Sidney is a counsel in the Mergers & Acquisitions practice group, based in Sydney. Sidney has worked on some of Australia's largest and most complex transactions for blue chip national and international clients. He has significant transactional/M&A experience and is often called upon for foreign investment advice by international clients investing into Australia. Sidney has extensive experience in the energy and resources sector, as well as in joint ventures, farm-ins and farm outs, project development and general commercial work.
MidOcean Energy / EIG on its acquisition of Tokyo Gas Ltd's stakes in a portfolio of four Australian LNG projects for US$2.15 billion.
Baring Private Equity / SAI Global on the sale of its Assurance and Standards arm to UK-listed Intertek Group plc, for a cash consideration of A$855 million.*
Westpac Banking Corporation in the sale of its auto-finance business which including the sale of Westpac's worth an wholesale dealer loans (worth an estimated at ~A$1 billion) and Westpac's origination capability and related agreements.*
Baring Private Equity / SAI Global on the sale of its information services and mortgage businesses to Dye & Durham.*
Woolworths Group Limited on its strategic acquisition of a majority stake in the Quantium Group (reported as the single biggest investment in data analytics by an Australian retailer), increasing Woolworths' existing 47% shareholding in Quantium to 75%, for a purchase price of A$223 million.*
Woolworths Group Limited on its ~A$551m acquisition of 65% interest in PFD Food Services (one of Australia's leading private foodservices suppliers) together with 100% of PFD Food Services' freehold properties which primarily comprised of 26 distribution centres (which will be leased back to PFD Food Services). The transaction included a put and call option that would allow Woolworths to increase its stake to 100% of PFD Food Services after 3 years.*
Bain Capital Credit on their equity investment into Judo Bank as a cornerstone investor. Judo Bank is a "challenger bank" focused on the SME sector and was granted an authorised deposit-taking institution licence to carry on banking business in Australia in 2019.*
EDF Trading Limited in relation to the disposal of its entire interest in the Narrabri coal project in Australia to Whitehaven Coal Limited.*
Woolworths Group Limited on the disposal of its network of retail petrol stations (which included over 500 petrol stations Australia-wide) to EG group for approximately ~A$1.72 billion including in relation to the implementation of a 15-year commercial alliance allowing customers to redeem Woolworths' 4c/L fuel discount across the fuel network, the ability for customers to earn Woolworths Rewards points on fuel and merchandise purchases and a new wholesale food supply agreement.*
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners on its initial acquisition and joint venture arrangement with Offshore Energy to develop Australia's first offshore windfarm, the Star of the South.*
EMR Capital on the acquisition of the Kestrel coal mine from Rio Tinto for ~US$2.25 billion.*
Health and Happiness (formerly known as Biostime International Holdings Ltd) (HKEX: 1112) in the acquisition of ~83% of Swisse Wellness Group Pty Ltd valuing the target at approximately AUD$1.67 billion.*
Trafigura/Puma Energy in their acquisition of all of BP's bitumen assets in Australia.*
*Matters worked on prior to joining White & Case.