Matthew Hibbins
Office Managing Partner, Melbourne
Qualified as a lawyer in Australia and Hong Kong, I am often engaged to work as lead M&A counsel on transactions in the Asia-Pacific region, engaging my trusted network of local contacts as required.

I act on private and public Australian merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions in all states and territories and advise foreign companies and funds on inbound M&A and mezzanine debt transactions into Australia. I also assist local and foreign clients with cross-border M&A transactions.

Known for my commercial acumen and practical approach, I think laterally about clients’ requirements for transactions and how best to achieve those outcomes within the boundaries of local laws and practice.

Career highlights

  • Advised United Super Pty Limited as trustee for the Construction and Building Unions Superannuation Fund (Cbus), on the acquisition of a 33.3% economic interest in the Jandakot Airport Joint Venture which owns and operates the Jandakot Airport precinct south of Perth, WA.
  • Advised H.E.S.T Australia Ltd as trustee for the Health Employees Superannuation Trust Australia (HESTA) on its investment in the holding company of the Citadel Group, a global software and services group specialising in health, defence and large enterprise deployments.
  • Advised Construction and Building Unions Superannuation Fund, Health Employees Superannuation Trust Australia and Hostplus Pooled Superannuation Trust in relation to the sale of 100% of the issued shares in the capital of Members Equity Bank Limited to Bank of Queensland Limited
  • Advised Queens Lane Capital on its acquisition of The PAS Group Limited (Subject to Deed of Company Arrangement)
  • Advised Dassault Aviation, on their acquisition all of the issued share capital in ExecuJet Maintenance Australia Pty Ltd, the Australian aviation maintenance arm of the ‘Luxaviation Group’.
  • Advised Kajima Australia on its majority acquisition of Cockram Construction in Australia, New Zealand, the US, Hong Kong, China, India and other countries in Asia
  • Advised IKEA Pty Ltd on its acquisition of Cebas Pty Ltd, the owner and operator of the IKEA franchises in Western Australia and South Australia
  • Advised Kempe Engineering Group on the sale of the company’s aluminium smelting businesses in Australia, the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Mozambique to Outotec
  • Advised Kajima Corporation on its majority acquisition of Australian property and construction group Icon Construction
  • Advised Pact Group Holdings Limited on acquisition of the Australian and New Zealand operations of the SULO Group from Plastics Group Pty Ltd
  • Advised Linfox Armaguard on its acquisition of the cash logistics business of Brink’s in Australia