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G+T advises on Catalpa merger

G+T advises on Catalpa merger

Gilbert + Tobin is advising Conquest Mining Limited on its proposed merger of equals with Catalpa Resources Limited, announced today.

GILBERT + Tobin is advising Conquest Mining Limited on its proposed merger of equals with Catalpa Resources Limited, announced today. 

Catalpa Resources Ltd will buy Conquest Mining to form a $1.1 billion growth-focused gold miner, in which gold giant Newcrest Mining will hold a one-third stake. 

The complex transaction involves an inter-conditional purchase of strategic assets from Newcrest Mining Limited and a post implementation $150 million entitlement offer. 

Catapla will buy all of Newcrest’s Mt Rawdon mine and 70 per cent of the Cracow mine, both in Queensland, in exchange for shares worth 38 per cent f the expanded company. 

“Combining these assets will create a leading Australian gold mining company with a strong suite of production and development assets with significant exploration upside, a dynamic management team and a supportive major shareholder,” Catalpa chairman Peter Maloney said in a statement. 

Gilbert + Tobin has advised Conquest on all legal aspects of the transaction, including conducting a due diligence process and negotiating a suite of transaction documents.

Corporate advisory partner, Tony Bancroft, is leading the Gilbert + Tobin team advising Conquest on the transaction, supported by David Clee and Alex Kauye.

Bancroft said the firm is pleased to be advising Conquest on what is a significant transaction for the gold mining industry. 

“The deal was negotiated between various parties in a tight timeframe, and we are very pleased to have been able to assist Conquest in achieving this outcome.”

Gilbert + Tobin recently worked on the Arrow Energy Limited sale and demerger ($3.5 billion), the takeover of Sphere Minerals Limited by Xstrata ($514 million) and Sphere’s proposed rights issue ($128.5 million), the takeover of Riversdale Mining Limited by Rio Tinto ($4 billion) and the sale by Shell Energy Holdings Australia Limited, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc, of part of its stake in Woodside Petroleum Limited ($3.3 billion).

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