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.

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.

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

  • 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.
  • Archer Daniels Midland Company Advised Archer Daniels Midland Company on its $3.4 billion takeover offer for Australian agribusiness, GrainCorp Limited.
  • $100 million share placement Advised Coal of Africa on a $100 million share placement to Chinese investor Haohua Energy International.
  • Amcor Limited Advised Amcor on the demerger of its Australasia Packaging and Distribution business and the listing on ASX of Orora Limited.
  • IOOF Holdings Advised IOOF on its proposal to acquire The Trust Company Limited by scheme of arrangement.

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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What others say

  • “Best Lawyer - Corporate” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2014-2016
  • “Best Lawyer - Equity Capital Markets” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2011-2016
  • “Best Lawyer - Corporate/Governance and Mergers & Acquisitions” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2008-2016
  • “Utterly dependable” Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2015
  • “Braddon commands the utmost respect from both peers and clients for his incredible experience in the regulated M&A space, significant deal flow and advice based on a real cognisance of the market” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2015
  • “Wins praise for his deep market knowledge and incredible experience in the regulated M&A space” Chambers Global Guide, 2015
  • “Leading Lawyer - Corporate/M&A” Chambers Asia Pacific and Global Guides, 2008-2015
  • “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
  • “He has a powerful intellect, and an ability to think laterally and creatively and provide effective solutions.” Chambers Global Guide, 2013
  • “Highly regarded for his innovative solutions, technical dexterity and incisive strategic advice in complex transactions” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2012
  • “A go-to lawyer on difficult M&A issues and a good person to have in your corner” 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

Braddon's Leadership

  • 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)
  • Corrs Chambers Westgarth North America Focus Group Member