Media Release | 3 September 2014

Hall & Wilcox advises Austria’s Knill Gruppe on local acquisition

Leading independent Australian business law firm, Hall & Wilcox, has facilitated a crossborder acquisition between an Austrian energy company and a local electrical equipment provider.

The deal saw Austria’s 300-year old Knill Gruppe, a large energy and technology firm,  purchase Victoria’s Graph Solutions, which distributes electronic equipment such as insulators for power lines.

Hall & Wilcox’s Special Counsel, Oliver Jankowsky and Lawyer, Mark Lebbon leveraged their knowledge of cross border transactions between Europe and Australia to manage various key stakeholders in different locations and time zones.

Markus Haidenbauer, CFO of Knill Energy Group, said the duo were able to deliver a strong result. “I would like to thank Oliver, Mark and all at Hall & Wilcox for facilitating a win-win deal in a narrow timeframe. Their guidance on the Australian M&A process was commercial, practical and effective.”

Mr Jankowsky works closely with the European business community as President of European Business, part of the international ABIE Network. The organisation has around 1,500 members drawn from Australian companies with business interests and connections in Europe, and a wide range of European companies with reciprocal interests in Australia.


Oliver Jankowsky

Partner & Head of International Practice

Ed Paton

Partner & Head of SE Asia Practice

Eugene Chen

Partner & Head of China Practice

Melanie Smith

Director - Business Development, Marketing and Communications

Natalie Bannister

Partner & Commercial National Practice Leader

Rhett Slocombe

Partner & Insurance National Practice Leader

Katie McKenzie


James Bull

Special Counsel and Head of Frank

Melanie James

People & Culture Manager

Jacqui Barrett

Partner & Head of US Practice

Paul O’Donnell

Consultant & Head of Energy

Christopher Brown

Partner & Head of UK Practice

Lauren Parrant

Senior People & Culture Advisor, as at 1 July 2022

Melinda Woledge

Marketing & Communications Manager

Jasmine Koh

Senior Associate and Head of Frank

Alison Choy Flannigan

Partner & Leader, Health & Community

Billie Kerkez

Manager – Smarter Recovery Solutions

Peter Jones

Senior Commercial Counsel

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