Marko Komadina Partner

Meet Marko

Marko is a corporate lawyer specialising in mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets and Australian foreign investment.

He has particular expertise in advising on public/regulated M&A transactions (including takeover bids and schemes of arrangement) and large-scale complex private treaty M&A transactions.

With over 18 years of experience, Marko has advised on some of the most high profile corporate transactions undertaken in Australia, including in the energy and resources, infrastructure, financial services, REIT and industrial sectors. He has acted for numerous offshore clients and has extensive experience in advising on Australian foreign investment law and cross-border transactions.

Marko is also an experienced advisor on distressed sale transactions and restructurings.

Experience

Public/regulated M&A

The Sentient Group

Advising on its acquisition of an 18.9% interest in ASX-listed Toro Energy by private placement and its unitisation investment in Toro Energy’s Wiluna Uranium Project; advising in connection with its take up of entitlements and further investment by private placement in ASX-listed Iron Road.

Cline Group

Advising on its acquisition of ASX-listed Coalspur Mines by scheme of arrangement together with its acquisition of debt interests in Coalspur Mines.

Republic Investment Management

Advising Republic, the largest shareholder in Acer Energy Ltd with a 38.7% holding, in relation to the $132 million off-market takeover bid for Acer made by Drillsearch Ltd.

Arrow Energy

Advising in relation to the $270 million demerger and ASX listing of its international coal seam methane assets forming Dart Energy Limited, and the $3.7 billion post-demerger acquisition of Arrow Energy by Royal Dutch Shell and PetroChina.

CommonWealth REIT (NYSE-listed real estate investment trust)

Advising the NYSE-listed REIT in relation to its $90 million acquisition of the MacarthurCook Industrial Property Fund by way of trust scheme, and advising the responsible entity of that fund on a number of subsequent transactions.

Westpac

Advising in relation to its $47 billion merger with St. George Bank by schemes of arrangement.

AGL

Advising in relation to the $6.4 billion merger of its infrastructure businesses with Alinta and $5.9 billion spin-off of its energy businesses forming AGL Energy.

PBL

Advising in relation to the $13 billion demerger of its gaming and media businesses forming two separately listed companies: Crown, and Consolidated Media Holdings.

Private M&A

Black Oak Minerals

Advising PPB Advisory, as receivers and managers of Black Oak Minerals, on the sale of Black Oak’s various gold and silver mining projects in NSW and Western Australia.

Hunter Water

Advising a global infrastructure fund on its bid to acquire Hunter Water’s Koorang recycled water scheme.

InterGen

Advising on its acquisition of interests in the Millmerran Power Partners Partnership (the owner of the Millmerran Power Station) from GE.

SK Capital

Advising the US private equity firm on its acquisition of Tasmanian Alkaloids and Noramco from Johnson & Johnson.

Powerlink Queensland

Advising on the approx. $500 million sale of its 41% interest in ElectraNet (the owner of the South Australian electricity transmission network) to State Grid Corporation of China following a competitive sale process.

ResMed

Advising on a number of business acquisitions.

Arrium

Advising on the sale of its Sheet & Coil business to BlueScope Steel and on the sale of Building Services business.

Paddy Power PLC

Advising on its acquisitions of Australian corporate bookmakers Sportsbet and International All Sports.

Tenix

Advising on a number of transactions including the sale of its aviation business to Air New Zealand; and the sale of its airborne hydrographic services business, Tenix LADS, to Fugro.

AGL

Advising on the $522 million sale of its interest in the AlintaAGL joint venture to Babcock & Brown Power.

Career & qualifications

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours), University of Technology, Sydney
  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting), University of Technology, Sydney

 

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