Stephanie Daveson

Clayton Utz
Partner Brisbane

Clients testify to her "ability to deliver reliable, outstanding results time and time again, regardless of the time pressures. Her advice demonstrates her aptitude to think commercially and with the precision and clarity that is second to none, and in our view sets her above the pack for other legal providers in this market."

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A leading M&A and capital markets deal maker with specialist expertise in healthcare, sector aggregations and member-owned bank mergers. Sought out by Board members and C-suite for strategic insight, commercial approach and driving delivery of complex commercial deals on time and in budget. Recent accolades include Capital Markets Lawyer of the Year (Australia) and recognised as a peer-reviewed "Best Lawyer" in M&A since 2013. Diverse roles - from non-executive director during a hostile takeover to Takeovers Panel member – experience that sets her apart from others in the market.

Notable Work
  • Healthia take private by PEP by scheme of arrangement, and advised on its aggregation acquisitions, secondary raisings and IPO on ASX and acquisition of over 100 allied health businesses, including physiotherapists, podiatrists and optometrists
  • Acquisition of ICON Cancer Care by funds QIC, GS PIA and others
  • Merger of member-owned bank Newcastle Permanent merger with Greater Bank and BCU with P&N Bank
  • Graymont acquisition by de-merger of Sibelco's lime production business in Australia
  • Vossloh acquisition of rail infrastructure company, Austrak
  • Aurizon divestment of its CRT bulk freight hauling business, acquisition and then later divestment of its interest in the Moorebank Intermodal Termination and advising on its bid for GRail
  • Regulatory aspects of Melco Resort’s acquisition of 19.99% of Crown Casino and Blackstone's acquisition of Crown Resorts.
  • Motorcycle Holdings' acquisition of Australia's largest distributor of motorcycle accessories, Cassens and advising on their its sector aggregation strategy
  • Weis family sale of their business to Unilever
  • Advised on IPOs, ASX listings and secondary raisings for Healthia, Virtus Health, Wagners, Smiles Inclusive, PWR, Motorcycle Holdings, Straits Resources, Alchemia, Stanmore Coal, Arrow Energy, Retail Food Group and Highlands Pacific, among others.
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