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Costas Condoleon is one of Australia's leading strategic mergers and acquisitions and corporate lawyers, driving some of the largest, most complex and novel transactions in the Australian market.
He has advised on more than $75 billion worth of acquisitions, including friendly and hostile takeovers bids, schemes of arrangement, public to privates, and private treaty deals, backed by extensive experience dealing with all relevant regulators including the Takeovers Panel, ASIC, FIRB and ASX.
A corporate lawyer known for his detailed industry knowledge and technical expertise, he also advises on equity markets transactions, corporate governance, foreign investment approvals, A-REITS, capital management initiatives and corporate and securities law.
Costas’ many key strategic transactions include recent public market deals for Rio Tinto, Morgan Stanley, SingTel Optus, Sonic Healthcare, Transfield Services and Qantas.
He is recognised as a leading lawyer in his field in most independent guides, singled out for his ‘amazing legal mind’, his ‘commercial judgement’ and his tactical strength in public market M&A.
Costas is also an elected member of Minter Ellison's board.
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.