Andrew Lumsden

Partner. Sydney.

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Andrew Lumsden cuts through the noise. First to identify the problem, then find the solution. He is known as much for his frank and practical approach as the results he achieves. An M&A, securities transactions and corporate governance specialist, he has the technical expertise to back up his track record.

Andrew has a 20 year reputation for delivering high quality results in groundbreaking transactions. From 1998 to 2001 he was the Chief of Staff for the Hon. Joe Hockey MP, then Minister for Financial Services & Regulation. He is both a current and former member of the Takeovers Panel.

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Andrew Lumsden cuts through the noise. First to identify the problem, then find the solution. He is known as much for his frank and practical approach as the results he achieves. An M&A, securities transactions and corporate governance specialist, he has the technical expertise to back up his track record.

Andrew has a 20 year reputation for delivering high quality results in groundbreaking transactions. From 1998 to 2001 he was the Chief of Staff for the Hon. Joe Hockey MP, then Minister for Financial Services & Regulation. He is both a current and former member of the Takeovers Panel.

His experience includes significant resources, infrastructure and property transactions. He acted for Yanzhou Coal Mining Company in its $3.5 billion takeover of Felix Resources, the largest successful acquisition by a Chinese company in the Australian coal sector and one of the largest completed deals in Australia in that year.

Andrew advises corporate clients in all aspects of mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance, as well as contested and negotiated takeovers, fundraising and corporate and securities law matters. He has an acknowledged expertise in real estate, infrastructure, energy and resources and media having advised many players in these sectors. Andrew’s primary focus has been mergers and acquisitions, particularly public company takeovers and schemes of arrangement.

“Uncanny ability to problem solve in effective, innovative and commercial ways” Corporate client
Andrew Lumsden

Andrew's Expertise

  • Amcor Advised global packaging giant Amcor on the demerger of its Australasia and packaging distribution business. The new business focuses on the fibre, glass and beverage can packaging markets in Australia and New Zealand, plus packaging distribution in North America and Australia. While Amcor focused on making flexible and rigid plastic packaging and tobacco packaging mostly for overseas markets.
  • Australian Power & Gas Advised APG in relation to AGL’s $100 million takeover offer for APG’s shares and options.
  • Bauer Media ACP Magazines Advised Bauer Media Group in its acquisition of 100% of ACP Magazines Ltd from Nine Entertainment Co. ACP is Australia and New Zealand’s largest magazine publisher, reaching over 15 million Australians each year. ACP’s major brands include The Australian Women’s Weekly, Woman’s Day, Cleo, Take 5, TV Week, Australian House & Garden, Gourmet Traveller and Zoo.
  • Whitehaven Advising Whitehaven Coal Ltd on the all scrip merger-of-equals with Aston Resources Ltd and its simultaneous acquisition of Boardwalk Resources, to create a leading independent coal producer. The merger was valued at approximately $6 billion. Whitehaven will become one of the largest ASX-listed coal companies by market capitalisation resources and reserves.
  • Andean Resources Advised Andean Resources in its $3.8 billion acquisition by scheme of arrangement with Goldcorp Inc.
  • Yanzhou Coal Mining Company Advised Yanzhou on its $3.5 billion acquisition of Felix Resources by way of scheme of arrangement.
  • Westpac Office Trust Acting for Westpac on an innovative, highly geared $365 million property trust to own the Westpac's $670 million Sydney headquarters.
  • Stockland Advised Stockland in connection with a $1.9 billion bid for AMP Diversified Property Trust.
  • Melbourne and Launceston airports Acted for Australia Pacific Airports, a consortium involving BAA, AMP and SAS Trustee Corporation, in the purchase of Melbourne and Launceston airports for in excess of $1.3 billion from the Commonwealth.

What others say

  • “Andrew is a key point of contact, and has more than 20 years of experience working on China-related M&A matters in the natural resources industries” Chambers Global Guide, 2013
  • “Best Lawyer - Corporate/Governance and Mergers & Acquisitions” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2013 & 2014
  • “Recommended Lawyer - Mergers & Acquisitions (NSW)” Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession, 2011
  • “Leading Lawyer - Capital Markets: Equity” Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2007-2009

Andrew's Thinking

Andrew's Leadership

  • Corrs Chambers Westgarth China Focus Group Co-chair
    US/Canada Focus Group Member
  • Takeovers Panel Member
  • Law Council of Australia Corporations Committee - Deputy Chair (Sydney)
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors Corporations Committee Member
  • Financial Services Institute of Australia Member - Regulatory Compliance Group and Company Reporting Subcommittee
  • Institute of Chartered Secretaries Fellow - Member Subject Advisory Committee Applied Corporate Governance Program
  • University of Sydney Adjunct Faculty Member, Faculty of Law (Equity Financing)