Richard G Lewis

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Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

Sydney
Australia
T:+61 2 9330 8092
Sydney
Australia
T:+61 2 9330 8092
Richard G Lewis

Richard G Lewis

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Biography

Richard Lewis is a mergers & acquisitions and private equity lawyer based in Sydney.

Richard leads our private equity practice in Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

He has been a trusted advisor to a wide range of global and Australian corporations on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, initial public offerings and other commercial transactions for almost 30 years.  Over that period Richard has forged a reputation as one of Australia's leading and most experienced private equity and mergers and acquisitions lawyers.

Richard is a thought leader in the private equity and mergers & acquisitions space.  He has had numerous articles published in the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Journal and has been a regular speaker and chairperson at conferences including at private equity and M&A master class seminars.


Professional experience

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  • LLB (Hons) Sheffield University, UK
  • Solicitors Final Exams, Chester, UK
  • High Court of Australia 1996
  • Solicitor, qualified in England & Wales 1986
  • Solicitor, qualified in New South Wales 1988
  • Supreme Court of Victoria 1994
  • Accenture - Advised global consulting group Accenture, on a number of acquisitions of cyber security businesses including the acquisition of Australian cyber security group Redcore and on various post-merger integration (PMI) matters.
  • Nature's Care – Advised the Founders of Nature's Care on the sale of a majority interest in leading vitamin skin care group Nature's Care, to a Chinese consortium of SOE's/private equity funds by way of a competitive sale process in 2018. The transaction was one of the largest private equity transactions in Australia in 2018.
  • Office Depot, Inc – Advised leading US office stationery group Office Depot Inc, on the sale of Office Depot's Australian and New Zealand business (Office Max) to leading US private equity group Platinum Equity.
  • Summit Partners – Advised leading US private equity group Summit Partners on its first two acquisitions in Australia, the acquisition of a majority interest in a leading consumer brand and online fashion business each valued at over AU$100 million.
  • Primo Group – Advised the founding family of Primo Group on the AU$700 million+ buyout of the remaining founder and the subsequent disposal of a controlling stake in the Primo Group to Affinity Private Equity.
  • CHAMP – Advised Castle Harlan Australian Mezzanine Partners (CHAMP) on a number of majority investments including the leveraged buyout of Australian Pacific Paper Products.
  • CHAMP Ventures – Advised Australian private equity fund CHAMP Ventures on numerous acquisitions and disposals of Australian and cross border businesses over an 8 year period.
  • Direct Capital Private Equity  Advised leading New Zealand group Direct Capital on numerous acquisitions and disposals of controlling interests in Australian businesses over a 20 year period.
  • Baring Private Equity Asia  Advised leading Asian Private Equity Fund BPE on its proposed acquisition of Healthe Care, the third largest private hospital operator in Australia.
  • Downer EDI Group – Advised ASX listed Downer EDI Group on numerous acquisitions and disposals in the road maintenance, engineering, commercial laundries and transport sectors since 2018.
  • Spotless Group  Advising Spotless on all legal aspects of its competitive sale process for the sale of the largest commercial laundry business in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Independent Living Specialists (ILS) – Advised the founders of ILS on the controlling investment by US Private Equity group Riverside in ILS in 2020.
  • Planit Test Management Solutions – Advised the founder of PTMS on the sale of a majority interest in the leading software testing and training business to The Growth Fund.
  • ATP and USS – Advised ATP (largest pension fund in Denmark) and USS (major UK pension fund) as members of an institutional consortium of pension funds on the AU$2.3 billion take private of the ConnectEast Group.
  • ATP – Advised ATP and other foreign pension funds on the acquisition of a substantial equity stake in a consortium managed by Hancock which acquired all of the assets of Forestry Plantations Queensland for AU$600 million.
  • Madison Dearborn Partners – Advised leading US private equity group Madison Dearborn Partners and its investee companies on the acquisition of a number of Australian and New Zealand businesses including Sirva Group Inc, InMoment and MaritzCX between  2018 and 2020 including PMI advice.
  • Modern Star – Advised the founders of educational products business Modern Star on the sale of a controlling interest in the Group to Navis for AU$200 million+.
  • Archer Growth Fund – Advised Archer Growth Fund on several buyouts in Australia including its take private of Keycorp Ltd (manufacturer of smartcard and IP enabled payment terminals) and divestment of Keycorp to a European private equity fund.
  • Superior Foods Group – Advised the founders of NFD Holdings and Superior Foods on the sale of a controlling interest in their food distribution businesses to Superior Foods Holdings, a new company controlled and financed by Quadrant Private Equity including PMI.
  • Private Equity Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers Australia, 2015
  • Leading Private Equity and M&A lawyer, Best Lawyers Australia, 2008–18
  • Leading individual in M&A and private equity, Chambers Global, 2007–17
  • 'Highly recommended' for private equity, Practical Law Company: Guide to Private Equity Lawyers Worldwide

Richard has had numerous articles published in the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Journal and other M&A publications including:

  • "Vendor Due Diligence – a useful tool in the transaction process"  
  • "Liability in pre contractual negotiations"  
  • "Private Equity Exits – Part 1 – Facilitating an Exit"  
  • "Private Equity Exits – Part 2 Warranties and Post Exit Liability" 
  • "Secondary Buy-outs" 
  • "Consortium Deals – Plan ahead for a Good Working Relationship"  
  • "Simultaneous Roll-ups"
  • "Recent Developments in Private Equity
  • AVCAL Member
  • English
  • French

Knowledge

Australia: M&A Deal Points Study

Publication | October 19, 2020

Streamlined FIRB Exemption Certificates

Publication | July 17, 2020

Foreign investment regime: Proposed new reforms

Publication | July 08, 2020

Australia: Marketplace: Franchising and consumer markets insights

Thought leadership | June 04, 2020