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Bart Oude-Vrielink

Bart is one of Australia's foremost corporate law specialists and capital markets lawyers. A partner in Minter Ellison'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$61 million White Cloud acquisition of Careers Australia

Advised White Cloud Capital Advisors on the A$61 million acquisition of the 54.8% share in Careers Australia Group. In a fast moving and complex takeover involving a rival bidder, our team had to assist White Cloud to present Careers Australia Group with a strategy to terminate the Bid Implementation Deed between Careers Australia Group and Crescent Capital Partners to enable Careers Australia Group's independent directors to recommend the White Cloud bid. This took White Cloud's share in Careers Australia to 100%.

A$2.37 billion Cheung Kong Consortium takeover of Envestra

Acted for Cheung Kong Holdings Limited, Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings Limited & Power Assets Holdings Limited in the successful takeover of Envestra Limited, one of Australia's largest natural gas distributors.     

Sale of pharmaceuticals arm to Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Ltd

Advising Sigma Pharmaceuticals on the A$900m takeover offer from South African Aspen Pharmacare. The pharmaceuticals division includes Sigma’s generics, consumer, over-the-counter, Herron, ethical products, medical products, Orphan and manufacturing businesses. Sigma will retain its healthcare division, which incorporates its wholesale and retail businesses. This transaction is the largest overseas asset purchase by an African company in three years. The proposed sale is subject to a number of conditions, including shareholder approval, lender approval, regulatory approval and preparation of definitive sale documentation.

A$500 million acquisition of U&D Mining Industry by U&D Coal

Advised on the acquisition of all the issued capital of U & D Mining Industry (Australia) Pty Ltd by U & D Coal Limited. The acquisition occurred as part of an IPO process. The transaction involved the acquisition of a material set of near term highly prospective coal assets which form the key projects under pinning U&D's IPO.

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.