With strategic bidders and foreign government acquirers on the sidelines, 2021 may be the busiest year ever for PE dealmakers in the Australian market.
Despite the impact of COVID, the Australian PE industry proved resilient and rode out 2020 strongly. As things stand, a record level of capital still needs to be put to work, debt remains historically cheap and fundraising continues to be healthy.
Most importantly, optimism is high. The environment suggests that 2021 will be one of, if not the, busiest years ever for PE dealmakers.
How we can help
Assisting in every aspect of your investment strategy
Our highly regarded private equity team has significant experience advising global and domestic private equity sponsors across the investment lifecycle, from establishment, complex buyouts, distressed investments, minority stakes, bolt-on acquisitions, take-privates, leveraged and syndicated financing, through to eventual exit, whether that be through initial public offering or divestment.
We also work closely with clients to structure tax-efficient and regulatory-compliant investment vehicles, raise capital and manage portfolios.
Focused advisers to the private equity sector
We have a team of lawyers dedicated to advising private equity sponsors. Our multi-disciplinary team understands the motivations and strategies of sponsors, investors and financiers, and our deal management approach reflects this, ensuring efficient service, executed with precision and in accordance with your timetable. We understand business cycles and investor risks and bring real value in formulating innovative and commercial solutions to manage these risks and meet your investment needs.
Bench strength to manage the most complex transactions
In response to the higher entry‑level valuations for quality businesses, we are continuing to see sponsors turn their sights to ASX‑listed targets. Our market-leading experience in public company takeovers and schemes of arrangement has seen our team advise on some of the largest and most complex PE take-privates and consortium bids in Australian history.
In addition to our strong practice advising sponsors, we also have a strong investor practice enabling us to bring investor insights and a deeper understanding of investor needs to our work for you.