Mergers & Acquisitions

 

Our mergers and acquisitions team is widely recognised for their awareness and appreciation of the value drivers and range of issues arising out of M&A transactions. Our in-depth understanding of medium to large enterprises, and the regulatory framework in which they operate, enables us to provide real value when advising on divestments or acquisitions for between $5 million and $250 million. Given the complexity and importance of these transactions, our team of leading corporate advisors draw on their broad experience and expertise in a complete range of practice areas in order to develop innovative business structures that meet our clients’ commercial objectives.

Independent and tailored service

We are a leading independent law firm, committed to delivering outstanding technical and commercial services in relation to all aspects of public and private M&A. Our focus is on understanding our clients’ businesses, and we know the importance of tailoring our advice and guidance to the unique and important features of each individual transaction.

Industry focus and expertise

We have built strong industry connections, and understand the complex range of issues that our M&A clients face when undertaking corporate transactions. Our M&A team has particular expertise and experience in key industries, including technology and digital economy, financial services and insurance, health and community, and the public sector.

Collaborative approach to M&A

We pride ourselves on the firm’s collegial culture. In the context of M&A deals, we cover all services required for successful transactions, including corporate and commercial, property, tax, FIRB (foreign investment approvals), intellectual property, competition law, banking and finance, employment law and migration.

Smarter Law

We are renowned for our Smarter Law approach. We look beyond the status quo to think differently and find efficient solutions that are optimal for the particular circumstances of each client. We are constantly challenging existing business models, implementing forward-thinking technological solutions and engaging in creative resourcing.  For M&A transactions, this means getting the deal done faster, cheaper and better.

Extensive corporate network

Our strong networks with corporate advisors and other M&A professionals throughout Australia means that we are able to facilitate broad-ranging strategic advice in order to get transactions completed efficiently. These local connections are coupled with extensive international relationships that also enable our M&A team to act for multinational clients with Australian interests.

Deals

Cambridge Mercantile

Acted on the Australian aspects of the sale of its global business to FLEETCOR Technologies, Inc.

Advised on its investment in Australian luxury skincare brand Rationale. AmorePacific is the world’s 12th largest cosmetics company and this was its first investment in an Australian brand in the Australian market.

Aon

Acted on the strategic acquisition of a large specialist insurance brokerage, which involved the acquisition of the issued share capital in the target entity.

IAG

Acted as lead external counsel in the sale of Lumley Retail Warranty business.

Sealed Air Corporation

Acted on the Australian aspects of the sale of its Diversey Care division. The global value of the deal is US$3.2 billion.

Deus Ex-Machina

Acted on the Australian aspects of the acquisition of equity of an Australian Motorcycle and Clothing company.

Calliden Group Limited

Acted on its acquisition by way of a members’ scheme of arrangement worth approximately A$105 million involving ASX-listed insurance firm, Steadfast Group Ltd, and Munich Re.

Acted on its acquisition of Melbourne-headquartered ultra-high net worth financial adviser Escala Partners.

Baxters Food Group

Advised this international food manufacturing business, headquartered in Scotland with operations in the UK and internationally, including in Australia. We have acted for Baxters in three acquisitions in Australia.

CHG Meridian AG

Acted in its acquisition of the technology fleet management business formerly owned by Commonwealth Bank and the business’s founders.

Outsourcing INC

Acted in its acquisition of Sydney-based consulting company PM-Partners.

iX Biopharma

Acted for this Singapore-based company in the sale of its subsidiary Chemical Analysis Pty Ltd to Eurofins Australia New Zealand Holdings, the subsidiary of a European-listed provider of food, environment and pharmaceutical product

Awards and recognition

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021

Corporate and M&A

Legal 500 2021
 
 
MergerMarket Australia M&A Awards 2020

Winner – M&A Collaboration of the Year

Mergermarket

Key contacts

Ed Paton

Partner & Head of SE Asia Practice

Ed’s practice covers private mergers & acquisitions (both local and international), with particular specialism in mid-market deals in Australia,...

Oliver Jankowsky

Partner & Head of International Practice

Head of International / Member of European desk

Oliver is a corporate partner, whose practice focuses on mergers & acquisitions, corporate advisory, divestments, foreign investments and start-up...

Jacqui Barrett

Partner & Head of US Practice

In the corporate space, Jacqui regularly advises and assists client with mergers and acquisitions, corporate structuring, corporate compliance and...

Christopher Brown

Partner & Head of UK Practice

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

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