Directions in Public M&A presents the trends shaping the public M&A market in Australia.

Mergers and Acquisitions

MinterEllison’s expertise covers the full spectrum of M&A transactions, both in the public markets domain and by private treaty. Our M&A lawyers advise across a range of industries, particularly energy and resources, transport, financial services, technology, media and telecommunications, and health and ageing.

We act for a large and established client base of international and Australian clients in both hostile and recommended public company takeover bids, public-to-private transactions, private treaty trade sales and acquisitions, as well as joint venture arrangements, mergers, privatisations and reconstructions by schemes of arrangement.

Our M&A team is experienced in developing strategy and working closely with our clients’ financial advisers to successfully execute an agreed strategy. As Asia Pacific’s largest law firm, we have the ability to speedily assemble an M&A transaction team with the depth of resources required to implement transactions efficiently, including those with cross border operations.

As well as assisting with clients’ negotiation and execution strategies, we advise on transaction risk identification and allocation.

Our internal structure allows us to bring together expert, integrated M&A teams, including lawyers with applicable industry credentials and legal expertise in competition, tax structuring and acquisition finance, as client and transaction requirements dictate.

Our tax structuring expertise is one of the deepest in our region, and has benefited many of our M&A clients. In competition law, we have leading experts, one of whom has written the leading textbook in the field that is now in its 30th edition.

$315.8 million buyout and take-private of Vitaco Holdings Limited

Advised Vitaco Holdings Limited (Vitaco), an Australian and New Zealand nutritional products company, on the acquisition and take private of Vitaco by Shanghai Pharmaceuticals and Primavera Capital by way of scheme of arrangement.

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.

IAG’s CGU and Suncorp’s Vero agreement with NTI to create - Marine Protect: Powered by NTI

Advised CGU Insurance Limited on its agreement with AAI Limited to refer each party's existing marine insurance business to NTI to create Australia’s leading marine insurance specialist – Marine Protect: Powered by NTI. NTI is a joint venture owned and underwritten 50/50 by CGU and AAI.

IKEA Pty Ltd acquisition of Cebas Pty Ltd

Acted for IKEA Pty Ltd in its acquisition of Cebas Pty Ltd, the owner and operator of the IKEA franchises in Western Australia and South Australia.

Allegro Funds sale of Great Southern Railway Holdings Pty Ltd to Quadrant Private Equity

Advised private equity fund Allegro Funds on its sale of Great Southern Railway Holdings Pty Ltd (GSR) to Quadrant Private Equity. Great Southern Railway operates various luxury railway packages throughout Australia.