Peter Feros specialises in providing front-end strategic income tax advice to listed Australian and foreign corporates and domestic and foreign funds, with a particular focus on M&A and fund structuring.

He is known for being technically excellent and has been instrumental in developing structures which make transactions “bankable”.

He advises clients from many industries,  including the technology and financial services sectors, and has a broad base of private equity, hedge fund and property fund clients. 

Peter also advises many private clients and privately owned groups. 

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Taxation

Income Tax Mergers & Acquisitions

Woolworths Holdings: When the South African based Woolworths Holdings acquired David Jones in 2014 for $2.2b, Peter advised on the income tax implications of the transaction.  Peter also advised the group on their acquisition of a minority stake in the Country Road Group.

Vitol: Peter advised on the Australian income tax aspects of Vitol's acquisition of the Shell Australia downstream businesses which were valued at $2.9b.

CommonWealth REIT: When CommonWealth REIT acquired MacarthurCook Industrial Property Trust, Peter advised on the income tax aspects relating to the transaction.

DTZ acquisition: Peter advised a consortium on Australian income tax in relation to its proposed $1.2 billion acquisition of DTZ, a global property services business from UGL Limited. The consortium consisted of TPG Asia, Inc, Hong Kong investment manager PAG Asia Capital and Canada’s Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.

Westpac Banking Corporation: Peter advised Westpac in relation to the income tax implications of its acquisition of Lloyds Banking Group's Australian businesses.

Bain Capital: Peter advised Bain Capital on the income tax aspects of the acquisition of Retail Zoo, a leading multi-brand franchise player which includes signature brands such as Boost Juice Bars, Salsa's Fresh Mex Grill, Cibo Expresso and Hatch Chicken Shop.

Australian Unity (AU): Peter advised AU in connection with the Australian income tax implications of its $391m office fund initial public offering (IPO)

Australian Grain Champions: Peter advised a consortium consisting of GrainCorp, Australian Grains Champion and HRL Morrison & Co in relation to the income tax implications of the proposed corporatisation of Co-operative Bulk Handling Ltd (CBH), a WA located co-operative.

HRL Morrison & Co: Peter advised HRL Morrison Co in relation to the income tax aspects of the acquisition (by funds which it manages) of Macarthur Wind Farm ($532m)  from AGL.

Private Equity

Pacific Equity Partners (PEP): Peter provided income tax advice in connection with the initial acquisition by PEP of the Spotless Group and the subsequent IPO.

DTZ acquisition: Peter advised a consortium on its proposed $1.2 billion acquisition of DTZ, a global property services business from UGL Limited. The consortium consisted of TPG Asia, Inc, Hong Kong investment manager PAG Asia Capital and Canada’s Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.

Bain Capital: Peter advised Bain Capital on the income tax aspects of the acquisition of Retail Zoo, a leading multi-brand franchise player which includes signature brands such as Boost Juice Bars, Salsa's Fresh Mex Grill, Cibo Expresso and Hatch Chicken Shop.

Private Clients

Family groups: Peter advises a number of private family groups on their tax related matters including taxation disputes with the Australian Taxation Office.

Taxation Disputes

Family groups: Peter advises a number of private family groups on their tax related matters including taxation disputes with the Australian Taxation Office.

Other

Charitable and not for profit work: Peter does extensive work for the not for profit sector. This includes obtaining deductible gift recipient and tax concession charity status.

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Private Equity

DTZ acquisition: Peter advised a consortium on Australian income tax of in relation to its proposed $1.2 billion acquisition of DTZ, a global property services business from UGL Limited. The consortium consisted of TPG Asia, Inc, Hong Kong investment manager PAG Asia Capital and Canada’s Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. 

Pacific Equity Partners (PEP): Peter provided income tax advice in connection with the initial acquisition by PEP of the Spotless Group and the subsequent initial public offering (IPO).

Bain Capital: Peter advised on the acquisition of Retail Zoo, a leading multi-brand franchise player which includes signature brands such as Boost Juice Bars, Salsa's Fresh Mex Grill, Cibo Expresso and Hatch Chicken Shop.

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Taxation Disputes

Family groups: Peter advises a number of private family groups on their tax related matters including taxation disputes with the Australian Taxation Office.

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Banking and Finance

Westpac Banking Corporation: Peter advised Westpac in relation to the income tax implications of its acquisition of Lloyds Banking Group's Australian businesses.

Credit Suisse: Peter advised Credit Suisse in connection with its financing ($5b) of Fortescue Metals Group.

Corporate Bond and Debt Syndications: Peter advises various lenders and borrowers alike on the Australian income tax implications of a wide range of corporate bond and debt syndication transactions. 

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