Profile of Guy Alexander

Guy Alexander

Partner, Head of M&A, BA LLB (Hons) LLM

About Guy Alexander

Guy is the head of Allens' public M&A practice, and has for many years been recognized as one of Australia's leading M&A lawyers.  In 2021, Guy led the Allens team which advised on the majority of the top 10 Australian public M&A deals.  Transactions on which Guy advised in 2021 had an aggregate deal value of approximately $57 billion.

Guy is one of a select group of Band 1 Australian M&A lawyers in both Chambers Asia-Pacific and Chambers Global. He is also ranked in the Hall of Fame in Asia Pacific Legal 500Who's Who Legal 100Best Lawyers and a market leader in IFLR1000. He was a member of the Australian Takeovers Panel for almost ten years to 2013.

Transactions in which Guy has acted on in recent years include:
  • Sydney Airport – advised Sydney Airport in responding to the $23.6 billion takeover by a consortium of Australian and international infrastructure investors.
  • Spark Infrastructure – advised the Ontario Teachers, PSP and KKR consortium on their $5.2 billion bid for Spark Infrastructure.
  • Santos/Oil Search – advised Oil Search on the $23 billion merger of Santos and Oil Search.
  • Vocus – advised Vocus in relation to the $3.5 billion takeover by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets and Aware Super.
  • Caltex – advised Couche-Tard on its $8.8 billion proposal to acquire Caltex Australia by scheme of arrangement.
  • Westfield – advised Unibail-Rodamco on the $32.7 billion acquisition of Westfield Corporation by way of inter-conditional company and trust schemes, the listing of the new Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield stapled group on the ASX, Euronext Paris and Euronext Amsterdam and associated demerger and listing of One Market Limited on the ASX.
  • Link – advising SS&C Technologies in relation to its $3 billion bid for Link Group (ultimately unsuccessful).
  • Bellamy’s – response to China Mengniu Dairy Company Limited’s $1.5 billion scheme proposal.
  • Evolution Mining – on a range of acquisitions including Cowal Gold Mine, Ernest Henry, Red Lake Gold Complex, Battle North Gold Corporation and Northern Star's Kalgoorlie assets.
  • Stanmore Coal – on its defence of an unsolicited hostile $240 million takeover bid from Golden Investments.
  • AWE Limited – on its responses to the China Energy Reserve and Chemical Group’s takeover bid, and the Mineral Resources and Mitsui $600 million counter-offers. 
  • Asciano Limited – advising consortium of infrastructure funds on the acquisition of Asciano Limited for cash consideration of $9.05 billion by way of a scheme of arrangement. This followed a competitive bidding process, which saw a number of proposals for the company.
  • Recall – on its response to the proposals from Iron Mountain Incorporated valuing Recall at approximately $2.67 billion.
  • Oil Search – defence of the $11.6 billion takeover approach by Woodside Petroleum and capital raising to fund the acquisition of its interest in the Elk/Antelope project.
  • Ferrovial – advised Spain's Ferrovial on its $813 million acquisition of Broadspectrum (formerly Transfield Services).
  • APA Group – advised APA on its US$5 billion purchase of the Queensland Curtis LNG pipeline from the BG Group, together with the A$1.8 billion equity capital raising to part fund that acquisition.
  • Billabong International – advised Billabong in responding to various change of control proposals from TPG and other private equity funds, and then on the re-capitalisation proposals from the Altamont consortium and Centrebridge/Oaktree consortium, which ultimately led to the stabilization of the Billabong business.
  • Talison Lithium – advising Tianqi Group on its C$850 million acquisition by scheme of arrangement of Talison Lithium (part funded by equity from China Investment Corporation), and subsequent joint venture with Rockwood in relation to Talison.
Other major transactions Guy has acted on include:
  • Seven West Media – advised Seven West Media on its $4.1 billion acquisition of Seven Media Group from Seven Group Holdings Limited and KKR, and associated CULS capital raising to fund the acquisition.
  • Brambles – advised Brambles on all aspects of the unification of its dual-listed companies structure (and listing on the ASX and LSE) and divestment of its Cleanaway and Brambles Industrial Services businesses.
  • M.I.M. Holdings Limited – advised M.I.M. on its $3.4 billion scheme of arrangement with Xstrata plc.
  • Normandy Mining – advised Normandy in responding to the A$5.2 billion takeover offers by Newmont Mining and AngloGold.
  • News Corporation – advised News Corporation on the transfer of its incorporation to the US and listing on NYSE, ASX and LSE.