Louella Stone
Partner, Sydney
I am a leading M&A advisor to Australian and International institutions on acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and restructures. I have a particular focus on the financial services and real estate industries.

I have over 20 years' experience advising on complex and large scale M&A. I am the practice group leader of the Sydney M&A team and I sit on the Global Investments Committee of the Property Council of Australia. I have received an Acritas Star – an independent legal ranking – for my performance and am recognised in Best Lawyers for M&A.

Career highlights

  • Advised L'Oreal on its $3.7bn acquisition of Aesop.
  • Advised Challenger on the sale of its real estate business to Elanor Investors Group for new security in Elanor.
  • Advised AMP on the sale of its Global Equities and Fixed Income Business to Macquarie Asset Management.
  • Advised Credit Union Australia on the sale of its health insurance business to HBF. I have also advised CUA on its restructures, joint ventures and strategic ventures.
  • Advised the AMP infrastructure funds on their equity investments including the refinancing of Reliance Rail and their investments into the New Royal Adelaide Hospital PPP.
  • Advised the shareholders of Fortius Funds Management on its sale to Growthpoint Properties. I have also advised Fortius for many years on their structured real estate acquisitions and disposals.
  • Advised Challenger on the sale of its interest in Whitehelm Capital, a Fidante Partners to Patrizia AG.

Louella Stone on M&A and transactions in Australia

Listen to Louella as she shares her point of view on the current state and future trends of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in Australia. She highlights a cautious yet evolving M&A landscape with specific sectoral growth, impending ESG regulations, and potential reforms in competition law.