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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.
Advised C.H. Robinson on the acquisition by C.H. Robinson (Australia) Pty Ltd of A.J. Considine Proprietary Limited and its subsidiaries. A.J. Considine Pty Limited owns, through its subsidiaries, the APC Logistics international freight forwarding and customs broking business in Australia and New Zealand. C.H. Robinson is a US publicly listed company with its common stock being listed on USA's NASDAQ Global Select Market.
We acted for NIBE Industrier AB, a Swedish listed entity, on the acquisition of a 65% stake in FPI Fireplace Products International Ltd, a company incorporated in Canada, including its Australian subsidiary Fireplace Products Australia Pty Ltd (FPA). The remaining 35% of the shares are subject to a call option and can be exercised until 2022. FPI's operation include the development, production and marketing of hearth products. FPA is responsible for the sales and distribution aspects of the business in Australia and New Zealand.
Advised Legend Holdings Corporation on its acquisition of a 90% interest Kailis Bros Seafood.
Advised Brandon Capital Partners Pty Ltd on its participation in the $28 million oversubscribed private placement by Osprey Medical, Inc (ASX: OSP).
Advised Webjet Limited in relation to its A$72 million fully underwritten pro-rata accelerated non-renounceable entitlement offer
Advised on the sale of 100% of the shares in Australian Glass Group (Holdings) Pty Ltd to a New Zealand listed entity, Metro Performance Glass Limited, for A$43 million.
Advised Hong Kong's Guardforce Group Ltd, a subsidiary of the Shanghai Stock Exchange listed China Fire & Security Co. Ltd, on the acquisition of SECURECorp and SECUREclean, a national security and cleaning business.
MinterEllison and Minter Ellison Rudd Watts advised Tegel Group Holdings Limited on its initial public offering and associated listing on NZX and on ASX (as a foreign exempt listing).
Advised Dixon Hospitality Group in relation to its acquisition of Like Minded People Pty Ltd, the parent company of Open Door Pub Co Pty Ltd, which operates 17 non-gaming hotels in Victoria and New South Wales; and advised on fundraising to finance the acquisition.
Acted for SB&G Hotel Group on its hotel portfolio acquisition from Eureka Funds Management. The portfolio of hotels includes the Intercontinental Melbourne, Crowne Plaza Melbourne, Crowne Plaza Coogee, Crowne Plaza Canberra and Holiday Inn Potts Point. SB&G Hotel Group is now the largest owner of IHG-operated hotels in Australia, employing more than 800 staff.
Advised Anchorage Capital Partners on its acquisition of ASX-listed education provider Affinity Education Group Limited by way of scheme of arrangement. We provided strategic advice to Anchorage in relation to dealing with a rival bidder for Affinity, Anchorage's involvement in successful Takeovers Panel Proceedings and a complicated transaction structure.
Acted for emerging e-recruitment company ApplyDirect Limited on its initial public offering and $33 million ASX listing.
Advised Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory Holdings Limited (WCB) in responding to competing takeover offers from Bega Cheese (hostile), Saputo (recommended) and Murray Goulburn (unsolicited). This was one of the most vigorous auctions for control in recent Australian Corporate history, with a total of 9 bids made by the three bidders. Saputo's winning bid valued Warrnambool at approximately A$530m.
Advised Kajima Corporation on its majority acquisition of Australian property and construction group, Icon Construction.
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.
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.
Advised Chinese conglomerate Nanshan Group on its acquisition of 19.9% of Virgin Australia from Air New Zealand for approximately A$266 million.
Advised Railcorp and Transport for NSW (TfNSW) on rail access arrangements and related issues associated with the Railcorp Reform Program and the establishment of Sydney Trains and NSW Trains. This included reviewing and amending the standard rail access agreement to take account of the changed arrangements between RailCorp, TfNSW and Sydney Trains and the requirements of the Rail Safety National Law as well as assisting with negotiations with rail operators. We also assisted with rail access arrangements for Sydney Trains and NSW Trains to the NSW rail network and ARTC network.
Advised Spotless Facility Services in relation to its acquisition of a national air-conditioning and mechanical services business, including assistance with legal due diligence, negotiations of the transaction documents and completion of the transaction.
Advised Webjet Limited on an A$27,150,000 term loan facility provided by National Australia Bank for the purpose of acquiring SunHotels Group by Sun Hotels Holding Co. Ltd, a HK subsidiary of Webjet Limited, allowing the company grow its accommodation portfolio.
Led the $535million relinquishment of the Sydney Airport Domestic Terminal 3 to Sydney Airport Corporation for Qantas, including the negotiation of priority usage of Terminal 3 for the hosting of millions of Qantas passengers each year for the next decade. This involved the structured relinquishment of approx. 74,000 square metres, including 17 airport lounges gates, 24,000 sqm of office and other leasable space, 51 commercial outlets, three club lounges and 120 valet car parking spaces.
Acting for Qantas Frequent Flyer Limited in its 51% controlling stake in Australian and NZ analytics and actuarial consulting business, Taylor Fry Pty Ltd, as part of its strategy to grow its data and analytics capability.
Minter Ellison Rudd Watts advised the shareholders of the Prime Panels group of companies on the sale of shares to Australian private equity fund Crescent Capital. 100% of the shares in the group were sold to Prime Group Holdings Limited, owned 70% by Crescent Capital funds and 30% by the vendor shareholders.
Advised China Eastern Airlines in relation to a joint venture with CAE Inc. under which China Eastern has acquired a 50% shareholding in CAE Oxford Aviation Academy Melbourne.
Advised Cromwell Property Group on its €145 million on the acquisition of shares and partnership interests. Our role included providing corporate structuring advice, drafting the sale and purchase agreement and the preparation of ancillary documents.
Advised Century East Network Limited in relation to its subscription of new shares of Changfeng Axle (China) Company Limited representing approximately 43.3% of the enlarged issued share capital for HK$201.5 million, and its disposal of 51% issued share capital of Century Network Holding Limited to Changfeng Axle for US$5.2 million to be settled by way of issue of consideration shares by Changfeng Axle.
Advising Iron Mountain Inc. on its proposed acquisition of Recall Holdings Ltd by way of a recommended scheme of arrangement through a largely scrip offer that values Recall at around A$3.8 billion. A merger of Iron Mountain and Recall will create the world's leading information management company.
Advised Australian Childcare Projects on the disposal of its Australia-wide childcare centre development business to a Morgan Stanley real estate investment fund.
KuangChi Science Limited (a Hong Kong exchange listed company engaged in the novel space services and other innovative technology business) has entered into an investment agreement with Martin Aircraft Company Limited (a New Zealand company), pursuant to which KuangChi Science Limited will invest in Martin Aircraft Company Limited and acquire a major shareholding in Martin Aircraft Company Limited in various stages over a three year period. The investment has been undertaken in conjunction with the initial public offering of shares in Martin Aircraft Company Limited on the official list of ASX Limited.
Minter Ellison Rudd Watts advised Onex Corporation on the New Zealand aspects of the transaction to acquire SIG Combibloc AG.
Working closely with the NSW Government in procuring the new fleet of intercity trains, including approximately 520 new carriages. It is intended that the trains will be procured off-the-shelf with proven technology, and configured to meet the NSW Government's specific needs. The trains are expected to be delivered progressively from 2018 until 2024.
Acted for the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) and the Department of Environment on a series of complex fishing adjustment and licence buy back tenders and arrangements. This included developing a package of documentation for different programs and schemes and assisting with responses and implementation.
Advised Australian private equity firm Next Capital on Hirepool's purchase of Hirequip. Hirepool a portfolio company of Next Capital, is one of New Zealand largest equipment hire businesses and Hirequip was one of its largest competitors. The represents a major change to the landscape of the equipment hire business in New Zealand. Our team, liaising via our New Zealand office obtained approval for the transaction from the New Zealand commerce commission, in what was a high profile and complex approval process given the size of the industry in New Zealand.