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Ari Bendet

BCom, LLB (Hons) (Monash)

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About Ari

Ari Bendet is a Senior Associate in our corporate and commercial practice. He has a particular focus on private and public M&A, capital markets, private equity and corporate governance.

Ari has significant experience in complex and large-scale corporate transactions. He acts for a range of public and private clients in Australia and overseas across various industry sectors including technology, hospitality, healthcare, infrastructure and financial services.

Ari graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws with first class honours. He joined the firm in 2021.

Prior to joining Arnold Bloch Leibler, Ari was a Senior Associate in the Mergers, Acquisitions and Capital Markets team at Allens. Ari also spent time in BGH Capital's legal team on secondment.

Practice focus

Ari's practice focuses on the following areas:

  • public takeovers, schemes and mergers
  • private M&A
  • stakeholder agreements, including partnership, shareholder and joint venture agreements
  • capital markets, including IPOs
  • private equity
  • listed and non-listed corporate governance, compliance and advisory, and
  • general commercial and corporate advice.

Experience

Ari has acted on a range of corporate and commercial matters, including:

Public M&A transactions

  • BGH Capital: in relation to:
    • its $468 million acquisition of Village Roadshow Limited by way of scheme of arrangement (whilst on secondment)
    • its acquisition of Abano Healthcare Limited by way of scheme of arrangement (whilst on secondment), and
  • Couche-Tard: on its proposed $8.6 billion buyout of Caltex.

Private M&A transactions

  • Morrison & Co and consortium comprising Future Fund, CSC and Sunsuper: on the consortium’s $2.8 billion acquisition of a 49% stake in Telstra’s InfraCo Towers
  • AustralianSuper: on its acquisition of a 70% interest in Optus Towers for $1.9 billion
  • ANZ: on its $3.8 billion divestment of its wealth business
  • KKR: on its $3.14 billion acquisition of Arnott’s, as well as numerous bolt-on acquisitions
  • Brookfield and its portfolio company Healthscope: on the integration of Healthscope’s private hospitals nationally with the public health system in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Future Fund: on a number of private equity co-investments, and
  • KKR and its portfolio company Australian Venue Co. (AVC): on the establishment of AVC’s Queensland hotels joint venture with Coles.

Capital markets

  • Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners: on its exit from PEXA via a $3.3 billion IPO following a competitive dual track process, and
  • KKR and its portfolio company Australian Venue Co. (AVC): on AVC’s proposed IPO.

Awards & recognition

Ari received the Excellence Award in the Young Private Practice Lawyer of the Year category in the 2020 Australasian Law Awards.