Capabilities by Region : Australia

Greenhill has considerable advisory experience in Australia. Our Managing Directors and professionals have advised clients on transactions involving many of the leading companies in the region and have access to a network of corporate relationships throughout Australia.

Greenhill established its presence in Australia in April 2010 with the acquisition of Caliburn, the leading independent investment bank in the region.

For more information on Greenhill’s advisory practice in Australia and our capabilities in the region, please contact Managing Director Roger Feletto or Jon Gidney in our Sydney office.

Below we highlight a few of the recent transactions on which we have advised in this region:

Recent Transactions

14-Jul-17
Pending
$775 million
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Programmed Maintenance Services Limited

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Acquiror: 
PERSOL HOLDINGS CO LTD.

Advising PERSOL HOLDINGS, one of Japan’s largest HR service companies, on its acquisition of ASX-listed Programmed Maintenance Services, a leading Australian and New Zealand based provider of staffing and maintenance services

03-Apr-17
$205 million
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Inenco Group Pty Ltd

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Acquiror: 
Genuine Parts Company

Advised Inenco Group Pty Ltd, one of Australasia’s leading industrial distributors, on the partial sale to Genuine Parts Company, a global distributor of automotive and industrial products

22-Feb-17
$533 million
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Lion’s stake in Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory Company

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Acquiror: 
Saputo Inc.

Advised Lion (an Australian subsidiary of Kirin), on the sale of its strategic stake in Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory to Canadian-based Saputo, under its all cash takeover offer

12-Dec-16
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Western Sydney Airport

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Advised the Commonwealth Government of Australia as represented by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development in relation to the Western Sydney Airport (Peer Review and other strategic advisory services)

05-Dec-16
$87 million
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The Franklin Printing Group Pty Ltd (“Franklin Web”) and Taverners No.13 Pty Ltd (“AIW Printing”)

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Acquiror: 
IVE Group Limited

Advised ASX-listed IVE Group, a leading marketing and print communications provider in Australia, on the simultaneous acquisitions of Franklin Web and AIW Printing, specialist catalogue producers, and its equity capital raising via a placement and a rights issue

14-Nov-16
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Lion’s Australian Premium Wine Business – Fine Wine Partners

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Acquiror: 
Accolade Wines

Advised Lion, a leading Australasian food and beverage company wholly owned by Japanese conglomerate Kirin, on the sale of its Australian wine business Fine Wine Partners to Accolade Wines, a portfolio company of CHAMP Private Equity

09-Aug-16
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Bionomics Limited

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Advised ASX-listed Bionomics, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of serious central nervous system disorders and cancer, on a consultation process with shareholders following calls for Board change, leading to the formation of a shareholder working group of leading institutional investors and company-led Board renewal.

28-Jun-16
$652 million
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U.S. rights to 37 approved and 5 pipeline generic products

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Acquiror: 
Mayne Pharma Group Limited

Advised Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. on the divestment of the U.S. rights  to 42 generic products

01-Jun-16
$221 million
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Patties Foods Ltd

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Acquiror: 
Pacific Equity Partners

Advised Patties Foods Ltd (ASX:PFL), the leading Australian branded frozen food Company, with market leadership in the frozen savoury and frozen dessert segments, on its proposed sale to Pacific Equity Partners via Scheme of Arrangement

18-Mar-16
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Sewells Group

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Acquiror: 
MSX International

Advised WorldMark on the sale of Sewells Group to MSX International, a global provider of outsourced business solutions.  Sewells, headquartered in Shanghai, is a leading provider of automotive dealership development services across Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East

08-Dec-15
$6+ billion
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Air Warfare Destroyer Reform Strategy

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Advised the Commonwealth Government of Australia as represented by the Department of Finance in relation to the Air Warfare Destroyer Reform Strategy

07-Aug-15
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Victorian Thoroughbred Racing Media Rights

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Acquiror: 
Tabcorp Holdings Limited

Advised Tabcorp Holdings Limited (“Tabcorp”), a leading diversified Australian entertainment group with wagering, gaming, racing media and Keno operations, on reaching agreement on a long-term deal for domestic broadcast, digital and international media rights for Victorian thoroughbred racing content

04-Jun-15
$1.5 billion
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Moorebank Intermodal Terminal Project

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Acquiror: 
Qube / Aurizon

Advised the Australian Government on the public-private partnership with a consortium comprising Qube (ASX: QUB) and Aurizon (ASX:AZJ) to develop and operate a A$1.9 billion import /export and interstate intermodal terminal as well as associated warehousing and rail infrastructure in Moorebank, Sydney

21-Apr-15
$963 million
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Refinancing of syndicated bank debt facilities

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Acquiror: 
Primary Health Care

Advised Primary Health Care on the refinancing of its A$1.25 billion syndicated bank debt facilities

30-Mar-15
$950 million
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Quindell plc’s Professional Services Division

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Acquiror: 
Slater and Gordon

Advised Slater and Gordon Limited, an ASX-listed international consumer law firm, on the acquisition of Quindell plc’s Professional Services Division, the UK’s leading personal injury law firm operating across the claims value chain, and associated A$890 million equity and A$375 million debt raisings

06-Mar-15
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Kerry Pinnacle

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Acquiror: 
Pacific Equity Partners

Advised Kerry Group plc, a global leader in food ingredients and flavor technologies, on the sale of its Australian subsidiary Kerry Pinnacle, an integrated manufacturer and distributor of bakery ingredients and prepared bakery products, to Pacific Equity Partners

03-Mar-15
$66 million
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The Warehouse Group Limited

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Advised Woolworths Limited, Australia’s largest supermarket operator, on strategic options for the divestment of its 8.8% holding in The Warehouse Group, New Zealand’s largest general merchandise retailer

02-Mar-15
$107 million
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Lion's Everyday Cheese Business

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Acquiror: 
Warrnambool Cheese & Butter

Advised Lion, a leading Australasian food and beverage company wholly owned by Japanese conglomerate Kirin, on the sale of its Everyday Cheese business to Warrnambool Cheese & Butter, a listed Australian dairy company controlled by the Canadian dairy player Saputo

29-Jan-15
$44 million
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Airnorth

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Acquiror: 
Bristow Group

Advised Airnorth, Australia’s largest independent Airline, on the sale of 85% of its shares on issue to Bristow Group, a leading provider of helicopter services to the worldwide offshore energy industry, for an implied 100% equity value of US$44m 

28-Jan-15
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NSW Thoroughbred Racing Media Rights

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Acquiror: 
Tabcorp Holdings Limited

Advised Tabcorp Holdings Limited (“Tabcorp”), a leading diversified Australian entertainment group with wagering, gaming, racing media and Keno operations, on reaching agreement on a long-term deal for domestic broadcast, digital and international media rights for NSW thoroughbred racing content, and a contemporaneous Pay TV deal with Foxtel

14-Jan-15
$309 million
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Chandler Macleod Group Limited

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Acquiror: 
Recruit Holdings Co.,Ltd

Advised Recruit Holdings Co.,Ltd, the leading global staffing services company in Japan, on the acquisition of Chandler Macleod Group Limited, a major general recruitment company   

14-Jan-15
$55 million
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Peoplebank Holdings PTY LTD

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Acquiror: 
Recruit Holdings Co.,Ltd

Advised Recruit Holdings Co.,Ltd, the leading global staffing services company in Japan, on the acquisition of Peoplebank Holdings PTY LTD, Australasia’s leading IT&T recruitment company

19-Dec-14
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NYK Ports LLC

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Acquiror: 
Macquarie Infrastructure Partners

Advised NYK Ports LLC, a leading port operating and stevedoring company, on the sale of a 49% stake to Macquarie Infrastructure Partners, a leading Australian infrastructure fund

23-Oct-14
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Boart Longyear Ltd.

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Advised the Board of Directors of Boart Longyear, the world’s leading supplier of drilling services and equipment for mining and drilling companies, on its strategic review process and subsequent comprehensive recapitalization transactions with certain affiliates of Centerbridge Partners, L.P.

22-Oct-14
$112 million
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Nuplex Industries’ Specialties and Masterbatch businesses

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Acquiror: 
CHAMP Private Equity

Advised Nuplex Industries, a dual listed (ASX/NZX) global manufacturer, developer and distributor of resins and additives, on the sale of its specialty chemicals and masterbatch businesses to CHAMP Private Equity, a leading Australian private equity firm

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