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Gavin  Hammerschlag

About Gavin

Gavin Hammerschlag is a Senior Associate in the firm’s corporate and M&A and capital markets groups. Gavin practises in commercial and corporate law, with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, listed public companies and equity capital markets.

Recognised as one of the 30 best lawyers in Australia under the age of 30, winning the ‘30 under 30’ Award in the M&A category.

Lawyers Weekly, 2015

Gavin regularly advises listed public companies, high net worth investors and private entrepreneurs across a range of public and private and equity capital market transactions. Gavin’s transactional experience has been diverse, from advising on large public company matters to small strategic acquisitions. Gavin acts for clients that are active in various industries including retail, property and technology.

Gavin graduated with Honours in a combined Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws from The University of New South Wales and joined Arnold Bloch Leibler in 2012. Gavin was appointed a senior associate in July 2016.

In 2015 Gavin was recognised as one of the 30 best lawyers in Australia under the age of 30, winning the 'Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30' Award in the M&A category. Gavin is a member of the corporate and commercial group that won ‘Transaction Team of the Year’ at the 2015 Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards.

 

Practice focus


Gavin’s practice focuses on the following areas:

  • takeovers, mergers and acquisitions;
  • public listings and equity capital markets, including Corporations Act and ASX listing rule advice;
  • private and public companies, including asset and share acquisitions and disposals; and
  • general commercial and corporate advice.

Experience

Gavin has acted in a range of matters, including on behalf of:

  • RCG Corporation Limited, the retailer of The Athlete’s Foot and other brands: in relation to:
    • its $200 million acquisition of Accent Group, the owner of retail chain Platypus Shoes and distributor of Vans, Sketchers, Dr Martens and Timberland;
    • its $125 million placement and $10 million share purchase plan to fund the acquisition of Accent Group;
    • its $50 million fully underwritten placement and $40 million director sell down;
    • its acquisition of the Saucony distribution rights in Australia;
    • its $105 million acquisition of Hype DC, the owner of the Hype DC and Shubar retail stores; and
    • its $52.5 million placement and $13.1 million vendor note to fund the acquisition of Hype DC;
  • zipMoney Ltd: in relation to:
    • its $40 million strategic equity investment from Westpac Banking Corporation; and
    • its $20.6 million private placement and its acquisition of personal finance app, Pocketbook;
  • Specialty Fashion Group: in relation to:
    • its response to a takeover proposal from Al Alfia Holding;
    • its acquisition of the Rivers business;
  • Kogan.com, Australia’s leading pure-play online retailer: in relation to its $180 million IPO and listing on the ASX;
  • SEEK Ltd: in relation to its acquisition of a minority interest in online marketplace Sidekicker;
  • carsales.com Limited: in relation to:
    • its $60.1 million acquisition of a 50.1 per cent interest in Stratton Finance; and
    • its acquisition of Auto Inspect (now Redbook Inspect);
  • Smartpay Holdings Limited: in relation to its dual listing on the ASX;
  • Gleneagle Securities: in relation to numerous ASX equity capital market transactions, including investments in ASX listed iCollege Holdings, Guildford Coal, Queensland Bauxite and Indus Coal;
  • Ivany Investment Group and Sturt Capital: in relation to their investments in Sydney Zoo and Allied Credit.
  • Catapult Group: in relation to its $66 million IPO and listing on the ASX;
  • Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals: acted in defending the proposal by NASDAQ listed company Retrophin, Inc. to acquire Clinuvel by way of scheme of arrangement;
  • Alceon Group: in relation to its acquisition of leading school photography business, MSP Photography;
  • Supre: acting for the van der Meulen family and other private investors on the sale of the Supre retail fashion business to the Cotton On Group;
  • Numerous real estate development joint ventures for clients including Icon Co, Ramsay Property Group and Alceon Group; and
  • Banijay International, a French-based global television production company: in relation to its acquisition of a controlling interest in Australian production company Screentime.

Recognition & publications

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