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Byron is a corporate lawyer specialising in public M&A transactions including takeover bids and schemes of arrangement.
He has extensive experience takeovers, schemes of arrangement, the sale and purchase of businesses, ASX listings, foreign investment, joint ventures, share buy backs and Corporations Act compliance. Byron also advises on securities law, funds management and corporate governance. Recent major transactions include acting for Vocation Limited in its IPO, acting for Challenger Infrastructure Fund in its sale of assets and winding-up, and acting for Vodafone in its $8 billion merger with Hutchison.
Byron is a member of the Takeovers Panel and is recognised as a leading individual in Corporate/M&A by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2014.
Acting in relation to its $411 million takeover bid for Austral Coal (which involved 5 applications to the Takeovers Panel).
Acting on its sale of assets and winding up.
Acting on its takeover bid for NSX.
Acting in relation to a $400 million equity derivative issued to Healthscope during the Primary bid for Symbion.
Acted on its IPO.
Acting in its $8 billion joint venture with Hutchison Telecommunications Australia.
Acting in its $700 million takeover bid for OAMPS.
Recommended in Corporate and M&A law
Ranked as a leading lawyer in Corporate/M&A
Listed as a leading lawyer in Corporate/Governance Practice and Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Byron Koster is praised for his excellent handling of complex contractual documentation, with one client observing that "from the contractual point of view, Byron was the critical person."
The "excellent" Byron Koster is "technically strong" with "good commercial skills.”
Mergers & Acquisitions Review 2013