the ASX-listed Astro Japan’s property portfolio, and in the insurance sector the team assisted AIA Group with its multibillion-dollar acquisition of Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s life insurance businesses in Australia and New Zealand. The ‘excellent’, 'engaging' Phil Breden, who ‘quickly formulates appropriate strategies’, and Mark Stanbridge co-lead the 24-partner practice. Breden acted for Crown Resorts on selling its 27.4% interest in Melco Crown Entertainment, a transaction completed via a multiple-tranche structure spanning several jurisdictions. Also recommended is the ‘very commercial’ Bruce Macdonald, who ‘works tirelessly and always with good humour’; he and Stanbridge advised Nine Entertainment on its acquisition of the issued share capital in Fairfax Media by way of scheme of arrangement, creating Australia’s largest integrated media corporation. Dan Yang joined from Colin Biggers & Paisley, now spearheading the firm’s China practice in Australia. Ratha Nabanidham joined from MinterEllison.

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