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Peter Cook, Partner

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Peter Cook, Partner

Peter has more than 20 years’ experience in the industry and is regularly ranked as one of Australia's leading mergers & acquisitions, capital markets and private equity lawyers in national and international surveys such as Chambers Global, Best Lawyers, Who’s Who, Asia Pacific 500, IFLR and Euromoney’s Guides. He was recently ranked by Chambers Global 2015 as Band 1 in Mergers & Acquisitions, Equity Capital Markets and Private Equity, the only Australian lawyer to achieve that status. He was awarded Best Lawyers’ Sydney Equity Capital Markets "Lawyer of the Year" (2013) and Sydney Private Equity "Lawyer of the Year" (2012).

Recent Experience

Major M&A transactions

  • Wilmar International Limited and First Pacific Company Limited on the $1.9 billion acquisition of Goodman Fielder.

  • Quadrant Private Equity on its investment in VIP Petfoods.

  • ACFS Port Logistics on its joint venture with Patrick Port Logistics.

  • CHAMP and Headland Capital on the $620 million takeover of Miclyn Express.

  • Westpac on it’s $8 billion enterprise value acquisition of Lloyds Banking Australian businesses.

  • Advising GrainCorp on the $3.4 billion takeover from Archer Daniels Midland.

  • The consortium comprising Noble Group, Posco Australia, National Pension Service of Korea, Korea Investment Corporation and Korean Finance Corporation on the proposed acquisition of ASX listed company Arrium Limited (approx $3 billion).

  • Quadrant on the acquisition and divestment of City Farmers and the acquisition of Zip Industries.

  • Pepper Australia Pty Limited on its proposal to acquire RHG Limited.

  • CHAMP on the acquisition of Accolade Wines from Constellation.

  • Rockwood Holdings Inc on the proposed takeover of an Australian public company with TSX-listing, Talison Lithium Limited ($750 million).

  • CHAMP Private Equity on its public-to-private of ASX listed company Gerard Lighting Group Limited ($186 million).

  • Advising ASX listed company Ludowici Limited in relation to competing proposals from FLSmidth and The Weir Group PLC to acquire all of the issued capital of Ludowici ($388 million).

  • Pacific Equity Partners on its public-to-private of ASX listed Spotless Group ($1.1 billion).

  • Blackstone on its takeover of ASX listed Valad Property Group ($700 million).

  • Blackstone’s acquisition of ASX listed Centro’s US property asset portfolio ($9.4 billion).

  • Carlyle and TPG’s takeover of ASX listed company Healthscope ($2.7 billion).

  • Chinalco on its proposed equity and asset investment in ASX and LSE dual-listed Rio Tinto (US$19.5 billion).

  • Chinalco on its acquisition of 12% of Rio Tinto Plc (US$14 billion).

  • CVC Asia Pacific’s acquisition of Nine Entertainment Co and debt to equity restructure ($5.5 billion).

Capital Markets

  • Greenstone on its $1 billion initial public offering (2015).

  • Credit Suisse as the underwriter on the $248 million capital raising of Evolution Mining Limited to fund its acquisition of the Cowal gold mine from Barrick Gold Corporation (2015).

  • Credit Suisse as the underwriter on the sale of a 30.8% stake in APN News & Media Limited by Independent News & Media and Denis O’Brien (2015).

  • Morgan Stanley as the underwriter on the sale of Hancock Prospecting’s 15% stake in Fairfax Media Limited (2015).

  • RBC Capital Markets and Euroz as joint lead managers on the $80 million placement by Sino Gas & Energy Holdings Limited (2015).

  • Macquarie and Citi as joint lead managers on Slater & Gordon’s $890 million capital raising (2015).

  • Macquarie Capital, Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley as joint lead managers of APA Group’s $1.835 billion accelerated entitlement offer to part fund its acquisition of BG Group’s QCLNG Pipeline (2014).

  • Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley as joint lead managers of Transurban Group’s $2.34 billion accelerated entitlement offer to fund its acquisition of Queensland Motorways (2014).

  • APN Outdoor on its $425 million initial public offering (2014).

  • Mantra Group Limited on its $449 million initial public offering (2014).

  • Burson Group Limited on its $298 million initial public offering (2014).

  • Macquarie Capital, UBS, CIMB, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch as joint lead managers on Healthscope’s $3.6 billion initial public offering and listing on ASX (2014).

  • Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley as underwriters on the $449 million IPO of SG Fleet (2014).

  • Nine Entertainment Co. on its $2.5 billion initial public offer and ASX listing (2013).

  • Redcape Hotel Group, advising the Independent Directors of Hotel Property Investments on the $286 million IPO.

  • Advising Goldman Sachs and Macquarie Capital, the underwriters of Dick Smith’s $520 million initial public offering and ASX listing (2013).

  • Goldman Sachs on its underwriting of IRESS’ $206 million renounceable entitlement offer to fund the acquisition of Avelo Financial Services in the UK.

  • iSelect on its IPO and ASX listing valuing the company at $480 million.

  • Credit Suisse and Baillieu Holst as joint lead managers on NewSat Limited’s $105 million placement, which formed part of its US$138 million capital raising.

  • Goldman Sachs and UBS as the underwriters of the Calibre Group’s IPO.

  • Advising on the demerger of Arrium Limited and Bluescope Steel Limited from BHP Billiton and Rinker Group from CSR.

  • Advising GKN Plc on its DLC with Brambles.

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