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Rothery’s Coaches sold to land transport giant

The Rothery family has sold their Rockhampton bus transportation business to one of the largest land transport companies in the world.

user iconLauren Croft 19 July 2022 Big Law
Rothery’s Coaches sold to land transport giant
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 Firm: Piper Alderman (Rothery’s Coaches)

Deal: Piper Alderman has advised the Rothery family on the sale of their Rockhampton bus transportation business, Rothery’s Coaches, in Queensland to ComfortDelGro Corporation Australia (CDC).

Value: Undisclosed


Area: Merger and acquisition

Key players: The Piper Alderman team, led by partner Maria Capati with senior associate Kara Pennisi, advised the Rothery family on all aspects of the transaction.

Deal significance: Rothery’s Coaches has provided services to the region since 1977 and is renowned for its iconic fleet of coaches, including one of the rare Denning decker buses in Queensland. They currently provide bus transport services to the Central Queensland region, with their key clients being the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Acciona, and Queensland Rail.

The sale of Rothery’s Coaches to CDC consolidates CDC’s interest in the Rockhampton and Capricorn Coast region as CDC now becomes the largest operator in the area after its acquisition of Young’s and Rothery’s.

Nicky Rothery, of Rothery’s Coaches, commended the firm on the work for the deal.

“The Rothery family recently required the services of a lawyer to assist with the sale of our business. Not knowing anyone directly that specialises in our sector, our accountant suggested Maria Capati at Piper Alderman. We are so glad that we made that choice,” he said.

“Maria (along with her team at PA) is wonderful to deal with. She guides you through the sometimes-difficult process with ease, always keeping you informed about any and all developments that occur; and always with the best outcome for her client in mind. Maria is prompt to return correspondence and happy to answer the most basic questions of legal novices such as ourselves. We couldn’t recommend Maria highly enough.”

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