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.

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.

Acquisition of SMEC by Singapore's Surbana Jurong

Advised engineering and construction company SMEC Holdings Limited on its acquisition by Surbana Jurong Private Limited through a scheme of arrangement.

CGU Insurance Australia sale by Swann Insurance (Aust) Pty Ltd of a number of channels of its intermediated insurance distribution business to Eric Insurance Limited

Advised CGU Insurance Australia Limited (a subsidiary of IAG) on the sale by Swann Insurance (Aust) Pty Limited of a number of channels of its intermediated insurance distribution business to Eric Insurance Limited.

Acquisition of Patties Foods Limited by Pacific Equity Partners Pty Limited

Advised Patties Foods Limited in response to the 'friendly' takeover offer received from Pacific Equity Partners, a leading private equity firm. The takeover was structured as a scheme of arrangement and valued Patties at A$307 million. Patties Foods Limited is an Australian food manufacturing company that owns a portfolio of iconic Australian brands. The Patties scheme was particularly complex due to Patties shareholders being offered an alternative to elect unlisted shares in the private equity bid vehicle instead of cash consideration for between 40%-100% of their Patties shares. The unlisted share alternative was subject to minimum and maximum caps and potential scale back. The unlisted scrip alternative also required Patties' scheme booklet to comply with prospectus disclosure requirements. Further complexity also arose from the cash consideration being reduced by the payment of a special dividend to eligible Patties shareholders.