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Joshua Bell

Senior Associate – Corporate, M&A and Private Equity

Josh is an experienced corporate lawyer who brings a pragmatic approach to solving complex legal issues and delivering commercial outcomes for his clients. He has deep insights into undertaking cross-border transactions and how to pre-empt and solve commercial issues.

He specialises in advising clients across a range of industries on M&A, capital raisings, corporate restructures, and general corporate law. With broader experience across property, funds and major projects, Josh also advises clients on their strategic commercial arrangements.

Born in South Africa, Josh is passionate about facilitating investment into the African continent and is involved in driving Hamilton Locke’s emerging markets group.

Before joining Hamilton Locke, Josh worked for a boutique Asian merchant bank focused on Sino-foreign transactions around the world. Josh previously worked at Kain Lawyers in Adelaide and K&L Gates in Sydney. He was also the international affairs advisor to a Senator and served in the Australian Army Reserves.


M&A; Capital Raisings; Cross-Border Advisory; General Corporate Advisory; Foreign Investment Regulations



  • Certificate in CTA1 Foundations of Tax - Tax Institute, 2015
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice - Australia National University, 2013
  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons) - The University of Adelaide, 2012
  • Bachelor of International Studies (History and Politics) - The University of Adelaide, 2012
  • Admitted to practice in New South Wales



  • Advised Refratechnik Group, a global German-based manufacturer of shaped refractory products, on its acquisition of QMAG, a leading Australian magnesia miner and producer, from Sibelco.
  • Advised the founder of Kounta Holdings Pty Ltd, a growing Australian POS solutions provider on the $84 million acquisition of Kounta Holdings by Lightspeed POS Inc, a Canadian listed entity for a combination of cash, scrip and contingent consideration.
  • Acted for the shareholders of a national trucking and logistics company in the sale of their shares to a private equity- backed logistics group for $20 million for a combination of cash, scrip and contingent consideration.
  • Acted for a global FMCG Group on a complex multibillion-dollar restructure of its Australian assets and businesses.
  • Advised MedAdvisor Limited (ASX: MDR) on the establishment of a Singapore-based joint venture with Asian healthcare company, Zuellig Pharmaceuticals.
  • Acted for Mazars on the acquisition of Hanrick Curran, a large Brisbane-based accounting firm and, on the acquisition of Cummings Flavel McCormack, a large accounting practice in Victoria.