Australian Law Firm of
the Year 2012

Deal of the Year 2012: GrainCorp dual acquisition of Gardner Smith Group and Integro Foods

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.

Vocus Communications $4billion merger with M2 Group

MinterEllison advised Vocus Communications Limited on its $4 billion merger with M2 Group Limited to create the fourth largest telecommunications service provider in Australia. The merger was signed and announced on Monday 28 September and completed on 22 February 2016. It was effected by way of a scheme of arrangement under which Vocus acquired 100% of the shares in M2, which provides retail telco services under various consumer brands including Dodo and iPrimus. This transaction continues MinterEllison's central role in the consolidations of ASX-listed telcos in Australia in 2015/2016 as they each vie for position in the NBN environment. Earlier in 2015, MinterEllison acted for Vocus on its $1.1 billion merger with Amcom (which made corporate history as the first scheme to succeed in the face of a 20% blocking stake held by TPG Telecom) and then for TPG Telecom on its $1.6 billion acquisition of iiNet (which succeeded in the face of a rival proposal by M2).

VINCI Energies acquisition of a leading Australian electrical contracting and engineering company

Advised VINCI Energies, the VINCI subsidiary specialising in energy services, in relation to its acquisition of J&P Richardson Industries, a leading Australian electrical contracting and engineering company.

Sale of Pacific Hydro renewable energy business

Acted for the Board and senior management of Pacific Hydro Pty Ltd in the sale by IFM (as fund manager of its Australian Infrastructure Funds) of its Pacific Hydro renewable energy business to China State Power Investment Corporation

SB&G Hotel Group acquires A$500m hotel portfolio

Acted for SB&G Hotel Group on its hotel portfolio acquisition from Eureka Funds Management.  The portfolio of hotels includes the Intercontinental Melbourne, Crowne Plaza Melbourne, Crowne Plaza Coogee, Crowne Plaza Canberra and Holiday Inn Potts Point. SB&G Hotel Group is now the largest owner of IHG-operated hotels in Australia, employing more than 800 staff.

A$200 million takeover of Vision Eye Institute by the Jangho Group

Advised Jangho Group on its A$200 million takeover offer for ASX-listed Vision Eye Institute Limited. We advised on all aspects of Jangho's cash offer, including the acquisition of a 19.99% pre-bid stake from Primary Healthcare, confirmatory due diligence on Vision's business, the negotiation of the implementation agreement with Vision that underpinned the making of Jangho's recommended offer (which was a competing offer to an initial hostile scrip offer from Pulse Health), the preparation of the Bidder's Statement to Vision shareholders, the compulsory acquisition process and devising new incentive and retention arrangements for Vision's doctors.