“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 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.
- Spotless Group Holdings Limited: as the issuer on its proposed IPO.
- Woolworths Holdings Limited (South Africa): on its proposed $2.15 billion acquisition of David Jones by scheme of arrangement.
- Burson: as the issuer on its successful $298 million IPO.
- Vitol: on its $2.9 acquisition of Shell’s Australian assets.
- Goldman Sachs, CBA, Macquarie and UBS: as joint lead managers on the IPO of Genworth Mortgage Insurance Australia Limited.
- Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley: as the underwriters of Transurban Group’s $2.43 billion entitlement offer.
- Aquis Casino Acquisitions Pty Ltd: on its proposed acquisitions of the Cairns and Canberra Casinos.
- Aurora Oil & Gas: on $2.6 billion proposed acquisition by Baytex.
- Nine Entertainment Co.: on its $636 million initial public offering. This is one of the most significant and largest IPOs of 2013.
- Westpac: on $1.45 billion acquisition of Lloyds Banking Australian businesses.
- SP Ausnet: on the A$824 million 20% sell-down by its major shareholder, Singapore Power, to State Grid of China.
- 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.