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.

Hitachi Construction Machinery Company Limited recommended takeover bid for Bradken

Currently advising Japan's Hitachi Construction Machinery Company Limited on its recommended A$976.1 million takeover bid for Bradken. Bradken's complex capital and debt structure required that the offer terms be carefully constructed. Particular attention was focused on the treatment of redeemable convertible preference shares Bradken issued in July 2015, the complex share performance rights Bradken has on issue and Bradken's multiple layers of significant debt, the repayment of which is accelerated on a change in control. In addition, as Bradken has substantial business operations outside Australia, the legal due diligence was extensive and meant that the nature and scope of foreign regulatory conditions to the offer had to be carefully considered.

Acquisition of 80% stake in the Beddison Group

Acted for Outsourcing Inc, a Japanese listed entity, on the acquisition of a majority stake (80%) in the Beddison Group, one of Australia's largest privately owned workforce and labour hire specialists in Australia.

Sale of Burra Foods

Acted for the Crothers Brothers and the other vendors on the sale of 100% of Burra Foods, a dairy ingredients processor and exporter based in South Gippsland, for approximately $310,000,000 to a consortium of Chinese buyers led by Inner Mongolia Fuyuan Farming Co Ltd, including CIC Investment Fund and COFCO. In addition, advised the Crothers and other vendors on the reinvestment in the purchaser for an aggregate of approximately 20 per cent.

Legend Holdings Corporation's 90% strategic investment in the Kailis Bros Australian wholesale, processing and export seafood business

Advised Legend Holdings Corporation on its acquisition of a 90% interest Kailis Bros Seafood.

Mercer Investments acquires 25% interest in 420 George Street

Advised Mercer Investments on the acquisition of a 25% interest in 420 George Street, a 31-level office tower in the heart of the Sydney CBD.