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Benny Sham

Partner – Capital Markets; Corporate, M&A and Private Equity

Benny has a keen appreciation for solving complex problems and is focussed on achieving successful commercial outcomes for his clients. He is valued for his calm and considered approach in guiding clients through complex corporate transactions. He has over 13 years of professional practice experience advising clients in all areas of general corporate and commercial law, with a particular focus on M&A and equity capital markets transactions.

Benny has extensive experience advising Australian and offshore clients on ASX listings, capital raisings (including initial public offerings and secondary raisings) and public and private M&A transactions. He has worked across a variety of industries, including health sciences, hospitality, fast-moving consumer goods, resources, automotive, and technology.

Complementing his corporate law skillset, Benny also holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Laws specialising in intellectual property and regularly advises global software and technology vendors, ASX listed companies and various start-ups on a range of intellectual property and technology matters.

Prior to joining Hamilton Locke, Benny worked for global law firm Jones Day and an Australian boutique corporate law firm.  Benny has also previously worked as in-house legal counsel for a leading Australian retail hospitality franchisor.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

M&A (public and private); Capital Markets; Securities Offers; ASX Listing Rules Compliance; Intellectual Property; Technology

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science (specialisation in Computer Science) – University of Queensland
  • Master of Laws (specialisation in Intellectual Property) – University of Queensland
  • Admitted to practice in Queensland and High Court of Australia

 

SELECTED REPRESENTATIONS

  • Advising Orocobre Limited in relation to its $6 billion merger with Galaxy Resources Limited by way of scheme of arrangement, to create one of the world's largest lithium companies.
  • Advising Benitec Biopharma Limited on its re-domiciliation to the United States by way of scheme of arrangement and listing on Nasdaq.
  • Advising Morgans as underwriter in relation to Airtasker’s $84 million initial public offering.
  • Advising Morgans as underwriter in relation to Airtasker’s $20.7 million placement.
  • Advising Five 9, Inc. in relation to its acquisition of Inference Technologies for up to US$172 million.
  • Advising Maas Group Holdings on its $145.6 million initial public offering and ASX listing.
  • Advising Sheffield Resources Limited in relation to the $130 million investment by Yansteel to form a joint venture for the Thunderbird Mineral Sands Project.
  • Advising Orocobre Limited on its $361 million placement and accelerated rights issue (PAITREO).
  • Advising Waddle, a cloud-based invoice lending platform provider, on its sale to Xero for up to $80 million.
  • Advising Terry White Group Limited in relation to the acquisition by EBOS Group Limited of the balance of shares (50.1%) for $50 million by way of scheme of arrangement.