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.

Longluck Investment (Australia) takeover bid for Cuesta Coal

Acted for Longluck Investment in relation to its takeover bid to acquire all shares in ASX-listed Cuesta Coal Limited.

Acquisition of 50% interest in a joint venture to redefine the skyline at Circular Quay

Advised Ping An Real Estate (PARE), the primary real estate investment platform of Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China Ltd (Ping An), on their acquisition of a 50% interest in a joint venture with Mitsubishi and Lendlease, to develop a landmark tower at Circular Quay.

Established in 2010 in Shenzhen, PARE is the global real estate investment and asset management platform of Ping An with AUM over US $26 billion as of September 2016.

The acquisition is the first commercial property investment made by PARE in Australia.

Acquisition of Shell Aviation Australia Pty Ltd from the Shell Petroleum Company Limited

Advised Viva Energy Australia on its acquisition of Shell Aviation Australia Pty Ltd for approximately USD$250 million

One Sun: Solar Acquisition

Advised an international private equity investor on the proposed acquisition of a solar farm project being developed under the ACT solar auction scheme, including advice on the large scale solar feed in tariff regime.

Transfer of Australian and New Zealand life insurance business of The National Mutual Life Association of Australasia Limited to AMP Life Limited

Advised AMP on the scheme under Part 9 of the Life Insurance Act 1995 (Cth) to transfer the Australian and New Zealand life insurance business of The National Mutual Life Association of Australasia Limited to AMP Life Limited.