Russell Philip




Russell has multiple degrees in law, finance and investment, and considerable experience gained from working on complex domestic and international dealings. He is an expert in capitalising on opportunities, maximising leverage, securing certainty and safeguarding reputation.

Russell acts for a range of clients in a both domestic and cross-border public M&A transactions (including takeovers and schemes of arrangement), as well as private M&A transactions, equity raisings and other corporate transactions.

He lectures in corporate and securities law-related topics at the University of Western Australia, and is the course co-ordinator of the M&A unit for the Australian Institute of Company Directors in Western Australia.

Key deals


Led the teams advising Wesfarmers on the $230 million acquisition of Catch Group Holdings Ltd and the Officeworks acquisition of Geeks2U, as well as the $350 million sale of the Kmart Tyre and Auto business to German tyre manufacturer Continental AG.

Sale of 50% interest in iron ore and associated infrastructure project

Led the team advising Murchison Metals on the A$325 million sale of its interests in the Jack Hills iron ore mine and the associated Oakajee port and rail infrastructure in the mid-west of Western Australia to Mitsubishi Development Pty Ltd. Advised Murchison on a previous proposed A$1 billion hostile takeover bid and subsequent proposed A$3 billion merger with Midwest Corporation Limited.

Resource Capital Funds

Led the team advising Resource Capital Funds on the structuring, funding and implementation of a proposal to assist Pilbara Minerals Ltd to buy the Pilgangoora Lithium Project from Altura Mining Ltd (Receivers & Managers Appt) (In Administration) for US$175 million.

Resource M&A

Advising various ASX-listed resources companies on a range of merger and acquisition-related activity (including takeovers, schemes of arrangement and Takeovers Panel matters), including Exterra Resources, Tap Oil, Carnarvon Petroleum, Aspire Mining, Doray Minerals, Image Resources, Cortona Resources, Hibiscus Petroleum, New Standard Energy, MZI Resources, FAR, NGM Resources, Aviva Corporation, Minemakers, Jacka Resourcesand Elemental Minerals.

Merger of Hartleys and Euroz

Led the team advising financial services company Hartleys Ltd on its merger with fellow financial services company Euroz Ltd.