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Jason van Grieken

About Jason

Jason van Grieken is a senior associate of the firm’s commercial & corporate group, specialising in public and private M&A, equity capital markets, negotiated transactions as well as general corporate advice.

Winner of ‘30 under 30’ Award for M&A

Lawyers Weekly, 2014

Jason regularly advises listed companies and funds, institutional investors, private equity funds and venture capitalists across a range of Australian M&A and equity capital markets transactions. He acts for clients that are active in various industry sectors including technology, retail, manufacturing and property.

Jason graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws with first class honours. In 2009, he joined Arnold Bloch Leibler as a graduate lawyer and was admitted to practice in 2010. Jason was appointed as a senior associate in July 2014.

Jason has been recognised for his legal expertise in the M&A field, having been awarded the Open Universities Australia M&A Award at the 2014 Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30’ Awards  and Jason 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

Jason’s practice focuses on the following areas:
  • public takeovers and mergers, including by way of scheme of arrangement;
  • asset and share acquisitions and disposals;
  • initial public offerings and back-door listings on the ASX;
  • secondary equity capital raisings;
  • private equity fund formation and structuring;
  • commercial agreements, joint ventures and corporate restructuring; and
  • corporate governance and advisory.

Experience

Jason has been involved in the following matters:

Public Equity Capital Markets

  • Thorney Technologies: $42.5 million recapitalisation and back-door listing on the ASX;
  • Kogan: $170 million IPO and listing on the ASX;
  • RCG Corporation: $125 million placement and $10 million SPP to fund the acquisition of Accent Group Limited;
  • Catapult Group: $66 million IPO and listing on the ASX;
  • Hotel Property Investments: $279 million IPO and listing on the ASX;
  • Thorney Group: $65 million recapitalisation of ASX-listed Wentworth Holdings and the establishment of Thorney Opportunities Limited;
  • Nufarm Limited: $251 million AREO and $611 million strategic investment by Sumitomo Chemical Company;
  • Seek Limited: $100 million placement and SPP and top-up offer;
  • Slater & Gordon: $40 million placement and SPP to partially fund its acquisition of Trilby Misso Lawyers; and
  • Carsales: $800 million IPO and listing on the ASX.

Public M&A transactions

  • Solomon Lew: $2.2 billion scheme between Woolworths South Africa and David Jones, and the $2 billion takeover for Country Road;
  • Senior lenders of Nine Entertainment (Apollo Global Management, Oaktree Capital Group) — $3.4 billion restructure of Nine by way of scheme;
  • Senior lenders of Redcape Hotel Group (York Capital Management, Varde Partners, Goldman Sachs) — $278 million takeover and recapitalisation of Redcape by way of scheme;
  • Tishman Speyer Properties: US$338.4 million privatisation ($1.9 billion overall transaction value) of the ASX-listed Tishman Speyer Office Fund;
  • Viento Group: successful ‘undisclosed associations’ application to the Takeovers Panel seeking a declaration of unacceptable circumstances regarding Viento’s affairs;
  • Nufarm Limited: in relation to the defence of the proposed scheme of arrangement by Chinese state-owned company, Sinochem Corporation; and
  • Breville Group: Breville’s successful defence of a $300 million takeover offer from GUD Holdings Limited.

Private M&A transactions

  • IDP Education: $56 million acquisition of Hotcourses, a UK-based digital marketing and online student recruitment company;
  • RCG Corporation: $200 million acquisition of Accent Group Limited, distributor and retailer of Vans, Skechers, Dr Martens and Timberland;
  • The Middleby Corporation: acquisition of Goldstein Eswood, one of Australia’s leading commercial kitchen equipment manufacturers;
  • Australian Sustainable Hardwoods: purchase of the Heyfield timber mill, the largest hardwood timber mill in Australia, from Gunns Limited; and
  • Catchoftheday and Scoopon: sale of a minority stake to Tiger Global Management, James Packer’s CPH and Andrew Bassat.

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