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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 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.
- Charter Hall Office Management Limited – acting for Charter Hall Office Management Limited, as the responsible entity of Charter Hall Office REIT (CQO), in connection with the proposal by Reco Ambrosia Pte Ltd, the Public Sector Pension Investment Board of Canada and a Charter Hall entity to acquire all of the units in CQO by trust scheme. $1.2 billion.
- Hastings Funds Management – advising Hastings Funds Management in connection with its review of operations relating to the Australian Infrastructure Fund valued at $1.2 billion.
- ACP Magazines, a subsidiary of Nine Entertainment Co. Holdings Pty Limited – acting for ACP Magazines, a subsidiary of Nine Entertainment Co. Holdings Pty Limited on its $565 million sell down of its 49.1% stake in carsales.com Limited through a block trade to institutional and sophisticated investors.
- Credit Suisse – on as underwriter on the Royal Wolf IPO. Royal Wolf raised $90.95 million pursuant to an IPO on the ASX. The IPO was at the time of launch the largest float for 2011. The issue was at a fixed price of $1.83 a share, valuing the group at $184 million. Credit Suisse was the sole lead manager on the offer.
- Pacific Equity Partners – on the proposed takeover of Spotless Group via a scheme of arrangement.
- Telstra – advising Telstra, as a FOXTEL partner, on FOXTEL’s acquisition of AUSTAR, incorporating complex competition law issues and implementing a joint bid.
- Ludowici Limited – advising on competing proposals from FLSmidth and The Weir Group PLC to acquire all of the issued capital of Ludowici Limited including takeovers panel proceedings.
- Blackstone – advising the US private equity group on the proposed acquisition of 100% of the stapled securities in Valad Property Group for approximately $700 million.
- Coal & Allied Industries Limited – advising on the off market takeover bid made by a company associated with Rio Tinto Limited and Mitsubishi to acquire the Coal & Allied shares that they do not already own. The Proposal is expected to value Coal & Allied at $10.8 billion.