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Rodd Levy

Rodd Levy


Rodd has deep experience in M&A transactions and is Melbourne’s managing partner.



Rodd brings his deep experience and knowledge gained during over 30 years in practice to assist clients achieve their commercial objectives.

He has an intimate understanding of the law and market practices relevant to company takeovers and schemes of arrangement. He is the author of the well-known book, Takeovers Law & Strategy (5th Edition, 2017). He conducts the takeovers masters subject at the University of Melbourne and lectures in the MBA course at the Melbourne Business School.

Rodd is a member of the Takeovers Panel, the main dispute resolution forum for takeovers in Australia. He has been a member since 2007 and is serving a fourth consecutive term.

Rodd advises boards of directors on a diverse range of issues including:

  • mergers and acquisitions
  • takeovers and takeover defences
  • corporate governance
  • strategic sales processes
  • corporate restructurings

Rodd is recognised as a leading corporate and M&A practitioner in international and local directories, including:

  • Asia-Pacific Legal 500
  • Best Lawyers
  • Chambers Global Guide
  • IFLR 1000: Corporate M&A
  • International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers
  • International Who’s Who of Mergers & Acquisition Lawyers
  • PLC Which Lawyer?

He is a member of the Corporate and M&A Law Committee of the International Bar Association.

In addition to conducting a full-time practice, Rodd is also the Managing Partner of HSF’s Melbourne office.


Major transactions

Rodd has been the prime legal adviser in a large number of takeover bids, takeover defences and other transactions. Recent ones include: 

  • Amcor’s proposed US$6.8 billion merger with Bemis Company Inc and redomiciliation via scheme of arrangement
  • Healthscope’s response to the approaches from the BGH-AusSuper Consortium and Brookfield
  • Mitula in relation to the proposed cash and scrip scheme of arrangement with LIFFUL of Japan
  • OZ Minerals $440 million takeover bid for Avanco Resources
  • iSelect’s consideration of various unsolicited proposals
  • Integral Diagnostics’s successful defeat of the hostile bid from Capitol Health
  • Tabcorp in relation to the successful $11 billion combination with Tatts Group, the largest public company transaction completed in Australia in 2017
  • Aconex in relation to the $1.6 billion acquisition by Oracle by scheme or arrangement
  • Simonds Group’s proposed privatisation by scheme of arrangement with the Simonds and Roche families
  • Pacific Brands' $1.1 billion acquisition by Hanesbrands Inc by scheme of arrangement
  • Toll Holdings $6.5 billion scheme of arrangement for acquisition by Japan Post
  • Vision Eye Institute’s response to Pulse Group’s hostile bid and subsequent recommended bid from Jangho
  • Dimension Data’s acquisition of Oakton by scheme of arrangement
  • Treasury Wine Estates’ response to unsolicited indicative acquisition approaches from private equity firms
  • Leighton Holdings independent directors response to the proportional bid by Hochtief/ ACS
  • AIX’s sale of airports to Future Fund and associated return of funds to investors
  • Coles Group’s ownership review process, culminating in the $22 billion acquisition by Wesfarmers
  • AWB’s proposed merger of equals with GrainCorp and subsequent $1.2 billion scheme of arrangement with Agrium Inc
  • OZ Minerals’ proposed scheme of arrangement with, and eventual $1.7 billion asset sale to, China Minmetals Non-Ferrous Co  

Corporate advisory

Rodd has extensive experience in advising corporations and directors on a range of difficult matters including:

  • directors’ duties and board issues
  • contentious general meetings
  • proxy contests.

Rodd has advised companies at the highest level on sensitive board issues. In particular, he advised Coles Myer in the proxy contest with Solomon Lew, the largest and highest profile ever conducted in Australia. He also advised Leighton Holdings in relation to its governance arrangements with Hochtief AG.


Rodd graduated from the University of Melbourne with Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degrees. He joined Freehills in 1984 and became a partner in 1989.

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