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Shane is a corporate disputes lawyer who has experience in a range of areas including corporate, insolvency, resources and competition matters.
He has unique experience and skills having acted on both contentious and non-contentious matters for 10+ years. His focus is on using his technical and strategic skill to solve novel and complex problems and disputes.
Shane has significant experience acting in contested takeovers matters and in schemes of arrangement representing both bidders and targets. He has appeared in the Takeovers Panel on many occasions. Large disputes in which he has been involved include judicial review proceedings arising out of the Takeovers Panel proceedings in Finders Resources Limited 03R, acting for the Insurance Commission of Western Australia on aspects of its funding of the litigation between Westpac and The Bell Group Ltd and acting in an ICC arbitration concerning international supply arrangements.
In addition to his contentious experience, he regularly advises on complex legal issues and contractual and statutory construction. He has particular expertise in competition law and regulation, having advised in the context of a range of M&A transactions, joint ventures and commercial arrangements. He has participated in proceedings before the UK Competition Commission and European Commission and conducted competition law investigations and compliance audits.
Advised on multiple acquisitions and disposals, capital raisings and corporate governance matters including its A$697 million acquisition of Barminco (and associated A$250 million equity raising); its A$66 million disposal of Drilling Tools Australia; its A$60 million acquisition of Brandrill (ASX:BDL) by scheme of arrangement and its defence of a hostile A$485 million takeover offer from an ASX-listed competitor.
Advised on takeover specific matters regarding Eastern Field Developments Limited’s off market takeover offer for all shares in ASX-listed Finders Resources Limited.
Advised on its transaction with PT Amman Minerals involving the acquisition of A$194 million of mining equipment in exchange for a controlling stake in Macmahon and the award of a A$3.9 billion mining services contract in Indonesia.
As participants in the Browse FLNG Development - Advised on changes to the maritime boundaries of petroleum retention leases (including associated State and Commonwealth legislation).
Advised on the Browse LNG joint venture.
Advised on the purchase of a 9.99% stake in Glencore Agricultural Products from Glencore plc for an aggregate consideration of US$624.9 million payable in cash upon closing (valuing 100% of the equity in Glencore Agri at US$6.25 billion).
Advised on their bid for Veolia Water UK’s regulated business (now branded Affinity Water).
Advised on Australia’s most high-profile restructuring, involving the disposal of a US$8 billion US retail property portfolio and the re-capitalisation of the Australian listed group.
Advised on the acquisition of 49% of Burrup Holdings Limited (the owner of an ammonium fertilizer plant in the Burrup Peninsula region of Western Australia) from ANZ Bank and related matters.
Raising $250 million through an accelerated non-renounceable entitlement offer in connection with its $697 million acquisition of Barminco from private equity interests.
Advised on an A$28.2 million placement by IDG Energy Investment Group Limited.
On restructures of $132 million of convertible notes in Sundance Resources (ASX:SDL).
On a placement to raise approximately $10 million and an SPP to raise a further approximately $4 million.
On its placement of a 19.99% strategic stake to S2 Resources (ASX:S2R) and accompanying shortfall placement to raise approximately $5 million.
Advised on its challenge to Yancoal's 23.6 for one renounceable entitlement offer and placement to raise up to US$2.5 billion.
Advised on its $22 million capital raising by institutional placement and entitlement offer.
Acted as lead counsel for the bidder on Takeovers Panel proceedings: (1) Finders Resources Ltd  ATP 6; (2) Finders Resources Limited 02  ATP 9; and (3) Finders Resources Limited 03R; and Federal Court judicial review proceedings.
Acted in an ICC arbitration against a Taiwanese party, the dispute arising out of a joint venture for the operation of a solar cell production facility in Asia (San Francisco seat).
Acted on various joint venture disputes with Santos.
Acted against Perdaman Chemicals and Fertilisers in relation to $3.5 bil claim arising out of a coal supply agreement.
Advised on aspects of its funding of the Bell Group litigation.
Recognised as a recommended lawyer in Capital Markets.
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