Chris is of counsel in our Corporate Practice Group. Chris has significant experience in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and infrastructure projects.

    Chris has corporate experience advising listed and unlisted corporations in connection with domestic and cross-border schemes of arrangement, regulated takeovers, corporate restructures and reorganisations and private mergers and acquisitions transactions.

    Chris also has significant experience advising in connection with equity fundraisings, including rights issues (traditional and accelerated), placings and share purchase plans.

    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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