Paul Schroder

Paul Schroder


Paul Schroder specialises in cross-border mergers and acquisitions (public, private, and capital markets). In particular, he has acted on a number of recent Chinese outbound investments. Prior to joining King and Wood Mallesons, Paul was a partner at a leading African law firm.

Paul continues to be trusted by clients to execute world class cross border and domestic M&A transactions, often with a resources focus. He has acted on many of the market’s leading cross-border deals, bringing with him a deep understanding of the industry and creative solutions to client problems. His client service philosophy, in-depth industry knowledge, cross border transactional experience and project management skills mean that he has worked on some of the market's most significant cross border transactions in the past year.

Relevant Experience

Paul has a depth of experience acting and advising on strategic cross border mergers and acquisitions:

  • RCR Tomlinson: on its $100m emergency entitlement offer underwritten by Macquarie (2018)
  • Lone Star: advising US private equity fund on its successful scheme of arrangement for ASX-listed SinoGas with natural gas projects in China ($540m, 2018)
  • EMR Capital: sale of Martabe mine (Indonesia) by competitive process, to successful bidder PAMA (enterprise value of mine US$1.2bn, 2018)
  • GasValpo: sale of GasValpo (Chile) by competitive process to successful consortium bidder Marubeni and Toesca (value undisclosed, 2018)
  • Paladin Energy: Paladin Energy - on its solvent restructuring, voluntary administration and DOCA / s444GA (US$750m owing), (including joint venture with CNNC, debt and equity capital raisings, negotiations with majority creditor and offtaker EDF) (2016-2018)
  • Yanzhou: on successful Takeovers Panel proceedings regarding Yancoal's $2.45bn acquisition of Coal & Allied and related $US2.35bn capital raising (2017)
  • RCR Tomlinson: on its $90m capital raising comprising a $75m placement underwritten by Macquarie and SPP (2017)
  • Novomatic: on its acquisition of a controlling stake in ASX-listed Ainsworth Game Technology for $470m, by a novel structure with multiple Takeover Panel proceedings (2016)
  • Amaysim: acquisition of Click by competitive auction for $120m (2016)
  • Pembroke/Denham: on its $120m acquisition of the Olive Downs coking coal project in Bowen Basin from Peabody and CITIC (2016)
  • Chinalco-led SOE consortium: Simandou iron ore and infrastructure joint venture in Guinea, with Rio Tinto and IFC (2016)
  • GRAM: on its successful hostile takeover of PanAust valued at $1.2bn (2015)
  • RP Data / CoreLogic (NYSE): on its acquisition of Cordell Information from LSE-listed RELX (value undisclosed, 2015)
  • Glencore: on its initial A$155m investment and offtake arrangements with ASX-listed Aurelia Metals (2013) and subsequent refinancings (2015 - 2017)
  • China Molybdenum: on its successful acquisition of Rio Tinto's interest in the Northparkes copper mine, NSW for US$820m, by competitive process (2013)
  • Glencore: on its joint venture in Burkina Faso with ASX-listed Blackthorn Resources, expansion and refinancing (2010-2014)
  • Peet: on its successful takeover of ASX listed property developer CIC and related $124m capital raising (2013)
  • Cathay Fortune: on its $830m contested takeover offer (with China Africa Development Fund) for Discovery Metals (listed on the ASX and Botswana Stock Exchange) with a copper mine in Botswana (2012)
  • Glencore: on its sub-underwriting of Straits Resources rights offer (2017)
  • ArcelorMittal: on its successful A$5 billion joint bid with Peabody Energy for ASX-listed Macarthur Coal (2011)


  • 1997: Bachelor of Laws, University of Cape Town
  • 1995: Bachelor of Business Science, University of Cape Town

Professional memberships

  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • Law Society of the Cape of Good Hope (South Africa)
  • Australia Africa Business Council


Legal insights

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27 March 2019

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14 December 2018

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15 August 2018

KWM advised Paladin Energy Limited and its administrators KPMG, on Paladin’s complex balance sheet restructure.

04 July 2018

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