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Reuben Van Werkum

Senior Associate
Sydney

Reuben Van Werkum
Languages
English
Practice Group
Corporate

An experienced senior associate in our Australian office, Reuben has a real depth of understanding across all corporate matters.  Reuben's skillset spans public and private M&A (in particular, private equity transactions), equity capital markets, shareholder and JV arrangements, corporate restructuring, commercial contracts, foreign investment approvals 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 to understand complex transactions makes Reuben a valuable resource to these clients. Reuben prides himself on always being both responsive and alert 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

Partners Group (Swiss-based private investment firm) on its A$400 million acquisition of the Guardian Early Learning Group childcare business in Australia. *

Partners Group on its investment in the $450m Ararat Wind farm (240MW) in Victoria and the Sapphire Wind Farm (270MW) in NSW.

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

Swissport International Inc (part of the HNA Group) on a confidential private equity acquisition (A$500m- A$1bn) in Australia.

Photon Energy on a large scale 1.1GW solar farm development and financing project across seven sites in NSW, Australia.

ProTen Limited, a public agribusiness company, on capital raising transactions  and ongoing corporate advice.

Five V Capital various private equity transactions in Australia and New Zealand, including its investment into RateSetter Australia.

H2 Holdings (DBM Global) on its cross border acquisition of two steel design and BIM businesses based in Australia.

Signal Brands in relation to its acquisition of the GUESS apparel and designer fashion distribution business in Australia.

CVC Capital Partners on various transactions in Australia and on exit of existing investments, including in relation to Mantra and Helloworld.*

Riverstone Capital and AMCI on various acquisitions and joint venture interests in Australia, including in the natural resources sector. 

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

PVH Brands in relation to its investment into ASX-listed company, Gazal Corporation.

Intuit Inc on software/technology acquisitions in Australia and New Zealand.

CEB Inc and Ivanti Inc on the acquisition of a number of data analytics software acquisitions in Australia.*

Partners Group on various private infrastructure investments (including ports, commercial property, renewables and rail PPP investments – HCMT and North West Rail).

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited on its ‘Trading Among Farmers’ capital program, including the establishment of the Farmers Shareholders' Market and the NZ$500m IPO of the Fonterra Shareholders Fund.*

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

New Zealand Superannuation Fund on multiple acquisitions and offshore investment management arrangements. *

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

*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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