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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

The Panel on Takeovers and Mergers

The Panel on Takeovers and Mergers on the post-offer undertakings given by Melrose Industries plc on its £8.1bn hostile takeover offer for GKN plc.


Advising on its recommended takeover off by Sibanye Gold Limited 


Advising on indicative proposals received from a TPG-led consortium and separately, Hellman & Friedman and regarding its spinoff of Domain, valued at A$2.1b


Advising its acquisition of Coal & Allied, including advising on the bidding competition with Glencore ahead of Rio Tinto’s shareholder vote, the acquisition of Mitsubishi’s 32.4% interest in the HVO Joint Venture for US$710 million (and associated call option to acquire Mitsubishi’s 28.9% interest in the Warkworth mine), and the 51% (Yancoal) / 49% (Glencore) joint venture at HVO.


Advising in relation to the successful combination with Tatts Group Ltd, the largest public company transaction completed in Australia in 2017

Alinta Energy

Advising on its sale to Chow Tai Fook Enterprises

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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