Profile of Chris Blane

Chris Blane

Partner, BCom LLB (Hons)

About Chris Blane

Chris is a leading M&A and corporate advisory specialist.

Chris has extensive experience advising clients on public takeovers and schemes of arrangement, private M&A transactions (including competitive sales processes) and corporate governance. He has advised on numerous recent high-profile public and private M&A transactions across a broad range of sectors, with particular expertise in the infrastructure and financial services sectors.

Chris' experience includes advising:

  • Brookfield – on its $1.3 billion acquisition of the Aveo Group, its $699 million proposal to Gateway Lifestyle and the take private of the Brookfield Prime Property Fund.
  • AMP Capital – on its acquisition of the Australian National University Purpose Built Student Accommodation assets.
  • Prime Media – on its takeover defence and proposed scheme of arrangement with Seven West Media.
  • Equifax Inc. – on the A$2.5 billion acquisition of Veda Group Limited by scheme of arrangement and subsequent follow-on acquisitions.
  • CCCI – $1.1 billion acquisition of John Holland from Leighton Holdings (CIMIC) and on John Holland's subsequent acquisition of the RCR Tomlinson rail business.
  • First State Super – on the acquisition of a majority interest in the Oak Tree Group and its successful A$2.6 billion bid to operate a 35-year concession of the land titling and registry operations of New South Wales Land and Property Information.
  • NSW Government – advising on the sale of a 51% interest in the WestConnex project and the privatisation by leasehold of the assets of Ausgrid, TransGrid and Endeavour Energy.
  • Bank of Queensland – $440 million acquisition of Investec Bank Australia Limited.
  • Frasers Centrepoint Limited – advised Frasers Centrepoint on its $2.6 billion off-market takeover of Australand Property Group.
  • Macquarie Bank Limited – on its disposal of a security backed loan product portfolio to Bell Potter.
  • Macquarie Infrastructure-led consortium – bid for the Port of Newcastle.
  • Sydney Airport – simplification restructure proposal.
  • Rio Tinto – $1.6 billion privatisation of Coal & Allied Industries.
  • Deutsche Asset Management – disposal of a $500 million interest in a major Australian airport holding company.
  • Rio Tinto – defence of BHP Billiton's US$150 billion merger proposal, the $20 billion proposed strategic alliance with Chinalco and the US$16 billion right issue.