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Jacob Kahwaji

Jacob Kahwaji


Jacob Kahwaji

Jacob Kahwaji specialises in M&A, with a particular focus on private equity, private market transactions, joint ventures, loan portfolio trades and corporate restructures.

Jacob advises on domestic and cross-border transactions, acting for financial sponsors and multinationals across a range of sectors, including financial services, healthcare, technology and general industrials.

  • The Carlyle Group on its A$1.0 billion acquisition of Australian winemaker Accolade Wines from CHAMP Private Equity and Constellation Brands
  • EQT Partners on the sale of I-MED Radiology Network, Australia's leading diagnostic imaging provider, to Permira for $A1.3 billion
  • Macquarie Capital on its acquisition of a 50% stake in environmental monitoring solutions business, EMS B&K, from Spectris plc (LON: SXS)
  • Allegro Funds on a number of matters, including: 
    • its acquisition of heating, ventilation and air conditioning business, TSC Group, and the subsequent sale of TSC Group to ENGIE
    • its acquisition of the master franchise rights to Pizza Hut in Australia from Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM), and the subsequent acquisition of the Eagle Boys pizza business
    • its acquisition of mining services business, JSW Australia
    • its acquisition of a majority stake in mining exploration business, Terrex Seismic
    • its acquisition and subsequent disposal of a majority stake in bus manufacturing business, Custom Bus
  • Management on the acquisition of a majority stake in Australian based forex broker Pepperstone Group from CHAMP Private Equity
  • China Jianyin Investment Limited, JIC Huawen Investment Limited and Tamar Alliance Capital on the acquisition of a majority stake in Australia's leading vitamins and supplements business, Nature's Care
  • Morgan Stanley on the sale of retirement villages business, Retire Australia Group, to a New Zealand consortium for A$400 million
  • KKR on its investment in hospitality venue operator, Keystone Group
  • DW Partners on its investment in retirement villages business, Aviva Communities, and associated joint venture arrangements
  • BitMEX, a cryptocurrency exchange and derivative trading platform, on its investment in Philippine Digital Asset Exchange
  • BBRC Private Equity on its investment in marketing tech company Simple
  • SG Fleet (ASX: SGF), a leading fleet service provider, on its A$200 million acquisition of NLC from its founders
  • Furla, an Italian handbags and accessories specialist, on the acquisition of its Australian distribution network from existing distributor, Luxury Retail Group
  • Pepper Group, a global credit provider, on a number of matters, including:
    – its acquisition of GE’s residential mortgage portfolio in Australia and New Zealand for A$5 billion
    – its acquisition of a commercial loan portfolio from Citigroup for A$250 million
    – its sale of over A$1.5 billion in residential mortgage loan portfolios

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Career and qualifications

  • University of New South Wales (BCom / LLB) 2009
  • Admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales 2010
  • Joined Clifford Chance 2018