Rod Halstead is a Director in our Mergers and Acquisitions Group and is consistently rated amongst the top Australian lawyers in this field.

He has more than 30 years' experience advising major corporations in relation to the structuring and execution of contested and negotiated takeovers, acquisitions, mergers and divestments and the foreign investment laws and guidelines which impact on those transactions.

Rod was appointed as a member of the Australian Takeovers Panel in 2010.

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Corporate / M&A

Spotless Group Limited: advised on the acquisition of Spotless by Pacific Equity Partners, valuing Spotless at approximately A$720 million (2011/2012).


AMP Limited:
advised in relation to its over A$14 billion merger with AXA Asia Pacific Holdings Limited and the separation and sale of its Asian businesses to AXA SA - one of the largest completed Australian transactions of 2011(2010/11).


Singapore Exchange:
advised Singapore Exchange Limited on its proposed merger with ASX Ltd by scheme of arrangement, valuing the merged entity at approximately A$16 billion (2010/11).


Constellation Brands, Inc.:
advised on the divestment of its Australian and UK wine business for approximately A$290 million (2010/11).

 

Agrium Inc.: advised on its A$1.2 billion plus acquisition of AWB Limited by scheme of arrangement (2010).


Australian Capital Equity
and WesTrac Holdings Pty Ltd: acted on the formation of a new ASX-listed company, Seven Group Holdings, which has acquired the WesTrac business and has also acquired Seven Network Limited for a scrip for scrip exchange through a scheme of arrangement (2010).

 

Macquarie Media Group (now Southern Cross Media): advised on all aspects of Macquarie Media Group's recapitalisation, internalisation and corporatisation initiatives (2009).


HBOS:
advised HBOS, as vendor, on its A$2.5 billion sale of BankWest and the St Andrew's wealth and insurance business to Commonwealth Bank of Australia (2008).

Origin Energy: advised on its successful defence of a A$13 billion hostile takeover bid by BG Group plc (2008).

See Corporate / M&A

Mergers and Acquisitions

Spotless Group Limited: advised on the acquisition of Spotless by Pacific Equity Partners, valuing Spotless at approximately A$720 million (2011/2012).


AMP Limited:
advised in relation to its over A$14 billion merger with AXA Asia Pacific Holdings Limited and the separation and sale of its Asian businesses to AXA SA - one of the largest completed Australian transactions of 2011(2010/11).

 

Singapore Exchange: advised Singapore Exchange Limited on its proposed merger with ASX Ltd by scheme of arrangement, valuing the merged entity at approximately A$16 billion (2010/11).


Constellation Brands, Inc.:
advised on the divestment of its Australian and UK wine business for approximately A$290 million (2010/11).


Agrium Inc.:
advised on its A$1.2 billion plus acquisition of AWB Limited by scheme of arrangement (2010).


Australian Capital Equity
and WesTrac Holdings Pty Ltd: acted on the formation of a new ASX-listed company, Seven Group Holdings, which has acquired the WesTrac business and has also acquired Seven Network Limited for a scrip for scrip exchange through a scheme of arrangement (2010).


Macquarie Media Group (now Southern Cross Media):
advised on all aspects of Macquarie Media Group's recapitalisation, internalisation and corporatisation initiatives (2009).


HBOS:
advised HBOS, as vendor, on its A$2.5 billion sale of BankWest and the St Andrew's wealth and insurance business to Commonwealth Bank of Australia (2008).

Origin Energy: advised on its successful defence of a A$13 billion hostile takeover bid by BG Group plc (2008).

See Mergers and Acquisitions

Corporate Governance

Spotless Group Limited: advised on the acquisition of Spotless by Pacific Equity Partners, valuing Spotless at approximately A$720 million (2011/2012).


Australian Capital Equity
and WesTrac Holdings Pty Ltd: acted on the formation of a new ASX-listed company, Seven Group Holdings, which has acquired the WesTrac business and has also acquired Seven Network Limited for a scrip for scrip exchange through a scheme of arrangement (2010).


Macquarie Media Group (now Southern Cross Media):
advised on all aspects of Macquarie Media Group's recapitalisation, internalisation and corporatisation initiatives (2009).

See Corporate Governance

Capital Management

Australian Capital Equity and WesTrac Holdings Pty Ltd: acted on the formation of a new ASX-listed company, Seven Group Holdings, which has acquired the WesTrac business and has also acquired Seven Network Limited for a scrip for scrip exchange through a scheme of arrangement (2010).


Macquarie Media Group (now Southern Cross Media):
advised on all aspects of Macquarie Media Group's recapitalisation, internalisation and corporatisation initiatives (2009).

See Capital Management

Governance and Compliance

Spotless Group Limited: advised on the acquisition of Spotless by Pacific Equity Partners, valuing Spotless at approximately A$720 million (2011/2012).


AMP Limited:
advised in relation to its over A$14 billion merger with AXA Asia Pacific Holdings Limited and the separation and sale of its Asian businesses to AXA SA - one of the largest completed Australian transactions of 2011(2010/11).


Singapore Exchange:
advised Singapore Exchange Limited on its proposed merger with ASX Ltd by scheme of arrangement, valuing the merged entity at approximately A$16 billion (2010/11).


Constellation Brands, Inc.:
advised on the divestment of its Australian and UK wine business for approximately A$290 million (2010/11).


Agrium Inc.:
advised on its A$1.2 billion plus acquisition of AWB Limited by scheme of arrangement (2010).


Australian Capital Equity
and WesTrac Holdings Pty Ltd: acted on the formation of a new ASX-listed company, Seven Group Holdings, which has acquired the WesTrac business and has also acquired Seven Network Limited for a scrip for scrip exchange through a scheme of arrangement (2010).


Macquarie Media Group (now Southern Cross Media):
advised on all aspects of Macquarie Media Group's recapitalisation, internalisation and corporatisation initiatives (2009).


HBOS:
advised HBOS, as vendor, on its A$2.5 billion sale of BankWest and the St Andrew's wealth and insurance business to Commonwealth Bank of Australia (2008).


Origin Energy:
advised on its successful defence of a A$13 billion hostile takeover bid by BG Group plc (2008).

See Governance and Compliance

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