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

Minter Ellison’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.

Optus transfer of Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) network to NBN Co

Advisor to Singtel Optus on ACCC authorisation of the renegoted agreement to transfer ownership of its coaxial cable and ancillary assets to NBN Co, to enable the accelerated roll-out of Australia’s National Broadband Network.

M2 Group acquisition of Dodo and takeover of Eftel

Advised M2 Group on its A$250m private treaty acquisition of Dodo and recommended takeover of Eftel Limited. The transaction involved parallel acquisitions of a publicly listed entity (Eftel) and a private entity (Dodo) where the vendor of the private entity had a majority shareholding in the listed entity. This required careful consideration of independence issues and potential collateral benefit issues.

Pact Group acquisition of Sulo Group A/NZ operations

Advised Pact Group Holdings Limited on the A$38.2 million acquisition of the Australian and New Zealand operations of the Sulo Group from Plastics Group Pty Ltd, as well as certain plant and equipment from Seaford Plastics Pty Ltd, a related entity. Sulo is the leading manufacturer of plastic waste and recycling bins in Australia and New Zealand, producing around two million bins each year.

Sale of Laser Clinics Australia shares to Archer Growth

Advised Laser Clinics Australia and its shareholders on the partial sell-down of shares in Laser Clinics Australia to Archer Growth, a pre-eminent Australian private equity fund. Laser Clinics Australia is a leading non-surgical cosmetics treatments franchise business with a network of clinics in New South Wales, ACT, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria.

Sale of Skinstitut shares to Archer Growth

Minter Ellison advised Skinstitut and its shareholders on the partial sell-down of shares to Archer Growth, a pre-eminent Australian private equity fund for A$16.4m. Skinstitut is a leading Australian skincare brand.