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.

American Industrial Partners acquisition of “Moly-Cop”

Advised American Industrial Partners on its acquisition of the entities comprising Arrium Mining Consumables Division (“Moly-Cop”). The total enterprise value is USD$1.23 billion.

Steinhoff A$361 million take-private proposal for ASX listed Fantastic Holdings Limited

Advised Steinhoff Asia Pacific on its A$361 million take-private proposal for ASX listed Fantastic Holdings Limited. In Australasia, Steinhoff is a retailer of furniture and homeware through approximately 157 282 retail stores under the Freedom, Snooze, POCO and Bay Leather Republic brands and the newly acquired Fantastic Furniture, Plush and Original Mattress Factory brands and retails clothing, footwear and homeware under the brands of Best & Less, Harris Scarfe, Mozi and Store & Order, with approximately 300 stores.

CIMIC hostile takeover bids for UGL, Sedgman and Macmahon

Advised CIMIC on three hostile takeover bids, including its successful A$256 million unsolicited takeover bid for Sedgman Limited, its successful A$525 million unsolicited takeover bid for UGL Limited and its A$175 million takeover bid for Macmahon Holdings Limited.

Eclipx Group's $178 million takeover of Grays eCommerce Group Limited

Advised Grays Ecommerce Group Limited as target on Eclipx Group Limited's A$178 million takeover by way of scheme of arrangement.

$315.8 million buyout and take-private of Vitaco Holdings Limited

Advised ASX Listed Vitaco Holdings Limited, an Australian and New Zealand nutritional products company, on its $309 million acquisition by Shanghai Pharmaceuticals and Primavera Capital by way of a scheme of arrangement.