Gavin Hammerschlag is a senior associate in the firm’s corporate and M&A and capital markets groups. Gavin practises in corporate law, with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, listed public companies and equity capital markets.
Recommended for Equity Capital Markets Law
Gavin regularly advises listed public companies, high net worth investors and private entrepreneurs across a range of public and private and equity capital market transactions. Gavin’s transactional experience has been diverse, from advising on large public company matters to small strategic acquisitions. Gavin acts for clients that are active in various industries including retail, property and technology.
Gavin graduated with Honours in a combined Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws from The University of New South Wales and joined Arnold Bloch Leibler in 2012. Gavin was appointed a senior associate in July 2016.
Gavin is recommended by Best Lawyers® International guide for equity capital markets law. He is also a member of the ABL deal team that won ‘Australian Deal of the Year’ at the 2018 Australasian Law Awards for its work on the sale of Arrium Australia to GFG Alliance. In 2015 Gavin was recognised as one of the 30 best lawyers in Australia under the age of 30, winning the 'Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30' Award in the M&A category.
Member of the ABL team that won ‘Australian Deal of the Year’ for the sale of Arrium Australia to GFG Alliance
Gavin’s practice focuses on the following areas:
- takeovers, mergers and acquisitions;
- public listings and equity capital markets, including Corporations Act and ASX listing rule advice;
- private and public companies, including asset and share acquisitions and disposals; and
- general commercial and corporate advice.
Gavin has acted in a range of matters, including on behalf of:
- Specialty Fashion Group: in relation to:
- its strategic sale of its Millers, Katies, Crossroads, Autograph and Rivers portfolio of businesses to Noni B Limited;
- its response to a takeover proposal from Al Alfia Holding, a company controlled by the Qatar royal family; and
- its acquisition of the Rivers business;
- Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation: in relation to its acquisition of the Krispy Kreme Australia and New Zealand franchise business from its founding shareholders;
- Arrium Australia: in relation to the sale of Arrium Australia to global industrial group GFG Alliance;
- Accent Group Limited (formerly RCG Corporation), the retailer of The Athlete’s Foot, Platypus Shoes 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 $125m placement and $10m share purchase plan to fund the acquisition of Accent Group;
- its $50m fully underwritten placement and $40m director sell down;
- its acquisition of the Saucony distribution rights in Australia;
- its $105m acquisition of Hype DC, the owner of the Hype DC and Shubar retail stores; and
- its $52.5m placement and $13.1m vendor note 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;
- CrownBet’s founders: in relation to a series of milestone transactions, including:
- the $150m exit of Crown Resorts from the CrownBet joint venture; and
- the sale of an 18 per cent stake of CrownBet to Canadian listed company The Stars Group, Inc;
- Centennial Property Group: in relation to its investment in childcare centre business Edge Early Learning;
- Kogan.com, Australia’s leading pure-play online retailer: in relation to its $180m IPO and listing on the ASX;
- SEEK Ltd: in relation to its acquisition of a minority interest in online marketplace Sidekicker;
- carsales.com Limited: in relation to:
- its $60.1m acquisition of a 50.1 per cent interest in Stratton Finance; and
- its acquisition of Auto Inspect (now Redbook Inspect);
- Smartpay Holdings Limited: in relation to its dual listing on the ASX;
- Gleneagle Securities: in relation to numerous ASX equity capital market transactions, including investments in ASX listed iCollege Holdings, Guildford Coal, Queensland Bauxite and Indus Coal;
- Ivany Investment Group and Sturt Capital: in relation to their investments in Sydney Zoo and Allied Credit.
- Catapult Group: in relation to its $66m IPO and listing on the ASX;
- Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals: acted in defending the proposal by NASDAQ listed company Retrophin, Inc. to acquire Clinuvel by way of scheme of arrangement;
- Alceon Group: in relation to its acquisition of leading school photography business, MSP Photography;
- Supre: acting for the van der Meulen family and other private investors on the sale of the Supre retail fashion business to the Cotton On Group; and
- Numerous real estate development joint ventures for clients including Icon Co, Ramsay Property Group and Alceon Group.