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Reuben Van Werkum

Senior Associate
Sydney

Reuben Van Werkum

An experienced senior associate in our Australian office, Reuben van Werkum has a real depth of understanding across all corporate matters. Reuben's skillset spans private M&A transactional work, capital markets (IPO and secondary fundraisings), corporate restructuring, commercial contracts, foreign investment approval and on-going advice for both private and public companies operating in Australia. He is also experienced in New Zealand law matters, having practised at a top tier firm in Auckland.

Reuben's passion and strength lies in providing quality strategic advice to offshore clients on investments into Australia, with a focus on private equity transactions. His ability to service all aspects of his clients' corporate needs and in understanding complex transactions quickly makes Reuben a valuable resource to these clients. Reuben prides himself on always being both responsive and reactive to client needs. With a commercial focus, he really understands his client's businesses and knows what matters the most to them. Reuben consistently delivers exceptional results for clients, whether he is undertaking transactional work or providing strategic advice.

Representative Experience

Advising Swiss-based global investment manager Partners Group on its A$400 million acquisition of the Guardian Early Learning Group childcare centre business.*

Advising Mantra Group Limited (one of Australasia's leading hotel groups) on its A$449 million IPO, significant secondary capital raisings and ongoing corporate advice.*

Advising private equity and investment advisory firm CVC Capital Partners on various transactions in Australia and on exit of existing investments.*

Acting for Partners Group on various private equity and infrastructure investments (including ports, commercial property, wind farm assets and PPP rail projects).*

Advising Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited (one of the world's largest dairy co-operatives) on its 'Trading Among Farmers' capital restructure.*

Advising Fonterra on the establishment of its Farmers Shareholders' Market and the NZ$500m IPO of the 'Fonterra Shareholders Fund' (listed unit trust).*

Advising NYSE-listed CEB Inc (Corporate Advisory Board) on the acquisition of a number of corporate advisory and big data investments.*

Advising Pacific Smiles Group Limited (a leading dental centre operator in Australia) on its A$200 million IPO and ongoing listing rules/corporate advice.*

Advising LANDesk Inc (U.S.) on the acquisition of a data analytics software business in Australia.*

Advising Pfizer Inc on the New Zealand aspects of its US$2.2 billion division of its animal healthcare business and IPO as Zoetis Inc.*

Advising Telecom New Zealand (now, Spark) on the disposal of its Software Solutions business to Infosys Technologies.*

Advising AIG/Chartis on its corporate restructuring and licensing in New Zealand as the first insurer under the Insurance (Prudential Supervision) Act 2010.*

Extensive experience advising on foreign investment rules in Australia and obtaining FIRB approvals for corporate and foreign government investor clients.*

Advising on securities laws in Australia and New Zealand, and acting on various fundraising transactions (including private placements, SPP, convertible note issues).*

Significant experience advising private equity firms on inbound investments and exits, including shareholder arrangements, bid processes and equity participation.*

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

Education and admissions

Education

  • LL.B. (Hons), BCom, University of Auckland, 2010

Memberships

  • Law Society of New South Wales

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • New South Wales, Australia
  • New Zealand

Court admissions

  • High Court of New Zealand
  • Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia

2015

Australia Young Lawyer Awards 2015, Top 30 Under 30 nomination

2007 - 2010

Bonded Merit Scholarship winner, New Zealand Government

2010

Senior Law Prize 2010, University of Auckland Law Faculty

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