You have identified an opportunity; now you need to explore its viability, and if all goes to plan, seize it. You also want to ensure the transaction process runs seamlessly and that the outcomes you seek are achieved.

Exploring investment, restructure and exit opportunities requires business acumen and solid, commercially focused legal advice and assistance.

Significant experience

We can help you explore the viability of an opportunity, and once you have decided to proceed we can assist with making the transaction as smooth as possible.

Our Mergers and Acquisition group comprises experienced practitioners across our commercial, tax and workplace relations law.

We work as an integrated team so we can provide legal assistance and advice at any stage in the process. At all times, our focus is delivering your commercial outcome, as quickly and effectively as possible.

We can help with:

  • strategies, negotiations and transaction documents for acquisitions, sales, restructures, demergers and takeovers
  • due diligence and managing data rooms
  • corporate structuring
  • confidentiality agreements
  • Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) applications and Foreign Acquisition and Takeovers Act advice
  • scrip-for-scrip exchanges, including domestic or overseas
  • shareholder agreements
  • schemes of arrangement
  • disclosure documentation
  • financing, including capital raisings and debt financing
  • formation of consolidated groups
  • stock exchange listings, ASX and ASIC requirements
  • tax rollovers and concessions

  • commercial agreements and documents
  • corporate governance
  • competition
  • transitioning of existing workforce

Recent transactions

  • Acting for the seller in its sale of interests in 21 hotels in Victoria and New South Wales.

  • Acting for a major USA listed corporation in the sale of its substantial business and freehold interests in Australia.

  • Acting for a purchaser in its purchase, restructure and subsequent on-sale of shares to a private-equity backed company in Australia (in excess of $70 million).

  • Acting in a $60 million Australian and New Zealand share and business sale transaction for a client in the security industry, including managing a significant data room of documentation, preparing extensive due diligence reports, negotiation of extensive transaction documents and attending to all completion matters.

  • Acting for a Victorian-based personal injury compensation law firm in the sale of that firm’s business to publicly listed consumer law firm (in excess of $40 million).

  • Acting for a US listed corporation that makes products for the aerospace and building industries in the sale of its retail air-conditioning business and freehold property (in excess of $60 million).

  • Sale of a significant pharmacy retail and compounding business including reviewing transaction documents, preparing pre-completion restructure documents, attending to completion items.

  • Acting for the owners of premier manufacturer of roller shutters, roller grilles and specialised door systems in relation to the sale of its family business and certain freehold properties to a venture capital group (in excess of $25 million).

  • Acting for a minority partner in the acquisition of 3 freehold properties (in excess of $38 million) through the acquisition of the remaining partnership interests.

  • Acting for a listed group in a demerger of its resource subsidiary through a scheme of arrangement in preparation for a foreign merger or ASX listing.

  • Acting in the reorganisation of a home builder group constituted by private trusts into a tax consolidated corporate group in preparation for listing on the ASX.

  • Advising on a reorganisation of an aged care group into a tax consolidated group.

  • Acting for a health not-for-profit in the amalgamation of its business with that of a national health service provider.

  • Acting for the administrator of an Australian domestic airline in respect of the sale of the airline and its assets.

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