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Public mergers and acquisitions

Leaders in a competitive market

We advise bidders, targets, directors, shareholders, investment banks and other market participants on the acquisition of interests in and/or control of public companies. 

Public company takeovers uniquely require the application of a detailed understanding of a range of domestic and international laws and regulations to shape and define the strategies and tactics which will deliver successful outcomes to our clients in fast moving and often high profile situations.

Our experience in the key markets in which we operate is outstanding. We have advised on many of the most significant and ground-breaking deals and our teams are acknowledged leaders in their fields.

In times of increased shareholder, public and press scrutiny, we stand firmly with our clients to deliver measured, impartial advice and strategic direction.

Recent Experience


Advising on the proposed $1.2 billion takeover of Mantra Group by way of a scheme of arrangement


Advising in relation to the proposed acquisition by Oracle

British American Tobacco

Advising on its US$49.4 billion recommended offer for Reynolds American Inc.

Sky Plc

Advising on its proposed £18.5 billion acquisition by 21st Century Fox, Inc.

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners

Advising on their A$13.245 billion joint takeover bid of Asciano Limited (a high quality port and rail logistics company in Australia) in a consortium with Qube Holdings Limited and others via scheme of arrangement

Severn Trent Plc

Advising on its takeover bid for neighbouring water company, Dee Valley Group Plc.

Insights and updates

12th January 2022
Our annual M&A review covers key trends like ESG, activist investors and security screening as...
4th February 2022
Our corporate team assesses the key trends and developments in the UK's fast-moving deal scene.
4th March 2020
We assess the Federal Court's decision to overrule competition regulators to back $15bn telecoms merger.
24th October 2019
Our 11th annual review of Australia's deal scene sizes up the key themes in marquee...

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