Deals & Disputes

Acting for blue chip clients across a wide range of industry sectors and expertise areas 

Flight Centre Travel Group

Advised Flight Centre Travel Group on its acquisition of majority interests in its Buffalo Tours destination management joint venture with Thien Minh Travel Group.

Visioneering Technologies, Inc.

Advised Visioneering Technologies, Inc. on all Australian aspects of its initial public offering and ASX listing.

Scott's Group

Acted for the Scott’s Group on all aspects of the merger of its Scott’s Transport Industries business into ASX-listed K&S Corporation Limited.

AirXpanders, Inc.

Advised AirXpanders, Inc. on its private placement of approximately 48.9 million offer securities in the form of CDIs (at $0.92 per CDI) to raise approximately A$45 million.

Cooper Energy

Acted for Cooper Energy Limited in connection with its entry into a series of agreements to acquire the Victorian Gas Assets of Santos Limited and in relation to an underwritten accelerated pro rata entitlement offer to raise $62 million.

Bain Capital

Advised Bain Capital on its acquisition of a majority interest in Only About Children, a leading early childhood education and development business.

AmSpec LLC

Advised Amspec LLC in the acquisition of all shares of Petrospection Pty Ltd, including transaction and corporate advice, and legal due diligence.

MicroSourcing

Acted for MicroSourcing Group (Cayman) Limited in the sale of its remaining 50% interest in MicroSourcing International Limited, the ultimate owner of a Philippines-based outsourced services business, to Salmat Ltd (ASX: SLM).

Prysmian Group

Acting for an Italian subsidiary company of the global Prysmian Group in its defence of civil penalty proceedings brought by the ACCC concerning an alleged global cartel arrangement in relation to the supply of high voltage energy cables.

AirXpanders, Inc.

Advised AirXpanders, Inc. on its private placement of approximately 26.3 million offer securities in the form of CDIs (at $0.76 per CDI) to raise approximately A$20 million.

JWS previously advised AirXpanders, Inc. on its 2015 IPO and ASX listing.

Blackmores Limited

Advised Blackmores Ltd in relation to its acquisition of Global Therapeutics Pty Ltd.

Tamaya Resources Liquidation

Defending former directors of Tamaya Resources in Federal Court proceedings brought by the liquidators of Tamaya Resources and related class action proceedings commenced by former shareholders of the company, concerning alleged breaches of directors duties.   


State of Victoria

Successfully represented the State of Victoria in two significant disputes with Tabcorp Holdings and Tatts Group over compensation following the expiration of their gaming licenses.

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Blackmores

Acted for Blackmores on its 50-50 partnership with Bega Cheese to produce and sell infant formula and other nutritional powders in Australia, China and other Asian markets.

Microsoft Corporation

Advised Microsoft on all aspects of its acquisition of technology assets from Event Zero.

Octaviar Liquidation

Acting for the liquidators of the Octaviar Group in Federal Court proceedings against its former auditors, KPMG. 


Gunns Liquidation

Representing the liquidators of the Gunns Group (PPB Advisory) in a claim in the Supreme Court of Tasmania against its former auditors, KPMG, arising from their 2009 audit of the Group.


Calera Capital

Acted as Australian Counsel for Calera Capital, a leading middle-market private equity firm, in the acquisition of a stake in global payment solutions provider Transaction Services Group Limited (TSG).

Jetstar Airways

Acting for Jetstar in defending civil penalty proceedings brought by the ACCC, alleging misleading and deceptive conduct by Jetstar (and Virgin) in relation to the imposition of a ‘booking and service fee’ on online ticket sales.


Angas Securities

Acting for Angas Securities Limited in relation to the voluntary run-off of its $220 million debenture fund, following related Federal Court proceedings for approval of an informal scheme of arrangement.


Groote Eylandt Aboriginal Trust Inc

Acting for one of the largest Aboriginal Trusts in the Northern Territory, the Groote Eylandt Aboriginal Trust Inc, in prosecuting various claims against advisors arising from fraud, breaches of trust and financial irregularities.


Gazal

Acted for long-standing ASX-listed client, Gazal Corporation Limited, in relation to its agreement to sell its Trade Secret off-price retail business to TJX Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TJX). 

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Archer Capital

Advised Archer Capital, which acquired Dun & Bradstreet’s ANZ business (including the consumer risk, commercial solutions, and contingent collection businesses). 

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AirXpanders, Inc.

Acted for AirXpanders, Inc. (ASX:AXP) on all Australian law aspects of its initial public offering in Australia and listing on the ASX using CHESS Depositary Interests (CDIs).

Apollo Group, Inc.

Acted for Apollo Group, Inc. in relation to its buyout of the 30% of the share capital in Open Colleges Australia that it did not previously own.

Australian Institute of Management (AIM)

Acted for AIM in relation to CHAMP Venture’s investment into AIM’s training and education business.

Gazal

Acted for long-standing ASX-listed client, Gazal Corporation Limited, in relation to the sale of its Midford wholesale and retail schoolwear business to Georges Apparel and its related entities.

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Presidian Pty Ltd

Advised the shareholders of Presidian Pty Ltd in its sale to McMillan Shakespeare Limited (ASX:MMS).

L Capital Asia

Acted for L Capital Asia in its acquisition of a majority stake in Seafolly alongside founders the Halas family.

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ImpediMed

Acted for ImpediMed Limited (ASX:IPD) in its successful underwritten, non-renounceable pro rata entitlement offer. 

Arboretum Ventures

Acting as Australian counsel for Michigan-based venture capital firm Arboretum Ventures in the Cardiac Dimensions equity financing.

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BSA Limited

Acted for BSA Limited in its successful placement and underwritten, non-renounceable pro rata entitlement offer.

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Australian Turf Club

Successfully defended Australia's pre-eminent jockey clubs (the Australian Turf Club and the Victoria Racing Club) in Federal Court proceedings concerning the legality of the rule prohibiting the use of artificial insemination in the production of thoroughbred horses.  


Canberra Data Centres

Acted for the shareholders of Canberra Data Centres in its sale of 49.9% of the business to Quadrant Private Equity.

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Lane Cove Tunnel Proceedings

Defended Parsons Brinckerhoff in $140 million Supreme Court of NSW proceedings brought by AMP Capital Investors, arising from traffic forecasting advice provided for the Lane Cove Tunnel in Sydney.

Archer Capital

Advised Archer in its secondary buy-out of the LCR Mining Group from CHAMP Private Equity.

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RiverCity Motorway Proceedings

Acting for the liquidators (PPB Advisory) of the financially collapsed RiverCity tunnel infrastructure project in litigation involving claims by the project lenders for nearly $2 billion and by the unitholders in a $280 million funded class action.

Archer Capital

Advised in its secondary buy-out of Aero-Care, an Australian and New Zealand flight support business, from Next Capital.

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Metagenics Inc

Successfully defended Metagenics in Federal Court proceedings arising from the sale of its Australian business, in which former shareholders sought orders to nullify the sale and ‘de-merge’ the company or alternatively damages in excess of $150 million.


Northern Minerals

Negotiation of a comprehensive coexistence and compensation agreement with the Jaru People (represented by KRED Enterprises) for their consent to the grant of Northern Minerals’ mining lease for its Browns Range Rare Earth Elements Project in the Kimberley.

Amobee Group

Acted for SingTel owned, Amobee Group, as Australian legal adviser in relation to its cross-border acquisition of a significant ad-tech business: the North American and Australian companies of the Adconion Media Group.

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Vocation

Acted for Vocation in its acquisition of Endeavour College of Natural Health, its acquisition of Real Institute, its acquisition of the Australian College of Applied Education, and its initial public offering (consisting of an institutional offer and broker firm offer) and listing on the Australian Securities Exchange.

Seven Network

Successfully defended the high profile urgent injunction proceedings commenced by the Ten Network against Seven Network’s senior programming consultant, John Stephens, and the Seven Network.


Unitrends

Advised in its acquisition of Yuruware, an Australia-based innovator of data protection technology; worked closely with Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP to advise Unitrends and IVP on all aspects of the transaction.

Microsoft Corporation

Acted for Microsoft on the acquisition of the Nokia’s mobile device and services business in Australia. The acquisition involved the sale of all of the shares in Nokia Australia.

Insight Venture Partners

Advised Insight Venture Partners in its investment into Campaign Monitor, a global leader in SaaS-based email marketing and design solutions.

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Arrium

Acted for Arrium on the sale of its OneSteel Sheet and Coil business in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth to BlueScope. BlueScope will pay inventory value at completion (as at 30 September 2013 this was $23.1 million) for the assets and assumed liabilities.

Novo A/S

Acted for Novo A/S (together with Canaan Partners, GBS Venture Partners, Brandon Capital Partners, Uniseed and UniQuest) in a Series C financing of Spinifex Pharmaceuticals.

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Barloworld

Acted for Barloworld in its sale of its motor vehicle dealerships to NGP Investments (No 2), an entity controlled by Nick Politis.

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Careerbuilder

Represented CareerBuilder Inc. as Australian legal adviser in relation to its cross-border acquisition of the English, U.S. and Australian companies of the Broadbean Group from subsidiaries of Daily Mail and General Trust plc.

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Oceania Capital Partners

Advised Oceania Capital Partners (OCP) on all aspects of its hostile off-market takeover bid for Keybridge, including successfully defending an application to the Takeovers Panel brought by Keybridge in relation to the bid.

Apollo Global

Acted for Apollo Global in its acquisition of Open Colleges Australia, one of Australia's oldest and largest providers of distance learning, in an agreement to purchase 70% of the outstanding shares of Open Colleges plus contingent payments, with an option to purchase the remaining 30% in the future.

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SNL Financial

Acted for SNL Financial, Inc. (SNL) in its acquisition of IntierraRMG, who provides mining databases, mining reports, research and analysis and mines maps to the global mining industry. 

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L Capital Asia

Acted for L Capital Asia in its acquisition of a 40% stake in 2XU alongside founders Clyde Davenport, Jamie Hunt and Aidan Clarke and Lazard Australia Private Equity.

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Brisbane Airtrain

Acted for USS (UK - Universities Superannuation Scheme) in its acquisition of Airtrain Holdings, the operator of Brisbane’s airport to city rail line, by a scheme of arrangement, valuing Airtrain at A$110 million.

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Universities Superannuation Scheme

Acted for Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) on its acquisition of 49.9% of Sydney Airport Link from Hastings Funds Management. This increases USS’ interests in Sydney Airport Link to 89.8%, with CP2 holding the remaining 10.2%.

Raine Group

Acted for Raine in relation to its acquisition of approximately 60% of the share capital of Nitro Circus Limited (NCL) and the acquisition by NCL of certain intellectual property assets owned by some of NCL's existing shareholders.

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Microsoft Corporation

Acted for Microsoft Corporation in the sale of its 50% interest in ninemsn to its joint venture partner, Nine Entertainment Co., including the negotiation and finalisation of the share purchase agreement.

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Delegat’s Group

Acted for Delegat’s Group on all aspects of the acquisition of assets and business of Barossa Valley Estate (Receivers and Managers Appointed).

Wolseley Private Equity

Acted for Wolseley Private Equity in the sale of Guardian Early Learning Group (Guardian) to Navis Capital Partners. The transaction has a reported value of approximately AUD$120 million.

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Unilever Plc

Acted for Unilever in relation to its acquisition of T2, a premium Australian tea business, for an undisclosed amount.

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Virgin Group

Advised Virgin Group on the sale of its Australian retail financial services arm, Virgin Money (Australia), to the Bank of Queensland for A$40 million.

Envestra

Acted for Envestra on the successful completion of A$130 million placement of new shares; Goldman Sachs Australia was the sole lead manager and underwriter.

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Oceania Capital Partners

Acted for Oceania Capital Partners (ASX:OCP) and its subsidiary Eon Broadcasting Pty Limited on its $17.75 million acquisition of Sunshine Coast Broadcasters from Southern Cross Austereo.

Oceania Capital Partners

Acted for ASX-listed investment company, Oceania Capital Partners, on its $14.9 million renounceable, pro-rata entitlement offer, one of only a handful of renounceable entitlement offers in excess of $10 million to be announced this financial year.

Powerlink

Advised the Queensland Government owned electricity transmission entity, Powerlink, on the approximately $500 million sale of its 41.1% stake in ElectraNet, owner of the South Australian electricity transmission network, to State Grid, a Chinese State Owned Enterprise.

Sundance Energy

Advised Sundance Energy on its proposed merger by scheme of arrangement with Texon Petroleum, combined with the demerger and spin off of Talon Petroleum by Texon. This complex deal valued the combined Sundance and Texon at around $300 million.

Thakral Holdings Group

Represented Thakral Holdings Group (THG) in response to the $410 million off-market takeover bid made by BidCo 1 for all of the issued stapled securities in THG.

Bill Express Liquidation

Acted for the liquidators of Bill Express Ltd (PPB Advisory) in a claim in the Supreme Court of Victoria against the company’s former auditors, Pitcher Partners and KPMG.


Gerard Lighting Group

Advised Gerard Lighting Group on all aspects of its $200 million scheme of arrangement with Lighting Investments Australia, managed by CHAMP.

Oceania Capital Partners

Acted for Oceania Capital Partners in a $170 million combined share buy-back and capital return.

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Japan Tobacco International

Acted for Japan Tobacco International (JTI) in constitutional proceedings brought against the Commonwealth in the High Court of Australia.

CP2

Acted for infrastructure specialist fund manager CP2 on a $631 million block trade of a 7.9% security holding in Transurban Group that was underwritten by UBS AG.

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Cephalon Inc

In relation to its strategic alliance with ASX listed Mesoblast Limited.