Irfaan Rashid
Maddie Morgan
Lawyer
Suwathie Rajeswaran
Lana Knaggs
Akshya Perera
Sally Yang
Lawyer
Gonzalo Castro
Consultant
Maddison Morgan

Seema Sandhu

Partner

Seema is passionate about solving complex, multifaceted problems and leveraging her knowledge of the law to help achieve successful outcomes for her clients. She takes an innovative approach to her work and continually works to foster her relationships with clients, colleagues and other professionals.

Seema has over 20 years of experience acting for clients across a range of industries including telecommunications, resources, financial services, professional services, transport and construction . She has advised clients on matters relating to M&A, private equity, tax structuring, property transactions, employee share schemes and general tax advisory.

Seema specialises in the tax-effective structuring of mergers and acquisitions, both cross-border and within Australia. She has advised on the Australian structuring aspects of various private equity funds, including their initial fund establishment, the acquisition, restructure and divestment of portfolio companies, and fund remuneration arrangements.  Seema has also represented clients in managing tax reviews and audits from the Australian Taxation Office.   

Prior to joining Hamilton Locke, Seema worked in the Taxation team at Clayton Utz and KPMG’s Sydney and Hong Kong offices.

 

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

M&A; Private Equity; Tax Structuring; Employee Share Schemes, Tax Advisory

 

QUALIFICATIONS
  • Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Business (Hons) – University of Technology, Sydney
  • Admitted to practice in New South Wales
 
SELECTED REPRESENTATIONS
  • Advised Australia’s largest private equity fund on the establishment of their two most recent buyout funds ($2b and ($2.1b, respectively), their first and second infrastructure funds ($660m and $1b respectively) and their first open-ended credit fund.

  • Advised Wyloo Metals on its $150m cornerstone investment in Australian rare earths developer Hastings Technology Metals Ltd.

  • Advised a US private equity fund, on the $147m acquisition of Australian retail product manufacturer.

  • Advised an Australian telecommunications company on the $200m sale of its insurance services subsidiary and the structuring of an ongoing strategic relationship with the purchaser.

  • Advised an offshore sovereign wealth fund on the divestment of its $925m stake in an Australian office building.

  • Advised Oaktree Capital Management on the acquisition of Marlin Brands.

  • Advised a significant offshore private equity fund in relation to an ATO audit of the capital structure of two of its Australian portfolio entities.

  • Advised on the redesign of an existing employee share scheme structure for an Australian company on its 2021 IPO.

  • Assisted various clients in obtaining registration as public benevolent institutions and endorsement as deductible gift recipients.

  • Advised Eureka Group Holdings on the tax structuring and establishment of the Eureka Villages Fund and the acquisition by the Fund of six seniors’ rental villages.

  • Advised the shareholders of Scentia Pty Ltd on the $98m sale of Scentia Pty Ltd to Next Capital Pty Ltd and The Silverfern Group.

  • Advised MA Financial Group on the acquisition of East Coast Marina in Queensland to expand MA Financial Group’s existing marina portfolio.

  • Assisted Australian Integrated Carbon on the tax aspects of a capital raise, resulting in the acquisition of an interest by the Rio Tinto group.

  • Advised a consortium of NSW universities (University of Technology Sydney, University of Newcastle, Macquarie University and Western Sydney University) on the tax structuring aspects of joining the Uniseed venture fund.