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Neil Pathak, Partner
He specialises in listed company takeovers, cross border M&A, mining/resources, capital markets and corporate governance matters having over 20 years of experience in these fields.
Neil is recognised as a leading M&A lawyer in a number of international publications including Best Lawyers, Chambers, Legal 500 and International Who’s Who of M&A Lawyers. In 2012 and 2013 Neil was named Melbourne"Lawyer of the Year" in M&A and Corporate/Governance by Best Lawyers. He has previously authored the leading text on Australian takeovers, Takeovers Law and Strategy and is the principal author of the State of the M&A Nation and G+T’s annual Takeovers and Schemes Review.
Neil has recently advised on the following transactions:
- Wesfarmers on its proposed acquisition of Greencap by scheme of arrangement
- SP AusNet in relation to the $824 million sell-down of 20% of SP AusNet by its major shareholder, Singapore Power, to State Grid of China
- Waterberg Coal Company on its successful unsolicited takeover bid for Firestone Energy
- iSelect on its initial public offer
- Orica’s innovative gas supply arrangements with Strike Energy
- NewSat’s capital raising in relation to the construction of its Jabiru-1 satellite
- Westpac and Hastings Funds Management in relation to the $2 billion sale of infrastructure assets to the Future Fund and management internalisation proposal
- DuluxGroup on its successful unsolicited takeover bid for Alesco
- Orica on its Pilbara joint venture with Yara and Apache to build a US$800 million ammonium nitrate plant and its distribution and marketing joint venture
- Exxaro Resources on its successful takeover of African Iron
- Pact Group on various acquisitions and disposals
- Orica and Dulux Group on the $1 billion demerger and ASX listing of DuluxGroup
- Pure Energy on the competing takeover bids for it by BG plc and Arrow Energy resulting in the company being acquired for over $1 billion
- OZ Minerals on its US$1.4 billion asset sale to China Minmetals and related takeover and recapitalisation proposals
- MYOB on its takeover by Manhattan Software, a private equity consortium
- Coles on its $22 billion takeover by Wesfarmers (Australia’s largest ever takeover)
- Orica on its acquisition of Dyno Nobel in a consortium with Macquarie Bank for US$1.7 billion
Neil has bachelor degrees in Law (with First Class Honours) and Commerce (Finance major) from the University of Melbourne. He also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment. He lectures in takeovers and securities laws at the University of Melbourne and is a member of the Corporations Committee of the Law Council of Australia.