Corporate/M&A Department

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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. 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 proportion of domestic and 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 A client highlights the team's depth of experience as an important strength, saying: "Their 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 to Scape Australia.

Notable practitioners

Bart Oude-Vrielink
is a well-established figure in the market, a client commenting: "He's very experienced, calm and knowledgeable, extremely approachable and available at all times." He assists clients on significant corporate transactions and is also noted for his knowledge of regulatory issues.

Chris Allen
is a frequent adviser to private equity outfits, assisting on acquisitions and investments. A client comments: "He's very commercial and understands what goes on in the market," going on to add: "He sees opportunities and uses relationships to introduce us to people."

Glen Sauer
is described by a client as a "steady-handed lawyer who gets the job done, especially in scenarios where a high level of diplomacy is required." His clientele includes private equity and venture capital funds, whom he advises in relation to the range of transactional work.

Jeremy Blackshaw
frequently assists major multinational and domestic clients with M&A transactions. A client praises his understanding of business imperatives, noting: "He's an excellent lawyer but is also very commercial. He understands the issues and transactions and provides not just legal but also strategic advice."

Ricky Casali
is a "very experienced and astute" practitioner, according to clients, one of whom notes: "He sees the big picture and brings that to bear to provide really commercial advice."He advises on substantial private equity transactions, and his clients include both major private equity firms and portfolio companies.

Shaun Clyne
is a well-regarded practitioner noted for his experience assisting clients on a variety of corporate transactions, including takeovers and schemes of arrangement.