Allens advises Cerberus on proposed acquisition of Westpac's Strategic Alliances business

Financial Services Mergers & Acquisitions Private Equity

Allens has advised Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. and its affiliates (Cerberus) on its proposed acquisition of the Strategic Alliances (Strategic Alliances) business from Westpac Group. Strategic Alliances is an equipment finance business and has a loan book of approximately A$500 million as of 30 June 2020.

Cerberus, a leader in alternative investing, will combine Strategic Alliances with its portfolio company, Angle Finance, to create a leading equipment financing company with diversified financing solutions for Australian businesses.

'We are thrilled to work with our client Cerberus on its agreement to acquire Strategic Alliances, having previously advised on its acquisition of Angle Finance and Bluestone Mortgages. The combined Angle Finance business will create an even stronger equipment financier business in the Australian market,' said Partner Benjamin Downie.

'Carve out transactions play to our strengths – our depth across M&A, financing, funds, IT/separation and competition positions us well to advise on complex and significant matters such as this one,' said Partner Noah Obradovic.

The cross-practice Allens team advised on all aspects of the acquisition, including financing, and provided advice on competition law, TMT, regulatory compliance and employment law in addition to PE expertise.

Allens legal team

Corporate/Private Equity: 

Noah Obradovic (Partner), Tom Story (Partner), Patrick McGregor (Senior Overseas Practitioner), Lauren Chamberlain (Senior Associate), Jewel Zhu (Associate), Aditya Ralhan (Associate), and Terence Zhou (Lawyer)

Banking & Finance: 

Benjamin Downie (Partner), Tom Monk (Senior Overseas Practitioner, admitted in England and Wales only), Jj Aldahr (Associate)

Technology, Media & Telecommunications: 

Jessica Mottau (Partner), Amy Atashi (Managing Associate), James Higgins (Associate)

Competition, Consumer & Regulatory: 

Jacqueline Downes (Partner), Anita Thompson (Managing Associate), Hanna Kaci (Associate)

Employment & Safety: 

Sikeli Ratu (Partner)

Disputes & Investigations: 

Kim Reid (Partner), Dennis Xin (Associate)


Notes for editors.

Allens is a commercial law firm working throughout Australia and Asia. Through its integrated alliance with Linklaters it provides clients access to 40 offices in 28 countries around the world.