Ben Macdonald, Partner

+61 3 8656 3351

Florence Keays
+61 3 8656 3436

Ben Macdonald, Partner

Ben is a partner in Gilbert + Tobin's Corporate Advisory group.

Ben specialises in private/negotiated sales and disposals, cross-border acquisitions, joint ventures, listed company takeovers, capital management transactions and corporate governance. Ben has particular experience in the agribusiness, energy & resources and infrastructure sectors.

Key transactions Ben has advised on include:

  • Various foreign private equity funds acquiring Australian agribusinesses.

  • Aquis’ proposed $275 million acquisitions of Reef Casino Trust (and associated entities) and Canberra Casino.

  • Bidder on the sale of the Clem7 toll road in Brisbane.

  • iSelect’s initial public offer.

  • Bidder for Joe White Maltings, Australia’s largest malt producer.

  • Indian Pacific Resources’ equity raising.

  • Industry Funds Management’s co-investor arrangements for the $5.07 billion acquisition of the long term leases of Port Botany and Port Kembla.

  • CGNPC-URC, China Africa Development Fund and Taurus Minerals c.£632m cash offer for Kalahari Minerals plc and associated $2.2 billion potential follow-on offer for Extract Resources.

  • Xstrata’s $514 million cash offer for Sphere Minerals.

  • Tata Steel on Rio Tinto’s $3.9 billion cash offer for Riversdale Mining.

  • Babcock & Brown Infrastructure on its $1.5 billion recapitalisation and sale of a 49.9% interest in the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal to Brookfield Asset Management for $295 million.

  • Newcrest Mining on its US$535 million investment in Harmony Gold Mining’s PNG assets and formation of a joint venture with Harmony Gold Mining.

  • Centennial Coal on the sale of the Anvil Hill coal mine project and an 86% interest in the Tahmoor coal mine to Xstrata for $1.1 billion.

  • Orica on the purchase of the Minova mining services group for $850 million.

  • Orica on the sale of Qenos to China National Chemical Corp.

  • Orica on the acquisition of Dyno Nobel in a consortium with Macquarie Bank for $1.7 billion.

Prior to joining Gilbert + Tobin, Ben worked at a leading Australian law firm. Ben has also practised in London with a leading ’Magic Circle’ law firm and worked for leading global investment banks.

Ben has bachelor degrees in Law (Honours) and Commerce (Honours) from the University of Melbourne.

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