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Rhys Guild
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Rhys Guild is the Head of Sydney Tax group and also the firm’s national GST leader. He is recognised as one of Australia’s foremost GST/ VAT practitioners.

Rhys advises leading corporations and public entities on GST, PAYG and customs duty, focused on the financial services, property and construction, energy, telecommunications and government sectors.

In addition to advisory work, Rhys assists clients with ATO audits, disputes and applications for binding rulings. He also represents clients before the Federal Court, the Full Federal Court and the High Court of Australia.

Some long-standing clients include American Express, Brookfield, Charter Hall, Transfield Holdings and Westpac, as well as various Commonwealth and NSW State government entities.

Consistently recognised by his peers as one of Australia's Best Lawyers in tax in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Rhys is a regular commentator and speaker on diverse GST-related issues and developments.

$215.5 million acquisition of Freedom Aged Care

MinterEllison's REEP and Corporate M&A teams have been advising longstanding client Aveo Group Limited (Aveo) in relation to its recently announced acquisition of 100% of Freedom Aged Care Pty Ltd (Freedom) for $215.5 million comprising cash, scrip and assumption of debt.

Freedom owns and operates more than 1000 units in 15 retirement communities across Australia, as well as a development pipeline of 533 units. The acquisition is a key component of Aveo's strategy to increase the levels of care and support services to its residents and designed to facilitate Aveo's target of growing its return on retirement assets. It is Aveo's first significant acquisition since adopting its pure retirement play strategy.

The acquisition showcases MinterEllison's capacity to provide market-leading advice on a large-scale, complex transaction across jurisdictions and practice areas in the Heath, Aged Care and Retirement space.

Gloucester Coal merger with Yancoal Australia

Advised Gloucester Coal on its A$8bn merger with Yanzhou Coal Mining and its wholly owned subsidiary Yancoal Australia by scheme of arrangement. This was the biggest investment by a Chinese state-owned company in Australia's coal industry, continuing a trend of state-backed entities seeking to shore up China's resource security. It created one of Australia's largest listed mining companies, operating mines in NSW and Queensland and with investments in two coal export terminals – Wiggins Island in Gladstone and NCIG in Newcastle.

Optus transfer of Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) network to NBN Co

Advised Singtel Optus on the transfer of its coaxial cable and ancillary assets to NBN Co, to enable the accelerated roll-out of Australia’s National Broadband Network.

A$1.55 billion Lloyds Banking Group sale of Capital Finance and BOS International Australia

Acted together with Allen & Overy as joint legal advisers to the Lloyds Banking Group on the sale of its Australian asset finance business, Capital Finance Australia Ltd (CFAL), and its corporate loan portfolio, BOS International Australia Ltd (BOSI) to Westpac Banking Corporation for approximately A$1.55 billion in total.

Lidis Group Lennox Bridge Carpark Redevelopment

Acted for Lidis Group as developer on the Lennox Bridge Carpark Redevelopment in Parramatta. The project involves the development of a riverfront precinct spanning both sides of Parramatta River, including foreshore parks and civic spaces, a discovery and convention centre, cafes and retail, and two residential towers (approximately 35,000 sqm GFA).

2017