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Tony Sparks



Tony Sparks



Tony advises on a range of corporate and fundraising transactions including equity capital raisings, mergers and acquisitions and general securities law matters.

Tony was voted 'Lawyer of the Year' in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers in Australia (for ECM in Sydney) and is also included for M&A, Corporate Law, Corporate Governance and Financial Institutions. He is listed as a leading lawyer for capital markets in all major directories including Chambers Asia Pacific (included in Band 1), Legal 500 (Asia Pacific) (included in the 'Hall of Fame'), IFLR 1000 and the International Who's Who of Capital Markets Lawyers.

Tony has been the lead partner on Australasian Law Awards winning or shortlisted deals every year since 2016.

Noteworthy experience includes:

  • Life 360's IPO on ASX (acting for the lead managers).
  • PEXA's AUD1.6bn dual track IPO/trade sale process.
  • Transurban's AUD4.2bn, AUD1.9bn and AUD1bn accelerated entitlement offers (acting for the underwriters).
  • Link Group's AUD2.3bn IPO on ASX. 
  • Acting for various issuers and underwriters on other notable IPOs including: Lattice Energy’s AUD1.56bn dual track IPO and trade sale (acting for Macquarie, Merrill Lynch and UBS); Bingo Industries AUD628m IPO (acting for Macquarie); Global Traffic Networks AUD383m IPO (acting for Macquarie); Australian Unity Office Property Fund AUD280m IPO (acting for Credit Suisse, UBS and NAB); Moly-Cop's dual track IPO and trade sale (acting for Deutsche Bank, Macquarie and UBS); and Veda Group’s AUD1bn IPO.
  • Acting for various issuers and underwriters on other notable secondary offerings including: Reece's AUD560m ANREO and placement to acquire MORSCO (acting for JP Morgan); Burson Group’s AUD218m AREO to fund its acquisition of Metcash Automotive (acting for Morgan Stanley); and Yancoal SCN’s USD1.8b documented traditional renounceable entitlement offer of subordinated notes (acting for Deutsche Bank).
  • Acting on a wide range of domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions including HKEx listed Lei Shing Hong's acquisitions of various Mercedes-Benz car dealerships in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

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Admitted as a Solicitor (New South Wales, Australia) 2000

Admitted as a Solicitor (England and Wales) 1996


Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment, Financial Services Institute of Australasia, 2005

Bachelor of Laws (Hons), The University of Exeter, 1990


Experience highlights

Pro-bono experience

  • Preparing the industry standard IPO Due Diligence Planning Memorandum for the Australian Financial Markets Association. Assisting in regulatory submissions for the private equity sector through the Australian Investments Council. Contributing to submissions on law reform as a member of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia



Equity Deal of the Year (Winner)

Australasian Law Awards 2019, Transurban's AUD4.2bn PAITREO to fund the WestConnex acquisition

Energy & Resources Deal of the Year (Winner)

Australasian Law Awards 2018, Lattice Energy (dual track IPO and trade sale)

Equity Deal of the Year (Shortlisted)

Australasian Law Awards 2020: Life360's IPO