Jeremy specialises in mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings and corporate governance.
His public M&A experience includes advising:
- Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec and Utilities Trust of Australia on their A$1.2 billion takeover bid for Hastings Diversified Utilities Fund, an ASX listed stapled infrastructure fund;
- St.George Bank on its A$67 billion merger with Westpac Banking Corporation by way of scheme of arrangement;
- Dairy Farmers on its sale to National Foods for A$910 million by way of scheme of arrangement;
- Wesfarmers on its recommended cash and share offer for Coles by way of scheme of arrangement for A$20.7 billion; and
- Brambles on the unification of its Australian/UK Dual Listed Companies structure via a 'top-hatting' scheme of arrangement.
His private treaty M&A experience includes advising:
- ABB Ltd, the global power and automation technology group, on its acquisition of Mincom, a leader in enterprise asset management solutions, from Francisco Partners;
- NYSE listed CIT Group Inc on its divestment of its vendor equipment finance businesses in Australia and New Zealand to Bank of Queensland;
- Japan-based Nikko Asset Management Co., Ltd. on its acquisition of Tyndall Investments in Australia and New Zealand, from the Suncorp-Metway Group;
- NYSE listed Pfizer as Australian counsel on its US$68 billion acquisition of Wyeth, including the successful divestments of the Fort Dodge companion animal vaccines business to Boehringer Ingelheim and the Fort Dodge Australia livestock business to Virbac, and on the sale of its Australian consumer healthcare business to Johnson & Johnson; and
- Merck as Australian counsel on its US$41 billion merger with Schering-Plough, including integration and transactions related to the merger.
Jeremy was based in our Shanghai office from 2002 to 2006 where he acted on a number of significant China in-bound investments including for ANZ Bank on its acquisitions of a 19.9 percent stake in Shanghai Rural Commercial Bank (the largest rural commercial bank in China at the time) for US$252 million, and a 20 per cent stake in Bank of Tianjin (China's fourth largest city commercial bank by assets at the time) for US$120 million.
Jeremy is a co-author of the Lexis/Nexis service, Australian Corporations Practice and regularly presents on corporate governance.
Areas of Expertise
- Focus - 06 March 2013
- Focus - 03 October 2012