I understand first hand the time involved in building trust to originate a transaction, the commercial dynamics and obstacles, and the role that a good lawyer plays.
The work that I undertake with clients is across the spectrum of mergers and acquisitions, corporate and commercial transactions. I bring the additional perspective gained through investing a significant part of my career working on the client side of transactions holding executive roles from corporate development and strategy to line management with profit and loss responsibility.
I trained with a US corporate firm in Sydney, and then worked with a magic circle firm in London, specialising in private equity. I have never been too far from the industry, taking commercial roles with portfolio companies of The Carlyle Group in London (energy infrastructure) and Advent Capital in Sydney (construction), and consulting to CHAMP Private Equity.
Ardent Leisure Group — advised companies in the Ardent Leisure Group, including AMF Bowling and Goodlife Health Clubs, on their acquisition of various businesses, as well as Ardent on its disposal of AMF Bowling in December 2017.
Venture Capital Fundraising — acted for dozens of startups and early stage companies, including Car Next Door (car sharing platform), Seatfrog (airline passenger auction platform), Flurosat (Agtech crop intelligence) and Leo Cancer Care (innovative cancer treatment system), on their early-stage and expansion capital fundraising, as well as large corporates on their strategic VC programmes and VC funds on their investments.
Pureprofile Limited — advised ASX listed Pureprofile Limited, a data insights and programmatic media company, on its 2016 acquisition of Cohort Global, a leading digital marketing business, together with its associated capital raising by private placement and share purchase plan, and ASX shareholder approvals. The purchase price was $18m upfront and up to $37m in total, including earn outs, payable in cash and scrip.
Inabox Group Limited — advised ASX listed telco Inabox Group Limited on a number of corporate transactions, including its acquisition of the Hostworks Group in February 2017 and its acquisition of Logic Communications in March 2017.
Conference Call International — acted for the shareholders of CCI, the largest independent conferencing and collaboration provider in Australia, in its $18m disposal to ASX listed MNF Group Limited in February 2017.
Other areas of expertise
ASX Listing Rules
Contract negotiation and general commercial
Public and private capital raisings
Start-up and venture capital fundraising
Bachelor of Commerce/Laws (Honours), University of Sydney
“Kieren brings more than just a purely legal perspective, utilising his previous industry experience to recognise when a situation calls for more than just a legal solution. This is particularly helpful where, as is often the case, issues are complex and involve legal, commercial and strategic factors.”