Michael is an associate in our Corporate Practice Group, advising clients on a wide range of corporate transactions, focusing on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets.

    Michael has corporate experience advising listed and unlisted corporations in connection with domestic and cross-border takeovers and schemes of arrangement, corporate restructures and reorganisations and private mergers and acquisitions transactions. He has also advised on a range of resources matters including mining project acquisitions and disposals and joint ventures.

    Michael also has capital markets experience advising in relation to initial public offerings, rights issues and placements and corporate bonds.

    In addition to Michael’s transactional experience, he has advised a wide range of clients in relation to corporate governance and regulatory matters, including compliance with the Corporations Act 2001, ASX Listing Rules and Australia’s foreign investment policy.

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    Mergers and Acquisitions

    • 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, AIM and JSE listed Coal of Africa Limited on its A$27 million acquisition of the Uitkomst Colliery from Pan African Resources Plc and related A$17 million financing transactions.
    • Acting for ASX listed Golden Cross Resources in relation to the AU$8.3 million takeover offer made by HQ Mining Resources Holding Pty Ltd.

    Equity Capital Markets

    • Acting for ASX-listed Amani Gold Limited on a US$25 million capital raising with a Hong Kong company, Luck Winner Investment Limited, involving a staged subscription for shares and options.
    • Acting for ASX listed Eastern Goldfields Limited on its A$25 million placement.
    • 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 Eastern Goldfields Limited on a capital raising and debt restructure in connection with the re-quotation of the company’s securities on the ASX.

    Debt Capital Markets

    • Acting for Norwegian investment bank, Pareto Securities, as Manager and Bookrunner in relation to the US$100 million bond offering completed by ASX listed Pilbara Minerals Limited.

    General Corporate Advisory

    • Advising an Australian medical technologies company in connection with its re-domiciliation to the US.
    • Acting for a range of companies in relation to members’ meetings, employee share schemes, and corporate governance and regulatory matters including compliance with the Corporations Act 2001, ASX Listing Rules and Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act.

    Education

    • The University of Melbourne, Master of Commercial Law, 2017
    • College of Law Western Australia, Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, 2016
    • University of Western Australia, LL.B., (Honours), 2014
    • University of Western Australia, B.Ec., 2014

    Admissions

    • Supreme Court of Western Australia, 2016

    Languages

    • English

    • Author, “Dispute Boards in Public Private Partnerships: Best Practice or an Impossible Dream?”, Building and Construction Law Journal, 2016. (Recipient of a High Commendation in Society of Construction Law’s 2016 Brooking Prize)

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