Mergers and Acquisitions

The main reason behind our success in M&A is the track record of our partners, the Asia Pacific Legal 500 lawyers guide describing the firm as "truly expert" in the area.

John Atanaskovic and Tony Hartnell, for example, have been major figures in the M&A area for over 20 years. In the words of the Australia based Legal Profiles lawyers guide, they "enjoy a reputation for possessing technical excellence, commercial experience and business savvy, particularly in the takeovers area. John Atanaskovic has been dubbed "the Supremo" by major clients and is known to be aggressive and inventive". Tony also brings to bear his experience as founding chairman of the ASIC.

Jon Skene and Jeremy Kriewaldt also practise extensively in this area.

We are active in private treaty transactions, as well as public company takeovers ("friendly" and "hostile"). Our clients in this area comprise local and overseas companies (listed and private), investment banks, and government and its instrumentalities. They have included BHP Billiton, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Glencore International AG, Babcock & Brown, Macquarie Bank, Castle Harlan Australia Mezzanine Partners, Bankers Trust, Principal Financial Group, News Corporation, PMP Communications, Ten Network Holdings, Television and Media Services, Bidvest Group, Competitive Foods, Goodman Fielder, Australian Growth Properties, Capital Z Asia, Halliburton Company, Leighton Holdings, Multiplex Constructions, Cyprus AMAX Minerals Company, Phelps Dodge, RAG Coal International AG, Petronas Nasional, TransCanada International, and the Australian Government's Office of Assets Sales and IT Outsourcing.

Click here for our overview of public mergers and acquisitions in Australia published by Practical Law.