Section 641 in Action: Navigating the Early Stages of a Hostile Takeover

While schemes of arrangement remain the dominant structure used in public M&A transactions, there has been a resurgence of takeover bids in recent years. We expect to continue to see hostile takeovers in circumstances where bidders make ‘opportunistic’ offers in a lower priced market and misalignment between the bidder and target valuation expectations. Some would […]

Hamilton Locke Ranked in Inaugural Best Law Firms™ in Australia Report

It’s an honour to see Hamilton Locke ranked in the inaugural edition of Best Law Firms™ in Australia, a publication milestone for Australia and the global legal community. The debut edition celebrates the top 2% of Australian law firms, highlighting professional excellence across various practice areas and jurisdictions. The 2025 edition of Australia’s Best Law […]

Hamilton Locke advises on the launch of the Australian Fisheries Investment Trust

Hamilton Locke has advised Atlantis Fisheries Consulting Group on the design and launch of a new wholesale managed investment scheme, the Australian Fisheries Investment Trust, which opened to investment last week. The scheme will raise capital to invest in a portfolio of sustainable Australian fisheries assets, a novel asset class with low correlation to traditional […]

7 Key Steps to Sell Your Business to Private Equity in Australia

Private capital markets have outperformed public equities in recent years, leading to an increase in asset allocation to private capital classes in Australia. Whilst M&A transaction volumes have remained depressed post-COVID-19, there remains a significant amount of ‘dry powder’ in the private equity sector waiting to be deployed. There are signs of green shoots in […]

Navigating the 2024 Queensland Land Valuations Changes

On 26 March 2024, the Queensland Valuer-General issued new land valuations to landowners for 20 local government areas in Queensland, including Banana, Barcoo, Bulloo, Central Highlands, Diamantina, Goondiwindi, Isaac, Longreach and Winton. The valuations reflect land values as at 1 October 2023, and are effective from 30 June 2024. Key Changes Some of the highest […]

Hamilton Locke Recognised in the 2025 Edition of Best Lawyers in Australia

Hamilton Locke has once again been recognised in the 17th edition of The Best Lawyers in Australia Report, Best Lawyers: Lawyer of the Year Awards and Best Lawyers: One to Watch list. Additionally, in the 2025 edition of The Best Lawyers in Australia, our partners have been recognised across 17 practice areas. Name Practice Recognised […]

Taste of Australia – March 2024

Hamilton Locke’s ‘Taste of Australia’ provides foreign investors and their advisers with a high-level overview of the issues that have been front of mind for dealmakers in Australia during the last quarter. The information is deliberately introductory – no more than a taste. Our experts would be delighted to expand on any aspect that may […]

ASX Compliance Update

Changes to ASX Listing Applications In a bid to enhance efficiency and clarity in the listing application process, the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) has introduced several changes to its admission procedures, effective February 5, 2024. These changes set out in Compliance Update (no. 01/24) aim to simplify documentation requirements and improve compliance with spread and escrow […]

Hamilton Locke Acts for Alceon Private Equity on a multi-currency acquisition facility for the Acquisition of a 50% Interest in BOSS Engineering

Hamilton Locke has acted for Alceon Private Equity (Alceon) to secure a multi-currency facility to fund its acquisition of a 50% interest in BOSS Engineering, an automated agricultural equipment business. It was a pleasure to advise Alceon on the financing aspects of this transaction as its legal counsel, together with Skye Capital Advisory who acted […]

M&A Report: 2023 Year in Review and Future Outlook

In Mergermarket’s 2023 Global & Regional M&A Rankings, Hamilton Locke ranked 6th in Australia for the highest volume of M&A deals, with 69 deals valued at USD738 million. This is the firm’s highest Mergermarket ranking and a significant jump from 13th place in 2022. As part of our ongoing commitment to driving excellence in the […]