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

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

08-Aug-11
$11.0 billion
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Coal and Allied Industries Limited

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Acquiror: 
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

19-Apr-01
$10.0 billion
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GKN plc

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Acquiror: 
Brambles Industries Ltd

(Industrial Services)
Advised Brambles on its merger with the industrial services division of GKN under a dual listed companies structure

25-Mar-01
$9.7 billion
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Cable & Wireless Optus Limited

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Acquiror: 
Singapore Telecommunications Limited

, 52.5% subsidiary of Cable and Wireless plc Advised C&W on the sale of its 52.5% owned Australian subsidiary, Cable & Wireless Optus, to SingTel

01-Apr-10
$9.2 billion
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Lihir Gold Limited

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Newcrest Mining Ltd

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

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

23-Apr-09
$5.7 billion
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Lion Nathan

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Acquiror: 
Kirin Holdings

Advised Lion Nathan, a leading brewery in Australia, on the sale of its remaining 54% stake to Kirin Holdings, a leading beverage company in Japan

25-Apr-13
$3.8 billion
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GrainCorp Limited

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Acquiror: 
Archer Daniels Midland Company

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

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

29-Dec-10
$1.8 billion
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TOWER Australia Group Limited

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Acquiror: 
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

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

28-Jun-10
$1.3 billion
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Guinness Peat Group plc

Advised GPG plc, a listed investment company, on potential restructuring alternatives

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

09-Aug-18
$1.2 billion
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Martabe gold and silver mine

Acquiror: 
PT United Tractors Tbk

Advised EMR Capital, a specialist resources private equity manager, on the sale of the Martabe gold and silver mine to United Tractors

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

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Acquiror: 
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)

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

02-May-19
Pending
$1.0 billion
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80 Collins Precinct

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Acquiror: 
Dexus

Advising Dexus in relation to its acquisition of the 80 Collins precinct from QIC Global Real Estate

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

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

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Acquiror: 
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$1.6b portfolio of performing and non-performing (corporate and property) loans to Goldman Sachs Group Inc., an American multinational investment banking firm

26-Nov-18
$880 million
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Restaurant Brands New Zealand Limited

Acquiror: 
Finaccess Capital, S.A. de C.V.

Advised Finaccess Capital, an investment company with a strong presence in the casual dining and quick service restaurant sector, on its 75% partial takeover of Restaurant Brands New Zealand, a corporate franchisee specialising in managing multi-site branded food retail chains (with brands consisting of KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and Carl’s Jr.)

24-Feb-06
$860 million
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Aquarion Company

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Acquiror: 
Macquarie Bank

(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

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

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Acquiror: 
PERSOL HOLDINGS CO LTD.

Advised 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

21-Nov-11
$689 million
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iNova Pharmaceuticals

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Acquiror: 
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

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

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