Experienced corporate lawyer with a focus on mergers and acquisitions and major projects for domestic and cross-border transactions. Chris has extensive experience advising Australian and Japanese companies.

    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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    • Advising Metals Acquisition Corporation, a NYSE listed green-economy metals and mining business, on its acquisition of the CSA Copper Mine from Glencore for US$1.1 billion.
    • Advising an Itochu Corporation subsidiary on its acquisition of a participating interest in the BHP operated Western Ridge iron ore project.
    • Advising Animoca Group on its acquisition of Grease Monkey Games limited, addressing “new economy” issues, such as crypto currency and block chain technology.
    • Advising IDOM Inc. on the sale of its Australian automotive operations to a consortium of managers and dealer principals, in a management buyout valued north of AU$150 million.
    • Advising on the AU$6 million IPO and ASX listing of medical imaging software developer, Singular Health Group Ltd.
    • 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 Ausgold Limited on its AU$16.6 million capital raising and requisitioned shareholder meeting.
    • Advising Itochu Corporation on its joint venture arrangements with Suez and its acquisition of a participating interest in Environmental Development Company in Saudi Arabia.
    • 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 on its joint venture investments in Western Australia, related to the significant iron ore interests it jointly holds with BHP and Mitsui.
    • 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 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.

    Education

    • College of Law, Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, 2009
    • University of Notre Dame Australia, LL.B., first class honours, 2007

    Admissions

    • Supreme Court of New South Wales, 2009
    • Supreme Court of Western Australia, 2009

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