Evie Bruce is the Australian Managing Partner for King & Wood Mallesons’ Mergers & Acquisitions and Banking & Finance practice teams. She also leads the firm’s Financial Institutions sector team.
Prior to joining the executive team, she led a successful practice specialising in M&A (public and private M&A, schemes of arrangement, reconstructions and joint ventures) and capital markets (IPOs, secondary capital raisings and hybrid and retail debt securities offerings). Evie has extensive experience advising large companies and emerging enterprises across a range of sectors, including financial services, private equity and infrastructure.
Evie was ranked by Chambers, in its list of 40 Outstanding Young Partners in the Asia Pacific for 2014 and is also ranked in various other legal industry publications including Best Lawyers in Australia, Who's Who Legal and The International Who’s Who of Capital Markets Lawyers.
Evie has written columns on trends in M&A for the Australian Financial Review and has been a Visiting Lecturer at Monash University teaching a course in equity capital markets law. Evie is also a relationship partner for a number of King & Wood Mallesons’ key clients and a member of the Corporations Committee of the Law Council of Australia.
Mergers, acquisitions and reconstructions
- Macquarie Group on the sale of its life insurance business to Zurich Australia by way of Life Act scheme (2016)
- Transurban Queensland on its $1.7 billion acquisition of Brisbane’s Airport Link motorway (2016)
- An underbidding consortium on the proposed acquisition of Transgrid from the NSW government (2016)
- AusNet Services on its $5 billion restructure and simplification by three company and trust schemes of arrangement (2015)
- Transurban, AusSuper and ADIA on their $7.06 billion acquisition of Queensland Motorways (2014)
- Transurban, QIC and CPPIB on the consortium equity arrangements for NorthConnex motorway and associated restructure of the Westlink M7 motorway (2014)
- Macquarie Group on its $1.3 billion distribution of Sydney Airport stapled securities (2013/2014)
- Brambles on the $1.4 billion demerger of its information management services business, Recall (2013)
- RCR Tomlinson on its $140 million acquisition by scheme of arrangement of Norfolk Group Limited (2013)
- Ironbridge on its acquisition by scheme of arrangement of Bravura Solutions (2013)
- Nine Entertainment Group’s $3.4 billion deleveraging transaction by creditors scheme of arrangement (for the senior agent and security trustee) (2012)
- AMP on its $425 million sale of a 15% interest in the AMP Capital business to, and strategic alliance with, Mitsubishi UFJ Trust & Banking Corporation
- Alinta Energy Group on its $2.9 billion deleveraging transaction and associated trust & creditors schemes of arrangement
- Macquarie Group on its $20 billion non-operating holding company restructure (first such restructure by a major Australian bank)
- Australian Stock Exchange on its merger with Sydney Futures Exchange
- AMP on its $10 billion demerger of its Australian and UK businesses
- Acted for various private equity investors including Archer Growth, CVC, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, Warburg Pincus and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe on both initial and follow on investments in, and exits from, various portfolio companies
- Initial public offerings: Global Traffic Network, Motorcycle Holdings Limited, Recall, Ascendas Hospitality Trust (Singapore), Global Ethanol (attempted), Spark Infrastructure Group, HHG, Australian Securities Exchange (demutualisation and listing), Australand and Altium Limited
- Rights issues and other secondary capital raisings: Virgin Australia, Myer Holdings, Macquarie Group, Billabong, Brambles, Energy Resources Australia Limited, West Australian Newspapers, Wesfarmers and AMP
- Hybrid securities offerings: Suncorp Capital Notes; AMP Capital Notes, AMP Wholesale Capital Notes (first wholesale TI instrument offered in Australia), QBE wholesale subordinated notes, Macquarie Bank Capital Notes, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank CPS2, Suncorp CPS3, AMP Notes 2, Macquarie Group Capital Notes, Suncorp CPS 2, Suncorp subordinated notes (and first Basel III compliant Tier 2 instrument offered in Australia), Bendigo and Adelaide Bank CPS and AMP Notes
- Corporations Committee of the Law Council of Australia
- Law Society of New South Wales
- State Bar of New York