Mergers and Acquisitions

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HWL Ebsworth’s M&A team is ranked amongst the top firms in Australia by number of completed M&A deals, and is well placed to advise local and international businesses on all aspects of their acquisition, divestment and succession planning strategies.

We have extensive experience advising on sale processes, structuring and negotiation of acquisitions and disposals, competitive bid private treaty transactions, regulated takeovers, demergers, schemes of arrangement, joint ventures, MBOs, cross-border M&A (including both inbound and outbound investment), financing for acquisitions, taxation structuring, regulatory approvals including Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB), corporate restructures and reorganisations, capital reductions and share buy-backs.

Our skilled team and unrivalled value offering allows us to work effectively on large and mid-market transactions across a broad range of industries.


Recent transactions for the M&A team include:

  • Alliance Care Services on the sale of its Alliance Care Services Aged Care businesses to Baptcare;
  • AXA Investment Managers on the completion of the acquisition by the Scape Core Fund of the Urbanest portfolio of student accommodation housing for approximately $2.2 billion, Australia’s largest single property transaction in 2019;
  • Chalmers on its $60 million off-market takeover by Qube Logistics (Aust) Pty Ltd;
  • Centuria Capital Group on its $320 million takeover bid for GPT Metro Office Fund and on its $217 million acquisition of 360 Capital Group’s real estate funds management platform;
  • Dexus on the $530 million sale of 45 Clarence Street, Sydney;
  • Doray Minerals on its $615 million merger with Silver Lake Resources Ltd;
  • Dulux Group Australia on its $36 million acquisition of The Paint Spot Group;
  • Nzuri Copper on its $110 million acquisition by Chengtun Mining Group Co. Ltd by way of a scheme of arrangement;
  • Rockliff family on the sale of their 50% interest in Petuna Aquaculture to existing partner Sealord Group; and
  • S. Kidman & Co, Australia’s largest land owner, on its sale for $386 million by way of off-market takeover.

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