Best Lawyers for Mergers and Acquisitions Law in Australia

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  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Sydney, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Banking and Finance Law Equity Capital Markets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Perth, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Equity Capital Markets Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Commercial Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Corporate Law Equity Capital Markets Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Law Tax Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Trusts and Estates
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Equity Capital Markets Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate / Governance Practice Commercial Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Private Equity Law Venture Capital Law Leveraged Buyouts Corporate / Governance Practice Commercial Law Corporate Law Funds Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate / Governance Practice
Lawyer
Chris Davis was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Chris Davis

McInnes Wilson Lawyers
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Commercial Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Equity Capital Markets Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Equity Capital Markets Law Agriculture and Rural Affairs Corporate / Governance Practice Commercial Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Commercial Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Equity Capital Markets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
Brett Heading was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Brett Heading

Jones Day
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Agriculture and Rural Affairs Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Equity Capital Markets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Equity Capital Markets Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Funds Management Corporate / Governance Practice Investment Funds
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law Venture Capital Law Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Commercial Law Private Equity Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Perth, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Equity Capital Markets Law Corporate / Governance Practice Natural Resources Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Venture Capital Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Private Equity Law Corporate / Governance Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate / Governance Practice Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Sydney, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Government Practice Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate / Governance Practice Commercial Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Law Corporate / Governance Practice Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Commercial Law Corporate / Governance Practice Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Law Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Law Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Health and Aged Care Law Commercial Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate / Governance Practice Mergers and Acquisitions Law Competition Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Equity Law Venture Capital Law Corporate / Governance Practice Funds Management Mergers and Acquisitions Law Commercial Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Private Equity Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Commercial Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Venture Capital Law Commercial Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Agriculture and Rural Affairs Corporate Law Commercial Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Equity Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Sydney, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Private Equity Law Venture Capital Law Equity Capital Markets Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Sydney, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Commercial Law

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Practice Area Definition

Mergers and Acquisitions Law Definition

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are transactions in which the ownership of businesses or assets are transferred or combined. M&A typically involves the sale and purchase of shares in a company or business assets as an ongoing concern or assets on a standalone basis.
 
M&A transactions can be regulated and unregulated. Regulated public M&A, where the target is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), is typically undertaken by way of a takeover (friendly or hostile deals) or scheme of arrangement (friendly only) governed by a combination of legislation and regulatory policy. Unregulated M&A, where the target is a privately held company, is undertaken by way of private treaty.  

M&A lawyers create opportunities for their clients throughout the entire process. M&A lawyers are involved in structuring the transaction, undertaking due diligence (on the buy-side) and facilitating due diligence (on the sell-side), drafting and negotiating the sale documentation and ensuring a transaction successfully completes. M&A lawyers also manage risks by protecting their client’s investment on the buy-side and facilitating as clean an exit as possible for their client on the sell-side. M&A lawyers must also work closely with a client’s corporate advisors, accountants, key management personnel, and other professional advisors to project manage the transaction.  

The Australian legal environment is becoming ever more complex and M&A lawyers will advise clients to navigate the regulatory framework within which M&A transactions are undertaken, particularly in a regulated public M&A environment.  

The role of an effective M&A lawyer goes well beyond mere legal drafting and compliance. M&A lawyers play a critical role in ensuring their clients’ projects meet their intended commercial outcome on time and budget. They advise their clients on all aspects of a transaction from legal, strategic, and commercial perspectives.
Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are transactions in which the ownership of businesses or assets are transferred or combined. M&A typically involves the sale and purchase of shares in a company or business assets as an ongoing concern or assets on a standalone basis.
 
M&A transactions can be regulated and unregulated. Regulated public M&A, where the target is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), is typically undertaken by way of a takeover (friendly or hostile deals) or scheme of arrangement (friendly only) governed by a combination of legislation and regulatory policy. Unregulated M&A, where the target is a privately held company, is undertaken by way of private treaty.  

M&A lawyers create opportunities for their clients throughout the entire process. M&A lawyers are involved in structuring the transaction, undertaking due diligence (on the buy-side) and facilitating due diligence (on the sell-side), drafting and negotiating the sale documentation and ensuring a transaction successfully completes. M&A lawyers also manage risks by protecting their client’s investment on the buy-side and facilitating as clean an exit as possible for their client on the sell-side. M&A lawyers must also work closely with a client’s corporate advisors, accountants, key management personnel, and other professional advisors to project manage the transaction.  

The Australian legal environment is becoming ever more complex and M&A lawyers will advise clients to navigate the regulatory framework within which M&A transactions are undertaken, particularly in a regulated public M&A environment.  

The role of an effective M&A lawyer goes well beyond mere legal drafting and compliance. M&A lawyers play a critical role in ensuring their clients’ projects meet their intended commercial outcome on time and budget. They advise their clients on all aspects of a transaction from legal, strategic, and commercial perspectives.