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Herbert Smith Freehills’ market-leading mergers and acquisitions (M&A) team has earned further industry recognition for its expertise and pre-eminent practice, collecting two coveted awards at the second annual 2019 Mergermarket Australia M&A Awards.

The firm was named both M&A Legal Adviser of the Year and Cross Border M&A Legal Adviser of the Year.

The firm’s M&A team received these awards in recognition of its work on market-defining, innovative and high profile deals in FY18/19, including advising: Wesfarmers on the separation of Coles’ supermarkets, retail liquor and convenience store businesses; BHP on its A$14.6b sale of US Shale oil and gas assets; CBA on the A$4.13b sale of its global asset management business; Amcor on its redomiciliation to Jersey and parallel acquisition of Bemis Company; and Healthscope on its $4.5b acquisition by Brookfield.

Herbert Smith Freehills Partner Bradley Russell said: “I’d like to congratulate everyone in our M&A team on their ongoing success.

“Our firm has a long history of advising on Australia’s largest, most complex and interesting M&A transactions. Our clients continue to entrust us with these significant matters because of our exceptional track record and the high calibre of people in our team who deliver outstanding results, day in day out. I’d like to thank everyone in our M&A team for their contribution to our success. I’d also like to thank our clients for allowing us to work alongside them on their key transactions.”

Herbert Smith Freehills’ M&A team has already had a very successful 2019, garnering a range of industry recognition, including:

  • Australian Deal Team of the Year and M&A Deal of the Year at the Australasian Law Awards;
  • Transaction Team of the Year at the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards; and
  • Law Firm of the Year for Mergers & Acquisitions Law in Best Lawyers, Law Firm of the Year Report 2020 Edition.

The Mergermarket Australia M&A Awards were presented at a ceremony in Sydney on 26 September 2019.