Recognised as a leading private equity lawyer, Kounny Rattley "delivers expert, pragmatic legal advice in a commercial context," and "makes a genuine attempt to understand her client's business."

As a specialist in M&A and private equity transactions, Kounny has worked on numerous cross-border transactions and advises on foreign investment and general corporate matters. 

She's represented clients with interests in a wide range of industries including health, retail, tourism & transport, financial services and food & beverages.

Kounny's approach and skillset have led clients to say "she listens to what you need and works out a solution" and is "exceptional in the turnaround of detailed and complex documentation."

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Private Equity

Kounny advises Australian and international private equity and venture capital funds across a wide range of industry sectors. She is consistently recognised a leading private equity lawyer by Chambers Asia Pacific.  Her experience includes:

L Catterton: advising L Catterton, the world's largest consumer focussed  private equity firm, on the acquisition of Maaji Columbian swimwear brand and its merger with Seafolly. 

Aura Venture Fund:  advising on its investments in turn-key shipping platform Shippit, e-sports platform Gamurs, fin tech business Integrated Portfolio Solutions and residential property focussed superfund Superestate.     

TA Associates: advising on its acquisition of the Goldman Sachs asset management arm (renamed Yarra Capital) with $8 million AUM.

Roc Partners:  advising on the establishment of the A$150 million GO NSW Fund in partnership with First State Super and Jobs for NSW. 

Bain Capital: advising on Bain's:

  • bid for GenesisCare, Australia's leading provider of radiation oncology and cardiology services; and
  • acquisition of Dow Chemical's $1.63 billion Styron plastics business.

RMB Capital Partners / HarbourVest: advising RMB Capital Partners on its $650 million fund, backed by HabourVest.

Ironbridge Capital: advising Ironbridge Capital on numerous transactions including:

  • its acquisition and subsequent sale of ISGM to IFM Investors
  • its acquisition of Global Renewables
  • its acquisition of Australian Offshore Solutions and One Marine
  • the sale of Super A-Mart to Quadrant Private Equity
  • the sale of Southern Cross Dental to Hong Kong listed Modern Dental Group
  • numerous other acquisitions, including bolt-ons to existing portfolio companies

Private equity IPOs/capital raisings: advising on capital raisings and IPOs of private equity portfolio companies including:

  • the $518 million initial public offering of Eclipx Group (by major shareholder Ironbridge Capital)
  • the $427.5 million initial public offering of Monash IVF Group  (by major shareholder Ironbridge Capital)
  • the $235 million initial public offering of Collins Foods (by major shareholder Pacific Equity Partners)
  • the $155 million offer of subordinated notes by MYOB Finance Australia Limited (a Bain Capital portfolio company)

Intermediate Capital Group: advising on ICG's MBO of Cura Day Hospitals from Archer Capital and ICG's successful exit via a sale to German medical giant Fresenius which valued Cura at $450 million.

Pacific Equity Partners / Unitas Capital: advising on the NZ$1.525 billion divestment of Independent Liquor to Japan's Asahi Group.

Archer Capital and Ironbridge Capital: advising on the approximately $700 million sale of iNova Pharmaceuticals to NYSE-listed Valeant.

Pacific Equity Partners: advising on Pacific Equity Partners':

  • $440 million acquisition of Hoyts cinemas
  • $110 million acquisition of Borders in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore
  • numerous other bids and potential divestments

Pacific Road: advising on:

  • the divestment of Mantle Diamonds to Kimberly Diamonds Limited
  • its investment in YTC Resources

Catalyst Private Equity: advising on its acquisition of the Dusk and Adairs businesses.  

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Corporate / M&A

In addition to Kounny's depth of experience advising private equity clients, and their portfolio companies, she advises corporate and other clients on transactions including:

NRMA:  advising NRMA, Australia's largest member organisation, on its acquisitions of Manly Fast Ferries and the Fantasea Cruising business.    

Onsite Rental Group:  advising on its acquisition of Prime Rentals. 

Acquisition of 'dAlbora Marinas: advising a special purpose Goldman Sachs / Balmain joint venture vehicle on its acquisition of Australia's largest marina portfolio from Ardent Leisure.

Acquisition of ANZ Stadium: advising the NSW State Government on its acquisition of ANZ Stadium in Homebush from Infrastructure Capital Group.

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand:  advised on a broad ranging review of CA ANZ's constituent and corporate governance documents. 

Patrick Port Logistics (a subsidiary of Asciano Limited): advising Patrick Port Logistics on its joint venture with ACFS Port Logistics.

Monash IVF Group Limited: advised on its acquisition of Sydney Ultrasound for Women.

Eclipx Group  Limited: advised on its acquisition of CarLoans.com.au.

Bravura Solutions Limited: Kounny acted for Bravura in connection with its take-private by Ironbridge Capital.

See Corporate /M&A

Mergers and Acquisitions

Kounny's expertise in private M&A transactions spans acting for both private equity, corporate and government clients.  This includes:

NRMA:  advising on its acquisitions of Manly Fast Ferries and the Fantasea Cruising business.    

TA Associates: advising on its acquisition of the Goldman Sachs asset management arm (renamed Yarra Capital) with $8 million AUM.

Acquisition of 'dAlbora Marinas: advising a special purpose Goldman Sachs / Balmain joint venture vehicle on its acquisition of Australia's largest marina portfolio from Ardent Leisure.

Acquisition of ANZ Stadium: advising the NSW State Government on its acquisition of ANZ Stadium in Homebush from Infrastructure Capital Group.

L Catterton: advising L Catterton on the acquisition of Maaji Columbian swimwear brand and its merger with Seafolly. 

Bain Capital: advising on Bain's:

  • bid for GenesisCare, Australia's leading provider of radiation oncology and cardiology services; and
  • acquisition of Dow Chemical's $1.63 billion Styron plastics business.

Ironbridge Capital: advising Ironbridge Capital on numerous transactions including:

  • its acquisition and subsequent sale of ISGM to IFM Investors
  • its acquisition of Global Renewables
  • its acquisition of Australian Offshore Solutions and One Marine
  • the sale of Super A-Mart to Quadrant Private Equity
  • the sale of Southern Cross Dental to Hong Kong listed Modern Dental Group

Intermediate Capital Group: advising on ICG's acquisition of Cura Day Hospitals as well as its successful exit via a sale to German medical giant Fresenius which valued Cura at $450 million.

Pacific Equity Partners / Unitas Capital: advising on the NZ$1.525 billion divestment of Independent Liquor to Japan's Asahi Group.

Archer Capital and Ironbridge Capital: advising on the approximately $700 million sale of iNova Pharmaceuticals to NYSE-listed Valeant.

Pacific Equity Partners: advising on Pacific Equity Partners':

  • $440 million acquisition of Hoyts cinemas
  • $110 million acquisition of Borders in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore 

See Mergers and Acquisitions

Equity Capital Markets / IPOs

Eclipx Group Limited: advised vehicle and equipment financier Eclipx on its A$518 million IPO.

Monash IVF: advised IVF provider Monash IVF on its A$427.5 million IPO.

Collins Foods:  advised food service operator Collins Foods on its $235 million IPO.

MYOB Finance Australia Limited:  advised on the $155 million offer of subordinated notes on the ASX.  

See Equity Capital Markets IPOs

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