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While the industry continues to bounce back following the global financial crisis, private equity and venture capital firms face new challenges in their transactions and fund structuring to ensure portfolio growth and successful exit strategies.
Our private equity team has extensive experience assisting Australian and international private equity firms to achieve their investment goals, and includes lawyers with private equity and leveraged finance experience in the UK and US.
We assist clients at all stages of the investment cycle. Our expertise covers a wide range of areas including the establishment of private equity funds, development and expansion, capital investments, MBOs and LBOs. We also advise on the privatisation of publicly listed companies and the acquisition of interests in existing private equity fund portfolios.
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Advised on its acquisition of Dun & Bradstreet (now illion) (2015) as well as its subsequent partial disposal of illion to Macquarie Capital (2020); advised on its proposed acquisition of Funlab (2019); advised on its its acquisition of LCR Group from CHAMP (2014) as well as its its subsequent divestment to Qube (2019); advised on its acquisition of Aerocare from Next Capital (2014) as well as its subsequent divestment of Aerocare to Swissport; advised on its acquisition of Allity (2013).
Advised on its acquisition of RM Williams (2013); advised on its acquisition of Seafolly (2014); advised on its acquisition of 2XU (2013).
Advised on its acquisition of Linktree (2020); advised on its acquisition of Kumo Holdings (2020); advised on the sale of GCC to Virgin Pulse (an Insight portfolio company) (2016); advised on its acquisition of Campaign Monitor (2014).
Advised on the sale by TJS Services to Anchorage Capital Partners (2017).
Advised on its proposed indirect acquisition of 80% of the securities of OAC Group (2018) and advised Virgin Group on its co-investment in the Bain consortium bid into Virgin Australia airlines (2020).
Advised on the acquisition of stake in Learnosity (2018); advised on the acquisition of PageUp from its founders, Accel-KKR Growth Capital Partners and Accel-KKR Members Fund (2019).
Advised on Australian aspects of its acquisition of Emergent Cold as well as its acquisition of five cold storage facilities from Blackstone (2020) .
Advised on its acquisition of ENE.HUB (2018).
Advised on its acquisition of Serraview Holdings (2018).
Advised on its acquisition of Seisma (formerly Melbourne IT Consulting, a division of PS&C Limited) (2020) and bolt-on acquisition of Infrastructure Brokers (2020).
Advised on its acquisition of HotSchedules (formerly RedBook) (2019).
Advised on its PIPE investment into Afterpay (ASX:APT) (2018).
Advised on the acquisition of Pharmaceutical Packaging by PCI Pharma (a Partners portfolio company) (2018).
Advised on the acquisition of Micromine (2018); advised on the acquisition of PC- Eftpos (2019); and bolt-on acquisition of Premier Technologies (2020); and advised on the acquisition of CommerceVision (2021).
Advised on the sale by Canberra Data Centres to Quadrant (2014).
Advised on the sale by Macquarie Group of its private markets business to ROC Partners (2014).
Advised on its acquisition of Tasmanian Alkaloids (2016).
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Partner Divesh Patel was one of seven international private equity experts that participated in a roundtable discussion on recent trends in the sector.
With significant regulatory change coming into effect the spotlight is staying firmly on
culture, ethics and regulatory compliance. An organisation’s social licence to operate
remains a priority...
The Federal Court has approved one of the more novel schemes of arrangement in recent times, where the bidder (already a major shareholder), required that both the target’s Executive Chairman...
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