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The measured economic recovery from the global financial crisis presents a number of opportunities and challenges for the construction, engineering and infrastructure industries in Australia – as governments and the private sector seek to plan, procure and deliver the projects Australia needs to boost productivity and ensure sustainable growth.

In the past five years MinterEllison’s construction team has been the lead adviser on more than 150 nationally significant construction and infrastructure projects and disputes. We focus on client requirements in the broad areas of infrastructure (social and economic), procurement and project delivery, property development, energy and resources, dispute resolution and prevention, contract administration, and legislative and regulatory requirements.

Our construction experience extends beyond Australia. In Asia, we have extensive experience and are recognised leaders in construction law in Hong Kong and the People's Republic of China.

Our team delivers comprehensive advice on construction and infrastructure development, particularly in project delivery models (including relationship-based and collaborative models), traditional procurement methods, and risk management strategies. Our clients represent the leading participants at all stages of the project lifecycle – developers, principals, financiers and investors, and a number of state governments and agencies.

With more than 30 years’ experience advising businesses in the sector, we thoroughly understand the complexities of the construction and infrastructure industries. We apply this knowledge to provide innovative and practical solutions, delivering the best commercial outcomes for our clients.

American Industrial Partners acquisition of “Moly-Cop”

Advised American Industrial Partners on its acquisition of the entities comprising Arrium Mining Consumables Division (“Moly-Cop”). The total enterprise value is USD$1.23 billion.

CIMIC hostile takeover bids for UGL, Sedgman and Macmahon

Advised CIMIC on three hostile takeover bids, including its successful A$256 million unsolicited takeover bid for Sedgman Limited, its successful A$525 million unsolicited takeover bid for UGL Limited and its A$175 million takeover bid for Macmahon Holdings Limited.

Kajima Australia aquisition of Cockram Construction

Advised Kajima Australia on its majority acquisition of construction group, Cockram Construction in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Hong Kong, Peoples Republic of China, India and other countries in Asia.

CIMIC takeover bid for Sedgman Limited

Advised CIMIC on it $230 million off market takeover bid for ASX Listed Sedgman Limited.

Hitachi Construction Machinery Company Limited recommended takeover bid for Bradken

Currently advising Japan's Hitachi Construction Machinery Company Limited on its recommended A$976.1 million takeover bid for Bradken. Bradken's complex capital and debt structure required that the offer terms be carefully constructed. Particular attention was focused on the treatment of redeemable convertible preference shares Bradken issued in July 2015, the complex share performance rights Bradken has on issue and Bradken's multiple layers of significant debt, the repayment of which is accelerated on a change in control. In addition, as Bradken has substantial business operations outside Australia, the legal due diligence was extensive and meant that the nature and scope of foreign regulatory conditions to the offer had to be carefully considered. Further, we devised creative strategies to deliver acceptance momentum in the face of what was initially a heavily conditional offer and, even once the offer conditions were satisfied or waived, there was still a material impasse with acceptance levels that had to be effectively managed to deliver control of Bradken to Hitachi.