Minter Ellison and Freehills have advised on the Commonwealth Bank of Australia's (CBA) acquisition of Count Financial.
Count Financial, Australia's largest independently-owned network of financial planning accountants and advisers, has entered into a Scheme Implementation Deed with CBA under which the bank will acquire all of the ordinary shares in Count, subject to shareholder approval.
Count, which has a franchisee network of more than 400 accounting firms across Australia and about $10 billion of funds under advice, unanimously recommended to shareholders that they vote in favour of the scheme under which they have the choice of receiving $1.40 per Count share or $1.40 in CBA shares.
Minters corporate and M&A partner James Philips led a Sydney team which included corporate partner Michael Barr-David, financial services partner Nathan Cahill and corporate special counsel Michael Donovan.
Freehills also advised on the transaction which was valued at $373 million.