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Jeremy Leibler

About Jeremy

Jeremy Leibler practises in commercial and corporate law with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, takeovers and takeover defences, public and private capital raisings and shareholder activism and board disputes. His major clients include both listed public companies and private entrepreneurs.

‘[V]ery smart and astute’ and lauded for his ability to ‘get things done quickly’.

Client quote, Chambers Global

Jeremy was recently appointed as a non-executive director of ASX listed Thorney Technologies Limited. He is also a member of the Australian Takeovers Panel, having been appointed by the Governor General, the Hon Sir Peter Cosgrove, in 2015. He has an intimate knowledge of the law and market practices relevant to listed companies in Australia, and is a regular speaker on takeovers and related issues.

Jeremy is recognised for his expertise in corporate/M&A in prominent international guides to law firms, including Chambers Global and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific. He is also recognised by Best Lawyers® International in the area of commercial law and by Doyle’s Guide in the categories of Leading Private Equity Lawyers - Melbourne, 2016 and ‘Leading Corporate Lawyers – Melbourne, 2015’. At the 2015 Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards, Jeremy’s team was awarded ‘Transaction Team of the Year’.

Prior to joining Arnold Bloch Leibler, Jeremy graduated top of his class at Monash University with first class honours and was awarded the Supreme Court Prize for best honours student. He was also editor of the Monash University Law Review.

Jeremy is a member of the Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and of the International Bar Association. Jeremy is also a director of Leibler Yavneh College.

Excellent negotiating skills.

Client quote, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific

Directorships & memberships

Jeremy is a non-executive director of ASX listed Thorney Technologies Limited and a member of the Australian Takeovers Panel.
 
He is also a member of:
  • The Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia;
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors; and
  • International Bar Association.

Experience

Jeremy has acted in a range of corporate and commercial matters, including:

  • EPS Group: in relation to the sale of its Australian and American operations to EnerMech, an engineering services firm based in Aberdeen, Scotland;
  • Thorney Group: in relation to:
    • the recapitalisation of ASX-listed shell Australian Renewable Fuels and relisting it on the ASX as a new investment entity, Thorney Technologies;
    • the recapitalisation of ASX-listed Wentworth Holdings and the establishment of Thorney Opportunities Limited;
  • A private family group: in relation to its acquisition of the Sullivans Cove whisky business from Tasmania Distillery Pty Ltd;
  • 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 and its $135 million placement and share purchase plan to fund the acquisition of Accent Group;
    • its $90 million fully underwritten placement and director sell down;
    • its $105 million acquisition of Hype DC, the owner of the Hype DC and Shubar retail stores and its $55 million placement and vendor note to fund the acquisition of Hype DC;
  • zipMoney Ltd: in relation to its $20.6 million private placement and its acquisition of personal finance app, Pocketbook;
  • Kogan.com, Australia’s leading pure-play online retailer: in relation to its $180 million IPO and listing on the ASX;
  • Solomon Lew: in relation to the $2.2 billion scheme of arrangements between Woolworths South Africa and David Jones Limited and the $2 billion takeover offer for Country Road Limited;
  • Eye Investment Fund: in the application to the Takeovers Panel by Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation in relation to Ambassador Oil and Gas Limited;
  • Australian Sustainable Hardwoods: in relation to the purchase of the Heyfield timber mill, the largest hardwood timber mill in Australia, from Gunns Limited;
  • Hotel Property Investments: in relation to its $279 million IPO and listing on the ASX;
  • the shareholders of Australian Independent Business Media (AIBM), publisher of prominent digital publications Business Spectator and Eureka Report: in relation to the sale of AIBM to News Limited;
  • the Grenda family: in the sale of a majority stake in its bus manufacturing business, Volgren, to Brazilian company Marcopolo;
  • a consortium including associates of York Capital Management, Varde Partners and Goldman Sachs (Asia) Finance: in relation to a $278 million takeover and recapitalisation of Redcape Property Group;
  • Viento Group: in relation to an application to the Takeovers Panel seeking a declaration of unacceptable circumstances;
  • Breville Group: in relation to the proposed $300 million takeover offer from GUD Holdings Limited;
  • Gyrocam Systems: in the sale of Gyrocam to Lockheed Martin Corporation;
  • Octavian Special Master fund: in relation to the proposed takeover of MYOB Limited and application to the Takeovers Panel;
  • Premier Investments Limited: in the successful $900 million takeover of Just Group Limited;
  • Harris Scarfe Australia: in the $80 million sale of the company to Momentum Private Equity; and
  • Premier Investments Limited: in the sale in 2007 of its shareholding in Coles Group Limited to the Wesfarmers Consortium; and
  • SEEK Limited: in its listing on the ASX.

Recognition & publications

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