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Reuben van Werkum

Reuben van Werkum


Reuben van Werkum

Reuben van Werkum is an experienced senior corporate lawyer, qualified in both Australia and New Zealand. He specialises in advising clients on private market M&A transactions with a particular focus on private equity investment and energy/infrastructure projects. Reuben regularly advises both domestic clients and offshore investors undertaking in-bound investment in Australia.

Reuben's specialist skillset extends to equity capital markets and public M&A transactions. He has represented clients on large IPO transactions and secondary capital raising processes. Reuben has broad corporate advisory experience, which includes: capital restructures, shareholder/JV arrangements, foreign investment approvals, listed company advisory work, funds establishment, and co-investment/equity consortium participation (including in PPP transactions).

  • Photon Energy on the structuring, establishment and acquisition of a 1.14 GW portfolio of solar PV projects across five sites in NSW and ultimate sale of a majority interest to Canadian Solar
  • Swissport International Inc on its acquisition of Aerocare, a large global flight services business, from Archer Capital (>A$500 million)
  • Partners Group:
    • its sale of Japan Solar assets to GIP as part of the approximately A$5.5 billion sale of the Equis Energy renewables portfolio
    • on its >A$500 million acquisition of the Guardian Early Learning Group childcare business in Australia
    • its majority investment in the circa A$450 million Ararat Wind farm (240MW) in Victoria and its acquisition of the Sapphire Wind Farm (270MW) in NSW
    • various private infrastructure investments (including ports, commercial property transactions and rail PPP projects)
  • Five V Capital on the acquisition of the Education Perfect online learning business (A$50-100 million) and investment in Ratesetter Australia.
  • H2 Holdings (DBM Global) on its cross border acquisition and restructure of two steel design and BIM businesses based in Australia
  • Mantra Group Limited (one of Australasia's leading hotel groups) on its A$449 million IPO, significant secondary capital raisings and ongoing corporate advice
  • Signal Brands in relation to its acquisition of the GUESS? apparel and designer fashion distribution business.
  • Pacific Smiles Group (a leading dental centre operator in Australia) on its A$200 million IPO and ongoing listing rules/corporate advice.
  • Riverstone Capital and AMCI on acquisitions and joint venture interests in the natural resources sector in Australia
  • CVC Capital Partners on various transactions in Australia and on exit of existing investments, including in relation to Mantra and Helloworld
  • Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited on its ‘Trading Among Farmers’ capital program, including the establishment of the Fonterra Shareholders' Market and the NZD$500 million IPO and dual listing of the Fonterra Shareholders' Fund.
  • Various software/big data/technology acquisitions in Australia and New Zealand for significant offshore clients including Intuit, Ivanti and CEB.
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Career and qualifications

  • Admitted as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand 2010
  • Admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales 2013
  • Joined Clifford Chance 2018