Tax

MinterEllison's national tax team provides clients with innovative tax structuring and advisory services that are independent and cost effective. As one of the largest tax teams of any Australian law firm, we assist clients on the full spectrum of tax laws, including income tax, international tax, capital gains tax, stamp duty, GST and other federal and state taxes. We regularly act on some of Australia's leading transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, restructures and capital raisings, cross-border financing, and project and structured financing.

Our long-standing referral relationships with some of the leading international tax practices in Asia, Europe and the Americas, has allowed us to provide comprehensive advice on some of the largest and most complex cross-border global transactions undertaken in recent years.

Our specialist tax controversy lawyers have strong credentials in dealing with revenue authorities in taxation disputes, from negotiating settlements to appeals in the state and federal courts, through to the High Court of Australia.

Through our ongoing participation in industry associations and specialist tax organisations, we are often invited to comment on current and proposed legislation and rulings.

A$530 million takeover of Warrnambool Cheese & Butter by Saputo Inc

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.

Bupa acquisition of Dental Corporation

Advised Dental Corporation Holdings Limited (Dental Corp) in relation to its A$500m acquisition by Bupa Health Pty Ltd by scheme of arrangement.

Gloucester Coal merger with Yancoal Australia

Advised Gloucester Coal on its A$8bn merger with Yanzhou Coal Mining and its wholly owned subsidiary Yancoal Australia by scheme of arrangement. This was the biggest investment by a Chinese state-owned company in Australia's coal industry, continuing a trend of state-backed entities seeking to shore up China's resource security. It created one of Australia's largest listed mining companies, operating mines in NSW and Queensland and with investments in two coal export terminals – Wiggins Island in Gladstone and NCIG in Newcastle.

Healthscope acquisition by TPG/Carlyle

Advised Healthscope in its A$2.7bn takeover by scheme of arrangement by private equity consortium Texas Pacific Group (TPG) and The Carlyle Group. The recommended offer was the culmination of an intense bidding war between a number of private equity groups. Given the bidding duel, the transaction dynamics and strategies changed regularly and quickly. We had a key advisory role and were able to provide urgent and constant strategic and legal input as required in the bidding process.

A$1.55 billion Lloyds Banking Group sale of Capital Finance and BOS International Australia

Acted together with Allen & Overy as joint legal advisers to the Lloyds Banking Group on the sale of its Australian asset finance business, Capital Finance Australia Ltd (CFAL), and its corporate loan portfolio, BOS International Australia Ltd (BOSI) to Westpac Banking Corporation for approximately A$1.55 billion in total.