Nick Kipriotis
Partner, Sydney
I specialise in Mergers & Acquisitions, providing strategic advice to clients involved in private treaty transactions, public company takeovers and schemes of arrangement, special situations, joint ventures and capital partnerships. I advise clients and Boards across a broad range of corporate, commercial, governance, securities law and investment matters, and assist them in making key business decisions.

I have extensive experience advising domestic and foreign clients in the Built Environment sector, with a deep focus on the Construction & Engineering, Services, Infrastructure and Leisure & Gaming industries.

Clients value my commercial knowledge, ability to perform in high-pressure situations, and my ability to lead and manage complex deals.

My clients have included Consolidated Press Holdings, Crown Resorts, Amplifon Greenlit Brands, CIMIC, John Holland, Samsung C&T, Ferrovial, TSA Management, Airlie Funds Management, oOhmedia!, Grays eCommerce and GrainCorp.

Career highlights

  • Advising the world's largest hearing aid retailer, Italian stock exchange listed Amplifon S.p.A, in connection with various corporate transactions, including:
    • the A$550 million acquisition of Australian hearing aid retailer Bay Audio Pty
    • the A$55 million acquisition of premium hearing and audiology services business Attune Hearing
    • the acquisition of the audiology technology solutions business Otohub
  • Advising then ASX-listed CIMIC in connection with various corporate transactions, including:
    • the A$174 million hostile takeover of the ASX-listed mining construction contractor Macmahon Holdings and CIMIC's subsequent divestment of its 23% stake in ASX-listed Macmahon Holdings by way of block trade
    • the acquisition of the Energy Upgrades & Maintenance business of ASX-listed RCR Tomlinson
  • Advising multi-brand Australian retailer Greenlit Brands in connection with various corporate transactions, including:
    • the A$361 million takeover of ASX-listed Fantastic Holdings Limited;
    • the A$110 million strategic divestment of specialist Australian sofa retailer, Plush Think-Sofas, to ASX-listed Nick Scali Limited
    • the divestment of Greenlit Brands' General Merchandise division, comprising iconic brands Best&Less, Harris Scarfe, Debenhams and Postie, to funds advised by private equity manager Allegro Funds
    • the divestment of Fantastic Furniture's Chinese manufacturing operations
    • various matters relating to financial irregularities identified with respect to its Frankfurt Stock Exchange listed parent Steinhoff International, including the AU$300 million refinance by its existing syndicate of six local and international banks
  • Advising engineering services and consulting business, TSA Management, and its shareholders in connection with various corporate transactions, including:
    • UK private equity firm Livingbridge's investment in TSA and subsequent exit
    • the AU$200 million sale of TSA Management to Quadrant Private Equity
    • various acquisitions in Australia and New Zealand, including the A$48 million strategic acquisition of the Capital Projects Advisory business of ASX-listed Worley Limited, the acquisition of projects advisory business Calcutta Group, the acquisition of New Zealand project management business Xigo, the acquisition of Canberra- based Xact Projects and the acquisition of South Australian headquartered project management business ProManage
  • Advising then UK-listed Ideagen plc on its A$105 million acquisition of RegTech software business CompliSpace
  • Advising the founders of multi-brand hair and beauty ecommerce retailer Oz Hair & Beauty on the strategic investment in Oz Hair & Beauty by a consortium of financial sponsors and strategic investors including BBRC and Edison Partners
  • Advising Grays eCommerce Group Limited as the target in connection with ASX-listed Eclipx Group's A$178 million takeover by way of scheme of arrangement.
  • Advising ASX-listed oOhmedia! in connection with its A$570 million acquisition of the Adshel street furniture business from ASX-listed HT&E Limited
  • Advising the receivers and managers of Ten Network Holdings Limited, PPB Advisory, on its sale to US-television network CBS
  • Advising the administrators of multi-utility infrastructure provider Flow Systems, PwC, on its sale to funds managed by Brookfield
  • Advising the founders and shareholders of Data Science, Machine Learning and AI specialist firm, Intellify, in connection with the acquisition of Intellify by global professional services firm Deloitte
  • Advising on the buy-out by management of the White Runway fashion ecommerce business from the ASX-listed PAS Group Limited
  • Advising the shareholders of Airlie Funds Management on their all-scrip sale to ASX-listed Magellan Financial Group
  • Advising boutique Australian premium spirits company Artisan Spirit Merchants on the sale of its portfolio of brands to Asahi
  • Advising employment services group AngusKnight Institute on its acquisition of Victorian Fitness Academy
  • Advising the shareholders of property valuation firm MVS National on its merger of ASX-listed LandMark White Limited
  • Advising ASX-listed GrainCorp on its A$140 million North American 'greenfield' joint venture with Zen-Noh