Lee Horan

Lee Horan

Lee is a partner in the King & Wood Mallesons Private Equity team. He is expert in the full range of M&A transactions for private equity clients – MBOs / LBOs, takeovers, schemes and private M&A. His clients include leading Australian and global private equity players, such as Affinity Equity Partners, KKR, KKR Credit, CHAMP, CHAMP Ventures, Adamantem, IFM, CIC, CITIC PE, CITIC Capital and many others.

He has represented clients with interests in a wide range of industries, including media, health, entertainment, data and technology, agriculture, education, food & beverages.

Relevant Experience 

  • Acted for CITIC Capital and Humanwell in their acquisition of Ansell’s global Lifestyles business
  • Acted for Genea in its scheme of arrangement with MW Fertility and separate demerger scheme
  • Acted for Starwood in its proposed scheme of arrangement with AOF
  • Acted for KKR in its buyout of Pepper Group & Sundrop Farms and investment in GenesisCare
  • Acted for Affinity Equity Partners in their buyout of Scottish Pacific, investment in Velocity Frequent Flyer and TEG Group bolt-ons
  • Acted for CHAMP in its buyout of Forza Foods, Scentia, Healthcare Australia
  • Acted for KKR, Macquarie, First State Super and Morgan Stanley in their bid for Tatts Group
  • Acted for Macquarie, TPG, AEP and Onex in their bid for Qantas
  • Acted for Nestlé in its sale Peter’s Ice Cream to PEP, sale of Violet Crumble and Lifesavers
  • Acted for Merlin Entertainments in its takeover bid for LLA
  • Acted for CIC in their buyout of Connect East and Talison
  • Acted for STT in its acquisition of eircom Holdings
  • Acted for Macquarie in numerous acquisitions including RG Capital Radio, DMG Radio, MineSite Technologies
  • Acted for Stockland in its takeover bid for Aevum
  • Acted for PT Bumi in its mop up bid for Herald Resources
  • Acted for BG Group in its takeover bid for QGC and unsuccessful bid for Origin Energy
  • Acted for Veda in its takeover defence of the AEP bid
  • Acted for J Boag & Son in its defence of San Miguel’s takeover bid
  • Acted for Oil States in its scheme for The MAC Services Group
  • Acted for ARC Energy in its scheme for Anzon Energy and Anzon Australia
  • Acted for BHP Limited in its dual listed merger with Billiton plc
  • Acted for Hills in numerous exits including Orrcon, Fielders, UXC, Bailey Ladders, K Care & Korvest
  • Acted for Catalyst in its exit of GTV to NEP
  • Acted for Baycorp in its sale of Collection Services to TransTasman Collections
  • Acted for Southcorp in its sale of packaging business to Visy
  • Acted for Hills in numerous acquisitions including Hostel Communications, Questek, HTR, Merlon, Audio Products Group
  • Acted for Teleflex in its acquisition of Mayo Healthcare
  • Acted for Lignol in its acquisition of Neutral Fuels and interest in Territory Biofuels
  • Acted for Luxottica in its acquisition of Just Spectacles
  • Acted for SABMiller in its acquisition of Foster's Indian beer business
  • Acted for Sonic Healthcare in its acquisition of SGS Medical Group’s pathology assets
  • Acted for Saxo Bank in its acquisition of Commodity Broking Services
  • Acted for Kulczyk Oil Ventures in its acquisition of Triton Hydrocarbons
  • Acted for Credit Suisse in its investment in EL&C Baillieu Stockbroking
  • Acted for Credit Suisse in its acquisition of Hindal Securities
  • Acted for CMC Markets in its acquisition of Andrew West Stockbroking
  • Acted for nabCapital in its investment in Dental Corporation
  • Acted for Citigroup in its exit of its commercial loan book
  • Acted for Columbus Capital in its acquisition of ANZ’s Origin loan book for $2.4bn
  • Acted for Royal Bank of Scotland in sale of loan books in Australia, Malaysia, India, Hong Kong


  • “Australia’s Best Lawyers” – Best Lawyers International – 2014 
  • “Clients choice award for M&A” – 2015 


  • 2001: Master of Laws, University of Sydney
  • 1994: Bachelor of Laws, Monash University
  • 1992: Bachelor of Economics, Monash University


  • 2011: High Court of Australia
  • 1994: Supreme Court - VIC - Australia

Professional memberships 

  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • Australian Venture Capital Association Limited
  • Member of the New York Bar


Legal insights

A common question circling amongst targets and the wider business community is exactly what are the short, medium- and long-term impacts of COVID-19?

02 April 2020

ASIC is set to crack down on the use of stub equity in public bids by private equity sponsors. Our experts Mark McNamara, Lee Horan, Mark Vanderneut and Cathy Chan discuss with the Australia...

25 June 2019

KWM acted as global counsel for Humanwell Healthcare (Group) Co., Ltd and CITIC Capital on their US$600 million acquisition of ASX-listed Ansell Limited’s sexual wellness business.

05 December 2017

The Minister for Communications outlined a comprehensive package of reforms to Australian broadcasting and content regulation that are intended to be included in tonight’s Federal Budget.

09 May 2017

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