Firms: Colin Biggers & Paisley (Affinity Education); King & Wood Mallesons (CBA Equities Limited)
Deal: Affinity Education IPO
Value: $75 million
Area: Capital markets
Key Players: CBP acted for Affinity, with Brisbane-based partners Rick Anthon (pictured) and Brent van Staden leading the firm’s team on the IPO. Partner Rhett Oliver and senior associate Anthony Ford also played a role on the company’s acquisition of 57 childcare centres and agreement to manage an additional 11 centres, which were funded by Affinity’s listing. KWM acted for the lead manager and underwriters, CBA Equities Limited. KWM Partner David Eliakim was assisted by solicitor Hoda Nahlous.
Deal Significance: The IPO was the largest in Queensland in 2013 and closed oversubscribed. This IPO and subsequent acquisition establishes Affinity as a major player in the child care sector, with centres located in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and the Northern Territory.