Profile of Kylie Brown

Kylie Brown

Partner, Sector Leader, Government, BA LLB (Hons) LLM

About Kylie Brown

Kylie specialises in mergers and acquisitions, and commercial law. She advises clients across a range of industries, and has significant experience in the media and infrastructure sectors. Major clients of the firm, including various state governments, News Corporation, Foxtel and KPMG, trust Kylie to advise on their most significant, strategic mergers and acquisitions: 'the level of confidence she gives anyone is second to none and her ability to adjust her advice to the situation is thoroughly impressive'. (Chambers Asia Pacific).

Kylie's client-focused working style is reflected by her consistent ranking as one of Australia's best M&A lawyers in both Chambers Asia Pacific and Chambers Global. Clients praise her for being 'across the detail' and 'getting complex issues very quickly, and for 'her great technical skill and accessible, collaborative working style' (Chambers Asia Pacific).

Highlights of her experience include:

Infrastructure
  • NSW Government – advised on the partial privatisation of the WestConnex toll road network for $9.3 billion, the partial privatisation of Endeavour Energy's NSW electricity distribution network in a $7.6 billion transaction, the partial privatisation of Ausgrid's NSW electricity distribution network in a transaction that valued Ausgrid at $20.8 billion, and the $10.3 billion privatisation of Transgrid's NSW electricity transmission network;
  • Queensland Government – advised on the $6 billion IPO of QR National;
  • QIC – advised on the $7.1 billion sale of its motorway portfolio in Queensland; and
  • Snowy Hydro – advising in connection with the Snowy 2.0 project.
Media M&A
  • News Corp and Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. – on the reincorporation of News Corporation in the US, the subsequent separation of News and Fox into separate businesses, the $10 billion listing of new News Corporation on ASX and the delisting of Fox;
  • News Corp – on its $1.8 billion acquisition of Consolidated Media Holdings by scheme of arrangement;
  • News Corp – on the purchase and sale of various newspaper and magazine acquisitions;
  • News Corp – in connection with the sale of Melbourne Storm Rugby League Club, its stake in Brisbane Broncos Limited, and the sale of the North Queensland Cowboys;
  • News Corp – on various joint venture arrangements, including in the car sale, real estate, advertising and sporting franchise areas;
  • Foxtel – on its $2 billion acquisition of Austar by scheme of arrangement;
  • REA Group – on its investment in Asian property listings business iProperty; and
  • Endemol BV – on the purchase of the Australian production and distribution business of Southern Star.

Highlights of Kylie's broader M&A experience include:

  • KPMG – in connection with its partnership arrangements and governance advice;
  • KPMG – in connection with several principal investments;
  • Allianz – in connection with the sale of its debt factoring business;
  • Suncorp – on the merger of its five general insurance businesses;
  • MBF– on its demutualisation proposal and merger with BUPA for $2.41 billion;
  • Westpac Banking Corporation – on its initial public offering of BT Investment Management Limited. BTIM listed with a market capital of approximately $800 million; and
  • Virgin Blue Holdings – on its initial public offering on the ASX.