Brendan Earle

Brendan specialises in negotiated transactions and contracting including M&A, business succession, corporate structuring, foreign investment and governance.

Brendan Earle solves problems and delivers outcomes. He is an experienced negotiator who leads multi-disciplinary teams to meet client objectives. He uses strong project management skills to deliver efficiency and meet timelines. His board and governance experience gives him a well-rounded perspective on challenging legal issues.

Brendan has specialised in private M&A and negotiated transactions for more than 20 years. He has been personally involved in more than 50 significant transactions involving buying, selling or merging businesses valued at more than $8 billion.

For several years he has appeared in peer reviewed directories for Corporate/Governance, Healthcare, and Mergers & Acquisitions. In 2017 he was a finalist for Lawyers Weekly Commercial Law Partner of the Year.

Brendan is a director of Scope (Aust) Limited, one of the largest disability services providers in Australia. He is Chair of the Risk & Audit Committee. Between 2010 – 2019, he was a director of St Vincent’s Health Australia Ltd, the largest not for profit hospital group in Australia.


Brendan’s experience includes advising:

  • Australian government on a scoping study to consider ownership options for Australian Hearing and National Acoustic Laboratories;
  • Border Express on a range of projects;
  • Coles Express on the negotiation of its alliance and fuel supply agreements with Shell (now Viva Australia) in connection with 800 Coles Express stores;
  • Coles Supermarkets on a long term alliance with Ocado plc to bring Ocado’s supply chain automation technology for on-line supermarkets to Australia;
  • Coles Supermarkets on the sale of Coles’ $900m credit card portfolio to Citigroup, and a long term distribution agreement for credit cards;
  • Dulux Group on numerous bolt-on acquisitions including the purchase of the Paint Spot group (16 separate retail businesses) and Inspirations Group (more than 100 sites);
  • Kraft/Cadbury on a range of projects including significant corporate restructures; and
  • Specsavers on a range of projects.

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