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Tony Damian

Tony Damian

Tony Damian

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Tony is widely regarded as one of Australia’s leading mergers and acquisitions lawyers. Tony advises on listed company takeovers and mergers as well as private M&A deals.

Tony is co-author of Schemes, Takeovers and Himalayan Peaks, a leading book on public company mergers. He has been recognised for several years in the Chambers Partners Asia Pacific Guide as one of only a small handful of Band 1 M&A lawyers in Australia, described in the 2013 edition as being “widely respected in the market, with one interviewee calling him ‘the M&A man’”. Tony is also referred to in the seven Australian editions to date of Best Lawyers, in Who’s Who Legal, in Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading M&A Lawyers, in the Asia Pacific Legal 500, in PLC Which Lawyer? and is rated ‘Pre-eminent’ in M&A in the Doyle’s Australian Legal Guide. Tony is included in the IFLR 1000, where one client said: ‘Damian has strategic and incisive advice which was invaluable.’

Tony won Dealmaker of the Year at the inaugural 2010 Lawyers’ Weekly Icon Awards. He has been nominated a further five times for Dealmaker of the Year by Lawyers Weekly and Australasian Legal Business and is in Australasian Lawyer's list of “Hot 40” lawyers for 2014. Tony is also a global co-chair of the firm’s Bank Sector Group.

Experience

  • Commonwealth Bank on its exit from its property funds management and property asset management business which managed more than A$20 billion worth of assets. The exit involved the A$475 million internalisation of management of the CFS Retail Property Trust Group and Kiwi Income Property Trust and the A$3 billion contested takeover of Commonwealth Property Office Fund
  • Peabody Energy on its successful A$5 billion hostile joint takeover bid for Macarthur Coal, the largest hostile joint bid and the largest coal takeover in Australian history.  This deal won Energy & Resources Deal of the Year at the 2012 ALB Australasian Law Awards
  • Commonwealth Bank on its A$2.1 billion acquisition of BankWest including $17 billion of replacement funding
  • The A$1.3 billion sales by Santos to Total and KOGAS of stakes in the A$16 billion GLNG Project, including $120 billion offtake commitments
  • Centennial Coal in relation to Banpu’s A$2.5 billion takeover bid
  • Eldorado Gold Corporation on its A$2.4 billion acquisition of Sino Gold Mining
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