Matt McKeown

Senior Associate
Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

Matt McKeown

Matt McKeown

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Biography

Matt McKeown is a capital markets and M&A lawyer based in Brisbane, and advises company boards, general counsels and executives on regulated and unregulated mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, corporate structuring, governance and capital raisings.

Matt has extensive experience in advising both domestic and multinational companies on a broad range of matters, including initial public offerings, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, capital raisings, private equity investment, joint ventures and corporate structuring, acquisition and divestment. He has been involved in structuring, negotiating, documenting and managing a wide range of transactions including the sale or purchase of public and private companies, takeovers, schemes of arrangement, joint ventures and other types of private equity and public markets transactions.

He also has experience in advising private, public and government owned corporations on regulatory issues, corporate governance, competition law and ASX and ASIC compliance.

Previously Matt has worked as In-house Counsel with the Queensland State Government, where he advised on strategic developments and amendments to Queensland legislation and policy.


Professional experience

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  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons Class 1)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Finance & Accounting) 
  • Grad Dip Legal Practice
  • High Court of Australia 2016
  • Supreme Court of Queensland 2007

Mergers and Acquisitions & Equity and Capital Markets

  • Blue Sky Alternative Investments and Goldman Sachs - in relation to the $700m sale of their portfolio of managed student accommodation facilities and the associated Atira management business
  • Vodafone - in relation to the proposed $15b Vodafone and TPG merger, particularly in relation to providing strategic listing rule, scheme implementation and disclosure advice
  • AIG - in relation to providing W&I Insurance on a number of large M&A transactions including: the $1.7b sale of the Woolworths service station network; the $1.25b acquisition of the I-Med Medical and Diagnostic Imaging Network; the $1b sale of the Allied Pinnacle flour and bakery business; the $690m sale of the Red Rooster, Oporto and Chicken Treat brands; the $400m acquisition of La Trobe Financial; the $146m disposal of various property shopping centre interests held by Lendlease; the $97m sale and acquisition of an orthopaedic surgery products business; and the $43m acquisition of a well-known health and fitness club 
  • LogiCamms Limited, an ASX listed mid-market engineering services company - in relation to its $40m merger with OSD Pty Ltd and its associated section 611 item 7 acquisition
  • Omni Market Tide - on its proposed $85m acquisition and reverse takeover, including $35m capital raising
  • P2P Transport Limited - on its successful $100m IPO
  • RightCrowd Limited - on its successful $40m IPO Acted for Automotive Solutions Group on its successful hostile takeover defence strategy
  • GreenFort Capital - advising in relation to its $170m cornerstone investment by Gaw Capital
  • Miner Group - in relation to a series of private capital raisings and placements, including with cornerstone investors Queensland Business Development Fund and SFO Ventures
  • Liberty GTS - in relation to providing W&I Insurance on a number of large M&A transactions including: the circa. $950m disposal of an interest in Bangaroo International Tower 2, International Tower 3 and International house by Lendlease; the $35m acquisition of an online learning business; the $62m sale and acquisition of a cloud based, business application IT business; and the $25m sale and acquisition of a telecommunications and electrical products business
  • Hanwha Energy Corporation - in relation to its acquisition of an interest in electricity retailer Diamond Energy from SunPower corporation
  • Asterion - on capital raising and corporate compliance issues in connection with its $450m medical cannabis project in Queensland
  • International Finance Corporation - in relation to the scrip for scrip flip-up of shares in ASX listed Peak Resources Limited
  • Fairfax Media, Westpac Reinveture and Seven West Media consortium - in relation to the sale of private social network Nabo to Nextdoor US
  • Cape Byron Management, a renewable energy company - in relation to its major share subscription in Energy Locals, an electricity retailer
  • Tokio Marine HCC - in relation to providing W&I Insurance on a number of large M&A transactions including the circa. $900m sale and purchase of the Chifley Tower in Sydney; the $90m sale of the Love to Dream baby clothing business; and the $80m sale and purchase of the ED Oates cleaning products business
  • Retail Food Groups - in relation to its proposed circa. $90m sale of its Donut King, Crust and Pizza Capers brands
  • Downer EDI Ltd - in relation to the establishment and negotiation of the Waanyi Downer Joint Venture
  • Controlled Thermal Resources - in relation to a series of private capital raisings and placements
  • Wirsol Energy - advised in relation to its multimillion dollar corporate restructure and its proposed $500m IPO
  • Pilot Energy - advised in relation to the sale of its offshore petroleum tenements
  • Fusion Insurance - in relation to providing W&I Insurance on a number of large M&A transactions including: the $18m sale and acquisition of the Allied Health, dental and education business; the $50m sale and acquisition of a door and building products business; and the $24m sale of an aged care, physiotherapy and occupational therapy business
  • Aston Resources Ltd - on its successful $1.2b IPO
  • Hailiang Group - in relation to its $100m bid for the Bindaree Beef Joint Venture
  • Port of Townsville - in its ACCC authorisation submissions
  • Advising a range of private, public and government clients in relation to various corporate and commercial matters, including IPOs, capital raisings, private placements, schemes of arrangement, divestments, acquisitions, restructures, back-door listings, takeovers, regulatory issues, corporate governance, competition law and ASX and ASIC compliance
  • Drafting a wide range of transaction and commercial documents including share sale agreements, shareholder agreements, IP licence agreements and corporate restructure documentation

 Government Advisory

  • Providing quality & timely legal advice to Ministers, Directors-General, Chief Counsel and other senior public officers across six state departments
  • Advising clients on the strategic development of legislation and policy, including providing legal support to facilitate the implementation of new State policies and drafting and reviewing new legislation
  • Representing the State's interests in Supreme Court actions and other litigious or contentious matters
  • Advising on amendments to the Water Act, Land Act, Forestry Act and Mineral Resources legislation in Queensland
  • Queensland Law Society Member
  • English