Mergers & acquisitions

The most important issue for businesses committed to growth is their ability to ‘get the deal done.’ At DibbsBarker, our decisive advice and pragmatic solutions help our clients do just that. Our dedicated advisers have the commercial knowledge and legal expertise to deliver successful outcomes on time.

We are experienced in conducting large and complicated cross-border transactions for Australian and multinational clients. Our deep understanding of inbound and outbound cultural differences and cross-jurisdictional nuances ensures our clients receive a tailored and effective service regardless of geography.

We combine the resources of the firm to offer our clients a range of services including:

  • due diligence
  • navigating the foreign ownership regulatory regime
  • advising on deal terms and transaction structure
  • preparation and negotiation of transaction agreements
  • public and private company acquisitions and divestments
  • competition policy advice.

Our team is renowned for our direct and constructive engagement with our clients. Our innovative restructuring strategies and our solutions-oriented approach mean we are sought-after by companies such as American Express, Rabobank, Ellerston, Mylan Inc, Bank of Queensland and Ceva Sante Animale.

Our comprehensive legal offering for all aspects of a transaction, from deal terms and transaction structure to due diligence and obtaining transaction approvals from regulatory agencies, means you are in safe hands for the duration of your project.

Our commercial practicality also sets us apart from other firms. The team are industry savvy, hands-on and readily accessible, with clients having direct access to their Client Relationship Partner whenever they need it.


Takeover of public company: We acted for unlisted public company Adelhill during a takeover by competitor Gange, providing comprehensive advice on all aspects of the takeover. A distinguishing feature of this transaction was that a significant part of the consideration received by Adelhill shareholders comprised a special dividend from Adelhill that was primarily funded by a loan from Gange – making the transaction more tax effective for shareholders. We assisted on all aspects of the transaction including negotiating the bid implementation and loan agreements, as well as drafting the target’s statement and notice of the annual general meeting which was required to approve the loan.

Complex cross-border mining project acquisition: We acted for Mawarid Mining LLC on the acquisition of Namibian phosphate projects, a $25 million deal requiring sensitive handling and strategic stakeholder engagement. The matter’s complexity was compounded by tax implications as well as industry-specific factors which we were able to manage due to our team’s extensive experience in the resources sector.

Sensitive and strategic acquisitions: We acted for Medical Insurance Group Australia in their acquisition of a significant medical indemnity company. Our extensive industry knowledge and close collaboration with the team resulted in the deal being closed as efficiently as possible, in a very compressed timeframe and with excellent client feedback.

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