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Jason van Grieken

About Jason

Jason van Grieken practices in commercial and corporate law, with a particular focus on public and private mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets and shareholder activism.

Winner of ‘30 under 30’ Award for M&A

Lawyers Weekly, 2014

Jason is a corporate lawyer with significant experience in large-scale commercial 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. 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 and has advised on some of the Australian market’s largest and most interesting transactions, including multiple ‘Deal of the Year’ winners and nominees.

Jason also sits on the Advisory Board of the Sandro Demaio Foundation.

Practice focus

Jason’s practice focuses on the following areas:
  • public takeovers and mergers, including by way of scheme of arrangement;
  • private M&A;
  • IPOs and back-door listings on the ASX;
  • secondary equity capital raisings;
  • venture capital and private equity investments;
  • corporate restructuring transactions, including creditor schemes of arrangement; 
  • shareholder activism; and
  • corporate governance and advisory.

Experience

Jason has acted in a range of commercial transactions, including:

Public Equity Capital Markets

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

Public M&A transactions and corporate restructurings

  • Slater & Gordon: 
    • the settlement of multiple shareholder class actions by way of creditors’ scheme of arrangement;
    • creditors’ scheme of arrangement in respect of the recapitalisation of $760m of secured debt, involving the reduction of debt, the separation of UK operations and the issuance of shares to the secured creditors;
  • Spicers: Spicer’s acquisition of Step-up Preference Securities in the SPS Trust by way of a trust scheme;
  • Solomon Lew: $2.2bn scheme of arrangement between Woolworths South Africa and David Jones, and the $2 bn takeover for Country Road;
  • Senior lenders of Redcape Hotel Group (York Capital Management, Varde Partners, Goldman Sachs): $278m takeover and recapitalisation of Redcape by way of scheme;
  • Tishman Speyer Properties: US$338m privatisation ($1.9bn 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;
  • Breville Group: Breville’s successful defence of a $300m takeover offer from GUD Holdings Limited;

Private M&A transactions

  • 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% interest in CrownBet to The Stars Group and the acquisition by CrownBet of William Hill Australia for circa $300m;
  • BlueScope Steel: in relation to the sale of its New Zealand iron sands business;
  • Australian Sustainable Hardwoods:
    • sale of the company to the Victorian State Government;
    • initial acquisition of the Heyfield timber mill, the largest hardwood sawmill in Australia in 2012 from Gunns Limited;
  • IDP Education: $56m acquisition of Hotcourses, a UK-based digital marketing and online student recruitment company;
  • Nine Entertainment: acting for the senior lenders of Nine Entertainment (Apollo Global Management, Oaktree Capital Group) in relation to the $3.4bn restructure of Nine by way of scheme;
  • RCG Corporation: $200m 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; and
  • Catchoftheday and Scoopon: sale of a minority stake to Tiger Global Management, James Packer’s CPH and Andrew Bassat.

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