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.
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.
Our recent deals
Advised Maggie Beer Holdings on its $40 million acquisition of e-commerce company Hampers & Gifts Australia.
Acted on its acquisition of Melbourne-headquartered ultra-high net worth financial adviser Escala Partners.
Advised the co-founders of startup Quad Lock, on the sale of a majority interest in their company to Quadrant Growth Fund.
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.
Advised German company Sto Group on its acquisition of Unitex, an Australian manufacturer and distributor of building products for residential and commercial architectural products.
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.
Acted as lead external counsel in the sale of Lumley Retail Warranty business.
Acted on the strategic acquisition of a large specialist insurance brokerage, which involved the acquisition of the issued share capital in the target entity.
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.
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.
CHG Meridian AG
Acted in its acquisition of the technology fleet management business formerly owned by Commonwealth Bank and the business’s founders.
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.
Corporate & Commercial| 16 Dec 2020
Pre-COVID foreign investment thresholds to be reinstated from 1 January 2021, as major FIRB reforms take effect
The across-the-board $0 monetary screening threshold for all foreign investments will be lifted on 1 January 2021, as part of the much-anticipated reforms of the Foreign Acquisition and Takeovers Act 1975 (Cth) (FATA) and Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Regulation 2015 (Cth).
Mergers & Acquisitions| 29 Oct 2020
M&A Plus Insurance – Please mind the gap: managing the timing considerations of warranty and indemnity insurance
In Australia, warranty and indemnity (W&I) insurance has become increasingly popular in the context of private M&A transactions. Typically, the buyer takes out a W&I Insurance policy (W&I Policy) to protect against financial loss arising from a breach of seller’s warranty or under an indemnity.
Corporate & Commercial| 21 Sep 2020
The Federal Government has released the second tranche of its proposed reform package for the Foreign Acquisition and Takeovers Act 1975 (Cth) and Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Regulation 2015 (Cth).
Corporate & Commercial| 19 Aug 2020
Earn-outs have been hammered by the pandemic. Sellers have found themselves permanently and irrecoverably separated from growth benefits they agreed to share with buyers. What can be done to address the real potential for inequity that flows from this?