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.

Sale of Macquarie Group's headquarters on Sydney's King Street Wharf precinct for $525 million to Charter Hall

MinterEllison acted for Brookfield Office Properties in the sale of Macquarie Group's headquarters on Sydney's King Street Wharf precinct for $525 million to Charter Hall, in the largest single office property deal for Sydney since 2014.

A circa $147 million initial public offering for shares in QANTM Intellectual Property Limited

We are pleased to have assisted Davies Collison Cave and FPA Patent Attorneys to effectively restructure and merge through the listing of QANTM Intellectual Property Limited on ASX, which attracted overwhelming support and helped the company navigate its way through the complex legal issues faced by a partnership restructuring and listing on ASX.

Acquisition of Canberra Fertility Centre by Virtus Health Limited

MinterEllison advised ASX listed company, Virtus Health Limited, on its acquisition of Canberra Fertility Centre. Canberra Fertility Centre specialises in assisted reproductive technology procedures such as gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT) and In vitro fertilisation (IVF) in the Australian Capital Territory. Virtus Health Limited is Australia's largest assisted reproductive services provider. Virtus acquired 100% of Canberra Fertility Centre.

ACCO Brands Corporation acquisition of remaining 50% of Pelikan Artline Pty Limited

ACCO Brands Corporation (NYSE: ACCO) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the remaining 50% of Pelikan Artline Pty Limited, its joint venture company serving the Australia and New Zealand markets. Pelikan Artline will be combined with ACCO Brands' existing businesses in Australia and New Zealand.

Fortius sale of 75% interest in 420 George Street, Sydney

MinterEllison advised Fortius Funds Management Pty Ltd on the sale of a 75% interest in 420 George Street, a 31-level Grade A office tower which sits above MidCity Centre Retail Mall on Pitt Street, Sydney. The 75% interest was sold to Investa Property Group via its wholesale fund, ICPF. The transaction was effected by way of the sale of units in intermediary holding trusts.