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Costas is one of Australia's leading State asset, and merger and acquisition, lawyers. He has led teams on some of the largest, most complex and novel transactions in the Australian market.
His advice when acting for vendors includes developing solutions to any issues that may reduce value, advising on a sale strategy to maximise competitive tension, and oversight of the vendor's response to bidders' due diligence.
He understands and works within State probity arrangements. He works closely with our competition law advisers. He is an expert on Australia's foreign investment regulatory regime.
Independent accolades include 'Best Lawyers' rating him as 'Lawyer of the Year 2014, Commercial Law, Sydney'.
He has advised clients including the NSW Government, Rio Tinto, Morgan Stanley, SingTel Optus, Sonic Healthcare, Macquarie Group, Transfield Services and Qantas.
Advising the New South Wales Government (NSW Treasury) on the refinancing of Port Botany and Port Kembla in NSW. The project is unique, involving the contemporaneous refinancing and long term lease of two major Australian ports. Our role includes extensive legal analysis of the existing assets and businesses and the regulatory landscape; recommending a transaction structure; drafting special transaction legislation; asset restructuring; preparing extensive interrelated transaction documents; tender process and negotiations; and implementation under legal project management. The project is complex and very significant for NSW.
Acted as legal adviser to TPG Telecom Limited on its acquisition of AAPT and Powertel (from Telecom New Zealand) for A$450 million.