Acting for blue chip clients across a wide range of industry sectors and expertise areas
Advised on its acquisition of Weis Frozen Foods.
Acting for PKF Melbourne as liquidators of APCHL against its auditors, Pitcher Partners, its former solicitors, directors and corporate advisors in proceedings in the Supreme Court of Victoria.
Defending ACCC prosecution for misuse of market power and exclusive dealing.
Acting for the liquidators (PPB Advisory) in ground-breaking proceedings concerning the interaction between insolvency and environmental laws in Australia, with respect to an estimated $30 million environmental clean-up liability arising from Linc Energy’s previous underground coal gasification operations in Queensland.
Successfully acted for Seven West Media in its highly publicised injunction proceedings against its former employee Amber Harrison, relating to the enforcement of wide-ranging non-disclosure and non-disparagement obligations.
Advised Arcadia Group Ltd, the UK based parent company of fashion retailer Top Shop/Top Man, on the implications of the voluntary administration of its franchisee, Austradia Pty Ltd (trading as Top Shop/Top Man) and on arrangements with the administrators for the restructure of the Australian business and continuity of business operations.
Advised the shareholders of TJS Services Group Pty Ltd (TJS) on its sale to Anchorage Capital Partners (an Australian private equity firm).
Advised Cooper Energy on all aspects of the equity raising of approximately $135 million by way of a fully underwritten accelerated non-renounceable entitlement offer.
Advised Osprey Medical Inc. on its placement and entitlement offer of approximately 81.3 million offer securities in the form of CDIs (at $0.40 per CDI) to raise A$32.5 million.
JWS previously advised Osprey Medical Inc. on its 2016 share purchase plan and 2013 and 2015 private placements.
Advised Flight Centre Travel Group on its acquisition of Bespoke Hospitality Management Asia, an emerging Thailand-based regional operator of design and lifestyle leisure hotels.
Advised Diploma on the sale of 100% of the shares in Abacus ALS Pty Ltd by its shareholders to Diploma Healthcare Australia Pty Ltd.
Act for corporate investors in complex class action proceedings against Standard & Poor’s to recover losses based on claims that Standard & Poor’s were negligent in their rating and modelling processes and issued misleading credit ratings for a range of complex leveraged financial products.
Advised Ruralco in relation to its acquisition of Irrigation Tasmania Pty Ltd.
Advised Zoetis on the Australian aspects of its acquisition of Nexvet Biopharma plc.
Advised Flight Centre Travel Group on its acquisition of majority interests in its Buffalo Tours destination management joint venture with Thien Minh Travel Group.
Advised Visioneering Technologies, Inc. on all Australian aspects of its initial public offering and ASX listing.
Acted for the Scott’s Group on all aspects of the merger of its Scott’s Transport Industries business into ASX-listed K&S Corporation Limited.
Advised AirXpanders, Inc. on its private placement of approximately 48.9 million offer securities in the form of CDIs (at $0.92 per CDI) to raise approximately A$45 million.
Acted for Cooper Energy Limited in connection with its entry into a series of agreements to acquire the Victorian Gas Assets of Santos Limited and in relation to an underwritten accelerated pro rata entitlement offer to raise $62 million.
Advised Bain Capital on its acquisition of a majority interest in Only About Children, a leading early childhood education and development business.
Advised Amspec LLC in the acquisition of all shares of Petrospection Pty Ltd, including transaction and corporate advice, and legal due diligence.
Acted for MicroSourcing Group (Cayman) Limited in the sale of its remaining 50% interest in MicroSourcing International Limited, the ultimate owner of a Philippines-based outsourced services business, to Salmat Ltd (ASX: SLM).
Acting for an Italian subsidiary company of the global Prysmian Group in its defence of civil penalty proceedings brought by the ACCC concerning an alleged global cartel arrangement in relation to the supply of high voltage energy cables.
Advised AirXpanders, Inc. on its private placement of approximately 26.3 million offer securities in the form of CDIs (at $0.76 per CDI) to raise approximately A$20 million.
JWS previously advised AirXpanders, Inc. on its 2015 IPO and ASX listing.
Advised Blackmores Ltd in relation to its acquisition of Global Therapeutics Pty Ltd.
Defending former directors of Tamaya Resources in Federal Court proceedings brought by the liquidators of Tamaya Resources and related class action proceedings commenced by former shareholders of the company, concerning alleged breaches of directors duties.
Successfully represented the State of Victoria in two significant disputes with Tabcorp Holdings and Tatts Group over compensation following the expiration of their gaming licenses.
Acted for Blackmores on its 50-50 partnership with Bega Cheese to produce and sell infant formula and other nutritional powders in Australia, China and other Asian markets.
Advised Microsoft on all aspects of its acquisition of technology assets from Event Zero.
Acting for the liquidators of the Octaviar Group in Federal Court proceedings against its former auditors, KPMG.
Representing the liquidators of the Gunns Group (PPB Advisory) in a claim in the Supreme Court of Tasmania against its former auditors, KPMG, arising from their 2009 audit of the Group.
Acted as Australian Counsel for Calera Capital, a leading middle-market private equity firm, in the acquisition of a stake in global payment solutions provider Transaction Services Group Limited (TSG).
Acting for Jetstar in defending civil penalty proceedings brought by the ACCC, alleging misleading and deceptive conduct by Jetstar (and Virgin) in relation to the imposition of a ‘booking and service fee’ on online ticket sales.
Acting for Angas Securities Limited in relation to the voluntary run-off of its $220 million debenture fund, following related Federal Court proceedings for approval of an informal scheme of arrangement.
Acting for one of the largest Aboriginal Trusts in the Northern Territory, the Groote Eylandt Aboriginal Trust Inc, in prosecuting various claims against advisors arising from fraud, breaches of trust and financial irregularities.
Acted for long-standing ASX-listed client, Gazal Corporation Limited, in relation to its agreement to sell its Trade Secret off-price retail business to TJX Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TJX).
Advised Archer Capital, which acquired Dun & Bradstreet’s ANZ business (including the consumer risk, commercial solutions, and contingent collection businesses).
Acted for AirXpanders, Inc. (ASX:AXP) on all Australian law aspects of its initial public offering in Australia and listing on the ASX using CHESS Depositary Interests (CDIs).
Acted for Apollo Group, Inc. in relation to its buyout of the 30% of the share capital in Open Colleges Australia that it did not previously own.
Acted for AIM in relation to CHAMP Venture’s investment into AIM’s training and education business.
Acted for long-standing ASX-listed client, Gazal Corporation Limited, in relation to the sale of its Midford wholesale and retail schoolwear business to Georges Apparel and its related entities.
Advised the shareholders of Presidian Pty Ltd in its sale to McMillan Shakespeare Limited (ASX:MMS).
Acted for L Capital Asia in its acquisition of a majority stake in Seafolly alongside founders the Halas family.
Acted for ImpediMed Limited (ASX:IPD) in its successful underwritten, non-renounceable pro rata entitlement offer.
Acting as Australian counsel for Michigan-based venture capital firm Arboretum Ventures in the Cardiac Dimensions equity financing.
Acted for BSA Limited in its successful placement and underwritten, non-renounceable pro rata entitlement offer.
Successfully defended Australia's pre-eminent jockey clubs (the Australian Turf Club and the Victoria Racing Club) in Federal Court proceedings concerning the legality of the rule prohibiting the use of artificial insemination in the production of thoroughbred horses.
Acted for the shareholders of Canberra Data Centres in its sale of 49.9% of the business to Quadrant Private Equity.
Defended Parsons Brinckerhoff in $140 million Supreme Court of NSW proceedings brought by AMP Capital Investors, arising from traffic forecasting advice provided for the Lane Cove Tunnel in Sydney.
Advised Archer in its secondary buy-out of the LCR Mining Group from CHAMP Private Equity.
Acting for the liquidators (PPB Advisory) of the financially collapsed RiverCity tunnel infrastructure project in litigation involving claims by the project lenders for nearly $2 billion and by the unitholders in a $280 million funded class action.
Successfully defended Metagenics in Federal Court proceedings arising from the sale of its Australian business, in which former shareholders sought orders to nullify the sale and ‘de-merge’ the company or alternatively damages in excess of $150 million.
Negotiation of a comprehensive coexistence and compensation agreement with the Jaru People (represented by KRED Enterprises) for their consent to the grant of Northern Minerals’ mining lease for its Browns Range Rare Earth Elements Project in the Kimberley.
Acted for Vocation in its acquisition of Endeavour College of Natural Health, its acquisition of Real Institute, its acquisition of the Australian College of Applied Education, and its initial public offering (consisting of an institutional offer and broker firm offer) and listing on the Australian Securities Exchange.
Successfully defended the high profile urgent injunction proceedings commenced by the Ten Network against Seven Network’s senior programming consultant, John Stephens, and the Seven Network.
Advised in its acquisition of Yuruware, an Australia-based innovator of data protection technology; worked closely with Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP to advise Unitrends and IVP on all aspects of the transaction.
Acted for Microsoft on the acquisition of the Nokia’s mobile device and services business in Australia. The acquisition involved the sale of all of the shares in Nokia Australia.
Acted for Arrium on the sale of its OneSteel Sheet and Coil business in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth to BlueScope. BlueScope will pay inventory value at completion (as at 30 September 2013 this was $23.1 million) for the assets and assumed liabilities.
Represented CareerBuilder Inc. as Australian legal adviser in relation to its cross-border acquisition of the English, U.S. and Australian companies of the Broadbean Group from subsidiaries of Daily Mail and General Trust plc.
Advised Oceania Capital Partners (OCP) on all aspects of its hostile off-market takeover bid for Keybridge, including successfully defending an application to the Takeovers Panel brought by Keybridge in relation to the bid.
Acted for Apollo Global in its acquisition of Open Colleges Australia, one of Australia's oldest and largest providers of distance learning, in an agreement to purchase 70% of the outstanding shares of Open Colleges plus contingent payments, with an option to purchase the remaining 30% in the future.
Acted for USS (UK - Universities Superannuation Scheme) in its acquisition of Airtrain Holdings, the operator of Brisbane’s airport to city rail line, by a scheme of arrangement, valuing Airtrain at A$110 million.
Acted for Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) on its acquisition of 49.9% of Sydney Airport Link from Hastings Funds Management. This increases USS’ interests in Sydney Airport Link to 89.8%, with CP2 holding the remaining 10.2%.
Acted for Raine in relation to its acquisition of approximately 60% of the share capital of Nitro Circus Limited (NCL) and the acquisition by NCL of certain intellectual property assets owned by some of NCL's existing shareholders.
Acted for Microsoft Corporation in the sale of its 50% interest in ninemsn to its joint venture partner, Nine Entertainment Co., including the negotiation and finalisation of the share purchase agreement.
Acted for Delegat’s Group on all aspects of the acquisition of assets and business of Barossa Valley Estate (Receivers and Managers Appointed).
Acted for Unilever in relation to its acquisition of T2, a premium Australian tea business, for an undisclosed amount.
Advised Virgin Group on the sale of its Australian retail financial services arm, Virgin Money (Australia), to the Bank of Queensland for A$40 million.
Acted for Oceania Capital Partners (ASX:OCP) and its subsidiary Eon Broadcasting Pty Limited on its $17.75 million acquisition of Sunshine Coast Broadcasters from Southern Cross Austereo.
Acted for ASX-listed investment company, Oceania Capital Partners, on its $14.9 million renounceable, pro-rata entitlement offer, one of only a handful of renounceable entitlement offers in excess of $10 million to be announced this financial year.
Advised the Queensland Government owned electricity transmission entity, Powerlink, on the approximately $500 million sale of its 41.1% stake in ElectraNet, owner of the South Australian electricity transmission network, to State Grid, a Chinese State Owned Enterprise.
Advised Sundance Energy on its proposed merger by scheme of arrangement with Texon Petroleum, combined with the demerger and spin off of Talon Petroleum by Texon. This complex deal valued the combined Sundance and Texon at around $300 million.
Represented Thakral Holdings Group (THG) in response to the $410 million off-market takeover bid made by BidCo 1 for all of the issued stapled securities in THG.
Acted for the liquidators of Bill Express Ltd (PPB Advisory) in a claim in the Supreme Court of Victoria against the company’s former auditors, Pitcher Partners and KPMG.
Advised Gerard Lighting Group on all aspects of its $200 million scheme of arrangement with Lighting Investments Australia, managed by CHAMP.
Acted for Japan Tobacco International (JTI) in constitutional proceedings brought against the Commonwealth in the High Court of Australia.
In relation to its strategic alliance with ASX listed Mesoblast Limited.