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Reuben van Werkum

Reuben van Werkum

Counsel

Counsel
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 $A1 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