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Edward Gainer

Edward Gainer

Associate (Australia)

Edward is an Associate specialising in mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital transactions.



Edward has worked at Herbert Smith Freehills in Melbourne and London for a range of clients in relation to private equity transactions, acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures. He has experience advising on a number of cross-border transactions as well as assisting clients in relation to early stage investments, general corporate and commercial contracting matters.
Edward's experience includes advising:
  • The Riverside Company in respect of the acquisition of WorkFocus Group and eventual sale of the Work Health Group to MedHealth Group
  • The Riverside Company in respect of the acquisition of Energy Exemplar and subsequent bolt-on acquisition of EPIS Inc
  • Cargill on the disposal of its joint venture interest in Allied Mills to Pacific Equity Partners
  • Tanarra Capital and founders in relation to the sale of 2XU to L Catterton
  • Optal Limited on the acquisition of Invapay Payment Solutions
  • SkyBus on various acquisitions in Australia and New Zealand
  • Sale of Buslink to ComfortDelGro Group
  • Clean Energy Finance Corporation on a number of early stage investments
  • an Australian-based hospital operator in relation to a complex corporate restructure


Edward has a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Adelaide and is admitted as barrister and solicitor in the Supreme Court of Victoria and High Court of Australia.

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