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Stephen Vrettos

Lawyer – Corporate, M&A and Private Equity

Stephen solves legal and commercial problems for his clients with a considered and pragmatic approach. He works to ensure clients have a sense they are understood and that an open line of communication always exists.

Stephen is experienced in advising on public and private M&A (including cross-border), distressed M&A, private equity, equity capital markets, venture capital and general corporate matters and shareholder disputes.

Prior to joining Hamilton Locke, Stephen worked in-house for Network Ten with a focus on the corporate and commercial affairs of the business. Stephen also worked as an equities analyst for a corporate consultancy firm where he specialised in the valuation of companies seeking to raise capital, including by means of initial public offering.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Mergers and Acquisitions (public and private, distressed and cross-border); Private Equity; Equity Capital Markets; Venture Capital; Corporate Advisory

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Laws - University of Sydney
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice - College of Law
  • Admitted to practice in New South Wales

 

SELECTED REPRESENTATIONS

  • Advising Milton Corporation Limited in relation to its $10 billion merger with Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Company Limited by way of scheme of arrangement.
  • Advising Xplore Wealth Limited (ASX: XPL) on its $60 million acquisition by HUB24 Limited (ASX: HUB) for a mixture of cash and scrip by way of a concurrent share scheme of arrangement and option scheme of arrangement.
  • Acted for a global German-based manufacturer of shaped refractory products on a $60 million acquisition of a mining business in Australia from an international mining group.
  • Acted for a global FMCG group on a complex multibillion-dollar restructure of its Australian assets and businesses.
  • Advised companies on venture capital raising rounds, including Belz Family & Associates (a family office platform focused on the opportunity between China and Australia), The Brink Company (a drinks partner and beverage manufacturer) and Soho Property ('the LinkedIn for real estate').