HWL Ebsworth advises ATOM Group on sale to Pacific Equity Partners

03 May 2024

HWL Ebsworth has acted on behalf of the owners and management of ATOM Group, one of the largest suppliers of safety and industrial equipment in Australia, on its sale to Pacific Equity Partners.

ATOM Group provides products such as personal protective equipment, site safety and industrial supplies through direct sales to businesses in the mining and infrastructure industry, with 12 warehouses located throughout Australia.

HWL Ebsworth’s team was led by Jamie Restas (Corporate & Commercial Partner), with support from Shane Lloyd (Special Counsel), Samantha Reidy (Special Counsel), Sarah Minns (Associate), Kate Munn (Solicitor) and Cameron Pitt (Solicitor). The Technology and Intellectual Property team was led by Daniel Kiley (Partner) and supported by Kayla Costa, (Associate) and Alexia Daminato (Solicitor). Workplace Relations advice was provided by
Clare Raimondo (Partner) and Maggie Feuerherdt (Solicitor). Advising on the property aspects of the transaction were Adam Ludlow (Partner), Kathy Gray (Partner), Lynette Reynolds (Partner), Kim Counsell (Special Counsel), Vic Draghicescu (Special Counsel) and Milton Mitsioulis (Solicitor). Peter Staniszewski (Partner), assisted with the finance aspects of this transaction.

Commenting on the deal, Jamie Restas said: “We were really pleased to be able to assist on the sale following a competitive sale process, which resulted in Pacific Equity Partners as the successful bidder and involved a number of complex aspects including the restructure of the PNG operations.”

ATOM Chief Executive Officer, Jason Johnson said: “HWLE, so capably led by Jamie Restas, were invaluable throughout the sale process, providing timely, commercial legal advice of the highest quality. We look forward to our ongoing relationship as management embarks on its exciting journey with PEP.”

Note to Editors:

HWL Ebsworth is the largest legal partnership in Australia according to the most recent partnership surveys published by the Australian Financial Review.

The firm comprises 1,709, staff including 284 Partners, 1,048 other legal staff and 377 support staff across offices in nine locations – Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Melbourne, Hobart, Norwest (North West Sydney), Perth and Sydney.

HWL Ebsworth is an independent, nationally integrated, full service commercial law firm, providing tailored and commercially oriented legal services.

HWL Ebsworth operates a different business model to the other leading national law practices, and this allows us to offer unrivalled value for money without compromising quality and service. Our low ratio of solicitors to partners ensures that our clients receive optimal access to partner resources for all matters.

For further information, please contact:

Russell Mailler, Chief Strategy Officer (03) 8644 3569 or rmailler@hwle.com.au

Angelique Kear, Head of Marketing (02) 9334 8541 or akear@hwle.com.au

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