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Neil Pathak, Partner
Neil heads the Gilbert + Tobin Mergers and Acquisitions team in the Melbourne office.
He specialises in listed company takeovers, cross border M&A, mining/resources, capital markets and corporate governance matters.
Neil is recognised as a leading M&A lawyer in a number of international publications including Best Lawyers, Chambers, PLC Which Lawyer? and International Who’s Who of M&A Lawyers 2012. Neil was recently named 2012 Melbourne "M&A lawyer of the year" by Best Lawyers. He is co-author of the leading text on Australian takeovers, Takeovers Law and Strategy.
In 2012 Neil is advising or has advised on the following transactions:
- 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.
- DuluxGroup on its unsolicited takeover bid for Alesco.
- Exxaro Resources on its takeover of African Iron.
- Pact Group on various acquisitions and disposals.
- Alsons Group on the acquisition of19.9% of Indophil Resources.
- Taswood Growers JV partners (Forestry Tasmania and GMO) on the sale of their softwood plantations to New Forests.
Neil has a track record of successfully advising leading clients on company defining or bet the farm transactions including:
- Orica and Dulux Group on the 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 spent time working at pre-eminent London and New York law firms.
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 Melbourne and is a member of the Corporations Committee of the Law Council of Australia.