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Bart Oude-Vrielink

Bart is one of Australia's foremost corporate law specialists and capital markets lawyers. A partner in MinterEllison's Private Equity and Capital Markets practice group, he has more than 30 years experience advising Australian and international public and private companies, stockbrokers and financial institutions.

Bart provides legal advice in numerous industry sectors including banking and finance, media, construction, manufacturing, mining, pharmaceuticals and healthcare.

He advises on a diverse range of transactions including regulated mergers and acquisitions, global offerings, IPOs and other equity raisings, private equity raisings, privatisations / corporatisations, financial services, corporate governance & regulation, foreign investment, managed investment schemes and all forms of schemes of arrangement including insolvency related restructures.

Bart's long standing clients include Sigma Pharmaceuticals, Lazard, Gloucester Coal, Consolidated Press Holdings, Consolidated Media Holdings, Computershare, Mirvac Group, Village Roadshow, Ferrier Hodgson, Ridley Corporation, Austock Group Limited, Evans & Partners, ANZ Banking Group and Thorney Investment Group.

Who's Who Legal: Capital Markets 2015 and Who's Who Legal 2016 – Compendium Edition has identified Bart as being amongst the world's leading capital markets lawyers and leading specialists in Debt and Equity.

A$530 million takeover of Warrnambool Cheese & Butter by Saputo Inc

Advised Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory Holdings Limited (WCB) in responding to competing takeover offers from Bega Cheese (hostile), Saputo (recommended) and Murray Goulburn (unsolicited). This was one of the most vigorous auctions for control in recent Australian Corporate history, with a total of 9 bids made by the three bidders. Saputo's winning bid valued Warrnambool at approximately A$530m.

Bupa acquisition of Dental Corporation

Advised Dental Corporation Holdings Limited (Dental Corp) in relation to its A$500m acquisition by Bupa Health Pty Ltd by scheme of arrangement.

Citadel Resource Group Limited A$1.25bn takeover of Equinox Minerals

Advised ASX-listed Citadel Resource Group Limited, on the recommended A$1.25bn cash and scrip takeover offer from copper producer Equinox Minerals Limited. The deal combined Citadel's advanced Jabal Sayid copper and gold project in Saudi Arabia with Equinox's Lumwana copper project in Zambia to form a company with a potential 260,000 tonnes of copper production a year by 2015. The successful takeover launched the combined group into the mid-tier of global copper producers.

Gloucester Coal merger with Yancoal Australia

Advised Gloucester Coal on its A$8bn merger with Yanzhou Coal Mining and its wholly owned subsidiary Yancoal Australia by scheme of arrangement. This was the biggest investment by a Chinese state-owned company in Australia's coal industry, continuing a trend of state-backed entities seeking to shore up China's resource security. It created one of Australia's largest listed mining companies, operating mines in NSW and Queensland and with investments in two coal export terminals – Wiggins Island in Gladstone and NCIG in Newcastle.

Healthscope acquisition by TPG/Carlyle

Advised Healthscope in its A$2.7bn takeover by scheme of arrangement by private equity consortium Texas Pacific Group (TPG) and The Carlyle Group. The recommended offer was the culmination of an intense bidding war between a number of private equity groups. Given the bidding duel, the transaction dynamics and strategies changed regularly and quickly. We had a key advisory role and were able to provide urgent and constant strategic and legal input as required in the bidding process.