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 Jeremy  Lanzer

About Jeremy

Jeremy Lanzer practises in commercial and corporate law, with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, listed public companies, equity capital raisings and shareholder activism.

Jeremy Lanzer is ‘technically skilled and commercially insightful’, a ‘highly responsive’ source of ‘clear, succinct advice’ and valued as an ‘astute, sensible and practical adviser’.

Client quotes, Chambers Global

Jeremy acts for a range of public and private clients in Australia and overseas across various industry sectors, including technology and internet, retail, cybersecurity, property development, and pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws from The University of Melbourne, Jeremy joined Arnold Bloch Leibler as an articled clerk in 2008, was appointed a senior associate in 2012 and became a partner in 2018.

Jeremy completed a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Melbourne Business School in 2018, and has spoken publicly about the importance of emotional intelligence and being business savvy in legal practice.

Jeremy was first ranked by Chambers Asia Pacific in 2015 as an ‘associate to watch’ in Corporate/M&A. Jeremy has been ranked by Chambers Global for Corporate/M&A in each subsequent year, attracting praise as an “astute, sensible and practical adviser” who offers “clear, succinct advice” and flexible engagement with client requirements. 

In 2017 and 2018 Jeremy was selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers® International list for Australia for his work in Equity Capital Markets Law.

Jeremy was also recognised in Legal Media Group’s Rising Stars 2015 Expert Guides publication for Corporate/M&A in Australia, and again in the 2016, 2017 and 2018 publications for Corporate/M&A/Private Equity, the only lawyer in Australia ranked for that category.

Jeremy was selected as a finalist for ‘Senior Associate of the Year’ and 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

Jeremy’s practice focuses on the following areas:
  • public takeovers, mergers and acquisitions;
  • public and private capital raisings, including initial public offerings and ASX listings;
  • business and share acquisitions and disposals; 
  • shareholder activism and board disputes;
  • corporate governance; 
  • joint ventures and commercial agreements; and
  • general commercial and corporate advice.

Directorships & memberships

Jeremy is a member of the Advisory Board of Community Security Group Victoria. 

He is also a:

  • fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia (FGIA);
  • member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD);
  • member of the Law Council of Australia; and
  • member of the International Bar Association.

Experience

Jeremy's experience includes the following matters:

Corporate and M&A

  • Nufarm Limited: in relation to the:
    • $611m strategic investment by Sumitomo Chemical Company; and
    • defence of the proposed scheme of arrangement by Chinese state-owned Sinochem Corporation;
  • carsales.com Limited: in relation to its:
    • KRW117.5bn acquisition of 49.9 per cent of the online assets of SK Encar, South Korea’s leading automotive trading business;
    • R$180m acquisition from Banco Santander of a 30 per cent interest in WebMotors SA, the leading automotive website in Brazil;
    • acquisition of an 83 per cent interest in Chileautos, the leading automotive classifieds website in Chile;
    • $60.1m acquisition of a 50.1 per cent interest in Stratton Finance; and
    • investment, together with Stratton Finance, in peer-to-peer lender RateSetter;
  • Premier Investments: in relation to its $900m takeover of Just Group;
  • Nine Entertainment on behalf of the senior lenders including US hedge funds Apollo Global Management and Oaktree Capital Group: in relation to the $3.4bn restructure of Nine Entertainment by way of scheme of arrangement;
  • SEEK Limited: in relation to its:
    • $330m sale of its 50 per cent interest in IDP Education Limited; and
    • $206m acquisition of a 60 per cent stake in Jobs DB;
  • Icon Co: in relation to its sale of a majority stake to Japanese builder Kajima Corporation;
  • Catchoftheday and Scoopon: in relation to the sale of a minority stake to a consortium including Tiger Global Management, James Packer’s Consolidated Press Holdings and SEEK’s Andrew Bassat;
  • Executive Channel Network: in relation to the $68.5m sale of its Australian business to ASX-listed oOh!media;
  • Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals: in relation to its successful defence of an unsolicited takeover proposal from NASDAQ-listed Retrophin;
  • Taverners Group: in relation to its successful takeover of ASX-listed investment company Astra Capital;
  • Viento Group: in relation to its defence of the proposed off-market takeover by Mariner Corporation; and
  • Eye Investment Fund: in the application to the Takeovers Panel by Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation in relation to Ambassador Oil and Gas Limited.

Capital Markets

  • carsales.com Limited: in relation to its $800m IPO and listing on ASX;
  • Nufarm Limited: in relation to several multi-million dollar capital raisings, including an entitlement offer to fund the US$490m acquisition of a crop protection portfolio from Adama Agricultural Solutions and Syngenta Crop Protection;
  • Thorney Technologies: in relation to:
    • the recapitalisation of ASX-listed Australian Renewable Fuels and ASX relisting as a tech investment fund; and
    • its private placement capital raising;
  • SEEK Limited: in relation to its $100m placement, share purchase plan and top-up offer;
  • Thorney Opportunities: in relation to its capital raising via private placement and share purchase plan;
  • Slater & Gordon: in relation to its:
    • $65m capital raising involving an institutional placement and share purchase plan; and
    • $40m capital raising via share purchase plan to fund partially its acquisition of Trilby Misso Lawyers;
  • Funtastic Limited: in relation to its capital raising via an entitlement offer; and
  • Votiro Cybersec: in relation to its pre-IPO capital raising and corporate restructure.

Shareholder Activism

  • Solomon Lew and Premier Investments: in relation to its campaign for change on the board of department score Myer Holdings;
  • Dr. Gary Weiss and Ariadne Australia: in relation to the successful campaign for change at Dreamworld theme park owner Ardent Leisure Group, resulting in two board appointments and Dr. Weiss’ appointment as board chairman; and
  • Michael Kum and Halom Investments: in relation to its public dispute with the board of marine service provider, MMA Offshore.

Recognition & publications

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