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James Philips

James Philips heads our Mergers and Acquisitions group in Sydney, and has executed deals valued at more than $100billion.

Recent transactions have included public and private M&A in the resources, financial services, REIT and innovative manufacturing spaces. Clients praise his tactical and strategic insights, as well as his technical strength.

Noted for his headline cross-border resource deals and joint venture expertise, James is also active in the firm’s PRC business, focusing on Chinese inbound direct investment.

His advice encompasses dealing with regulators (especially FIRB), advice to Boards, as well as equity capital markets transactions including initial public offerings, secondary raisings and underwritings.

James is recognised as a ‘leading individual’ in a number of mergers and acquisitions in independent directories, and is a regular commentator on the dynamics of the market and foreign investment.

He authored the expert guide, ‘Takeovers' in 'Australian Corporation Practice’, and lectures in Corporate Fundraising at the University of Sydney.

Mirvac sale of its hotel management business

Advised listed A-REIT Mirvac on the sale of its hotel management business, Mirvac Hotels & Resorts and various associated investments to a consortium comprising Accor Asia Pacific and Singapore-based Ascendas. The complex transaction involved the concurrent sale of the hotel management business and the stake in an unlisted hotel fund which will see Accor take on the management of 48 hotels and also acquire, with Ascendas, a stake in an unlisted Mirvac hotel fund that owns seven properties.