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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 has over 20 years of M&A experience. 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 2016 edition by one client as being "the best M&A lawyer in Australia in my experience". 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 2014 Lawyers’ Weekly Law Awards as well as at the inaugural 2010 Lawyers’ Weekly Awards. He has been nominated a further six 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 and was voted Best M&A Lawyer (Sydney) by his peers in Best Lawyers 2017.

He is co-author of Schemes, Takeovers and Himalayan Peaks, a leading book on public company mergers, now in its third edition, that founded the Ross Parsons Centre monograph series at the University of Sydney. He is also the co-editor of Before You Tie the Knot, a major book on joint venture law in Australia published in 2015 and Towns Under Siege, a major book on takeovers released in May 2016.  Tony is also a General Editor of the Australian Journal of Corporate Law, one of the country's leading academic journals.

Tony is a global co-chair of the firm’s Bank Sector Group.


  • Commonwealth Bank on its exit from its property funds and assets management which managed over A$20 billion worth of assets. The exit involved the A$475 million internalisation of management of the CFS Retail Property Trust Group and KIP Trust and the A$3 billion contested takeover of Commonwealth Property Office Fund
  • Peabody Energy on its successful A$5 billion hostile takeover of Macarthur Coal, the largest hostile joint bid and the largest coal takeover in Australian history
  • Investa Office Fund on its proposed A$2.5 billion acquisition by DEXUS
  • Broadspectrum’s response to the A$1.3 billion (EV) unsolicited takeover bid by Ferrovial
  • 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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