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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.

‘Incredibly intuitive in his understanding of clients' needs, at bridging the gap between legalities and commercial realities and in knowing how to get the deal done.’

Client quote, Chambers Asia Pacific

Jeremy is 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. 

Jeremy has an intimate knowledge of the law and market practices relevant to listed companies in Australia and is frequently quoted in the media. He is a regular speaker on takeovers, shareholder activism, proxy advisers and related issues. In 2016, he partnered with Activist Insight to produce a report providing the first detailed analysis of activist investing trends and insights in Australia (read the report here).

Jeremy is recognised for his expertise in corporate/M&A and capital markets in prominent international guides to law firms, including Chambers Asia Pacific and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific. He is also recognised by Best Lawyers® International in the area of commercial law and has been ranked by Doyle’s Guide Australia as ‘pre-eminent’ in the categories of private equity and corporate/M&A in Melbourne. 

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. 

‘Excellent negotiating skills’ and ‘quickly dissects the important issues’.

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.

Jeremy is deeply committed to Jewish affairs, currently serving as the President of the Zionist Federation of Australia, the representative roof body for the Jewish community across Australia. He is also a director of Leibler Yavneh College

 

Experience

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

  • Premier Investments: in relation to its shareholding in the iconic Australian department store retailer Myer;
  • Merlon Capital Partners: in relation to its activism campaign against AMP Limited in relation to AMP’s $3.3bn divestment of its life insurance business;
  • Dial-A-Dump Industries: in relation to the sale of the privately owned group to ASX listed Bingo Industries for $577.5m;
  • Specialty Fashion Group: in relation to the strategic sale of its Millers, Katies, Crossroads, Autograph and Rivers portfolio of businesses to Noni B;
  • Australian Sustainable Hardwoods: in relation to: 
    • its sale of the company to the Victorian State Government; and
    • its initial acquisition of the Heyfield timber mill, the largest hardwood sawmill in Australia in 2012;
  • Airmaster Australia: in relation to the sale of 100 per cent of the owners’ shares in the company to Daikin Industries for $100m;
  • Praemium CEO, Michael Ohanessian: in relation to the successful board spill of the Praemium board;
  • 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; and
    • 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;
  • ASX listed Accent Group, the retailer of The Athlete’s Foot and other brands: in relation to:
    • its $200m acquisition of Accent Group, the owner of retail chain Platypus Shoes and distributor of Vans, Sketchers, Dr Martens and Timberland;
    • its $135m placement and share purchase plan to fund the acquisition of Accent Group;
    • its acquisition of the Saucony distribution rights in Australia;
    • its $105m acquisition of Hype DC, the owner of Hype DC and Shubar retail stores; and
    • its $52.5m placement and $13.1m vendor note fund to fund the acquisition of Hype DC;
  • zipMoney Ltd: in relation to: 
    • its $40m strategic equity investment from Westpac Banking Corporation; and
    • its $20.6m private placement and its acquisition of personal finance app, Pocketbook;
  • Kogan.com, Australia’s leading pure-play online retailer: in relation to its $180m IPO and listing on the ASX;
  • Solomon Lew: in relation to the $2.2bn scheme of arrangements between Woolworths South Africa and David Jones Limited and the $2bn 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;
  • Hotel Property Investments: in relation to its $279m 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 $278m takeover and recapitalisation of Redcape Property Group;
  • Breville Group: in relation to the proposed $300m takeover offer from GUD Holdings Limited;
  • Gyrocam Systems: in the sale of Gyrocam to Lockheed Martin Corporation;
  • Premier Investments Limited: in relation to: 
    • the successful $900m takeover of Just Group Limited; and
    • the sale in 2007 of its shareholding in Coles Group Limited to the Wesfarmers Consortium.

Recognition & publications

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