Media Release | 25 March 2022
Hall & Wilcox has advised UK-headquartered international architectural practice Weston Williamson + Partners on the Australian aspects of the company’s sale to major consulting and engineering group Egis.
Weston Williamson + Partners’ Australian practice is involved in several large-scale infrastructure projects, including the extension of the Melbourne Metro System and the Elizabeth Line stations at Paddington in Sydney. The transaction grants Egis a controlling stake in the business.
Hall & Wilcox advised on all Australian aspects of the sale and worked collaboratively with a team of overseas advisors. Corporate and M&A Partner Oliver Jankowsky led the Hall & Wilcox team, supported by Senior Associates Joy-Yi Zhao and Jasmine Koh and Lawyer Adren Choon.
The broader deal team included Partner Karl Rozenbergs, Partner Alison Baker and Senior Associate Nhu-Thuy Dinh (privacy), and Partner Katrina Reye and Lawyers Mikaela Bensley and Michael Tran (property).
Weston Williamson + Partners founding partner Rob Naybour said, ‘The advisory team headed up by Andrew Sims, BCMS, Kevin Paget and Ralph Mitchison, Menzies, Helen Mead, DMH Stallard, and Oliver Jankowsky, Hall & Wilcox, were superb in helping us navigate what was an incredibly complex sale process – our sincerest thanks to them all. This was a challenging process and we could not have done it without the teamwork and purpose displayed by our team. The advice was solid and collaborative but the manner of working was superb. Calm, considered yet firm when it was required.’
Hall & Wilcox partner Oliver Jankowsky said, ‘The collaboration between the various teams in different locations was exciting. I was pleased to have been part of achieving a good outcome for the clients after having seen the company enter the Australian market and then having helped it grow in Australia over the last few years.’
Founded in 1985, Weston Williamson + Partners is an award-winning architecture and urban planning design practice, with particular expertise in large-scale infrastructure, master-planning and city-shaping projects. The firm has studios in Manchester, London, Toronto, Sydney and Melbourne, and has designed and delivered major infrastructure projects in the UK and around the world.
Weston Williamson + Partners has been a client of Hall & Wilcox since 2017, during which time the firm has assisted it in a wide range of legal matters, including corporate restructure work for its Australian subsidiary in 2019.
Hall & Wilcox is a leading independent law firm of more than 900 people, including over 100 partners. We service corporate, public sector and private clients, both Australian-based and those offshore doing business in Australia.
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