Panel event: Mergers & acquisitions in retirement living and aged care

  • When: Tuesday 24 September (Sydney) & Tuesday 22 October (Melbourne)
  • Time: Sydney: 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Melbourne: 7.30 am – 9.00 am
  • Where: Sydney & Melbourne
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Retirement living and aged care businesses are in the midst of what could be described as a perfect storm created by various regulatory, financial, operational, legal and governance pressures.

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For some, this presents a choice of exploring options for exit in order to apply their resources elsewhere, or to avoid business failure. For others, this presents opportunities for growth via mergers and acquisitions.

Please join us in Sydney or Melbourne to hear from an expert panel around their insights into mergers and acquisitions in these sectors, and how to overcome the challenges so that opportunities may be realised.

There will be an opportunity for Q&A. Please send through any burning questions prior to the panel session to

LASA affiliates Russell Kennedy are recognised market leaders in the provision of legal services to the retirement living and aged care sectors. EY is a global leader in assurance, M&A, tax, transaction and advisory services.

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Sydney at Dusk


Melbourne at dusk

Sydney Lunch Panel Event

Time: 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Date: Tuesday 24 September 2019

Location: LASA Sydney Office, Level 9, 1 Oxford, Darlinghurst, NSW 2010

RSVP by Tuesday 17 September 2019. This event is free to attend but bookings are essential.

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Melbourne Breakfast Panel Event

Time: 7:30am - 9:00am

Date: Tuesday 22 October 2019

Location: Russell Kennedy Melbourne Office, Level 12, 469 La Trobe Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000 

RSVP by Tuesday 15 October 2019. This event is free to attend but bookings are essential.

RSVP for Melbourne here.

Expert panellists:


Brendan Moore
General Manager Member Services - Leading Age Services Australia (MC)

Brendan has worked in a variety of roles in both government and non-government human service sectors, aged care, health and disability industries, research, policy and program delivery, project management, business development, advocacy and campaigns, and consulting. He has 10 years’ senior management experience and holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA), Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Advanced Diploma in Management and a Diploma of Education.

Marcus Willison

Marcus Willison
Partner - EY

Marcus is the Oceania leader of the Real Estate Advisory Services group and an integral partner of the group for some 20 years. Actively engaged in the valuation of real estate since 1985, his experience includes several years in the valuation of property, with a strong industry focus on healthcare, compensation, subdivision development and hospitality assets. Marcus is well known in niche areas of health and aged care real estate. He has 25 years’ experience with EY, brings perspectives of deep industry knowledge and sound awareness of broader financial implications to his clients. Marcus is an active member of the Australian Property Institute, making regular contributions as a speaker and writer and a guest lecturer on health and aged care real estate at Melbourne and RMIT Universities.

Rohan Harris

Rohan Harris
Principal - Russell Kennedy

Rohan leads Russell Kennedy's Corporate and Commercial practice from Sydney.  He acts for retirement village and aged care businesses in both the not-for-profit and private sector, principally in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, governance and commercial matters.  He is an experienced commercial lawyer and works with clients to help them pursue their commercial objectives and manage legal risk in their businesses.

Solomon Miller

Solomon Miller
Principal - Russell Kennedy

Solomon acts for a range of aged care and health clients specialising in advising on mergers and amalgamations. Solomon has over 18 years’ experience and has particular expertise in documenting commercial arrangements, including acquisitions, restructures and joint ventures. Solomon’s aged care and health law experience extends to regulation and compliance; service delivery models; capital grants and funding agreements; and decision making processes (including consent and privacy obligations).

Rosemary Southgate

Rosemary Southgate
Principal - Russell Kennedy 

Rosemary has over 28 years’ experience, leads our Property and Development team and is a Law Institute of Victoria accredited specialist in Property Law. She specialises in aged care and retirement villages, commercial property and leasing. Rosemary advises corporate, private and not-for-profit operators on compliance with retirement living law, including engagement with State Government in relation to the current reforms.  Rosemary has been recognised by Best Lawyers for her expertise in “Retirement Villages and Senior Living Law” since 2012, and in 2014 that publication awarded her “Lawyer of the Year” for “Melbourne Retirement Villages and Senior Living Law”.

Donna Rayner

Donna Rayner
Principal - Russell Kennedy

Donna acts on behalf of vendors and purchasers in sales and acquisitions of residential and commercial property.  She has over 17 years’ experience and advises owners, operators and developers of aged care and retirement village facilities across Australia on legal compliance issues, facility structuring and preparation of resident contract documentation. Donna was awarded by Best Lawyers the “2018 Lawyer of the Year” for Retirement Villages and Senior Living Law. She has also been recognised by Best Lawyers for her expertise in “Retirement Villages and Senior Living Law” since 2013.

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Event contact

P +61 3 9609 1555
For further information please contact Bridget McDowall at