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Corporate Advisory

“Excellent, easy to deal with and client-friendly.” Chambers Asia Pacific, 2014

Gilbert + Tobin’s Corporate Advisory Group provides innovative solutions and project management for large-scale corporate transactions as well as advises on a range of related corporate issues.

We service a diverse client base including listed companies in all sectors, investment banks, institutional investors, large privately-held companies and private equity firms.

The team is made up of highly respected lawyers with skills appropriate to a range of merger and acquisition and capital markets transactions.

We provide a range of services to ensure compliance with the requirements of the Corporations Act and good corporate governance practices. Our team has advised senior management and boards on a wide range of complex business and legal issues.

Regarded as one of the leading advisers to private equity funds, our team blends traditional corporate law skills with an understanding of the needs of private equity investors.

Our services

Our corporate advisory services include:

  • corporate mergers, acquisitions and disposals, and related due diligence, tax and structuring issues
  • joint ventures, including devising ownership, management and operational structures to meet commercial and regulatory requirements
  • IPOs, placements and rights issues for companies and managed funds
  • complex private equity structuring and consequent investment and exit transactions; including management and leveraged buy-outs
  • capital management strategies, including buy-backs and capital reductions
  • capital markets activities, including the structuring of complex capital instruments such as debenture and hybrid offerings and warrants
  • Corporations Act and ASX Listing Rule compliance issues, including continuous disclosure, corporate governance and periodic disclosure obligations and board charter solutions for public and private companies
  • Australian Financial Services Licence applications and compliance for licensees
  • company secretarial assistance to companies, including the establishment of companies, preparing minutes and resolutions for board and shareholder meetings, and undertaking statutory filings.

Our experience

  • Nine Entertainment Co.: on its $636 million initial public offering. This is one of the most significant and largest IPOs of 2013.
  • Aurora Oil & Gas: on $2.6 billion proposed acquisition by Baytex.
  • Westpac: on its $1.2 billion acquisition of Lloyds’ Australian assets.
  • Cover-More: currently acting for the travel insurance and medical assistance company on their $521.2 billion proposed IPO.
  • The Centerbridge and Oaktree consortium: on $271 million recapitalisation of Billabong International Limited, including in relation to their Takeover Panel application regarding the affairs of Billabong.
  • Goldman Sachs and Macquarie: as the lead managers on the $344.5 million IPO of Dick Smith Electronics.
  • Quadrant: on the $300 million acquisition of Zip Industries.
  • GrainCorp: on the proposed $3.4 billion takeover from Archer Daniels Midlands.
  • PEP funds III and IV: on their $1.3 billion interest in the IPO of Veda.
  • Credit Suisse: on the $60 million institutional placement as part of Cockatoo Coal’s $153 million equity raising.
  • Nine Entertainment Co.: on its $3.4 billion restructure by scheme of arrangement, which involved the restructure of its mezzanine and senior debt for equity.
  • HOCHTIEF AirPort GMBH: on the $1.2 billion sale of its direct and indirect interest in Sydney Airport to Sydney Airport Holdings and its equity interests in listed entity Sydney Airport to CPPIB.
  • Pacific Equity Partners: on the $1.1 billion acquisition of the Spotless Group via scheme of arrangement.
  • Morgan Stanley and UBS: as the lead managers on the $338.7 million Virtus Health IPO.
  • Westpac and Hastings Funds Management: on the $2 billion sale of infrastructure assets to the Future Fund and management internalisation proposal.
  • Redcape Hotel Group: advising the Independent Directors of Hotel Property Investments on the proposed $266-286 million IPO.
  • SP AusNet: on the $824 million 20% sell-down by its major shareholder, Singapore Power, to State Grid of China.
  • LifeHealthCare: on the medical devices company on their successful $100 million IPO.
  • Sundance: on its $40 million through the issue of convertible notes to the Noble Group.

Corporate Advisory Publications

Partners and Special Counsel

Julie Athanasoff
Tony Bancroft
Rachael Bassil
Charles Bogle
Mindy Bonomelli
Andrew Bullock
Marcello Cardaci
Hanh Chau
David Clee
Peter Cook
Andrew Crook
Peter Feros
Chris Flynn
Deborah Johns
Rachel Launders
Adam Laura
Ben Macdonald
Hiroshi Narushima
Neil Pathak
Craig Semple
Bill Spain
Sarah Turner
John Williamson-Noble

Other Team Members

Dalveen Belyea
Shelley Burger
Sophie Chesterton
Amy Cheuk
Brooke Coghlan
Sean Coleman
Adam D'Andreti
Chris Dalton
Joanna Dearmun
Joshua Fast
Richard Francis
Sarah Gaffney-Smith
Tim Gordon
Elizabeth Hill
Grace Ho
David Josselsohn
Samuel Kang
Alex Kauye
Jordan Kent
Bob Ker
Haroun Khwaja
Nick Li
Kate Merrifield
Tom Morgan
Chris Morse
Nirangjan Nagarajah
Alex Naughton
James Nguyen
Noah Obradovic
Timothy Perry
Peter Reeves
Ilona Roze
Rosamond Sayer
Andrew Sharp
Walid Sukari
Shan-Ree Tan
James Tannock
Adam Totaro
Eugene Tse
Jessica van Rooy
Anita Vivekananda
Ash Walker
Andrew Whittingham
Georgina Willcock
Jonathon Yeung

Contact

Andrew Bullock
abullock@gtlaw.com.au
+61 2 9263 4126

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