Allens

Experience

Our mergers and acquisition experience includes:

Healthscope Limited
Acted on the sale of Healtscope's Asian pathology operations in Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam to funds managed by TPG Capital Asia for A$279 million.

AWE Limited
Advised on its proposed acquisition by Mineral Resources Limited via a recommended scheme of arrangement, as well as its response to the takeover bid from China Energy Reserve and Chemical Group.

ANZ
Advised on the simplification of ANZ's Wealth Australia business, including the sale of its life insurance business for $2.85 billion and its OnePath pensions and investments and aligned dealer groups business for $975 million.

Unibail-Rodamco
Advised Unibail-Rodamco on its proposed acquisition of Westfield Corporation for an enterprise value of US$24.7 billion (A$32.7 billion), one of the largest public M&A deals in Australian corporate history.

Evolution Mining

  • Advised on the sale of Edna May gold mine in Western Australia to a subsidiary of Ramelius Resources Limited for up to A$90 million.
  • Acted on its acquisition of an economic interest in the Ernest Henry Mine in Queensland, and on the equity raising and debt package to fund the acquisition.

Bain Capital Private Equity
Advised Bain Capital Private Equity on its acquisition of Camp Australia, a leading provider of outside school hours care programs.

Pacific Equity Partners
Advised PEP on their agreement to acquire Allied Mills, Australia's leading manufacturer of flour, bakery premixes and speciality frozen par-baked bread products.

New South Wales Treasury
Advised the NSW Government on the partial lease of distribution network Ausgrid to an all-Australian consortium.

Australia Post
Advised Australia Post on a global e-commerce joint venture between Australia Post and Dubai-headquartered logistics company Aramex.

The Good Guys
Advised the Muir family on the sale of The Good Guys to JB Hi-Fi for $870 million, announced on 13 September 2016.

Yum! Brands Inc. and Yum! Restaurants Australia
Advised on the sale of Pizza Hut in Australia.

TransGrid
Advised the NSW Government on the A$10.258 billion 99-year lease of TransGrid to consortium, NSW Electricity Networks.

Asciano Limited
Advised the consortium purchaser on the proposed acquisition of Asciano Limited for cash consideration of $9.05 billion by way of a scheme of arrangement.

Recall Holdings/Iron Mountain
Advised Recall Holdings on its A$2.67 billion acquisition by Iron Mountain.

Veda/Equifax
Advised Equifax in its $2.5 billion acquisition of Veda Group Ltd, the leading provider of credit information and analysis in Australia and New Zealand.

M2/Vocus
Advised M2 Group on its $3 billion merger with Vocus Communications.

Computer Sciences Corporation
Advised global IT services provider, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), on the $427.6 million acquisition of UXC Ltd (UXC), Australia's largest publicly-owned IT services company.

SpeedCast International Limited
Advised leading global satellite telecommunications service provider SpeedCast International Limited on its acquisition of the assets of NewSat from receivers McGrathNicol.

Healthscope Limited
Acted for one of Australia's leading private healthcare operators, on its sale of its Australian pathology operations to Crescent Capital Partners for $105 million.

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
Acted for CPPIB on its role in the consortium to fund the construction of, and then own, the NorthConnex project in Sydney.

Federation Centres
Acted for Federation Centres in its merger with fellow real estate investment trust Novion Property Group.

APA Group
Advised Australia's largest natural gas infrastructure business, on its US$5 billion (approximately A$6.05 billion) purchase of the Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG) pipeline from the BG Group.

Allianz Australia
Advised insurance company Allianz Australia on its purchase of the Northern Territory Government's general insurance business.

QIC
Advised QIC on the A$7.1 billion sale of Queensland Motorways to a consortium of investors comprising Transurban, Australian Super and Tawreed Investments Limited.

Frasers Centrepoint
Advised Frasers Centrepoint on its A$2.59 billion acquisition of Australand Limited.

Bank of Queensland
Advised Bank of Queensland on the A$440 million acquisition of the Investec Bank (Australia) Limited Professional Finance and Asset Finance & Lending businesses.

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank
Advised Bendigo and Adelaide Bank on its A$1.78 billion acquisition of the business of Rural Finance Corporation of Victoria.

News Corporation
Advising News Corporation on the separation of its media and entertainment business and its publishing business. News Corp has a market capitalisation of approximately A$75 billion.

Aristocrat
Advised Aristocrat Leisure Limited on its A$1.37 billion acquisition of Tennessee-based Video Gaming Technologies, Inc.

Wesfarmers
Advised on the $1 billion sale of Wesfarmers' insurance broking business, one of the largest trade sales of the 2013-14 financial year.

Tianqi Group
Advised the Tianqi Group, China's largest producer of lithium-based chemicals, on its US$1 billion lithium joint venture with Rockwood .

Beijing Capital Group
Advised Beijing Capital Group on its NZ$950 million acquisition from Transpacific Industries Group Ltd of its integrated waste management business in New Zealand.

Global Infrastructure Partners
Advised on the sale of Global Infrastructure Partners' interest in the Port of Brisbane.

Chengdu Tianqi Group Co.
Advised China's Chengdu Tianqi Group Co. on the creation of a 51/49 joint venture with New York Stock Exchange-listed Rockwood Holdings Inc. (Rockwood), in respect of Tianqi Group's open-pit lithium mining unit, Talison Lithium.

Billabong
Advised iconic Australian company Billabong International Limited on a recapitalisation proposal with a consortium led by US private investment firms, Oaktree and Centerbridge.

Jacobs Engineering Group
Advised New York Stock Exchange-listed company Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. on its A$1.3 billion acquisition of Australia's Sinclair Knight Merz.

Sydney Airport
Advised ASX-listed Sydney Airport on a series of acquisitions, and a related capital raising, to enable it to move to full ownership of Sydney Airport.

Transpower New Zealand Limited
Advised New Zealand's national electricity grid owner and maintenance provider, Transpower New Zealand Limited, on its sale of d-cyphaTrade Limited to ASX Limited for A$55 million. d-cyphaTrade, which is to be renamed ASX Energy, will be an ASX subsidiary.

Hardings Hardware
Advised the owners of Hardings Hardware on the sale of a majority stake in the company to Woolworths subsidiary, the Danks Group, for an undisclosed sum.

Brambles Limited
Allens and Linklaters advised Brambles Limited on the acquisition of CEVA Logistics' intermediate bulk container business, Pallecon, in a deal worth €135 million.

Biota Holdings Limited
Advised Melbourne-based anti-infective drug development company Biota Holdings Limited on its ground-breaking reverse-takeover of NASDAQ-listed firm Nabi Biopharmaceuticals.

Mitsui & Co Ltd
Advised international trading house and mining company Mitsui & Co., Ltd. on its 49.9 per cent acquisition of National Plant & Equipment Pty Ltd.

FOXTEL
Advised FOXTEL, Australia's largest subscription television provider, on its A$2.1 billion acquisition of regional subscription television provider, AUSTAR United Communications Limited. Allens acted on all aspects of the transaction, including competition, M&A and financing. This deal won the 'M&A Deal of the Year' at the 2013 Australasian Legal Business Law Awards.

Healthscope
Advised Healthscope (owned by TPG and The Carlyle Group) on the sale of its pathology businesses in New South Wales, ACT, Western Australia and Queensland to Sonic Healthcare for $100 million.

Sydney Desalination Plant
Advised a consortium including the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board, Hastings Managed Infrastructure Funds Utilities Trust of Australia and The Infrastructure Fund on a binding offer to refinance the Sydney Desalination Plant for $2.3 billion.  

iSelect
Advised leading domestic insurance intermediary iSelect Ltd on its first acquisition in the Australian market, acquiring fellow market-leading finance comparison site InfoChoice Limited.

MAp Airports Limited
Advised MAp on its asset swap with the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan.

OneSteel
Advised OneSteel Limited on its acquisition of WPG Resources Limited's iron ore assets for about A$350 million.

Leighton Holdings Limited
Advised Leighton Holdings Limited, and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Leighton Contractors, on the sale of its HWE Iron Ore entities and assets, which provide iron ore contract mining services to BHP Billiton in Western Australia.

Foster's Group Limited
Advised iconic brewing company Foster's Group Limited on its proposed takeover by Anglo South African brewer SABMiller for A$12.3 billion, via a scheme of arrangement.

Endeavour Mining Corporation
Advised Toronto Stock Exchange-listed gold miner Endeavour Mining Corporation on its Merger Implementation Agreement with ASX-listed Adamus Resources Limited.

Archer Capital
Advised Archer Capital on the establishment of Australian Hospital Partners Pty Limited and its acquisition of 100 per cent of Healthe Care Australia Pty Limited from CHAMP Ventures, Healthe Holdings, ING Investment Management and BOS International (Australia) Limited.

HBF
Advised Western Australia-based not-for-profit health fund HBF on the sale of its general insurance business to CGU.

Newcrest Mining Limited
Advised Newcrest Mining Limited on the sale of its interests in the Cracow and Mt Rawdon gold mines in Queensland to a new company formed by the merger of ASX-listed gold companies Catalpa Resources Ltd and Conquest Mining Ltd.

Queensland Government
Advised the Queensland Government on the A$1.829 billion divestment of the X50 Abbot Point Coal Terminal to Mundra Port Pty Ltd, involving a 99-year lease.

Lend Lease
Advised Lend Lease Group, one of the world's leading fully integrated property solutions providers, on its A$192 million acquisition of Lend Lease Primelife Group.

Felix Resources
Acted for Felix Resources on its A$3.5 billion acquisition by leading Chinese resource company Yanzhou Coal Mining Company Limited.

Macquarie Airports (MAp)
Acted on MAp's agreement with Macquarie Capital to internalise its management. The transaction was negotiated by Independent Board Committees of Macquarie Airports Management and Macquarie Airports on behalf of MAp security holders.

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
Acted on Canada Pension Plan Investment Board acquisition of stapled securities in Macquarie Communications Infrastructure Group, for total consideration of A$2.2 billion.

Challenger Life Company Limited
Acted for Challenger Life Company Limited on the proposed acquisition of 100 per cent of the units in Challenger Kenedix Japan Trust – valued at approximately A$157 million.

Yahoo!7
Acted for Yahoo!7, the joint venture between the Seven Media Group and Yahoo!, in its acquisition of totaltravel.com, the online travel information marketplace.

CEMEX S.A.B. de C.V
Acted for the global building materials company on the sale of its Australian operations for A$2.02 billion to Holcim Group, the world's second largest cement maker.

Aviva
Advised Aviva on its A$825 million sale of wealth management business to NAB.

Goodman Group
Acted in the formation of a partnership with China Investment Corporation.

St.George
Advised St.George on the successful merger with Westpac and obtaining ACCC approval of the merger. This was the first significant bank merger that the ACCC considered in eight years. The deal was also named 'M&A deal of the year' and 'Australasian Deal of the Year' at the 2009 ALB Australasian Law Awards.

Hutchison Telecommunications
Advised Hutchison on the corporate aspects of the merger of its telecommunication business in Australia with Vodafone Australia. The joint venture, which delivers equal ownership of 50 per cent, was renamed VHA Pty Limited.

Aberdeen Asset Management PLC
Advised Aberdeen on the acquisition of parts of Credit Suisse's Global Investors business in Australia.

AGL
Advised AGL on the sale of its assets in Papua New Guinea for A$1.1 billion.

Rio Tinto
Rio Tinto on its response to BHP's US$192 billion pre-conditional offer, and the proposed US$19.5 billion strategic partnership between Rio Tinto and Chinalco. We also advised on its proposed iron ore joint venture with BHP, and advised on the Australian aspects of the US$38 billion acquisition of Alcan.

Dairy Farmers
Advised on sale of Dairy Farmers to National Foods for A$910 million.

ConocoPhillips
Advised ConocoPhillips on its A$9 billion joint venture with Origin Energy.

Macquarie
Advised Macquarie Advanced Investments Group in relation to the A$836 million take private proposal for the Macquarie Capital Alliance Group. This deal represents the first Australian use of 'stub equity'.

CSL
Advised CSL on its US$3.1 billion acquisition of US blood plasma group Talecris Biotherapeutics, the largest healthcare acquisition ever by an Australian company.

MBF
Advised MBF on its demutualisation and A$2.4 billion merger with BUPA Australia.

Wesfarmers / Coles
Advised Wesfarmers on its A$20 billion acquisition of Coles.

CEMEX
Advised CEMEX on its US$15.3 billion successful acquisition of Rinker.

Zinifex
Advised Zinifex on its A$6.2 billion merger with Oxiana.

Qantas
Advised Qantas on the proposed A$11.1 billion takeover by the Airline Partners consortium.

OneSteel
Advised OneSteel on its $A2.3 billion scheme of arrangement with Smorgon Steel.

Coates Hire
Advised Coates Hire on the A$2.2 billion takeover by the National Hire Group and the Carlyle Group.

Dyno Nobel
Advised Dyno Nobel on its A$3.3 billion merger with Incitec Pivot.

Healthscope/Symbion
Advised Healthscope on its proposed A$2.8 billion merger with Symbion.

Basslink
Advised CitySpring Infrastructure Trust on its A$1.17 billion winning bid for the Basslink undersea electricity transmission cable.

Bendigo Bank
Advised Bendigo Bank on its A$1.9 billion merger with Adelaide Bank. Also advised on its proposed A$2.4 billion merger with the Bank of Queensland.

Queensland Government
Advised the Queensland Government on the A$2.7 billion sale of Sun Retail, Sun Gas, Allgas and Powerdirect.

ANZ
Advised ANZ on its A$1 billion acquisition of a stake in Malaysian bank, AMMB Holdings Berhad.

MIIF / Taiwan Broadband Communications
Advised Macquarie International Infrastructure Fund (MIIF) on the US$178 million acquisition of a 20 per cent stake in Taiwan Broadband Communications from Och-Ziff Capital Management Group.

Boart Longyear and Dyno Nobel
Advised the Macquarie Bank-led consortiums that acquired and reorganised the global Dyno Nobel business and that acquired a majority interest in Boart Longyear. We then acted on the subsequent IPOs of Dyno Nobel and Boart Longyear.

Brambles
Advised Brambles on a range of divestments and the unique arrangement which unified Brambles Industries Limited and Brambles Industries plc to become the single holding company Brambles Limited. The financial value of the deal was approximately A$25.8 billion which included the US$1.35 billion sale of Cleanaway Australia and New Zealand to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

News Corporation re-incorporation in United States
Advised News Corporation on its re-incorporation into the United States.