Andrew Williams

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Andrew is a corporate lawyer specialising in mergers and acquisitions and private equity.

He has extensive experience in negotiated mergers and acquisitions, foreign investment, cross-border transactions, joint ventures, private equity, commercial transactions and corporate law.

Andrew has taken a lead role in numerous commercial transactions, particularly in the negotiated M&A and FMCG spaces. He has been repeatedly recognised as a leading Mergers & Acquisitions lawyer by Best Lawyers Australia.

M&A

  • Unilever: acting for Unilever on:
    • its acquisitions of Weis Frozen Foods and T2 Tea
    • the sale of brands including Raguletto and Chicken Tonight.
  • Gazal: acting for Gazal on its recent sales of Bisley Workwear and Trade Secret businesses.
  • Tyrrells: acting for Tyrrells on its acquisition of Yarra Valley Snack Foods.
  • Arrium: acting for Arrium on the sale of its sheet and coil business to BlueScope.
  • Universities Superannuation Scheme: acting for USS on various acquisitions, including Sydney Airport Link and Brisbane Airtrain.
  • Zoetis Inc: acting for Zoetis on the Australian aspects of its acquisition of Nexvet Biopharma plc.
  • Ruralco: acting for Ruralco on a series of acquisitions and joint ventures.
  • Rentokil Initial: acting on a series of business acquisitions in Australia.

Private Equity 

  • SK Capital: acting for SK Capital on its acquisition of Tasmanian Alkaloids.
  • Canberra Data Centres: acting for CDC and its shareholders in their partial divestment to Quadrant Private Equity.
  • Archer: advising in relation to Archer’s secondary buy-out of LCR Group from CHAMP Private Equity; Archer’s secondary buy-out of Aero-Care from Next Capital; and Archer’s acquisition of Dun & Bradstreet.
  • Global investment bank: acting on the sale of a private equity funds business.
  • MYOB: assisting the management team in relation to participation in the IPO of MYOB.

Commercial/FMCG

  • Unilever, McDonald’s, Australian Turf Club: advising in relation to commercial transactions.

Recognition

  • Recognised as a leading lawyer in Mergers & Acquisitions – Best Lawyers Australia, 2014 - 2018
  • Recommended in Corporate / M&A - The Legal 500, Asia Pacific 2015
  • University prizes in Securities and Investments Law and Taxation Law
  • Deal Maker of the Year 'Unilever acquisition of T2' - UK Finance Monthly 2013

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Adelaide
  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of Adelaide

Memberships

  • AVCAL
  • NSW Law Society
  • South Australian Law Society