Profile of Wendy Rae

Wendy Rae

Partner, BEc, LLB

About Wendy Rae

Wendy is a leading M&A specialist with expertise advising global and domestic funds on their participation in government asset sales, competitive bid processes and public M&A transactions. Her experience spans multiple sectors with infrastructure and energy being a particular focus.

Wendy also has extensive experience advising global pension funds, sovereign wealth funds and other foreign investors in relation to their investments in Australia. Her substantial experience navigating Australia's complex foreign investment laws, and her position as Deputy Chair of the Foreign Investment Committee of the Business Section of the Law Council of Australia, make her an integral part of any deal team.

Highlights of Wendy's experience include:

  • CKI – advising a consortium led by CKI Infrastructure (CKI) on its proposed A$13 billion acquisition of listed Australian energy infrastructure business, APA
  • Keppel Infrastructure Trust – advising Keppel Infrastructure Trust (KIT) on its acquisition of leading chemicals business Ixom for an enterprise value of A$1.1 billion.
  • Consortium of bidders for Asciano Limited – (Global Infrastructure Partners, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, CIC Capital Corporation, GIC and British Columbia Investment Management Corporation) on the acquisition of Asciano Limited for $9.06 billion by scheme of arrangement.
  • CCCC International Holdings Limited – acquisition of one of Australia's leading engineering and contracting services providers, John Holland, from Leighton Holdings.
  • State Grid International Development Limited – acquisition of a 19.9 per cent interest in AusNet, and a 60 per cent interest in Jemena, from Singapore Power International. AusNet and Jemena are two of Australia's largest utilities, with total assets of approximately A$10 billion and A$8.9 billion respectively.
  • QIC Global Infrastructure, CPPIB and AIMCO – their bid for Port Botany and Port Kembla, which was acquired by the IFM-led consortium for $5.07 billion.
  • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board – $3.47 billion acquisition of Intoll Group by way of inter-conditional Australian trust schemes and a Bermudan scheme of arrangement. $7.5 billion acquisition of Macquarie Communications Infrastructure Group by way of inter-conditional Australian and Bermudan schemes of arrangement and a trust scheme and concurrent agreements with Macquarie Group to acquire the manager of the trust.
  • Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan – proposed A$7 billion acquisition of Transurban by Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan.
  • Macquarie Group – multiple transactions, including a €1 billion competitive auction, and its proposed A$8 billion takeover of Alinta.
  • Temasek and CitySpring Infrastructure Trust – A$1.18 billion acquisition of Basslink from National Grid International Ltd., by way of a competitive bid process.