Mergers & Acquisitions

Mergers & Acquisitions


Jackson McDonald has one of the largest full service Mergers & Acquisitions teams in Western Australia. We provide specialist legal advice and assistance to companies and investors undertaking merger, takeover, sale of company and sale of business transactions. 

We act for a diverse range of clients across a broad range of industries and market sectors, including listed companies, private equity funds and the owners of many successful Western Australian private businesses. 

As a fully independent law firm with an extensive network of local, national and international relationships, we assist our clients in utilising the best advisers for their needs.

We have strong links to most of the key service providers who participate in corporate and business transactions, including many of the accounting, corporate advisory and stockbroking firms operating in Western Australia, Australia and throughout the world.

We act for a diverse range of clients across a broad range of industries and market sectors, including listed companies, private equity funds and the owners of many successful Western Australian private businesses.

The size and breadth of our practice means we are able to advise and assist on any legal matter at all stages of the transaction process – from planning and structuring, through to negotiation and documentation, and on to completion and post-transaction advice.

Our core capabilities in Merger & Acquisitions include:

  • Takeover bids and defences

  • Mergers by scheme of arrangement

  • Takeovers Panel applications

  • Share and business sale and purchase agreements

  • Management buy-outs

  • Succession planning, privte equity and distressed asset transactions

  • Acquisition finance and security arrangements (including PPSA compliance)

  • Entity formation and restructuring

  • Foreign investment notifications and approvals

  • Taxation and transfer duty advice

  • Due diligence investigations

  • Regulatory compliance

Our M&A experience includes the matters noted below. For a comprehensive outline of our transactional experience and further details of our capabilities please contact us.

Takeovers and schemes of arrangements

  • Lion One Metals Limited – merger with Avocet Resources Limited: currently acting as Australian legal adviser to TSX-V listed Lion One on its proposed merger by scheme of arrangement with Avocet.

  • Geopacific Resources Limited – takeover of Worldwide Mining Projects Limited: currently acting for Geopacific on its announced off-market takeover bid for Worldwide Mining Projects. 

  • Westgold Resources Limited - merger with Metals X Limited: acted for Westgold on its merger by scheme of arrangement with the Metals X. At the time of the proposed scheme, the merger valued Westgold at approximately $90 million.

  • Magma Metals Limited – response to takeover bid by Panoramic Resources Limited: acted for Magma Metals in its response to the hostile takeover bid by Panoramic Resources.

  • Westgold Resources Limited – takeover of Aragon Resources Limited: acted for Westgold on its successful off-market takeover of gold exploration company Aragon Resources. The takeover valued Aragon at approximately $65 million based on the issue price of the Westgold shares offered as consideration.

  • Condor Metals Limited – takeover of Inca Minerals Ltd: acted for Condor in its successful takeover bid of Inca, which holds base metals exploration projects in WA and Peru.

Company and buisness sales and acquisitions

  • Primewest Funds Limited - acquisition of the Esplanade Hotel: acted for property investment fund Primewest on the acquisition of the Esplanade Hotel business assets for $88.5 million.

  • Sale of AHS Services Group Pty Ltd: acted for the vendors on the sale of hotel services company AHS Services to a private equity fund.

  • Nomad Building Solutions limited – sale of modular assets: acted for Nomad on the sale of modular rental fleet assets to Black Diamond.

  • Empired Limited - acquisition of Conducive Pty Ltd: acted for Empired on its acquisition of IT services company Conducive Pty Ltd.

  • Sale of Decmil Australia Pty Ltd to Paladio Ltd: acted for the vendors on the sale of Decmil Australia to Paladio (now known as Decmil Group Limited).

  • Sale of Rapley Wilkinson group: acted for the vendors on the sale of the Rapley Wilkinson group of entities to Nomad Building Solutions Limited.

  • Sale of ActionBlast Pty Ltd: acted for the vendor on the sale of ActionBlast Pty Ltd to NRW Holdings Limited (immediately prior to the float of NRW Holdings Limited).

  • Sale of the Total Eden group: acted for the vendors on the sale of the Total Eden group of companies to a private equity vehicle controlled by AMP Capital.

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