Chris Brown is a commercial lawyer with 20 plus years’ experience in corporate transactions and advice.

His transactional experience covers advice to clients on both public company takeovers and private M&A deals, including business and share sales, auction processes, equity investments and joint ventures. He has also advised clients on IPOs and other fundraising activities.

Financial Services and Insurance

Chris has particular expertise in advice and transactions in the finance and insurance sectors, acting for wealth managers and life and general insurers. He advises institutional and non-institutional investors, in Australia and overseas, on acquisitions, disposals and other matters across wealth management and insurance. His clients include asset managers, life and general insurers, financial advice groups, product distributors, investment platforms and other asset administrators.

Strategic business advice

Chris also advises local companies and their owners on transformational deals and other matters, including succession planning, third party investment, joint ventures, management equity deals, shareholders agreements and outright sales.

In-bound investment

Chris also acts for numerous overseas investors into Australia (in particular those from North America and Japan).

Professional background

Chris is a dual-qualified lawyer admitted to practice in Australia and in England and Wales. Before joining Hall & Wilcox he was a partner for nine years in the Corporate Division of a large Australian law firm. He has also worked as corporate counsel for a leading global financial institution.

  • Focus Financial Partners (the leading international partnership of independent, fiduciary wealth management businesses) on wealth management investment in Australia.
  • IAG on its acquisition of the Wesfarmers insurance underwriting business in Australia and New Zealand.
  • AMP, Macquarie Bank, Suncorp, NAB, CBA, Westpac/BT and ANZ on numerous transactions and other matters affecting their advice businesses.
  • Outsourcing Inc. of Japan on its acquisition of a majority interest in leading Australian workforce service provider, Beddison Group.
  • NSW Treasury on its $5 billion plus 99 year lease of each of Ports Botany and Kembla.
  • Count Financial on its $375 million acquisition by scheme of arrangement by Commonwealth Bank.
  • Suncorp-Metway on the sale of its Tyndall asset management business to Nikko Asset Management of Japan.
  • TAL Dai-ichi Life (formerly Tower Australia) on its $160 million acquisition of InsuranceLine.
  • Macquarie Private Capital on its $116 million privatisation and sale by scheme of arrangement/trust scheme.
  • Moelis Australia in its $29.5 million acquisition of real estate funds manager, Armada Funds Management.