Braddon Jolley

Partner. Sydney.

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How do you stay ahead of the pack in the competitive world of M&A? By changing the game.

Braddon is an innovative strategist who has consistently created competitive advantage for clients in many of the largest, most complex transactions in the Australian market. This includes advising Rinker on the $17.5 billion hostile takeover by CEMEX – the biggest takeover in Australian history.

With strong commercial instincts, deep technical knowledge and an ability to develop tactical solutions outside the expected, Braddon has helped shape the M&A landscape in Australia. He was instrumental in introducing pre-bid arrangements to the Australian market and pioneered the pre-acceptance agreement and bear hug conditions.

How do you stay ahead of the pack in the competitive world of M&A? By changing the game.

Braddon is an innovative strategist who has consistently created competitive advantage for clients in many of the largest, most complex transactions in the Australian market. This includes advising Rinker on the $17.5 billion hostile takeover by CEMEX – the biggest takeover in Australian history.

With strong commercial instincts, deep technical knowledge and an ability to develop tactical solutions outside the expected, Braddon has helped shape the M&A landscape in Australia. He was instrumental in introducing pre-bid arrangements to the Australian market and pioneered the pre-acceptance agreement and bear hug conditions.

“A clear market leader and doyen of M&A in Australia” Chambers Global Guide
Braddon Jolley

Braddon's Expertise

  • Archer Daniels Midland Company Advised Archer Daniels Midland Company on a proposal to acquire GrainCorp including, the acquisition by ADM of a 14.9% stake through an on-market bookbuild settled into equity swaps that were later physically settled and a subsequent 5% acquisition through another on-market bookbuild.
  • $100 million share placement Advised Coal of Africa on a $100 million share placement to Chinese investor Haohua Energy International.
  • Foster’s Group Ltd demerger Lead adviser in the demerger of Foster’s beer and wine businesses and ASX listing of Treasury Wine Estates.
  • $1 billion takeover bid for Corporate Express Australia Advised Staples Inc, the world’s largest office products company, on its bid to acquire full ownership of Corporate Express Australia Ltd.
  • $1 billion hostile takeover bid of Pure Energy Resources Advised BG Group, beating rival Arrow Energy Limited in a ‘bidding war’.
  • Gavilon LLC and AWB Ltd joint venture Advised Gavilon LLC, premier global commodity management firm, on its proposed joint venture with AWB Ltd over the Australian Commodities Business.
  • $200 million takeover by AGL Energy Advised Sydney Gas Ltd and facilitated an offer containing minimal conditions and obligations.
  • Acquisition of Redflex Holdings Adviser in the proposed acquisition of Redflex Holdings by consortium comprising of Macquarie and Carlyle.
  • Pioneering in the Australian M&A market Instrumental to introducing pre-bid arrangements, pre-acceptance agreement and bear hug conditions.

Braddon's Leadership

  • Corrs Chambers Westgarth US/Canada Focus Group Member
  • Takeovers Panel Member, 2001 - 2010
  • Corporations Law Committee Member, Law Council of Australia
  • Kaplan Professional Committee Member, Mergers and Acquisitions Steering Committee
  • The University of Sydney Law School Adjunct Lecturer in Law (Undergraduate) and Co-lecturer (Masters of Law)

What others say

  • “Very well regarded by peers as one of this practice area's toughest and most sharply intelligent practitioners: 'He's outstanding - one of the top three M&A lawyers in the country.'” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2014
  • “A go-to lawyer on difficult M&A issues and a good person to have in your corner” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2012
  • “Highly regarded for his innovative solutions, technical dexterity and incisive strategic advice in complex transactions” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2012
  • “A doyen of M&A in Australia…a clear market leader who performs sensationally in M&A deals” Chambers Global Guide, 2010
  • “Preeminent Lawyer - Mergers & Acquisitions (NSW)” Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession, 2011 & 2012
  • “Energy & Resources Deal of the Year - Peabody’s US$5.2 billion hostile takeover of Macarthur Coal” Australasian Legal Business Awards, 2012
  • “One of the best in M&A” Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2008-2011
  • “Widely acclaimed across the market for his innovative talent and technical dexterity” Practical Law Company (PLC) Which Lawyer?
  • “A renowned M&A specialist” International Financial Law Review (IFLR) 1000
  • “The ‘go-to' lawyer on difficult M&A issues” Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2011
  • “He has a powerful intellect, and an ability to think laterally and creatively and provide effective solutions.” Chambers Global Guide, 2013
  • “Leading Lawyer - Corporate/M&A” Chambers Global Guide, 2008-2014
  • “We had a strong degree of confidence in [Braddon's] and [Corrs'] ability to execute the transaction” ALB Magazine, 26 June 2012 (Dan Last, Foster's Group)
  • “Featured Expert - M&A” Who's Who Legal, 2012
  • “Very commercial and thorough - a standout individual” Chambers Global Guide, 2011
  • “Best Lawyer - Corporate/Governance and Mergers & Acquisitions” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2008-2014
  • “Best Lawyer - Equity Capital Markets” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2011-2014
  • “Best Lawyer - Corporate” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2014

Braddon's Thinking

  • M&A Year in Review 2013 26 February 2014
    2013 was a difficult year in the Australian public M&A market marked by fierce competition for a handful of attractive assets.
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  • Lessons from the Ludowici takeover 9 July 2012
    The Takeovers Panel is the commercial dispute resolution body that settles takeover disputes. Previously we had a court that decided these on a binary basis, but what the Takeovers Panel does is look for a commercial resolution that's often a comprom
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  • More change in M&A, more innovation 23 September 2011
    The comparatively strong Australian economy has been beneficial for our country, but is has also brought some challenges in the international mergers and acquisitions market.
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