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

28-Aug-12
$177 million
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Goodman Fielder’s Australian and New Zealand edible fats and oils business (Integro)

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Graincorp

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

21-Aug-12
$1.1 billion
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Broadcast Rights for the National Rugby League

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Nine Network / Fox Sports

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)

28-Jun-12
$275 million
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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-12
$386 million
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Little World Beverages

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Lion / Kirin

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

23-Apr-12
$2.0 billion
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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-12
$256 million
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Aperio Group

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Amcor Limited

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

21-Nov-11
$689 million
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iNova Pharmaceuticals

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Valeant 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

10-Nov-11
$318 million
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MSF Sugar

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Acquiror: 
Mitr Phol Group

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

17-Oct-11
$630 million
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Rebel Group Limited

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Super Retail Group

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

27-Sep-11
$259 million
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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-11
$11.0 billion
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Coal and Allied Industries Limited

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Rio Tinto Limited / Mitsubishi Corporation

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

26-May-11
$192 million
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Centrebet International Limited

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Sportingbet plc

Advised Centrebet International, a leading International online wagering and gaming operator on the recommended cash offer by Sportingbet plc

24-May-11
$1.0 billion
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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-11
$130 million
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Territory Resources Limited

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Acquiror: 
Exxaro Resources Limited

Advised Exxaro Resources, a diversified South African-based mining company, on its proposed acquisition of Territory Resources, an Australian-based iron producer

13-May-11
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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-11
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Retail Apparel Group

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Acquiror: 
Navis Capital

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

02-Mar-11
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TSmarine

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Fugro N.V.

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

01-Mar-11
$122 million
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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-11
$128 million
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Tyndall Investments

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Nikko Asset Management

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

14-Feb-11
$40.0 billion
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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-10
$1.8 billion
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TOWER Australia Group Limited

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The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company, 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

24-Dec-10
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Tegel Foods Limited

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Acquiror: 
Affinity Equity Partners

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

26-Nov-10
$118 million
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Healthcare Australia

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Healthcare Locums

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

26-Oct-10
$175 million
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Rural Bank

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Bendigo and Adelaide 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

23-Sep-10
$394 million
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Aevum Ltd.

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Stockland Corp. 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

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