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SUPPORTER’S REPORT


telecommunications, fast-moving consumer goods, mining and energy, engineering services and heavy manufacturing. “Having lawyers with international experience and world- class capability in a boutique sized practice is what sets our corporate team apart,” says Nick Humphrey, Head of Sparke Helmore’s Corporate Group. “It gives us the flexibility to be innovative in our approach and to partner with clients in a meaningful way – every step of the way. For instance, we work with clients to co-develop pricing arrangements that strike the right balance of fairness, certainty and risk sharing. We also invest our time at our own cost to understand what our clients want to achieve, their risk appetites and how they operate.” The Corporate Group is led by Nick


Humphrey, a top-ranked lawyer and industry-thought leader who specialises in negotiating large, complex acquisitions, divestments and investments. Mr Humphrey has been recognised as one of Australia’s leading M&A and Private Equity lawyers by a number of surveys, including PLC, Chambers Asia, IFLR, Euromoney, Best Lawyer in Australia and ALB. He is also the author of a number of best-selling business books, including the Australian Private Equity Handbook (CCH) – the benchmark Australian reference text for implementing private equity transactions – and is Chair of the Australian Growth Company Awards, a mid-market awards program which is co-sponsored by Westpac, Deloitte, AVCAL, Macquarie and MYOB. The Corporate Group’s six service lines – M&A & Private Equity, Banking


& Finance, Fund Establishment & Financial Services, Tax, Corporate Advisory and Intellectual Property – work closely together, and in the last 12 months the team has successfully advised Australian and international companies and individuals to finance, negotiate, structure and secure regulatory approvals for mid-market deals with a value totalling A$2.4 billion.


Australian Growth Company Awards


Sparke Helmore, along with Macquarie Capital, Deloitte, Westpac Institutional Bank, Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association Limited and MYOB, are proud sponsors of the Australian Growth Company Awards – the first awards program in Australia to acknowledge and celebrate excellence in the mid-market.


The awards recognise companies that demonstrate high rates of growth, as well as innovation, integrity, contribution to community and sustainability. Ö Growth Company of the Year Ö Growth Company CEO of the Year Ö Exit of the Year Ö Growth Company to Watch.


Nominations close on 30 August 2013. Nomination forms and further information are available at www.sparke.com.au/sparke/ growthawards.


46 FAMILY OFFICE: THE FUTURE


Case studies


JetGo Australia Holdings Pty Ltd (JetGo) currently operates an Air Charter & Fly In Fly Out service for the Australian corporate and mining industries. When JetGo wanted to expand into the commercial regional airline business, it turned to Sparke Helmore for advice. Sparke Helmore is helping JetGo to set-up an appropriate investment structure and raise the necessary funds to establish JetGo Australia Airlines – a new commercial regional airline in Australia.


Tyco Tyco’s A$35-million acquisition of Australian company National Fire Solutions Group, enabled Tyco to dramatically expand its service capabilities in the Australian market and enhance its presence in key verticals, such as healthcare and transportation. Tyco is the world’s largest pure-play fire protection and security company. Sparke Helmore advised the selling shareholders of National Fire Solutions Group, including AMP Capital, on the transaction, which was a complex cross-border deal involving multiple vendors with competing interests.


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