HWL Ebsworth advises on the third highest number of announced M&A deals in Australia

13 October 2016

The quarterly release of the Thomson Reuters league tables has confirmed HWL Ebsworth’s increase of market share, with results showing HWL Ebsworth receiving credit for the 3rd highest number of announced M&A deals in the Australian market so far this year.

It is an impressive feat, having improved this ranking from the position of 14th in 2015 and 43rd in 2014, for the same period. In the mid-market tables, all M&A deals under US$500 million, HWL Ebsworth’s increase of market share has moved from 8th by number of announced M&A deals, to 2nd highest in Australia.

This result follows a strong performance of advising clients on a number of high profile, confidential value, deals including Eureka Funds Management’s acquisition by AXA Investment Managers and Val Morgan’s acquisition of Active Media Group.

HWL Ebsworth’s Head of the Commercial Group, Jamie Restas commented that:

The volume of transactions in M&A market remains strong with particular activity in the industrial and financial industries.”

Jamie continued with regard to the firm:

Our team has been the quiet achiever in the M&A space for a little while now. We are getting instructed on some great, complex and high profile deals like the S. Kidman sale. These transactions exemplify that clients are coming to us for both their business-as-usual legal services as well as their challenging and complex deals

We have expanded to have a presence in every state and territory in Australia, and this national and fully integrated presence, along with our price point, is quite unique to us and the numbers show our clients are increasingly tapping into this offering.”

Note to editors:

HWL Ebsworth is the largest legal partnership in Australia according to the most recent partnership surveys published by The Australian and the Australian Financial Review and is the only commercial law firm with an office in every Australian State and Territory.

The firm comprises 1,029 staff including: 205 Partners, 501 other legal staff and 323 support staff across offices in ten locations – Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, 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 more information, please contact:

Russell Mailler, National Marketing Manager (03) 8644 3569 or rmailler@hwle.com.au.

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