Matthew Bridges

Special Counsel

Qualifications: LLB, BA

Fluent in: French - Conversational



Matthew is a general commercial lawyer with more than 18 years’ experience covering a range of areas of practice including private M&A, general commercial and corporate transactions, projects and advisory work, family succession arrangements, non-contentious employment matters, property, contracts and governance.

Matthew’s clients include:

  • public sector bodies including Victorian Government departments, public sector agencies and local councils;
  • prominent family groups across several industries including agribusiness, transport and retail; and
  • not-for-profits including the developer of a new ecoutourism development on the Great Ocean Road to be run as a social enterprise.

Matthew had a stint as an in-house lawyer and has undertaken secondments with several listed companies and WorkSafe Victoria.

In addition to his commercial law experience, Matthew is a member of the advisory board of a registered environmental organisation based in South-West Victoria and is a director of several not-for-profit public companies in the tourism and education sectors.


  • Advising several Victorian government departments in relation to significant procurement and contract matters.
  • Advising a large national sporting organisation in relation to proposed organisational and governance reforms.
  • Acting in the acquisition of the Melbourne Heart A-League franchise by City Football Group (Manchester City Football Club) and interests associated with the Melbourne Storm NRL franchise.
  • Advising in relation to the Australian aspects of the sale of Sealed Air’s Diversey Care business to Bain Capital.
  • Acting for the seller of a significant Victorian extractive industries business to an Australian subsidiary of HeidelbergCement Group.
  • Advising a group of directors of a prominent national sporting organisation in relation to various corporate and governance issues.
  • Acting for the seller of a national insurance underwriting agency business to QBE.
  • Acting for a major Australian bank in a range of commercial matters and transactions.
  • Acting for the founders (Tony and Maureen Wheeler) and private equity sellers in relation to the sale of the Lonely Planet travel book business to BBC Worldwide.
  • Advising in relation to several merger and acquisition transactions in the telecommunications industry.
  • Acting in relation to the purchase of a number of agribusinesses.

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