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Guide to Control Transactions in Australia

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Control transactions in Australia are complex and highly regulated. To help you navigate the regulatory landscape, our Guide to Control Transactions in Australia provides you with an overview of key legal issues and considerations involved in making, or responding to, an offer to acquire control of a publicly-listed entity in Australia.

This guide covers:

  • the general laws and regulatory bodies governing acquisitions of interests in public companies;
  • the most common methods of acquiring control (takeover bids and schemes of arrangement) and their relative merits;
  • key factors and strategic considerations relevant to planning an acquisition;
  • steps, documentation and timing involved in implementing an acquisition; and
  • key issues for companies anticipating (or responding to) an approach.

It should be of general assistance to:

  • foreign advisers and investors;
  • directors, executives and in-house counsel of publicly-listed companies and other Australian and international businesses considering public acquisitions in Australia; and
  • investment bankers, financial advisers and other professional advisers to participants involved in takeovers or other control transactions.
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