International firm lures Australian BigLaw M&A partner
A major, international firm has attracted a corporate and M&A partner with extensive experience in shareholder activism from leading Australian firm MinterEllison.
Michael Gajic will bring his extensive experience in public M&A and acts for bidders, targets and major shareholders into Squire Patton Boggs (SPB). The firm is set to benefit from his knowledge in takeovers and takeover defences, schemes of arrangement and take-privates of ASX-listed companies by private equity bidders.
Commenting on his new role with the international firm, Mr Gajic said: “The Squire Patton Boggs global platform covers all key markets and will allow me to better service multinational clients or those acquiring international assets. I am looking forward to working with my Australian – and my international – clients.”
On top of experience in advising in respect of shareholder activism, Mr Gajic is familiar with advising ASX-listed companies on their responses to shareholders activism. He has acted for buyers and sellers on Australian and cross-border private M&A transactions, including sales, acquisitions and divestments.
He also advises on capital raisings, placements, block sales of stakes in ASX-listed companies, corporate restructures, recapitalisation and loan-to-own transactions.
Australian managing partner Campbell Davidson said the firm is excited that Mr Gajic is joining the growing team and added: “In addition to his well-regarded public M&A practice, he also brings extensive experience on shareholder activism, an area that is of growing significance to our clients.”
Mr Gajic’s appointment marks the 13th Australian partner addition in less than two years, bringing total numbers to 25. He is also the fourth corporate partner to join.
Asia-Pacific chair of the firm’s global practice Stephen Chelberg said: “Michael is an excellent strategic fit for the continued growth of our corporate practice both in Australia and internationally.
“Michael has significant public M&A and capital markets expertise and he has also advised private equity funds in public M&A, including public to private transactions, which will prove beneficial as we grow our private equity practice in Sydney.”