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.

IAG’s CGU and Suncorp’s Vero have announced an agreement with NTI to create Australia’s leading marine insurance specialist – Marine Protect: Powered by NTI. Each of CGU and Vero have agreed to refer their existing marine insurance businesses to 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.

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