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Christine  Fleer

About Christine

Christine is a Partner of the firm’s commercial and private clients practice. She has a diverse practice, providing strategic advice to high-net-worth individuals, entrepreneurs and family groups, as well as to global hedge funds, listed companies and insolvency administrators.

“The advice Christine always offers has the client's best interests at its core and Christine understands what ‘success’ looks like for her clients.”

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Christine is a member of the corporate and commercial group that won ‘Transaction Team of the Year’ at the 2015 Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards  and was a finalist for the 2018 Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards for Commercial Partner of the Year.

Christine graduated from The University of Melbourne with a first class honours degree in law and a degree in commerce.  She joined Arnold Bloch Leibler as an articled clerk in 2005, was appointed a senior associate in 2010, and promoted to partner in 2016.

Practice focus

Christine’s practice focuses on the following areas:
  • commercial and corporate advice;
  • restructuring;
  • mergers and acquisitions;
  • stakeholder agreements, including partnership, shareholder and joint venture agreements;
  • business and corporate restructuring and succession planning, including family agreements and constitutions; and
  • wealth management, including asset protection, estate planning and family law disputes.

“Christine is the perfect mix of being across the detail, incredibly smart and technically competent in her field. By getting this mix right she builds a firm foundation to competently manage the many moving parts of a transaction.”

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Directorships & memberships

Christine is a member of the Board of the National Theatre, St Kilda and the Tarrawarra Museum of Art, and is a trustee of the Besen Family Foundation.

Experience

Christine has acted for individuals, family groups, public and private companies, global hedge funds and insolvency administrators in a broad range of transactions. Recent experience includes:

  • The founders of CrownBet: on a series of milestone transactions, including the $150m exit of Crown Resorts, the entry of new partner The Stars Group, the sale of a further 18 per cent interest in CrownBet to The Stars Group and the acquisition by CrownBet of William Hill Australia for circa $300m;
  • The deed administrators of Arrium Australia: in relation to the successful competitive sale process out of a complex insolvency process, which resulted in the sale of Arrium Australia as a going concern;
  • BlueScope Steel: in relation to the sale of its New Zealand iron sands business;
  • Luxury Retail Group: in relation to the buy-back by Furla Group of its stores in Australia and the acquisition of several luxury brand licences in Australia;
  • New Zealand’s largest company, the Fonterra Group: in relation to various acquisitions, divestments and commercial arrangements;
  • EPS Group: in relation to the sale of its Australian and American operations to EnerMech, an engineering services firm based in Aberdeen, Scotland;
  • the owners of Milan Direct: in relation to its pre-IPO sale to Temple & Webster;
  • the Victorian Government: in relation to the termination of the East West Link project; 
  • the Grenda Family: in relation to the sale of:
    • the Grenda bus transit business; and
    • its majority shareholding in the Volgren bus manufacturing business.
  • SEEK Limited: in relation to its $206m acquisition of a 60 per cent stake in Jobs DB, an online employment company operations throughout South-East Asia;
  • Carsales Limited: in relation to its acquisition of a 65 per cent stake in SoloAutos, a leading automotive classified website in Mexico; and
  • some of Australia’s wealthiest individuals and family groups: in relation to estate planning, business succession planning, family agreements and complex family disputes.

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