Matthew Nelson

Matthew Nelson is a corporate and private equity partner based in Sydney.

Matthew focuses on mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions. He also advises on capital raisings, joint ventures, shareholder agreements, Australian foreign investment rules, warranty and indemnity insurance, corporate restructures and general corporate and commercial matters.

Matthew has a prolific record in completing over 100 M&A transactions in a career spanning practice in London, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Matthew’s clients describe him as “a strategic thinker and effective negotiator”, “highly responsive” and “technically excellent and commercially pragmatic”.

Prior to joining HWL Ebsworth, Matthew practised at global magic circle and silver circle firms.


Matthew’s recent experience includes:

  • Nature’s Care: Advised on the trade sale of Nature’s Care, a leading vitamin and supplements business, to a Chinese private equity consortium by way of competitive sale process. The deal was one of the largest private equity transactions in Australia in 2018 and earned his team a nomination in the finals of the Australian Law Awards 2018;
  • Summit Partners: Advised US private equity heavyweight, Summit Partners, on all of its investments in Australia with an aggregate transaction value in excess of $500 million;
  • Office Depot: Advised Office Depot, Inc. (NYSE-listed) on the high-profile sale of its Australian and New Zealand business to US private equity firm, Platinum Equity, following a competitive auction process and successful resolution of injunction proceedings;
  • Baring Private Equity Asia: Advised Baring Private Equity Asia on its proposed acquisition of Healthe Care, the third largest private hospital operator in Australia, by way of trade sale;
  • DNV GL: Advised this global Norwegian assurance company on its proposed acquisition of SAI Global’s assurance business for $500 million; and
  • Quantum Funds: Advised a George Soros led hedge fund on its proposed acquisition of the largest independent fuel retailer in Australia for $800 million.

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