Corporate/M&A Department

Asia-Pacific Region
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What the team is known for Impressive Australasian coverage, bolstered by offices in China, Mongolia and London, facilitating the support of cross-jurisdictional transactions. Possesses longstanding experience advising on China-related M&A and corporate finance matters. Often acts for Hong Kong-listed companies, but also able to represent Mainland clients on regional and international transactions from its Greater China offices. Active on both public takeovers and privatisations, and noted for its adept handling of energy and resources, financial services, and technology and telecommunications mandates. Advises a significant number of regional private equity firms on substantial transactions. Further noted for close attention to client objectives, including assistance in the identification of transactional risk and the development of negotiation strategies.

Strengths One respondent who acknowledges the firm's full-service capabilities and commerciality asserts that "MinterEllison seems to be ahead of the game in Australia in terms of working with clients like us and our style."

The practice group is praised for the "strong corporate relationships" it maintains.

Another source states that "the recognition of different risks arising from different approaches is well informed by their broader experience and has allowed for quick resolution of issues."

Work highlights Assisting Urbanest with the AUD2 billion sale of its student accommodation business and property portfolio.

Advised Tesson Holdings on the HKD700 million disposal of a group of subsidiaries.

Notable practitioners

Ricky Casali and Bart Oude-Vrielink are key contacts for the firm in Australia. Barbara Mok is a key contact in Hong Kong.