Mergers and Acquisitions

“They cover all requirements, with contacts worldwide for overseas advice, quick response times – especially when deadlines are tight – and good, clear advice.” Chambers Asia Pacific, 2014

Our Mergers and Acquisitions team work on many of Australia’s largest, most complex and most watched M&A deals. We work seamlessly with our specialists across the areas of intellectual property, competition, regulation and corporate finance to facilitate deals. Our clients are loyal to us because we work with them as part of their team, rather than as a service provider.

As our client, you’ll have the opportunity to meet every member of the team working on your deal. Our focused team of lawyers will work closely with you, and your financial and other advisors, to understand your needs so we can manage the risks throughout the deal process and ensure the best commercial outcomes are achieved within the right timeframe.

Our services

  • executing and defending takeover bids, with substantial experience in proceedings before the Takeovers Panel
  • implementing agreed mergers by scheme of arrangement
  • complex share or asset acquisitions and divestitures, including cross-border transactions
  • complex private equity structuring, including management and leveraged buy-outs
  • obtaining FIRB approvals and ASX and ASIC waivers relevant to mergers or acquisitions and
  • advising investors, such as hedge funds, on takeover developments and strategies.


  • Vitol on its $2.9 billion acquisition of Shell’s Australian downstream assets, including the Geelong Refinery and 870 retail sites across the country.
  • Aurora Oil & Gas on its $2.6 billion acquisition by Baytex.
  • Woolworths Holdings Limited (South Africa) on its $2.15 billion acquisition of David Jones by scheme of arrangement.
  • A consortium comprising Wilmar International Limited and First Pacific Company Limited, on the proposed $1.9 billion (enterprise value) acquisition of Goodman Fielder Limited.
  • TPG led consortium, comprising of TPG, PAG and Canada’s Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan on the $1.215 billion acquisition of DTZ, a global property services business of UGL Limited.
  • Pacific Equity Partners on its sale of Hoyts Group to ID Leisure Ventures Limited, a China-based investment fund founded by entrepreneur Mr Sun Xishuang.
  • SAI Global on its $1.1 billion proposed acquisition by Pacific Equity Partners.
  • Westpac on its $8 billion acquisition of the Australian assets of Lloyds Bank.
  • Nine Entertainment Co.: on its $3.4 billion restructure by scheme of arrangement.
  • GrainCorp: on the proposed $3.4 billion takeover from Archer Daniels Midlands.
  • Vion Food Group: on the Australian elements of the €1.6 billion sale of its Ingredients division to Darling International from the U.S. Darling International
  • Westpac and Hastings Funds Management: on the $2 billion sale of infrastructure assets to the Future Fund and management internalisation proposal.
  • 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.

Mergers and Acquisitions Publications

Partners and Special Counsel

Julie Athanasoff
Tony Bancroft
Rachael Bassil
Charles Bogle
Andrew Bullock
Marcello Cardaci
David Clee
Peter Cook
Andrew Crook
Adam D'Andreti
Christopher Flynn
Tim Gordon
Deborah Johns
Adam Laura
Ben Macdonald
Hiroshi Narushima
Neil Pathak
Peter Reeves
Craig Semple
Bill Spain
Sarah Turner
Jessica van Rooy
John Williamson-Noble

Other Team Members

Samer Aljanabi
Shelley Burger
Aoife Candon
Andrew Chan
Peggy Ching
Sean Coleman
Alastair Corrigall
Richard Davey
Richard Francis
Sarah Gaffney-Smith
Elizabeth Hill
Judy Hsu
Wendy Hsu
David Josselsohn
Samuel Kang
Alex Kauye
Nick Li
Ben Malone
Sean Meehan
Kate Merrifield
Chris Morse
Nirangjan Nagarajah
Kathryn O'Brien
Ilona Roze
Alistair Schaefer
Shan-Ree Tan
Adam Totaro
Eugene Tse
Ryan Turner
Reuben van Werkum


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