Sophia Bobeff Special Counsel

Meet Sophia

Sophia is a corporate lawyer specialising in M&A transactions, joint ventures and general corporate and commercial matters.

She assists clients in successfully navigating their way through large scale and complex transactions by combining her understanding of their commercial objectives with extensive experience in both cross border and domestic transactions. Sophia has broad sector experience including infrastructure, transport and FMCG.

Sophia has been involved in some of the highest profile restructuring and insolvency deals in Australia in recent years, and is highly regarded for her strategic approach and problem solving ability.

Experience

Mergers & Acquisitions

Air New Zealand

Sale of its Australian aircraft maintenance business to management.

Apollo Education Ltd

Acquisition of Open Colleges Australia.

Blackmores Ltd

Acquisition of Global Therapeutics herbal and traditional products business.

Foster’s

Demerger of Treasury Wine Estates Ltd and separation of its beer, cider and spirits business and its wine business.

Johnson & Johnson

Australian aspects of its worldwide acquisition of Pfizer's consumer healthcare business.

KordaMentha as the receivers of the Cross City Tunnel

$700 million sale to an ABN AMRO/Leightons consortium.

Microsoft Corporation

Acquisition of certain technology assets from Event Zero, who carries on the business of providing management software for Microsoft’s Skype for Business product.

Natura Cosméticos S.A

Acquisition of the Aesop skincare business.

Tyrrells Potato Crisps Ltd

Acquisition of Yarra Valley Snack Foods Pty Limited.

Transport Infrastructure Projects

Proposed sale and purchase of a number of major transport infrastructure projects, including the Adelaide to Darwin Railway and Lane Cove Tunnel.

The syndicate of banks to the Allco Finance Group

Security review and subsequently acted for the receivers to the Allco Finance Group, including in relation to the sale of the shipping business.

Joint ventures

BP

Joint venture arrangements as part of its successful bid for funding under the Commonwealth’s Solar Flagships Program.

Chemtech Australia

Joint venture with Transpacific Industries and related sale of business.

Hutchison Ports

Joint venture arrangements relating to an intermodal terminal at Port Botany.

Corporate and Commercial

Foster's

Outsourcing of its maintenance operations at its Abbotsford brewery in Victoria.

Various clients such as Foster's, Johnson & Johnson and British American Tobacco

Commercial agreements relating to supply, distribution and logistics arrangements.

Various listed and unlisted companies

Corporate governance issues, including director's duties and compliance with the Listing Rules and Corporations Act.

Recognition

Listed as a leading lawyer in Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Best Lawyers in Australia, 2019

Career & qualifications

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts, Monash University
  • Bachelor of Laws, Monash University
  • Graduate Diploma in Energy and Resources Law, University of Melbourne
  • Module 1, Advanced Insolvency Practitioners Program, IPAA
  • Admitted to Practice in the Supreme Courts of Victoria and New South Wales

Memberships

  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Law Society of South Australia

International experience

  • Five years working for leading law firms in London
  • Admitted to practice in England and Wales

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Recent changes to Australia’s foreign investment regime

As announced in the 2017/18 Federal Budget, a number of changes to Australia’s foreign investment regime came into force on 1 July 2017.

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New FIRB Business Exemption Certificates

There are a number of associated issues and uncertainties regarding a new exemption certificate for business acquisitions by foreign investors (Business EC).

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