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.
- 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.