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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 Directors Roger Feletto or Kevin Costantino in our Sydney office. 

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

DATE $   COMPANY/ASSET ACQUIRED   ACQUIROR
28-Jul-2014
Pending
$90 million Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals Limited
Advising Clinuvel, a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing drugs for the treatment of a range of severe skin disorders, in response to an unsolicited proposal to acquire the business from Retrophin, a pharmaceutical company focused on the development, acquisition and commercialization of drugs for the treatment of serious, catastrophic or rare diseases
Retrophin, Inc.
11-Apr-2014
$414 million Investec Bank (Australia) Limited
Advised Investec Bank (Australia) Limited on the sale of its Professional Finance and Asset Finance and Leasing businesses, its deposit book, and its Australian banking licence to Bank of Queensland Limited (“BOQ”). BOQ is a leading regional Australian bank which provides retail and business banking, leasing finance, and insurance products
Bank of Queensland Limited
18-Dec-2013
NA Global Television
Advised Catalyst Investment Managers on the sale of its portfolio company Global Television, Australia’s largest provider of outsourced broadcasting and video production services, to NEP Inc., a leading provider of total broadcast solutions in the US, UK and Brazil. NEP is majority-owned by private funds managed by Crestview Partners
NEP Group Inc.
18-Dec-2013
$141 million Open Colleges Australia Pty Ltd
Advised Open Colleges, Australia’s leading privately owned online provider in the high-growth vocational education and training sector, on the sale of a 70% stake (plus exit arrangements for the balance) to Apollo Education Group, Inc., one of North America’s largest private education providers
Apollo Education Group, Inc.
09-Sep-2013
$1.2 billion Sinclair Knight Merz
Advised Sinclair Knight Merz, a leading projects firm, with global capability in strategic consulting, engineering and project delivery on its recommended merger with Jacobs Engineering
Jacobs Engineering Group
01-Aug-2013
$62 million Futuris Automotive
Advised Elders on the sale of Futuris Automotive, Australia’s largest automotive component manufacturer, to Clearlake Capital, a US based private equity firm
Clearlake Capital
12-Jun-2013
$893 million A$1.6b non-core loan portfolio
Advised Suncorp Group Ltd, a leading general insurance, retail banking and life insurance group in Australia and New Zealand, on the sale of a A$1.6b portfolio of performing and non-performing (corporate and property) loans to Goldman Sachs Group Inc., an American multinational investment banking firm
Goldman Sachs Group. Inc.
31-May-2013
$57 million d-cyphaTrade Limited
Advised Transpower New Zealand, the state owned owner-operator of New Zealand’s electricity distribution network on the sale of its wholly owned subsidiary d-cyphaTrade Limited to the Australian Securities Exchange. d-cyphaTrade specializes in the design and marketing of Australian electricity derivatives traded on the ASX24 derivatives platform
Australian Securities Exchange (ASX)
31-May-2013
$500 million iSelect (30% shareholding)
Advised Mi9, a joint venture between Microsoft and Nine Entertainment Co, and one of Australia’s leading digital media companies, on the sale of its 30% holding in iSelect, a leading Australian online-driven comparison service, as part of the Initial Public Offering of iSelect
Ninemsn (T/A Mi9)
01-May-2013
NA Jeminex’s Industrial & Safety division
Advised AMP Capital on the sale of Jeminex’s Industrial & Safety division, Australia’s second largest industrial and safety business with branches across Australia, to Bunzl plc
Bunzl plc
25-Apr-2013
$3.8 billion GrainCorp Limited
Advised GrainCorp Limited on the unsolicited takeover offer from Archer Daniels Midland Company, a global agribusiness that converts oilseeds, corn, wheat and cocoa into products for food, animal feed and energy uses
Archer Daniels Midland Company
20-Feb-2013
$120 million Trivett Automotive Group
Advised Inchcape plc, the leading independent international automotive distributor and retailer, on the acquisition of Trivett Automotive Group, the leading luxury and premium automotive group in Australia
Inchcape plc
15-Jan-2013
NA Broadcast Rights for V8 Supercars
Advised Archer Capital, a leading Australian private equity firm, and its portfolio company V8 Supercars Australia, on the sale of the Australian FTA television broadcasting rights for V8 Supercars to Seven, a leading Free to Air broadcaster in Australia
Seven Network
21-Dec-2012
$75 million Australian Portable Buildings
Advised CHAMP Ventures on the sale of its portfolio company Australian Portable Buildings, a leading Australian manufacturer of customized modular buildings, to a consortium comprising Black Diamond Group and WEQ Britco
Black Diamond Group Limited and WEQ Britco LP
07-Dec-2012
$43 million Champion Flour Limited
Advised Goodman Fielder, a leading Australian listed food company, on the sale of its New Zealand flour milling business, Champion Flour, to Nisshin Seifun Group Inc.
Nisshin Seifun Group Inc.
01-Nov-2012
$180 million SKY Network Television Limited
Advised Todd Corporation, a major New Zealand family office, on the divestment of its 11.1% holding in SKY Network Television Limited, New Zealand’s leading provider of pay television services
 
27-Sep-2012
$268 million Alesco Corporation Limited
Advised Alesco, a supplier of building products into the Australian and New Zealand markets, on the unsolicited takeover offer from DuluxGroup, a manufacturer and supplier of paints and other surface coatings, and home improvement and garden care products
DuluxGroup Limited
26-Sep-2012
NA Dick Smith Electronics, a subsidiary of Woolworths Limited
Advised Woolworths Limited, Australia’s largest supermarket operator, on the sale of its Consumer Electronics retail chain, Dick Smith Electronics, to Anchorage Capital Partners
Anchorage Capital Partners
02-Sep-2012
$285 million DMG Radio Australia, a subsidiary of Daily Mail and Guardian Trust Plc
Advised Daily Mail and General Trust plc (DMGT), on the sale of its remaining 50% interest in its Radio business in Australia to Illyria Pty, a private investment company of Lachlan Murdoch. The Radio operations comprise two national music networks in Australia
Illyria Pty
28-Aug-2012
$177 million Goodman Fielder’s Australian and New Zealand edible fats and oils business (Integro)
Advised Goodman Fielder, Australia’s leading listed food company, on the divestment of its Australian and New Zealand edible fats and oils business to a joint venture between Graincorp, an ASX listed international agribusiness company, and Gardner Smith
Graincorp
21-Aug-2012
$1.1 billion Broadcast Rights for the National Rugby League
Advised the Australian Rugby League Commission on the sale of the Australian television broadcasting rights for the National Rugby League to Nine, a leading Free to Air broadcaster and Fox Sports, Australia’s largest pay TV broadcaster (partially owned by News Limited)
Nine Network / Fox Sports
28-Jun-2012
$275 million Village Roadshow Entertainment Group
Advised Village Roadshow Entertainment Group on its $275 million mezzanine and equity capital raise from a group of investors
 
18-Jun-2012
$386 million Little World Beverages
Advised Lion on the acquisition of Little World Beverages, Australia’s largest listed brewer and one of the country’s leading players in the Craft beer segment
Lion / Kirin
23-Apr-2012
$2.0 billion Moorebank Intermodal Terminal
Acted as independent advisor to the Australian Government in a peer review of the proposed intermodal terminal linking Sydney’s major port with Australia’s road and rail system
 
07-Mar-2012
$256 million Aperio Group
Advised Catalyst Investment Managers on the sale of its portfolio company Aperio Group, Australasia’s leading manufacturer of flexible packaging products, to Amcor Limited, a global leader in packaging solutions
Amcor Limited
21-Nov-2011
$689 million iNova Pharmaceuticals
Advised Archer Capital and Ironbridge Capital on the sale of iNova Pharmaceuticals, a leading pharmaceuticals company that sells and distributes a range of prescription and over-the-counter products in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Southern Africa, to Valeant Pharmaceuticals
Valeant Pharmaceuticals
10-Nov-2011
$318 million MSF Sugar
Advised MSF Sugar, Australia’s third largest producer and second largest exporter of sugar, on an acquisition proposal from Mitr Phol Sugar Corp. of Thailand at an offer value of ~31% premium to previous close
Mitr Phol Group
17-Oct-2011
$630 million Rebel Group Limited
Advised Super Retail Group on the acquisition of Rebel Group Limited, Australia’s largest retailer of sporting goods, for A$610 million and the associated A$334 million capital raising used to fund the acquisition
Super Retail Group
27-Sep-2011
$259 million Goodman Fielder Limited
Advised Goodman Fielder Limited, an Australian consumer foods manufacturer and distributor, on its equity capital raising via a rights issue
 
08-Aug-2011
$11.0 billion Coal and Allied Industries Limited
Advised Coal and Allied Industries Limited, an Australian based coal mining company, in relation to an acquisition proposal from Rio Tinto Limited and Mitsubishi Corporation to acquire all the outstanding shares in the company not already held by Rio Tinto and Mitsubishi
Rio Tinto Limited / Mitsubishi Corporation
26-May-2011
$192 million Centrebet International Limited
Advised Centrebet International, a leading International online wagering and gaming operator on the recommended cash offer by Sportingbet plc
Sportingbet plc
24-May-2011
$1.0 billion New Zealand Ultra-Fast Broadband
Sole financial adviser to Crown Fibre Holdings (100% New Zealand Government owned entity) on the tender and negotiations for the investment of NZ$1.3 billion in a new ultra-fast broadband network in New Zealand, which includes agreements with Telecom Corporation of New Zealand, Christchurch City Holdings, WEL Networks and Northpower
 
23-May-2011
$130 million Territory Resources Limited
Advised Exxaro Resources, a diversified South African-based mining company, on its proposed acquisition of Territory Resources, an Australian-based iron producer
Exxaro Resources Limited
13-May-2011
NA Bionomics Ltd
Advised Bionomics Ltd, in relation to the tender process run by Bionomics’ largest shareholder, Start-up Australia Ventures (“Start-up”), for its 28% stake in the company, follow on sell-down of Start-up’s stake to 8% and associated capital raising by Bionomics
 
13-Apr-2011
NA Retail Apparel Group
Advised CHAMP Ventures on the sale of its portfolio company Retail Apparel Group, an Australian based men’s specialty apparel retailer, to Navis Capital, one of the largest regional private equity business in south-east Asia
Navis Capital
02-Mar-2011
NA TSmarine
Advised CHAMP Ventures on the sale of its portfolio company TSmarine, a provider of subsea services to the offshore oil and gas industry, to Fugro, among the world's leading service providers for the collection and interpretation of data relating to the earth's surface and sub-surface and for associated services
Fugro N.V.
01-Mar-2011
$122 million Australian Unity Limited
Advised Australian Unity Limited, a leading healthcare, financial services and retirement living mutual organisation, on its A$120 million issue of five year unsecured notes listed on the Australian Stock Exchange
 
01-Mar-2011
$128 million Tyndall Investments
Advised Suncorp, on the sale of its investment management business, Tyndall Investments, in Australia and New Zealand to Nikko Asset Management, a leading Asian mutual funds management company
Nikko Asset Management
14-Feb-2011
$40.0 billion Australian National Broadband Network
Greenhill acted as sole adviser to the Australian government in connection with the National Broadband Network, which represents the single largest infrastructure project in the country’s history
 
29-Dec-2010
$1.8 billion TOWER Australia Group Limited
Advised TOWER Australia Group Limited, the largest mono-line life insurance company in Australia, in relation to the offer from The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company, Limited to acquire all of the shares in TOWER that it does not already own by way of a scheme of arrangement
The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company, Limited
24-Dec-2010
NA Tegel Foods Limited
Advised Pacific Equity Partners and ANZ, the shareholders of Tegel Foods (Tegel), on the sale of Tegel, New Zealand’s preeminent producer of poultry products, to Affinity Equity Partners
Affinity Equity Partners
26-Nov-2010
$118 million Healthcare Australia
Advised CHAMP Private Equity on the sale of Healthcare Australia, a leading provider of nursing agency staff to public and private health institutions in Australia, to Healthcare Locums, a healthcare recruitment agency based in the UK
Healthcare Locums
26-Oct-2010
$175 million Rural Bank
Advised Elders, a diversified agricultural company on the sale of its 40% stake in Rural Bank to Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, an Australian diversified financial services company
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank
23-Sep-2010
$394 million Aevum Ltd.
Advised Aevum Limited, an ASX listed owner, operator and developer of retirement villages and aged care facilities on its response to a hostile takeover offer from Stockland Ltd, a global property development and investment management group
Stockland Corp. Ltd
26-Aug-2010
$622 million Woolworths Limited
Advised Woolworths Limited, an Australian food and general merchandise retailer, on its A$704 million off-market share buy-back
 
29-Jul-2010
$328 million Mitchell Communication Group Limited
Advised Aegis Group plc on its acquisition of Mitchell Communication Group Limited, Australia’s leading independent media buyer
Aegis Group plc
01-Jul-2010
NA Media Monitors
Advised Media Monitors, the leading media intelligence company in Asia-Pacific, on its sale to Quadrant Private Equity
Quadrant Private Equity
28-Jun-2010
$1.3 billion Guinness Peat Group plc
Advised GPG plc, a listed investment company, on potential restructuring alternatives
 
27-May-2010
$79 million TOWER Australia Group Limited
Advised TOWER Australia, a provider of life insurance, risk, superannuation and retirement solutions, on its non-accelerated, 1 for 7 renounceable entitlement offer
 
01-Apr-2010
$9.2 billion Lihir Gold Limited
Advised Lihir Gold Limited, a leading global gold company with operations in Papua New Guinea, Australian and West Africa on an unsolicited takeover proposal from Newcrest Mining Ltd, an international gold company with gold and copper operations
Newcrest Mining Ltd
28-May-2009
$107 million Tristone Capital Global Inc.
Advised Tristone Capital Global Inc., an independent advisory firm focused on the global energy sector, on its sale to Macquarie Group
Macquarie Group
24-Feb-2006
$860 million Aquarion Company (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kelda Group plc)
Advised Kelda Group plc on the sale of Aquarion Company, one of the largest investor-owned water utilities in the US
Macquarie Bank
15-Oct-2004
$135 million Akzo Nobel N.V.
Advised Akzo Nobel N.V., a global leader in coatings, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, on the sale of its coating resins activities to Nuplex Industries Ltd.
Nuplex Industries Ltd.
19-Apr-2001
$10.0 billion GKN plc (Industrial Services)
Advised Brambles on its merger with the industrial services division of GKN under a dual listed companies structure
Brambles Industries Ltd
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