An acknowledged leader in the commercial legal sector, Campbell Davidson advises Australian and international clients on public and private mergers and acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures, foreign investment and other regulatory and corporate governance matters.

Campbell has been in practice for more than 30 years and has significant experience in cross-border transactions having worked as a corporate lawyer in Australia, Asia and the UK.

He provides high-quality corporate and commercial legal advice to clients across a wide range of industries, including general industrials, entertainment, consulting, energy and resources, technology and financial services.

Campbell has specialist knowledge and experience in the Asia Pacific market, having previously lived and worked in Singapore, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

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  • Advising Ricardo Australia Pty Ltd on the acquisitions of environmental and technical advisory business Inside Infrastructure, infrastructure advisory business PLC Consulting and rail consultancy Transport Engineering.
  • Advising Mainetec, a mining engineering and fabrication company, and its shareholders on its sale to ASX-listed Austin Engineering.
  • Advising Secret Sounds and Live Nation on the acquisition of Kicks Entertainment and its multi-city, flagship event Spilt Milk.
  • Advising Secret Sounds and Live Nation on its acquisition of a majority interest in Cult Artists talent agency.
  • Advising Live Nation on its acquisition of touring company Mellen Events.
  • Acting for NYSE-listed company Sherwin Williams on its sale of the Wattyl paint business in Australia and New Zealand to Hempel.
  • Advising Molson Coors on its brewing arrangements with Coopers.
  • Acting for GB Group plc on its acquisition of Vix Verify Global, a provider of identity verification and location intelligence solutions.
  • Acting for Takara Shuzo on its acquisition of a majority interest in Nippon Food Supplies.
  • Acting for Live Nation on its joint venture with the Secret Sounds Group and the acquisition of live entertainment venues in Brisbane and Adelaide.
  • Acting for Berwind Corporation on its restructure of the Britax and Hazard Systems business.
  • Acting for Belron on the acquisition by its Australian subsidiary, O’Brien, and its New Zealand subsidiary, Smith & Smith of the Laser Group, a leading electrical and plumbing contract network across Australia and New Zealand.
  • Acting for Lincoln Electric on its acquisition of Loclur Engineering.
  • Acting for Live Nation on its acquisition of a majority interest in the Secret Sounds Group, including its interests in Splendour in the Grass and the Falls Festivals
  • Acting for Ashland, Inc. on the demerger of the Valvoline business from the Ashland specialty chemicals business.
  • Acting for AIM listed Vp plc on its acquisition of TR Pty Ltd, which is engaged in specialist rental of test and measurement, communications and audio visual equipment in Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia.
  • Acting for Bibby Group on the sale of Bibby Financial Services Australia to Scottish Pacific.
  • Acting for Fresenius Kabi Australia on the sale of its oncology compounding business to Slade Health.
  • Acting for Nasdaq-listed Lincoln Electric on its acquisition of Specialised Welding Products.
  • Acting for RectorSeal on its acquisition of the Evo-Crete and Polyslab product lines from the Evolve Group.
  • Acting for Reward Gateway on its acquisition of the API employee benefits and rewards business.
  • Acting for Shred-it on its acquisition of the Australian secure shredding business of Iron Mountain.
  • Acting for Euronet Worldwide, Inc. (Nasdaq-listed) on the acquisition of HiFX, a money transfer specialist.
  • Acting for GB Group (an AIM-listed company) on its acquisition of DecTech Solutions, a provider of credit risk, fraud detection and customer management solutions.
  • Acting for BCX Gold (a consortium comprising CITIC, China Africa Development Fund and Longmarch Capital) on its “take private” of ASX- and JSE-listed Gold One International.
  • Acting for Fullerton Healthcare on its acquisition of Jobfit Health Group.
  • Acting for Itochu on its bid for the acquisition of an interest in the Langer Heinrich uranium mine in Namibia.
  • Acting for Veyance on the sale of Veyance Belting to Continental AG as part of the US$1.96 billion sale by Carlyle of Veyance Technologies.
  • Acting for Destini Berhad on its acquisition of Techno Fibre Australia, a marine safety, maintenance and training company.
  • Acting for First Solar on its collaboration arrangements with Ingenero.
  • Acting for Bibby Financial Services on its bid for Scottish Pacific.
  • Acting for Live Nation on the acquisition of a brand entertainment agency.
  • Acting for China’s largest gold and copper producer, Zijin Mining Group, on its takeover of ASX-listed Norton Gold Fields Ltd and its initial acquisition of a 17% interest in Norton Gold Fields Ltd.
  • Acting for ASX-listed engineering company RCR Tomlinson on its acquisition of AE&E Australia.
  • Acting for Leighton Holdings in relation to its acquisition of John Holland.
  • Acting for Leighton Holdings on its acquisition of Transfield Constructions.
  • Acting for ANZ on the acquisition of its interests in Bank of Tianjin and Shanghai Rural Commercial Bank.
  • Acting for International Finance Corporation on its acquisition of an equity interest in Bank South Pacific.
  • Acting for Southcorp on its acquisition of Rosemount Estates.
  • Acting for Southcorp on its defence of the hostile takeover bid by Fosters.
  • Acting for BNY Mellon and Pershing on the acquisition of Penson Australia (Australia’s largest independent third party settlement and clearing house).
  • Acting for CSR Limited on the sale of its Asian building products businesses in Mainland China, Vietnam, Singapore, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand.
  • Acting for Southcorp in relation to the sale of its packaging division to Visy, the sale of its Rheem and Solahart water heater businesses to Paloma and the sale of its valve and flow businesses to Tyco.
  • Acting for Goldman Sachs and GE on the acquisition of AU$2.7 billion of distressed debt from the Thai Financial Sector Restructuring Authority.
  • Acting for Coates Hire on more than 20 acquisitions.
  • Acting for Merrill Lynch on the acquisition of Phatra Securities.
  • Acting for MBF on its acquisitions of NRMA Health and Clearview and advised in relation to its demutualization.
  • Acting for Thai-listed pulp and paper manufacturer Advance Agro on the sale of a 20% interest to Stora Enso.
  • Acting for Standard Chartered Bank on its acquisition of Bank Bali from the Indonesian Bank Restructuring Agency.
  • Acting for the John Laing, Abigroup, Thiess, Infrared consortium on its bid for the Sunshine Coast University Hospital PPP project.
  • Acting for Investec on the acquisition of a PPP project from Macquarie.
  • Acting for Leighton Holdings on its joint venture with James Fielding to create James Fielding Infrastructure.
  • Acting for MGPA on the sale of its interest in a joint venture with HK listed property group, Aoyuan.
  • Acting as BHP Billiton’s counsel in China, including in relation to its joint venture with Huadian for the development of a port in Fujian Province of China.


  • The University of Sydney, LL.B., Hons., 1991
  • The University of Sydney, B.Ec., 1989


  • High Court of Australia
  • High Court of Hong Kong
  • Supreme Court of Western Australia
  • Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • Recognised as a leading Equity Capital Markets Lawyer in Best Lawyers in Australia 2022 (14th edition), 2023 (15th edition) and 2025 (17th edition)
  • Recognised by Best Lawyers in Australia 2020 as a leading Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyer
  • Recommended in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 in Corporate and M&A, Australia
  • Recommended in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017 in Corporate and M&A, Australia
  • Highly Regarded Corporate and M&A Lawyer by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016
  • Recommended Corporate and M&A Lawyer by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2014
  • Recognised by Chambers Global as a Leading Individual who "generates widespread acclaim" and clients say his "deep experience enables him to provide useful insight at critical times and he brings clear advice to bear on transactions"

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Speaking Engagements: 

  • Panelist, “A New Future of Leaders in the Corporate Finance Sector”, November 2015.
  • Speaker, “China 2013: Staying current with Australia’s largest trading partner”, Legalwise seminar, August 2013.
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