WITH THE Toll Patrick takeover and the AGL Alinta merger dominating headlines, 2006 is already shaping up to be an eventful year for mergers and acquisitions, takeovers and public listings.
Australian law firms continue to demonstrate their innovation and technical skill in both the largest and the smallest transactional and litigious matters.
This week, in Lawyers Weekly’s Deals and Litigation pages, we feature Addisons Lawyers’ work on the listing of the Cheviot Kirribilly Vineyard — the first publicly listed group to own and operate vineyards in Australia. A strategic move to help investors realise once unmarketable land assets in vineyards by trading them for stapled securities, Jeff Mansfield, lead partner on the deal, said it was a “ground-breaking area”.
The section also looks at Coopers Brewery’s successful resistance to Lion Nathan Australia’s takeover bid, assisted by Piper Alderman in South Australia, and Kathryn Everett’s successfully defending Craig Ruddy’s contested win of the 2004 Archibald Prize.
Deals and Litigation p14-15