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Murray Landis

Partner
+61.2.9513.2535
Fax +61.7.3233.0900

Mr. Landis' practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions. He is known for creating lateral solutions in structuring transactions and providing corporate advice across a broad range of industries, such as food and beverage, agribusiness, manufacture and distribution, energy generation and distribution (including alternate energy) and transport infrastructure (rail and air).

He advises on joint ventures, shareholder and commercial agreements as well as major capital equipment supply and installation contracts.

Mr. Landis advises on family business succession planning, assessing business structures, and developing plans for optimal succession strategies.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Life Governor of Wolper Jewish Hospital, Sydney

Speaking Engagements

  • 'The Honest Lawyer' and 'Risk Management for In-House Counsel', national Australian medical insurer, December 2012 and NSW Police Service October 2015
  • 'The Honest Lawyer', Australian Corporate Lawyers Association National Conference, March 2012
  • 'Practising across multiple jurisdictions. How to proceed for the best outcome', Australian Corporate Lawyers Association, Corporate Counsel day, March 2013
  • 'Accelerating Safely – considerations for promoting growth while balancing risks', National Managing Partners Forum, February 2013

Food and Beverage/Agribusiness

  • Advising a global ingredients group on its AUD225 million disposal of one of the largest prepared bakery businesses in Australia to private equity.
  • Advising on the redevelopment and operation of the largest wholesale and retail specialist seafood market in Australia.
  • Advising on the privatisation and acquisition of the operator of the largest wholesale farm produce and flower market in Australia.
  • Advising an international brewing company on its proposed acquisition of a specialist Australian brewer for AUD230 million.
  • Advising a global food ingredients company in respect of an acquisition of a baby and infant food manufacturer in Queensland for AUD38 million.
  • Advising on research and development cooperation and aquaculture agreements between a University, a state government and a major U.S. food group to breed and cultivate rock lobsters.
  • Advising one of the largest Australian operators of macadamia farms in respect of a joint venture with a leading Queensland property business.
  • Acting for a global alcoholic beverage company in the AUD110 million acquisition of a leading Queensland distillery.
  • Acting on the AUD35 million sale of an Australian refrigeration company to a global non-alcoholic beverage company.
  • Advising on the sale of the business and assets of a Tasmanian cheese company for AUD30 million.
  • Advising a global forestry and resources group on a wood pellet biomass manufacturing facility and supply agreements to Asian power stations.
  • Advising in relation to the restructure of one of the largest wholesalers and processors of seafood products in Australia.
  • Advising on the restructure of a leading Australian processor and distributor of coffee products.

Energy

  • Acting for three energy industry generators on a range of corporate issues including under the State Owned Corporations Act 1989 in New South Wales. 
  • Advising an energy infrastructure investment consortium on the AUD170 million sale of the New South Wales and Queensland electricity inter-connector.
  • Advising on the AUD170 million sale of a company converting waste coal methane gas to electricity to a funds management organisation.
  • Acting for a mining machinery supplier in the supply of an AUD90 million state of the art longwall mining system to a large Australian mining company.
  • Advising a New South Wales provider of occupational health and rehabilitation services for workers engaged in the coal industry on an investment of AUD30 million in a provider of rescue services and facilities to deal with emergencies in coal mines in New South Wales.
  • Acting for a German-based solar energy company on the management buyout of its Australian wind farm operations.
  • Advising the national peak body representing the bulk of the downstream gaseous fuels industry (LPG, LNG and CNG) on a range of regulatory and safety issues

Transport

  • Acting for an Australian consortium led by an operations, maintenance, and construction services business with a transport group in the lease/franchise of a light rail operation as part of the privatisation of the Melbourne public transport system. 
  • Acting for a global industrial participant and airport operator in the AUD5.6 billion acquisition of a major Australian airport. This included negotiation of the joint venture documentation with an Australian bank, review of all documentation relating to the acquisition and negotiation of documentation for the provision of services to the airport.
  • Advising on the sale of an Australian project management company specialising in rail infrastructure projects to an Australian projects company.
  • Advising Austrian parent company of Swietelsky Rail (Australia) Pty Ltd on its joint venture with a substantial contractor for major planned rail maintenance in Australia.  
  • Advising a global farm machinery manufacturer on regulatory and other issues with computer controlled unmanned operation of major agricultural equipment.

Financial Services, IT and Industrial

  • Acting for an Australian bank in the AUD450 million acquisition of the margin lending business of a global financial services and banking company.
  • Advising on the AUD350 million acquisition by an Australian timber company of a national Australian timber products business.
  • Advising on the sale of a specialist software provider to the funds management industry in Australia and the United Kingdom to a securities transaction and online trading technology provider (AUD70 million).
  • Advising Landis+Gyr AG in respect of its AUD2.3 billion sale to Toshiba.
  • Advising a listed South African group on the acquisition of a consumer lending business.
  • Advising a global pest control company on a number of pest control acquisitions and disposals in the Australian market. 
  • Advising a listed South African group on several acquisitions of substantial specialized labour and contract hire businesses.
  • Advising KPMG and in particular its clients on a number of disposals and acquisitions.
  • Advising a Sydney based animal specialist hospital on the acquisition of a veterinary practice in Sydney. 
  • Advising an international electronic manufacturer on the acquisition of a substantial interest in a related consulting company.
  • Advising an Australian property development and investment company on a number of complex restructures and investments in Australia.
  • Advising KPMG and its client, a renowned global suppler of pens and pencils and other office supplies, in respect of an internal restructure.
  • Advising in relation to the restructure of an Australian owned hardware distributor prior to being listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.
  • Advising a Queensland property and development management company in respect of a joint venture with an Australian specialist investment partnership to provide investment solutions for developments in Australia.
  • Acting for an Australian IT company in the AUD24 million sale of its hardware distribution business to a leading global technology company.

Wagering & Gaming

  • Acting for the New South Wales and South Australian Governments in the restructure of their respective racing industries for the privatisation of their racing and betting organisations.
  • Advising a Sydney hotel group on its AUD75 million restructure to enhance operational performance of its 14 hotels.
  • Advising an Australian workers compensation insurer in respect of a joint venture with the NSW Clubs and Hotels industry.