Andrew Williams Partner

Meet Andrew

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.

Experience

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

Listed as a leading lawyer in Mergers & Acquisitions
Best Lawyers Australia, 2014-2020
Recommended in Corporate / M&A
Asia Pacific Legal 500 2018
Securities and Investments Law and Taxation Law
University prizes
Deal Maker of the Year 'Unilever acquisition of T2'
UK Finance Monthly 2013
Listed as a leading lawyer in Commercial Law
Best Lawyers Australia, 2020

Career & qualifications

Qualifications

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

Memberships

  • AVCAL
  • NSW Law Society
  • South Australian Law Society