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 Richard Phillips.

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

Recent Transactions

07-Aug-15
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Victorian Thoroughbred Racing Media Rights

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

01-Oct-14
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Modern Star Pty Ltd

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Acquiror: 
Navis Capital

Advised Modern Star, Australia and New Zealand’s #1 supplier of education resources and educational toys, on the sale of 90% of its shares to Navis Capital, a leading private equity group focused on investments in South and Southeast Asia

28-Jul-14
$90 million
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Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals Limited

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Retrophin, Inc.

Advised 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

25-Jul-14
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Stakes in David Jones and Country Road

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Woolworths Holdings

Advised Solomon Lew in reviewing his strategic options in relation to David Jones and Country Road. Mr Lew ultimately sold his 11.8% stake in the tightly held Country Road to Woolworths Holdings. Woolworths Holdings also acquired David Jones, Australia’s premier department store, in which Mr Lew held a 9.9% stake

11-Apr-14
$414 million
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Investec Bank (Australia) Limited

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Bank of Queensland 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

18-Dec-13
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Global Television

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NEP Group Inc.

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

18-Dec-13
$141 million
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Open Colleges Australia Pty Ltd

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Apollo Education Group, Inc.

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

09-Sep-13
$1.2 billion
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Sinclair Knight Merz

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Acquiror: 
Jacobs Engineering Group

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

01-Aug-13
$62 million
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Futuris Automotive

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Acquiror: 
Clearlake Capital

Advised Elders on the sale of Futuris Automotive, Australia’s largest automotive component manufacturer, to Clearlake Capital, a US based private equity firm

12-Jun-13
$893 million
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A$1.6bn non-core loan portfolio

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Goldman Sachs Group. Inc.

Advised Suncorp Group Ltd (ASX:SUN), a leading general insurance, retail banking and life insurance group in Australia and New Zealand, on the sale of a A$1.6bn portfolio of performing and non-performing (corporate and property) loans to Goldman Sachs Group Inc., an American multinational investment banking firm

31-May-13
$57 million
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d-cyphaTrade Limited

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Australian Securities Exchange (ASX)

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

31-May-13
$500 million
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iSelect (30% shareholding)

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Ninemsn (T/A Mi9)

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

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