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Robin heads MinterEllison's Australasian retirement villages practice and is recognised as one of Australia's foremost sector specialists. He advises retirement village developers and operators Australia-wide on all aspects of acquiring, setting up, structuring and operating successful retirement villages. His experience spans due diligences, village and site acquisitions and disposals, structuring and start-ups, financing, titling, joint ventures, scheme documentation, resident disputes, ongoing management and regulatory compliance.
A significant and active contributor within the industry, Robin notably led the development of the ‘Australian and New Zealand Retirement Villages Legislation Compendium’, an invaluable guide to navigating the industry’s legislative minefield.
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.