Firms: Gilbert + Tobin (Exxaro Resources Limited), Freehills (African Iron)
Deal: Cash takeover bid for ASX-listed iron ore exploration and development company African Iron Limited
Value: $338 million
Key players: Corporate advisory partners Neil Pathak and Julie Athanasoff (pictured) led the G + T team, assisted by energy and resources partners Michael Blakiston and Claire Boyd, and lawyers Ailyn Choo, Nirangjan Nagarajah and Callista Barrett
Deal significance: This deal gives Exxaro, a South African-based mining company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, the opportunity to realise its stated ambitions of developing a significant iron ore asset and to add significant value to the project. African Iron’s key asset is its 92 per cent interest in the Mayoko iron ore project in the Republic of Congo. The bid was successful in a very short time, with the bid being announced on 11 January 2012 and achieving more than 90 per cent acceptances on 27 February. The takeover bid involved a two-tier offer price structure which increased from $0.51 per share to $0.57 per share upon Exxaro obtaining an interest of 75 per cent in African Iron.