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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)
  • KKR on its investment in hospitality venue operator, Keystone Group
  • Five V Capital on its acquisition of Zenith Investment Partners
  • 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
  • Pemba Capital Partners on its sale of secure ID card business Placard to Assa Abloy
  • Quintet Partners on its acquisition of a stake in diagnostic imaging business Exact Radiology from Direct Capital
  • BBRC Private Equity on a number of matters, including its investments in marketing tech company Simple and mobility equipment business Everest Independent Living, and its acquisition of a significant minority stake in Bared Footwear
  • I-MED Radiology Network (Permira portfolio company) on its acquisitions of Regional Radiology Group, Uniting Care Medical Imaging and Oz Radiology
  • PVH Corp. on its A$268m acquisition of branded apparel company Gazal Corporation Limited (ASX: GZL) by way of scheme of arrangement 
  • Management on the acquisition of a majority stake in Australian based forex broker Pepperstone Group from CHAMP Private Equity
  • the founders on the A$128m sale of higher education provider King's Own Institute to China Education Group
  • Pepper Group, a global credit provider, on a number of matters, including:
    • its acquisition of GE’s residential mortgage loan 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
    • its sale of a personal loan portfolio to Wingate Consumer Finance

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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
  • Partner since May 2021