Arnold Bloch Leibler is acting for SEEK Limited on its IPO and proposed listing on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX). The leader in the Australian and New Zealand online employment markets, SEEK lodged a prospectus with ASIC on 23 March. The listing is expected to raise between $150 million and $170 million, which would value the company at about $560 million when it starts trading. The funds raised through the offer will largely be used to fund the buy back of shares from certain existing shareholders as well as providing SEEK with greater financial flexibility to pursue growth opportunities. Arnold Bloch Leibler’s role in the project has included advising on the prospectus and offer structure. The team coordinated a buy-back of shares and employee options, the introduction of several new employee equity incentive schemes and finalisation of a series of business contracts and employee arrangements. Partners Steven Klein and Jonathon Wenig led the team, while Mark Leibler addressed several tax issues generated by the offer structure.
Minter Ellison advised Macquarie Investment Management Limited in relation to the IPO of the Macquarie Private Capital Group (MPCG). MPCG is a private equity investment group that invests into a number of specialist private equity managers and is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. It will make its private equity investments primarily through funds managed by a number of specialist private equity managers, which provide access to a wide range of unlisted investments.There was strong interest in the offer — approximately $55 million was raised from the public and $51 million was subscribed by the Macquarie Select Opportunities Trust as consideration for selling in the initial portfolio of private equity investments to MPCG. Minter Ellison advised in relation to the offer of securities in MPCG and the acquisition of the initial portfolio. The firm also prepared the tax opinion for inclusion in the offer document. Partner Stuart Johnson and senior associate Nathan Cahill led the Minters transaction team and tax partner Peter Capodistrias wrote the tax opinion.
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