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Wheels turn on $8 billion acquisition

Wheels turn on $8 billion acquisition

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Global and national firms have finalised one of the largest deals in Australia this year involving two transport and logistics providers.

Firms: Herbert Smith Freehills (Toll Group); Clayton Utz (Japan Post)

Deal: Australian transport and logistics provider Toll Group has been acquired by Japan Post.

Value: A$8 billion

Area: M&A

Key players: HSF's team was led by partners Rodd Levy (pictured below) and Simon Haddy, with assistance from senior associate Zoe Leyland and solicitor Anita Mirchandani. Clayton Utz' team included corporate partners Hiroyuki Kano, Andrew Walker, Darryl McDonough and John Brewster. Clayton Utz' role included deal structuring and documentation, due diligence, all regulatory approvals, and corporations and securities law advice.

Deal significance:

This deal represents one of the largest public company acquisitions in Australia. Toll Holdings Limited (Toll Group) is Asia Pacific’s leading provider of transport and logistics, employing about 40,000 people across 1,200 locations in more than 50 countries. Combined with Japan Post, it will become one of the world’s top five logistics companies.

Toll Group agreed with Japan Post in February to propose a scheme of arrangement under which Japan Post would acquire all the shares in Toll Group for a cash consideration of A$9.04 per share, which was a 49 per cent premium to Toll Group’s pre-announcement closing share price. The enterprise value of Toll Group implied by the price is approximately A$8 billion.

The transaction is Australia's fifth-largest inbound acquisition and the second-largest deal in Australia this year (next only to BHP Billiton's demerger of South32).

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