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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.

Hitachi Construction Machinery Company Limited recommended takeover bid for Bradken

Currently advising Japan's Hitachi Construction Machinery Company Limited on its recommended A$976.1 million takeover bid for Bradken. Bradken's complex capital and debt structure required that the offer terms be carefully constructed. Particular attention was focused on the treatment of redeemable convertible preference shares Bradken issued in July 2015, the complex share performance rights Bradken has on issue and Bradken's multiple layers of significant debt, the repayment of which is accelerated on a change in control. In addition, as Bradken has substantial business operations outside Australia, the legal due diligence was extensive and meant that the nature and scope of foreign regulatory conditions to the offer had to be carefully considered. Further, we devised creative strategies to deliver acceptance momentum in the face of what was initially a heavily conditional offer and, even once the offer conditions were satisfied or waived, there was still a material impasse with acceptance levels that had to be effectively managed to deliver control of Bradken to Hitachi.

Baring A$1.2 billion private equity offer for SAI Global

Advised Baring Private Equity Asia in relation to its A$1.2 billion buyout and take-private proposal of ASX listed SAI Global Limited.

Acquisition of Patties Foods Limited by Pacific Equity Partners Pty Limited

Advised Patties Foods Limited in response to the 'friendly' takeover offer received from Pacific Equity Partners, a leading private equity firm. The takeover was structured as a scheme of arrangement and valued Patties at A$307 million. Patties Foods Limited is an Australian food manufacturing company that owns a portfolio of iconic Australian brands. The Patties scheme was particularly complex due to Patties shareholders being offered an alternative to elect unlisted shares in the private equity bid vehicle instead of cash consideration for between 40%-100% of their Patties shares. The unlisted share alternative was subject to minimum and maximum caps and potential scale back. The unlisted scrip alternative also required Patties' scheme booklet to comply with prospectus disclosure requirements. Further complexity also arose from the cash consideration being reduced by the payment of a special dividend to eligible Patties shareholders.

Dixon Hospitality Group acquires owner of 17 non-gaming hotels and conducts fundraising

Advised Dixon Hospitality Group in relation to its acquisition of Like Minded People Pty Ltd, the parent company of Open Door Pub Co Pty Ltd, which operates 17 non-gaming hotels in Victoria and New South Wales; and advised on fundraising to finance the acquisition.

Sale of Pacific Hydro renewable energy business

Acted for the Board and senior management of Pacific Hydro Pty Ltd in the sale by IFM (as fund manager of its Australian Infrastructure Funds) of its Pacific Hydro renewable energy business to China State Power Investment Corporation.