02/07/2008 - 22:00

2007 - 2008 Merger and Acquisition Deals

02/07/2008 - 22:00


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2007 - 2008 Merger and Acquisition Deals
  • Gresham Advisory Partners

Michael Ashforth

Branch office

Advised WA Newspapers (with GoldmanSachsJBWere) on Seven Network's board takeover, post Seven's $450m investment

Advised Murchison on divestment of 50% of its Jack Hills & other mid west iron ore projects and establishment of infrastructure business with Mitsubishi Dev**

Advised RAC on acquisition of 50% interest in St Ives Group

Advised WA Newspapers on $135m disposal of 50% interest in Hoyts

Advisor to Murchison Metals over $1.3bn takeover offer for Midwest Corp, followed by proposed $1.5bn merger via scheme of arrangement

Advised (with Macquarie) Wesfarmers on $20.7bn Coles Group takeover*

Defence advisor to PCH on $250m hostile takeover by Cape

Advisor to Gem Diamonds on $300m takeover of Kimberley Diamond company

Advisor to Iluka on $55m sale of Narama coal interest to Xstrata

Advised Brandrill on acquisition of DT Hi-load

  • Azure

Michael Minosora

Head office

Adviser to Gemco Rail on $34m trade sale to Coote Industrial

Adviser to Nova Energy in its defence against $275m Toro Energy takeover

Advising Macmahon (with UBS) on $476m bid for Ausdrill, and on

Leighton's 15% investment in Macmahon

Advising Abra Mining on the $76m proposed proportional takeover by Hunan NMC

Advised Home during $592m merger by scheme of arrangement with Bank of Queensland

Advised Gindalbie Metals in $2.4bn friendly merger with Sundance Resources - merger did not go ahead

Advised Golden West Resources on defence of $191m takeover by Fairstar Resources

  • UBS

Richard Saywell

Branch office^^

Advising CopperCo on $530m merger with MinSec

Advised Mount Gibson on its successful Takeovers Panel application to prevent the proposed sale of 20% by Gazmetall to Shougang for $460m

Advising Macmahon (with Azure) on $476m takeover offer for Ausdrill

Advised Multiplex on $7.5bn takeover by Brookfield*

Advised Perilya on proposed $489m merger with CBH Resources##

Advised Palmary on contested $1.15bn takeover of Consolidated Minerals

Advised Macmahon on $100m purchase of 15% stake by Leighton

  • Morgan Stanley

No Perth office

Advised Jubilee Mines on $3.1bn takeover by Xstrata

Advised Midwest in regard to $1.36bn takeover bid from Sinosteel, and on $1.3bn takeover offer by Murchison, followed by proposed $1.5bn merger scheme

  • JP Morgan

No Perth office

Advised Consolidated Minerals during $1.15bn bidding war by Territory, Pallinghurst and Palmary

Advising Sinosteel in $1.36bn takeover bid for Midwest Corp

Advised Alinta on $8bn sale to Babcock/Singapore Power**

  • Macquarie

Martin Alciaturi

Branch office

Advised Antam and Zhongjin (Tango) on $550m

joint bid for Herald Resources*

Advised Tap (value $250M-$300m) on defence from Poynton

consortium which never went to bid

Advised Xstrata on $3.1bn takeover of Jubilee Mines*

Jointly advising ARC Energy defence on $463m merger with AWE (with ABN)

Advised PEP on $135m acquisition of half share of Hoyts from WAN*

Advised Leighton on 15% ($100m) investment in Macmahon

Advised (with Gresham) Wesfarmers on $20.7bn Coles Group takeover*

Advised Straits Resources on demerger

Advised Great Southern on private equity approaches

Advised Mitsubishi on 50% puchase of Jack Hills from Murchison and establishment of infrastructure business**

  • Euroz Securities

Karl Paganin

Head office

Advised Herald Resources on $550m takeover bids from

Antam and Zhingjin (Tango) and PT Bumi

Advised Equigold in relation to $1.12bn merger with Lihir

Advised iiNet in $81m acquisition of Westnet

Advised Sphere on $441m sale of 49.9% stake in iron ore JV to

Qatar Steel and Saudi Arabian Basic

  • Argonaut Capital

Charles Fear

Head office

Advising (with Lazard Carnegie Wylie) Ausdrill on $476m

defence from Macmahon bid

Advised Kimberley Diamonds (with CIBC) in $300m takeover

by Gem Diamonds

Advised Territory Resources (with Lehman Bros) on $1bn bid for Consmins

Advised Omega Corp defence of Denison Mines $200m bid

Advised Elixir on $35m merger with Gawler

Advised Mantra on $107m merger with Mavuzi

  • Ernst and Young

Michael Anghie

Branch office

Adviser to Tokyo Gas on their acquisition of a strategic interest

in and purchase of LNG from the Pluto LNG project

Adviser to Nexus Energy on $75m sale of a 15% interest in

the Crux Project located in the Browse Basin, offshore WA

Advisor to Burrup Holdings on $500m JV development of Burrup

ammonia nitrate project, with Yara ASA

Advised Gull Petroleum on acquisition of Peak

Advised on $80m sale of Ultra Trace to Amdel

Advised India NRE Minerals Ltd on $1bn takeover

Gujarat NRE Resources^

Advised Super Cheap Auto on their acquisition of Goldcross Cycles^

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers

Angel Barrio

Branch office

Advised Finance and Systems Technology Pty Ltd (FAST), on the

$50m national mortgage aggregation business sale to Challenger Financial

Advised United Farmers Co-operative Company Ltd on its $20m

merger with New Zealand's Ravensdown

Advised Cape Plc on the $85m acquisition of TCC Group

Advised St Ives Group's sale of 49% interest to RAC

Advised Forge Group on its $26m acquisition of Abesque Engineering and Construction

Advised Perilya on proposed merger with CBH Resources##

  • Merrill Lynch

Neville Gardiner

Branch office, Australian natural resources divisional HQ.

Advised Nido Petroleum on the farm out of its major oil and

gas exploration projects in the Philippines.

Advised on the sell down of Gazmetall's $415m 20% stake in Mount Gibson

Advising Allegiance Mining on its defence to the $800m hostile bid from Zinifex#

Advised Beadell Resources on its $280m acquisition of the Cracow mine from Newcrest and LionSelect

Advising BHP Billiton on its $140bn bid for Rio Tinto*

  • KPMG

Adrian Arundell

Branch office

Advised Westnet on $81m sale to iiNet

Advised EIW Holdings on $150m sale to Rexel SA

Advised Peak on sale to Gull

Advised Testing & Control Services on sale to SGS

Advised DJ MacCormick on $40m sale to Walter Diversified

Advised HE Parts on $25m acquisition of Birrana Engineering

#Also advised Cerebos on $400-500m potential acquisition of Symbion Consumer products, advised AMP Capital on proposed $1.1-1.2bn acquisition of Amity Aged Care and advised a shareholder of Contrelec on $33m sale to Sedgman/Intermet

  • PCF

Liam Twigger

Head office

Adviser to Harmony Gold on $45m sale of South Kal to Dioro

and $65m sale of Mt Magnet to Monarch Gold

Adviser to Monarch Gold on the $11m sale of Minjar Gold to Aard Metals

  • Deloitte

Andrew Annand

Branch office

Advised Courier Australia on sale to Toll Holdings

Advised SWG on $40m sale to Programmed Maintenance Services

Advised Sojitz on acquisition of 30% interest in Grange's Southdown magnetite project


No Perth office

Advised Cape on $250m bid for PCH

  • BDO Kendalls

Sherif Andrawes

Branch office

Adviser to Kalassay's $26m sale to Inspicio plc

Adviser to RPS Plc's $33m acquisition of Metocean Engineers Pty Ltd

Adviser to Aspermont's $19m purchase of Mining Communications

Adviser to Jeminex acquisition of Worksense

  • Pendulum Capital

Peter Fogarty

Head office

Adviser to McWilliams Wines purchase of Evans & Tate assets

Adviser to VDM on acquisitions of Malavoca ($60m), Bellero Constructions ($25m), Rocktec ($15m) and Como Engineers ($13m)

  • Capital Investment Partners

Gavin Argyle

Head office

Advised Sundance Resources Ltd on $2.4bn friendly merger

with Gindalbie Metals. Merger did not take place.

  • Deutsche

No Perth office

Advised Pallinghurst on contested $1.15bn bidding war for Consolidated Minerals

  • RFC Corporate Finance

Stephen Allen

Branch office

Perth office played a role in advising Anzon on $600m bid from Roc, and prior offers from ARC and Nexus#

Mergers & Acquisitions

Ross Goldstein

Head office

Advised on Firemain/National Fire Solutions partial sale to

AMP Capital, total value approx $30m

  • Transocean/Cardrona Capital

Alan Boys

Head office

Advised Esplanade Hotels Group on $28m acquisition of the Pagoda

Hotel assets from Westralia Property Management and other investors

  • Cygnet Capital

Darian Jagger

Head office

Adviser to $14m merger of New Standard Energy and Hawk Resources

*Limited involvement of WA office.

** Deal completed 07-08.

^Non-WA transactions with lead WA input.

^^Several transactions conducted prior to Perth office opening.

#Non-WA transactions with significant WA input.

##Both worked on different aspects of the deal which did not go ahead.


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