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Clayton Utz Special Counsel , Perth T +61 8 9426 8225

Scott Girdler is a special counsel in our Corporate and Energy and Resources Group in Perth. He focuses on acquisition and disposal of assets, projects (including transport and logistics projects and supply agreements), financial services and managed investments.

Scott advises clients in a range of industry sectors including energy and resources, agribusiness, health and property.

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Agribusiness and Food

Minerva Foods and SALIC Australia: Advised the joint venture on their acquisition of abattoir facilities in Western Australia. The acquisitions mark Minerva Foods’ entrance into the Australian market.

Forest Products Commission (FPC): Advising the Western Australian Government enterprise on its general timber supply agreements and acting generally for FPC for a number of years. This includes advising FPC on sandalwood processing, marketing and sale contracts.  FPC was established to develop and market Western Australia's renewable timber resources.

Co-operative Bulk Handling Limited: Advised on various projects and contractual agreements, including the acquisition and disposal of port facilities, drafting of grain storage, transportation and handling agreements and grain pool agreements.

Wespine: Advised the West Australian timber producer on supply and distribution agreements.

Co-operative Bulk Handling Limited: Advised the agricultural cooperative in relation to a joint venture with an Indonesian investor in relation to the acquisition of flour mills in Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Geraldton Fishermen’s Co-operative Ltd: Delivered general advice to the rock lobster fishing co-operative for a number of years, including in relation to mergers and acquisitions and fishing and supply contracts.

Saudi Agricultural Livestock Investment Company: Advised on its acquisition of the Baladjie aggregation, comprising of 76,000 hectares of freehold cropping land and 134,000 hectares of leasehold land that is spread across WA's eastern wheat belt region, as well as a flock of 40,000 sheep from John Nicoletti. This acquisition is understood to be one of the largest single parcels of broad acre land to be sold in Australia.

TH Group (Clean Agriculture & International Tourism Pty Ltd): Advised on its acquisition of cattle stations in Western Australia and the Northern Territory from Consolidated Pastoral Company.

Watershed Wines: Acted in relation to the corporatisation of a winery business which was operated as a managed investment scheme.

Clairault Wines: Acted in relation to the acquisition of the Clairault wine business in the Margaret River region.

The General Environmental Technos Co. Ltd (subsidiary of Kansai Electric): Acted in relation to pilot oil mallee carbon sequestration project in which approximately 30 farms across the wheat belt participated.

Forest Products Commission: Acted in relation to a carbon permits supply agreement with Synergy in respect of the supply of carbon credits from forest sinks to be established over up to 100,000 ha of land in Western Australia.

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Corporate / M&A

MG Kailis Pty Ltd: acted for the Kailis group of companies in relation to its sale of pearl farming assets in Western Australia and the Northern Territory to the Paspaley Group. The transaction included the negotiation of agreements for the sale of shares, the management of pearl farms, the provision of international pearl marketing services and the supply of pearls.

Patersons Securities Limited: acted for Patersons in relation to its acquisition of the stockbroking and arbitrage business conducted by Tolhurst Limited. Advised on all aspects from due diligence to negotiation and completion of the business sale agreement and post completion issues. Advised in relation to financial services compliance requirements which included obtaining relief from ASIC and tax issues.

Versacold Australia: acted for Versacold in relation to its acquisition of P&O Cold Logistics, a refrigerated warehousing and distribution business from the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O), for approximately C$382 million. 

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Energy and Resources

Tianqi Lithium Australia: Scott advised Tianqi Lithium Australia on its joint venture with ASX-listed IGO limited. The deal, valuing IGO’s investment at A$1.9 billion, was one of the largest energy and resources deals in Australia throughout 2021. The joint venture comprises the Greenbushes lithium concentrate mining operations and Kwinana Lithium Hydroxide Plant, both located in Western Australia.

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