James Morley

Partner. Melbourne.

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James Morley

James specialises in complex Australian and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, including both regulated and private treaty M&A. He is noted for his strong work ethic and dedication. His commercial approach to transactions ensures his client’s goals are achieved.

James has over a decade of domestic and overseas experience, including having spent several years working on high profile global deals across a number of industries at a Magic Circle firm in London.

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James specialises in complex Australian and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, including both regulated and private treaty M&A. He is noted for his strong work ethic and dedication. His commercial approach to transactions ensures his client’s goals are achieved.

James has over a decade of domestic and overseas experience, including having spent several years working on high profile global deals across a number of industries at a Magic Circle firm in London.

He also advises listed and unlisted companies on a broad range of matters, including demergers, joint ventures, ASX listing rules, commercial agreements, corporate governance, fundraisings and procurement.

“Demonstrates incessant dedication to the task and our interests” Corporate client
James Morley

James' Expertise

  • China Resources and Macquarie Capital Advised a consortium comprising China Resources and Macquarie Capital on its acquisition of a majority interest in Genesis Care Limited, Australia’s largest cancer and cardiac services provider.
  • JD Sports Advised JD Sports on the acquisition of the “Glue” fashion retail business and the establishment of the JD Sports brand in Australia.
  • Al-Futtaim Group Advised RSH Limited, a subsidiary of the Al-Futtaim Group, on its sale of the Novo branded retail shoe business in Australia, comprising of over 100 retail stores.
  • Wellard Advised Wellard on its $550 million initial public offering.
  • Symbion Advised the owners of Symbion, the Zuellig Group, on the $1.3 billion merger of Symbion with EBOS Group Limited.
  • BP Advised the sale of its bitumen business to Puma Energy.
  • Yuan Long Advised Chinese investor Yuan Long on its acquisition of an Australia and New Zealand food can manufacturing business, its first acquisition outside of China.
  • Housing Choices Australia Advised Housing Choices Australia in relation to its acquisition of Mission Australia’s Victorian NRAS business and its merger with Common Ground Adelaide.
  • Alchemia Advised Alchemia on the proposed demerger and listing of its subsidiary Audeo Oncology.
  • John Holland Advised John Holland Aviation Services on the sale of its facility and assets located at Melbourne Airport to an entity associated with the Little Group.
  • Adelaide Brighton Advised Adelaide Brighton in relation to its acquisition of a joint venture interest in the Malaysian cement and clinker manufacturer, Aalborg Portland Malaysia.
  • Downer Acted for Downer EDI on its acquisition of the VEC Civil Engineering business.
  • Foster’s Advised Foster’s on the successful $3.7 billion hostile takeover offer for Southcorp Limited.

What others say

  • “James demonstrates incessant dedication to the task and our interests, we are impressed with his ability and commitment” Corporate client
  • “I’ve been really happy with James’ contribution to this process and the support he has given me in particular, he has done a great job” M&A client
  • “John Slattery Scholarship recipient” Corrs Chambers Westgarth

James' Thinking

James' Leadership

  • Law Institute of Victoria Member