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Aaron Kenavan



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Aaron Kenavan



Aaron specialises in public and private mergers and acquisitions, equity investments, joint ventures and foreign investment and general corporate advice. He has over 20 years' M&A experience. Aaron brings a commercial perspective to delivering practical solutions and advice to complex transactions.

Aaron has advised on transactions across a wide range of industries and in many jurisdictions in Asia Pacific, the Middle East and North America. He has advised on a number of Australia's most significant transactions.

Aaron is consistently recognised in the legal directories including Chambers & Partners and IFLR1000.

Aaron's other noteworthy experience includes advising:

Advent International and its portfolio company Allnex on the proposed acquisition of chemicals company Nuplex Industries Limited for an enterprise value of NZ$1.18 billion (USD812 million).

Bradken on thetakeover of the company by Tokyo Stock Exchange listed Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. (HCM) for an enterprise value of A$975 million (US$745 million).

Equinix, Inc. a global data centre and colocation provider, on its $1.035 billion acquisition of Metronode, an Australian data centre operator.

Fortescue Metals Group Ltd on its acquisition of a 19.9% stake in Atlas Iron Limited and itson-market share buy-back.

Kerogen Capital on its controlling investment in ASX-listed AJ Lucas Group Limited.

Palisade on its successful acquisition of 100% of the North Queensland Gas Pipeline from clients managed by the Victorian Funds Management Corporation.

Prostar Capital on its USD510m acquisition of Korea’s largest independent pure-play city gas distributor.

PTTEP on the sale of its 100% interest and operatorship in the producing Montara oil project offshore Australia to Jadestone Energy.

R&R Ice Cream and PAI Partners on its acquisition of Peters Food Group.

ABB Grain on its AUD2.2bn scrip and cash acquisition by Viterra Inc. The transaction was structured to create optionality between cash and stock elections to encourage hedge funds to enter the register to dilute the vote of farmer shareholders.

Shell on its AUD10bn hostile bid for Woodside Petroleum, which was the largest hostile bid in Australia at the time. The transaction was structured to include both cash and a call option under which shareholders could repurchase their shares after Woodside was merged with various assets owned by Shell.

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Level 25, 85 Castlereagh Street
NSW 2000

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Registered Foreign Lawyer, England and Wales, 2010

Admitted as solicitor, New South Wales, Australia, 1997


Graduate Diploma Applied Finance & Investment, Securities Institute of Australia, 1997

Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Queensland University of Technology, 1995