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Russell Philip

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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

Sale of Kmart Tyre and Auto

Led the team advising Wesfarmers on the sale of its Kmart Tyre and Auto business for AU$350 million 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 AU$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 AU$1 billion hostile takeover bid and subsequent proposed AU$3 billion merger with Midwest Corporation Limited.

Acquisition of Clough

Advised Murray & Roberts on its acquisition of the remaining interests in ASX-listed engineering services company Clough Ltd by way of scheme of arrangement for approximately AU$400 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 Resources and Elemental Minerals.

Gold Corporation

Advising Gold Corporation (the operator of the Perth Mint, one of the largest refiners of precious metals) on various bullion supply and financing initiatives, including the establishment of the Perth Mint Physical Gold ETF.