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Understanding the economic and commercial rationale behind every transaction and providing the best legal solutions to help achieve your business objectives is at the heart of our corporate team’s approach.
Our corporate lawyers have represented participants in some of Australia’s largest transactions and provided advice on the implementation of company transforming deals, specialising in Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) and Equity Capital Markets (ECM).
We are supported by specialist finance, tax, competition, property and IP lawyers who can assist in the resolution of a range of issues related to complex corporate and M&A matters, including ACCC merger clearances, transaction structuring, tax rulings, negotiation of acquisition finance facilities and due diligence.
Leading corporations work with us on a full range of M&A transactions, from innovative public takeover bids and major private-treaty acquisitions and disposals, to privatisations and complex court approved mergers by scheme of arrangement and large scale due diligence exercises. Our experience extends to stapling arrangements and asset transfer schemes, as well as the tax, competition and financing aspects of merger and acquisition deals.
Our industry experience is broad, covering a range of sectors and industries including energy and resources, agribusiness, financial services, media, transport, wine and other beverages, building products and consumer products.
We regularly engage with regulators (ASIC, ASX and the Takeovers Panel) and are actively involved in industry bodies and contribute to leading edge developments in mergers and acquisitions.
We represent arrangers, issuers and underwriters in IPOs, rights issues, hybrid security issues and the development of a wide range of structured financial products. We can assist with the preparation of prospectuses and product disclosure statements, as well as all underlying documentation. We also undertake due diligence and the preparation of information memoranda for private offerings including private equity, seed capital and unregistered managed investment schemes.
Our expertise includes liaison with ASIC and ASX in regulatory matters, including innovative relief applications.
Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) has, like many areas of speciality, a lexicon all of its own. The JWS Private Treaty M&A dictionary provides clear and simple definitions of many commonly used terms in unregulated sale and purchase transactions in Australia and is a useful resource for anyone involved in an M&A transaction, from experienced deal makers to those embarking on their first deal.