Firms: Herbert Smith Freehills (lead managers); Gilbert + Tobin (Mantra Group)
Deal: Mantra Group IPO
Value: $449 million
Area: Capital markets
Key Players: The Herbert Smith Freehills team was led by partner Philippa Stone (pictured) and executive counsel Lauren Magraith, assisted by senior associate Lucy Hall. Gilbert + Tobin partner Andrew Crook was the main man for G+T, with support from partners Peter Cook and Rachael Bassil. G+T lawyers Adam D’Andreti and Reuben Van Werkum also provided assistance
Deal Significance: This was the second attempt at an IPO for the Mantra Group, after an earlier IPO planned for 24 April was shelved in late March. The Mantra Group has a portfolio of 113 properties and almost 4000 employees spread throughout Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia. “It has been a demanding but worthwhile process to get to this result,” said Crook.
HSF acted for a range of financial institutions on this deal, including Macquarie Capital (Australia) Limited and UBS AG, Australia branch. Stone said the resurgence in Australia’s IPO market looks set to continue.