Chris has significant experience advising listed and unlisted corporations in connection with domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and infrastructure projects.

    Chris spent three years living in Tokyo and working with Itochu Corporation (a Fortune Global 500 company) on many cross-border investments into Australia, Europe and the Middle East (often involving resources, renewable energy and emerging technology).

    In 2015, Chris was named as a finalist in the Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Law Awards, in the Mergers & Acquisitions category.

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    Mergers and Acquisitions

    • Acting for ASX listed General Mining Corporation Ltd on its merger with Galaxy Resources Ltd, via a scrip-consideration recommended off-market takeover bid. The merger created a lithium producing entity with a combined market capitalisation in excess of AU$900 million.
    • Acting for ASX, AIM and JSE listed Coal of Africa Limited on its AU$126.4 million (£60 million) recommended takeover offer for ASX listed Universal Coal plc, made through a combined scrip and cash consideration, with a loan note alternative.
    • Acting for ASX and TSX listed Adamus Resources Limited on its AU$600 million merger of equals with TSX-listed, Cayman Island incorporated, Endeavour Mining Corporation. Transaction effected through an all-stock merger implemented as a scheme of arrangement under the Australian Corporations Act.
    • Acting for NYSE listed company on a £112 million acquisition of privately owned multinational electrical supply company effected by way of share sale.
    • Acting for ASX listed Galaxy Resources Limited on its AU$500 million merger with Canada’s Lithium One Inc, effected via a plan of arrangement in Canada.
    • Acting for ASX and NZSX listed Bathurst Resources Limited on its acquisition of the New Zealand Brookdale Coal Project from Brookdale Mining Limited, and associated AU$55 million dollar capital raising with joint lead managers, UBS and Helmsec Global Capital.
    • Acting for World Wide Mining Projects Limited on its reverse takeover of ASX listed Geopacific Resources NL through an off-market script takeover bid under Chapter 6 of the Corporations Act and its associated divestment of Indo Coal Limited.
    • Acting for ASX and NZSX listed Bathurst Resources Limited on its acquisition of Eastern Resources Limited (and associated New Zealand coal projects) from ASX listed Galilee Energy Limited.
    • Acting for Rainbow Reward Holdings Ltd on its re-domiciliation from Australia to the US effected through a restructuring and shareholder approved in-specie distribution of shares in Zoola, Inc, which was undertaken in accordance with the Australian Corporations Act, together with a US Plan of Conversion and US Plan of Reorganisation.
    • Acted for Phillips River Mining on a takeover bid by Silver Lake Resources and subsequent asset sale for approximately AU$20 million.

    Equity Capital Markets

    • Acting for Deutsche Bank backed fund Cove House on its AU$93 million recapitalisation of ASX listed Compass Resources Limited via cross-border convertible note investment, debt acquisition, debt restructure and acquisition from Hunan Nonferrous Metals Corporation of a 50% interest in the Browns Joint Venture.
    • Acting for ASX listed Perilya Limited on its AU$110.5 million accelerated non renounceable rights issue (partially underwritten by UBS).
    • Acting for ASX listed Coal of Africa in relation to US$25 million equity and loan transaction with Singapore based Yishun Brightrise Investment Pte Limited.
    • Acting for ASX listed Galaxy Resources Limited on a series of capital raising and financing transactions focussed on restructuring the company’s balance sheet. The transactions involved a non-renounceable entitlement offer which raised AU$37.5 million, a restructure of the company’s AU$61.5 million outstanding convertible bonds held by PRC-based investors to provide for cash/equity pre-pay arrangements, and two bridge financing facilities totalling US$10 million.
    • Acting for TransAlta Energy (Australia) Pty Ltd in connection with its approximately AU$443.4 million mandatory redeemable preference share issue to TSX listed TransAlta Renewables, undertaken in connection with NYSE and TSX listed TransAlta Corporation’s approximately CAD$1.8 billion restructure, designed to give TransAlta Renewables an economic interest in the cash flows of TransAlta Corporation’s Australian assets.
    • Acting for ASX listed Firstfolio Limited on its recapitalisation transaction with Australian Capital Enterprise Pty Limited, requiring numerous shareholder approvals, to raise approximately AU$50.2 million.
    • Acting for a US-based hedge fund on more than US$50 million worth of convertible securities investments, into more than 15 ASX listed companies.
    • Acted for a range of companies on secondary fundraisings, including rights issues (traditional and accelerated), placings and share purchase plans to raise amounts ranging from AU$1 million to AU$120 million.

    Japan-based Experience

    • Advising Itochu Corporation on the divestment of its participating interest in T-Power, a natural-gas power plant in Belgium with a long-term off-take agreement. Deal value of US$383 million.
    • Advising Itochu Corporation as a lead sponsor on its successful consortium bid to design, finance, build and operate an energy from waste facility in Belgrade, the first EFW project in Serbia.
    • Advising Itochu Corporation on its joint venture investments in Western Australia, related to the significant iron ore interests it jointly holds in the Pilbara with BHP and Mitsui.
    • Advising Itochu Corporation on its successful consortium bid for the Kalselteng-2 coal power fire station project in Indonesia.
    • Advising a Japanese company on the potential acquisitions of waste management businesses in Australia and the Middle East.
    • Advising an ASX listed company on its AU$500 million merger with a TSX listed Canadian company, effected via a plan of arrangement, targeting the production and global supply of lithium, including to Japan.

    Education

    • College of Law, Graduate Diploma, Legal Practice, 2009
    • The University of Notre Dame Australia, LL.B., 2007

    Admissions

    • Western Australia, 2009
    • Supreme Court of Western Australia, 2009
    • Supreme Court of New South Wales, 2009
    • Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Law Awards Finalist 2015

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