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Paul Mayson

Special Counsel
Corporate

Paul is an experienced legal adviser who excels at executing corporate and commercial projects for a broad range of clients in a cost-effective and timely manner, whilst providing pragmatic legal solutions to appropriately manage risk.

Experience

Paul’s practice encompasses a range of corporate and commercial, public and private M&A (including private equity) and equity capital markets matters. He has significant cross-border expertise, having worked for leading private practice law firms in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Paul works for clients across various industries, from large multi-nationals and blue-chip Australian corporates to startups and entrepreneurs. He advises on matters of various sizes, from high-profile sale processes, complex acquisitions and transformational equity raisings to smaller transactions, investments and restructures.

Career Highlights

Paul's recent deal experience includes:

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • advising Redflex, an ASX-listed intelligent transport systems group, on its acquisition by NASDAQ-listed Verra Mobility via a scheme of arrangement
  • advising the shareholders of Duromer, a leading Australian manufacturer and supplier of thermoplastic polymers and compounds to the plastics industry, on the sale of their business to US-based private equity firm Spell Capital
  • advising the shareholders of ARMS Reliability, a leading global provider of reliability solutions to some of the world’s largest industrial companies, on the sale of their business to international technology group Baker Hughes
  • advising the shareholders of leading data management and technology company, the Servian group, on the sell-down of their interests to leading private equity firm Adamantem, and advising management on their subsequent exit (alongside Adamantem) to multinational technology group Cognizant
  • advising ASX-listed AVITA Medical, a leading regenerative medicine company, on its redomiciliation from Australia to the United States via a scheme of arrangement (and associated cross listing on ASX and NASDAQ)
  • advising Ammega, a global leader in belting technology (and portfolio company of Swiss private equity firm Partners Group) on its acquisition of a Victorian-based conveyor belting business
  • advising a Spanish-based multinational cash management provider on its proposed acquisition of a fleet of ATMs owned by one of the big four banks
  • advising the founders of the ONCALL group, a leading provider of disability, NDIS and welfare services, on the sale of their business (via a competitive auction process) to leading private equity firm Pemba Capital Partners
  • advising Lumibird SA, a French company listed on EuroNext, on its acquisition of the ultrasound and laser business of ASX-listed Ellex Medical Lasers
  • advising the founder of an IT startup in the cybersecurity space on the proposed sale of that business to a Silicon Valley-based FinTech group
  • advising the founders of Nexon Asia Pacific, a leading IT and managed services business, on the sale of a controlling interest in that business to Singapore-based private equity firm EQT Partners
  • advising SCHOTT AG, a German-based international technology group, on the acquisition of Victorian-based microfluidic manufacturer MiniFAB
  • advising leading mid-market private equity firm Livingbridge on various strategic investments in various fast-growing Australian companies
  • advising KPMG Australia on the sale (via a competitive auction process) of its superannuation administration services business to ASX-listed OneVue
  • advising Swedish-based multinational home appliance manufacturer, Electrolux, on various strategic acquisitions / bolt-ons in the Australian market
  • advising the owners of the Telegram Group, a stationery and homewares business, on the sale of their Australian and NZ businesses to Dymocks
  • advising Easton Investments on the acquisition of various professional services and wealth management businesses
  • advising AMP Capital on the exit, by way of trade sale, of its interest in United Forklift & Access Solutions
  • advising the founders of Australian Learning Group, an education and training business, on the sale of their business to an ASX-listed investment group
  • advising Careers Training Group and its private equity sponsor, Anacacia Capital, on the bolt-on acquisition of various education and training businesses
  • advising the founders of the OCA Group, an online education and training business, on the sale of their business to a leading private equity and venture capital firm
  • advising the management of outdoor media company oOh! Media on the exit by CHAMP Private Equity, by way of dual-track IPO and trade sale, of its interest in that business
  • advising German-based The Fackelmann Group on its acquisition of a majority stake in McPherson’s international housewares business
  • advising Macquarie Capital on its private equity investment into a cashless payment systems business
  • advising the founders of Tiger Asset Group on the establishment of their asset valuation, advisory and disposition business (and subsequent funding and partnership arrangements)
  • advising the National Safety Council of Australia on the sale of its business to Wesfarmers’ Industrial and Safety division
  • advising amaysim on its early stage solicitation of private equity investment to fund its rapid expansion in advance of its IPO
  • advising SFX Entertainment on the Australian law aspects of its acquisition of Totem OneLove Group
  • advising ASX-listed RHG on various takeover response initiatives (including a possible acquisition by way of scheme of arrangement and asset-level sale of its loan book)
  • advising ASX-listed Echo Entertainment on various takeover response initiatives
  • advising US-based promoter Live Nation on its acquisition of Michael Coppel Presents
  • advising BHP Billiton on the proposed demerger of a significant business division
  • advising Liverpool Football Club and its former owners on the sale of the club to New England Sports Ventures
  • advising major UK broadcaster ITV on its proposed acquisition of Channel Five
  • advising INEOS, one of the world's largest manufacturers of chemicals and oil products, on the sale of its fluorochemicals business to Mexichem
  • advising Public Sector Pension Investment Board, one of Canada’s largest pension funds, on its private equity investment into a newly established commercial lending institution

Capital Markets

  • advising leading cybersecurity company, QuintessenceLabs, on its equity financing to raise A$30 million by way of the issue of Series B preference shares to various investor groups and associated A$10 million selective buy-back to facilitate a liquidity event for certain shareholders
  • advising ASX-listed Redflex on its fully underwritten accelerated non-renounceable entitlement offer to raise approximately A$16.4 million
  • advising Freelancer on its IPO at a market capitalisation of A$218 million
  • advising Fonterra on its NZ$500 million public offer in Australia and New Zealand under the Trans-Tasman mutual recognition regime
  • advising Paine & Partners LLC and the Costa Group on the issue of convertible redeemable preference shares to partly fund the acquisition of Adelaide Mushrooms
  • advising ASX-listed IAG on its £157 million issue of subordinated convertible notes
  • advising ASX-listed Echo Entertainment on its A$454 million accelerated non-renounceable entitlement offer
  • advising various leading Australian investment banks on their underwriting and lead management of various marquee equity raisings
  • advising LSE-listed Prudential plc on its proposed US$20 billion rights issue to fund the acquisition of AIG’s Asian life insurance business
  • advising various leading ASX-listed property and infrastructure groups on various emergency fundraisings (rights issues, placements etc) during the Global Financial Crisis