Stephen Minns

Stephen Minns

Stephen specialises in public company acquisitions, board issues and general corporate work. He was the Chairman, Australia of King & Wood Mallesons from 2013 to 2018.

He advised APA on the $13.5 billion proposed acquisition by CKI, Asciano on the $9.0 billion proposed transactions with Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, CPPIB, GIP and Qube and Lynas on the $1.5 billion proposal from Westfarmers. He advised AXA Asia Pacific in relation to its acquisition by AMP and AXA SA (and the previous proposal by National Australia Bank and AXA SA), APA on its acquisition of Hastings Diversified Utilities Fund, GE on its acquisition of Industrea and Telstra on the sales of CSL and Sensis.

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Recent Matters

Takeovers and Schemes

  • Lynas on the proposed $1.5 billion acquisition by Westfarmers.
  • APA on the proposed $13.5 billion acquisition by CKI.
  • Asciano on the $9.0 billion competing proposed transactions with Brookfield Infrastructure Partners and CPPIB, GIP and Qube
  • AXA Asia Pacific on its acquisition by AMP and AXA SA (and the competing proposal by NAB and AXA SA)
  • Transurban on the proposal by Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan and CP2
  • Danaher on its takeover of Vision Systems Limited
  • Foodland on the contested takeover by Metcash
  • Fonterra on its contested takeover of National Foods
  • BHP Billiton and Mitsubishi on its contested takeover of QCT Resources
  • Xstrata on its acquisition of MIM Holdings Limited by scheme of arrangement


  • South32 on its demerger from BHP Billiton
  • BHP Billiton on the demerger of BHP Steel (now Bluescope)
  • Foodland on the demerger of its New Zealand business and acquisition by schemes of arrangement by Woolworths and Metcash


  • APA on its $450 million hybrid financing
  • Transurban $542 million entitlements offer

Private acquisitions

  • Telstra on the sale of CSL in Hong Kong
  • Telstra on the sale of Sensis.


  • 1981: Investment Banker, Morgan Grenfell Australia, Sydney - working on corporate advisory matters such as takeovers, prospectuses, corporate restructuring, valuations and financial packaging
  • 1984 - 1985: Investment Banker, Morgan Grenfell & Co, London - working on international capital markets and later, further corporate advisory work on public company mergers and acquisitions and prospectuses
  • 1986: Solicitor, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Sydney
  • 1988 - present: Partner, King & Wood Mallesons, Sydney and Melbourne
  • 2013 - 2018: Chairman, Australia, and Global Vice Chairman of King & Wood Mallesons.


Legal insights

On 28 November 2018 the Australian Securities Exchange released a public consultation paper titled “Simplifying, clarifying and enhancing the integrity and efficiency of the ASX listing rules"

03 December 2018

The new ASIC Corporations (Wholly-owned Companies) Instrument 2016/785 applies in relation to a financial year ending on or after 1 January 2017.

27 October 2016

The proposed changes expand the guidance on analyst and investor briefings, analyst forecasts, consensus estimates and ‘earnings surprises’.

11 March 2015

Securing major shareholder support is a key ingredient to the success of most rights issues, both as an endorsement and a requirement.

27 February 2014

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