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Current issues in M&A demergers paper

Published on 22 Aug 19 by WESTERN AUSTRALIAN DIVISION, THE TAX INSTITUTE

This paper covers:

  • demergers
  • M&A dividend sweeteners
  • stapled group takeovers.

Author profiles

Cameron Blackwood ATI
Cameron brings more than a decade of transactional tax expertise to his role as Partner in Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills’ Sydney office. He specialises in advising clients on the tax complexities of mergers, acquisitions and restructures, including capital management and cross-border issues, and all aspects of employee share schemes; and regularly works in close collaboration with Herbert Smith Freehills. Cameron has also been involved in undertaking tax due diligence for insurers providing warranty and indemnity insurance in M&A transactions. He is a trusted adviser for a number of Australia’s largest taxpayers. By way of example, in 2018 Cameron was the lead adviser on two of the largest transactions in Australia, being the Wesfarmers demerger of Coles and the BHP Group off-market share buy-back. Cameron has also been heavily involved in recent ATO and Treasury consultation on capital management, cross-border and employee share scheme issues. Cameron has been recognised in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021; Best Lawyers 2020 for Tax in Australia, as well as a Leading Lawyer by Doyle’s Guide. In 2019 Cameron was also a finalist for Taxation Partner of the Year at the Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards and was a finalist in 2020 for The Tax Institute's Corporate Tax Adviser of the Year. Cameron is a member of The Tax Institute’s Large Business and International Committee and NSW Technical Committee. He holds a Bachelor of Business (Hons) and Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Technology, Sydney, and a Master of Taxation from the University of Sydney. Cameron is admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales. - Current at 13 August 2021
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Richard Hendriks CTA
Richard Hendriks, Richard is Head of Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) at Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills. He has broad experience in corporate tax matters, with a particular focus on listed-company M&A transactions, including demergers. A Director since 1998, he specialises in M&A and demergers, capital management and corporate restructures, including equity and debt raisings. Richard has in-depth knowledge of tax consolidation, executive share and option plans, and international tax matters. After eight years with several international professional services firms in Australia and the UK, he joined Greenwoods in 1993. - Current at 12 February 2019
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Michael Carroll
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