An experienced transactions lawyer, Michael Linehan is highly regarded for his negotiation skills, commercial judgment and advice, particularly in the areas of transaction structuring and management of transaction processes.

Michael's particular focus is on negotiated mergers and acquisitions (including private equity and venture capital transactions), joint ventures and strategic alliances, and advised on and negotiating complex commercial agreements. His clients come from a diverse range of industries including healthcare, agribusiness, manufacturing and retail.

Michael also advises public and private companies, local and foreign, on a range of corporate matters, including governance and regulatory compliance (such as under the Corporations Act and the Australian Competition and Consumer Act).

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Mergers and Acquisitions

Michael's recent work includes:

PPB Advisory: Advised PPB on its merger with the corporate restructuring and management consulting practice of PwC. 

Epworth Foundation: Advised Epworth Healthcare on:

  • the sale of  its radiation oncology business to Integrated Clinical Oncology Network Pty Ltd (part of the Icon private equity group);
  • the acquisition of the Freemasons Hospital campuses and business in East Melbourne;
  • the acquisition of the Cedar Court rehabilitation hospital; and
  • the establishment of the Epworth Geelong university teaching hospital.

Noisette Bakery Pty Ltd: Advised on the sale of  Noisette retail and wholesale artisan baked goods business to Next Capital Pty Ltd.

Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV) Limited: Advised RACV on:

  • the joint venture with NRMA (now Insurance Australia Group) to establish Insurance Manufacturers of Australia;
  • the acquisition of the DSP and EPAC salary packaging and fleet management businesses; and
  • the acquisition of the Nationwide Towing Group, Australia's largest independent towing operator.

Politix: advised on the sale of the Politix fashion retail chain.

Griffon Corporation/Cyclone Tools: Advised Griffon/Cyclone Tools on its acquisition of Tuscan Path and Hills Home Living businesses.

Axiata Group: Advised Axiata Digital Services Sdn Bhd (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Axiata Group which is listed on the Bursa Malaysia), on the Australian aspects of its investment in Unlockd Media Pty Ltd.

Myer: Advised Myer on its acquisition of  the Marcs and David Lawrence national retail businesses.

Capital Square Partners Advisors Pte Ltd: Advised Capital Square Partners on its acquisition of ESM Holdings Limited, holding company of Aegis, a major global outsourcing company.

Owens-Illinois, Inc.: advised O-I on the divestment of the O-I Plastics Packaging division and the O-I Industrial Minerals division.

Illinois Tool Works, Inc.: advised ITW on the acquisition of the Smart Home Products, SRB and Nylex gardening products businesses, and the acquisition of the Septone polymers and fluids business.

Ridley Corporation Limited: advised Ridley on the acquisition of the Camilleri Stockfeeds business, and the divestment of the Cheetham Salt business.

Cotton On Group: advised Cotton On on the acquisition of the Supré retail chain.

Epworth Healthcare: advised Epworth on the acquisition of the Freemasons Hospital and the Cedar Court Rehabilitation Hospital, the Victorian radiology joint venture with Sonic Healthcare. and the establishment of the Epworth Geelong campus

RACV: advised RACV on the joint venture with NRMA (now Insurance Australia Group) to establish Insurance Manufacturers of Australia, and advised RACV on the acquisition of the DSP and EPAC salary packaging and fleet management businesses.

Godfreys: advised on the sale of the Godfreys national vacuum cleaner and cleaning products retail business.

Adairs: advised on the sale of the Adairs national manchester business.

Auscap: advised on the sale of the Auscap Closures steel closure manufacturing business.

Monash IVF: advised original practitioner shareholders on the sale of the Monash IVF business.

Politix: advised on the sale of the Politix fashion retail chain.

Victoria Carpets: advised Victoria plc on the acquisition of the Quest carpets business and the Dunlop Flooring business.

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Corporate / M&A

Michael's recent work includes: 

Retail

Politix: advised on the sale of the Politix fashion retail chain.

Myer: Advised Myer on its acquisition of  the Marcs and David Lawrence national retail businesses.

Noisette Bakery Pty Ltd: Advised on the sale of  Noisette retail and wholesale artisan baked goods business to Next Capital Pty Ltd (via its wholly owned subsidiary Artisanal Finance Pty Limited).

Cotton On Group: advised Cotton On on the acquisition of the Supré retail chain.

Godfreys: advised on the sale of the Godfreys national vacuum cleaner and cleaning products retail business.

Adairs: 
advised on the sale of the Adairs national manchester business.

FSS Retail Pty Ltd: Advised Myer on its acquisition of Marcs and David Lawrence brands, intellectual property and inventory and secured the option to acquire various other assets from the administrators of M. Webster Holdings Pty Limited and Webster Asset Pty Limited.


Healthcare

Epworth Healthcare: advised Epworth on the acquisition of the Freemasons Hospital and the Cedar Court Rehabilitation Hospital, the Victorian radiology joint venture with Sonic Healthcare. and the establishment of the Epworth Geelong campus.

Epworth Foundation: Advised Epworth Healthcare on the sales of  its radiation oncology business to Integrated Clinical Oncology Network Pty Ltd (part of the Icon private equity group) for an undisclosed cash consideration.

Monash IVF: advised original practitioner shareholders on the sale of the Monash IVF business.


Agribusiness

Ridley Corporation Limited: advised Ridley on the acquisition of the Camilleri Stockfeeds business, and the divestment of the Cheetham Salt business.


Manufacturing

Victoria Carpets: advised Victoria plc on the acquisition of the Quest carpets business.

Cyclone Tools Pty Ltd: Advised Cyclone Tools on its definitive sale agreement under which it will acquire the business conducted by Tuscan Landscape Group Pty Ltd (and various of its related entities), a leading Australian provider of pots, planters, pavers, decorative stone, and garden décor products.

Griffon Corporation/Cyclone Tools: Advised Griffon/Cyclone Tools on its acquisition of Tuscan Path and Hills Home Living businesses.

Illinois Tool Works, Inc.: advised ITW on the acquisition of the Smart Home Products, SRB and Nylex gardening products businesses, and the acquisition of the Septone polymers and fluids business.

Owens-Illinois, Inc.: advised O-I on the divestment of the O-I Plastics Packaging division and the O-I Industrial Minerals division.

Ridley Corporation Limited: advised Ridley on the acquisition of the Camilleri Stockfeeds business, and the divestment of the Cheetham Salt business.

Auscap: advised on the sale of the Auscap Closures steel closure manufacturing business.


Advising international companies

Capital Square Partners Advisors Pte Ltd: Conducted legal due diligence and advised on certain Australian law issues in respect of Capital Square Partners' acquisition of 100% of the share capital in ESM Holdings Limited, holding company of Aegis, a major global outsourcing company.

Axiata Group: Advised Axiata Digital Services Sdn Bhd (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Axiata Group which is listed on the Bursa Malaysia), on the Australian aspects of its investment in Unlockd Media Pty Ltd.

Owens-Illinois, Inc.: advised O-I on the divestment of the O-I Plastics Packaging division and the O-I Industrial Minerals division.

Illinois Tool Works, Inc.: advised ITW on the acquisition of the Smart Home Products, SRB and Nylex gardening products businesses, and the acquisition of the Septone polymers and fluids business.

Victoria Carpets: advised Victoria plc on the acquisition of the Quest carpets business and the Dunlop Flooring business.

Morrison & Foerster (Singapore) LLP: Advised Axiata Digital Services Sdn Bhd (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Axiata Group which is listed on the Bursa Malaysia) via its local Singaporean lawyers, Morrison & Foerster (Singapore) LLP, on the Australian aspects of its investment in Unlockd Media Pty Ltd by way of a share subscription.

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Corporate Governance

Michael advises ASX 200 companies on corporate governance issues.

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Governance and Compliance

Michael regularly advises various ASX 200, NYSE and large unlisted clients on governance and compliance issues generally (including Ridley Corporation Limited, Epworth Healthcare, RACV, Illinois Tool Works Inc., O-I Inc.).

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Australian Consumer Law

Michael regularly advises various ASX 200, NYSE and large unlisted manufacturing and retail clients on Australian consumer law compliance and best practice (including Ridley Corporation Limited, Illinois Tool Works Inc. and O-I Inc.). 

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Competition

Michael regularly advises various ASX 200, NYSE and large unlisted clients on Australian competition law generally (including Ridley Corporation Limited, Illinois Tool Works Inc. and O-I Inc.). 

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