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Reuben van Werkum

Reuben van Werkum

Director, M&A

Director, M&A
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 M&A and investment transactions with a particular focus on private equity 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).

  • Private Equity M&A

    • Blackstone on its US$1.9 billion acquisition of the CRH Europe building material distribution business
    • The Carlyle Group on its A$1 billion acquisition of Accolade Wines from CHAMP Private Equity and Constellation Brands and multiple follow-on acquisitions of winery/vineyard businesses in Australia
    • TPG Capital on its RM 540 million acquisition of the Paramount/ R.E.A.L. education business portfolio in Malaysia
    • Swissport International Inc (HNA Group) on its A$500 million - A$1 billion acquisition of the Aerocare flight services business from Archer Capital 
    • Partners Group on its circa A$500m acquisition of the Guardian Early Learning Group childcare business
  • Energy/Infrastructure

    • Partners Group on the establishment of its $700 million Grassroots Renewable Energy Platform and its seed investment in the Crudine Ridge Wind Farm.
    • Large global infrastructure manager (confidential) on its US$250m acquisition of Taiwanese renewable energy development business
    • Cbus (Superannuation Fund) on the establishment of the ‘Bright Energy Investments’ portfolio with DIF and co-investment in the Synergy renewables portfolio in Western Australia.
    • Photon Energy on the structuring, establishment and acquisition of a 1.14 GW portfolio of solar PV projects across five sites in NSW and sale to Canadian Solar.
    • Partners Group Infrastructure on:
      •  sale of Japan Solar assets to GIP as part of the $5.5 billion sale of the Equis Energy renewables portfolio.
      • majority investment in the $450m Ararat Wind farm (240MW) in Victoria
      • acquisition of the $650 million Murra Warra Wind Farm project in Victoria and acquisition of Sapphire Wind Farm (270MW) in NSW
  • Public Markets and IPO

    • Plenti Group Limited (formerly ‘RateSetter’), a leading consumer credit and peer-to-peer lending business on its A$283 million IPO.
    • Mantra Group on its $1.2 billion takeover by Accor Hotels by scheme of arrangement
    • PVH Corp. (Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger brands) on its $268 million acquisition of ASX-listed Gazal Corporation by scheme of arrangement
    • ProTen Limited on its $371 million takeover by First State Super by scheme of arrangement
    • Mantra Group (one of Australasia's leading hotel groups) on its A$449 million IPO, significant secondary capital raisings (placement and rights issue).
    • Pacific Smiles Group on its A$200 million IPO and ongoing listing rules/corporate advice
    • Fonterra Co-operative Group on its ‘Trading Among Farmers’ capital restructure program, including the establishment of the Farmers Shareholders' Market.

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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
  • Partner 2021
  • Director, M&A 2024