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Mergers & Acquisitions

Russell Kennedy supports private businesses and individuals, private and public (ASX listed) corporations, government departments and not-for-profit organisations with navigating milestone commercial transactions including sales, mergers, acquisitions, capital raising and takeovers.


We’ve worked with clients from the retail, manufacturing, professional services, property, health, aged care, technology and transport and logistics sectors. M&A experts, we recognise that every major transaction is different and tailor our service offering to meet the specific requirements of each deal. 

Russell Kennedy supports our clients with tailored advice regarding pre-sale documentation and corporate restructuring, corporate governance and due diligence, foreign investment approvals, competition law, employment and consultancy agreements and more. 

We look to apply innovative technology to make the deal making and completion process more streamlined, collaborative and efficient for our clients.

Our strategic M&A advice is bolstered by specialist guidance from our dedicated workplace relations and employment, property, planning and environment, IT, intellectual property and banking and finance teams. 

Our respected Mergers and Acquisitions team was recognised as a leader in Australian M&A law by Acquisition International in 2016.

Below is a list of the team's recent deals that have been in the press:


Blonde Robot sold to Midwich Group

Headquartered in Melbourne, with subsidiaries in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore, Blonde Robot is a value-added distributor of professional video, broadcast and photography products, who distributes products in a number of countries across the Asia-Pacific region including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia. The acquirer, Midwich, is listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange and is a specialist audio visual distributor to the trade market with operations across Europe and Australasia.

Read more about the deal here.

The Haven sold to Catholic Healthcare

Russell Kennedy has advised The Haven Community Limited (The Haven) on the sale of its aged care, home care and retirement living businesses, and associated land, to Catholic Healthcare Limited (Catholic Healthcare).

Read more about the deal here.

Techni Waterjet sold to GMM Stone Machinery
Russell Kennedy has advised the founders of Techni Waterjet (TWJ) on the sale of a majority interest to Italian company, Gravellona Macchine Marmo (GMM). This cross-border transaction included negotiations between Australian and Italian legal advisors in Milan, where the transaction documents were signed.

Read more about the deal here.

Lions acquire stake in Vanguard Luxury Brands

Lion has acquired a minority stake in the premium spirits distributor Vanugard Luxury Brands. The deal has been completed in conjunction with Lion's 50% acquisition of Four Pillars Gin. The two deals signal to the market Lion's entry into the premium spirits category. Russell Kennedy Aitken Lawyers advised Vanguard Luxury Brands on all aspects of the transaction.

Read more about the deal here.

Southern Cross Acquires The Mornington Retirement Village
This acquisition indicates that there remains activity and opportunities for buyers and sellers in the retirement living market, despite prevailing economic and industry factors. In particular, for sellers, there remain significant advantages in transacting with charitable or not-for-profit buyers given taxation concessions available to them.

Read more about the deal here.

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NEWS: Southern Cross Care acquires The Mornington Retirement Village.

1 May 2019

Southern Cross Care has acquired the Mornington Retirement Village, in a deal that indicates there remains activity and opportunity for buyers and sellers in the retirement living market, despite prev ...

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NEWS: Lion acquires stake in Vanguard

11 Apr 2019

Lion has acquired a minority stake in the premium spirits distributor Vanguard Luxury Brands. The deal has been completed in conjunction with Lion’s 50% acquisition of Four Pillars Gin. The two deals ...

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NEWS: Russell Kennedy’s M&A Team advises on the sale of Blonde Robot to Midwich

20 Dec 2018

Russell Kennedy Lawyers have advised the founders of Blonde Robot Pty Ltd (Blonde Robot) on its sale to Midwich Group Plc via its Australian subsidiary, Midwich Australia Pty Ltd (Midwich).