Mergers + Acquisitions

Our Mergers + Acquisitions team works on many of Australia’s largest, most complex and most closely watched deals, holding its own among our firm’s global competitors. We advise on M&A transactions of the highest commercial significance, as well as delivering significant value on smaller deals. Our M&A experts work in multi-disciplinary teams with specialists from intellectual property, competition, regulation, technology and corporate finance to facilitate deals for our clients.

Our Approach

Australia’s M&A environment is subject to rapid change and significant market scrutiny by regulators and increasingly sophisticated investors. Businesses need outstanding legal and strategic advice from the outset if they are to achieve their commercial objectives. We have proven experience in working effectively with key corporate regulators including the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, the Australian Securities Exchange and the Takeovers panel. Our innovative team is highly regarded for its competition and regulatory experience.

We are regularly retained to assist boards of public and private companies to navigate challenging issues that arise in complex and contested M&A transactions. We have extensive experience advising on cross border M&A and foreign investment into Australia. We also act for domestic and foreign clients on their bids for, and equity participation in, major infrastructure projects.

As our client, you will have the opportunity to meet every member of the team working on your deal. We work with you as part of your team, and with your financial and other advisors. We can then fully understand your needs to manage the risks throughout the deal process and ensure the best commercial outcomes are achieved within the right timeframe.

Our services

  • 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.
  • Advising investors, such as hedge funds, on takeover developments and strategies.

Our experience includes advising:

  • KKR on the proposed acquisition of a 55% interest in Colonial First State (CFS) and establishment of a joint venture with Commonwealth Bank of Australia, with the transaction valuing CFS at $3.4 billion.
  • Westpac on the sale of its Vendor Finance business to Angle Finance, a portfolio company of Cerberus Capital Management.
  • AB InBev on the $16 billion sale of Carlton & United Breweries to Asahi Group - the largest M&A transaction in Australia in 2019.
  • GrainCorp on the $3.3 billion demerger of GrainCorp’s international malting business, United Malt.
  • Infigen Energy on the $1.438 billion off market takeover battle for Infigen by UAC Energy and Iberdrola SA. Infigen is Australia's largest listed renewable energy generator.
  • Coca-Cola Amatil on the joint acquisition with The Coca-Cola Company of a 45% equity stake in the Made Group.
  • Tilt Renewables on the $1.073 billion sale of the 270 MW Snowtown 2 wind farm to Palisade Investment Partners and First State Super.
  • The Stars Group on its proposed $6 billion merger with Flutter Entertainment to create the world’s biggest online gaming group.
  • DuluxGroup in relation to its $3.8 billion acquisition by Nippon Paint by scheme of arrangement.
  • Quadrant Private Equity on the acquisition of QMS Media by scheme of arrangement.
  • KKR on its investment in GreenCollar, a leading Australian environmental markets business - the first Australian investment by KKR’s US$1.3 billion Global Impact Fund.
  • Viva Energy on the $734.3 million sale of the 35% stake it held in Viva Energy REIT to Charter Hall Group and the Charter Hall Long WALE REIT by way of Block Trade.
  • Mineral Resources on the US$1.3 billion sale of a 60% interest in the Wodgina lithium project to Albemarle Corporation.
  • Quadrant Private Equity on the sale of a majority stake in APM to Madison Dearborn Partners for an enterprise value of $1.6 billion.
  • Wesfarmers on the US$2.15 billion (plus other contingent payments) sale of its 13.23% stake in Quadrant Energy to Santos Limited alongside co-sellers Brookfield, Macquarie and AMB Holdings.
  • BGH Capital Consortium on the $2.1 billion acquisition of Navitas by scheme of arrangement – the biggest private equity buy out by an Australian based PE firm.
  • KKR on the $2 billion takeover of MYOB Limited by scheme of arrangement.
  • Jacobs on the $4.6 billion sale of its energy, chemicals and resources group to WorleyParsons.
  • TPG Capital on the $1 billion (enterprise value) acquisition of pet and vet care company Greencross.
  • Harbour Energy on its $14.4 billion proposal to takeover Santos.
  • GrainCorp on its successful defence of the $3.3 billion highly geared approach by Long-Term Asset Partners - financed by Goldman Sachs and Westbourne Capital.
  • Telstra on the merger of Foxtel and Fox Sports.
  • CPE Capital on the $1 billion sale of Accolade Wines to Carlyle.
  • Qube Consortium on the $9 billion acquisition of Asciano.
  • IOOF on the $975 million acquisition of ANZ’s One Path Pensions and Investments and aligned dealer groups businesses and its associated $539 million accelerated non-renounceable entitlement offer and share purchase plan.
  • AB InBev on Australian aspects of its US$117 billion takeover of SAB Miller (CUB/Fosters), the largest takeover in the world in 2016.
  • Investa Commercial Property Fund on the $3.35 billion battle for the ASX listed Investa Office Fund between Oxford Properties & Blackstone.

Named Law Firm of the Year for Corporate Law.

BEST LAWYERS 2021

Ranked Band 1 in Corporate/M&A.

CHAMBERS ASIA-PACIFIC 2020

Ranked Tier 1 in Corporate/M&A.

LEGAL 500 ASIA-PACIFIC 2020

Named Law Firm of the Year for Corporate Law and for Private Equity Law.

BEST LAWYERS 2020

G+T was awarded Best Law & Related Services Firm, Most Innovative Firm and Best Provider to Mining, Oil & Gas.

2020 CLIENT CHOICE AWARDS

Ranked 1st Tier for Corporate Law.

DOYLE’S GUIDE 2020

G+T was named Law Firm of the Year (101-500 lawyers).

2020 AUSTRALASIAN LAW AWARDS

G+T was named Australian Firm of the Law.

2020 ASIALAW AWARDS

G+T won Most Innovative Team in Asia-Pacific.

2020 FINANCIAL TIMES ASIA-PACIFIC INNOVATIVE LAWYER AWARDS

G+T was awarded M&A Legal Adviser of the Year (Business Services), Private Equity Legal Adviser of the Year and M&A Legal Adviser of the Year (Consumer).

MERGERMARKET AUSTRALIA M&A AWARDS 2019

Named Law Firm of the Year for M&A Law.

BEST LAWYERS 2019

Ranked Tier 1 in M&A.

IFLR1000 2019

Ranked an ‘Outstanding’ firm in the Asialaw Profiles 2019. Also ranked ‘Outstanding’ in M&A, Capital Markets and Private Equity.

ASIALAW PROFILES 2019