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Mantra Group IPO attracts HSF and G+T

Mantra Group IPO attracts HSF and G+T

Herbert Smith Freehills and Gilbert + Tobin secured the lead roles for Australia’s largest hotel operator.

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.

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