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Adam Handley

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MinterEllison

Perth, Australia
    Local Time: Friday 06:27

Practice Expertise

  • Corporate
  • Equity capital markets
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
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Areas of Practice

  • Corporate
  • Equity capital markets
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
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WSG Practice Industries

WSG Leadership

  • WSG Board of Directors - Chair Elect 2021-2021
  • WSG Board of Directors - Secretary 2020-2021
  • WSG Board of Directors - Director 2018-2022
  • WSG Regional Council - Member 2018-2022
  • Strategic Planning Committee 2020 - Member
  • DealMaker Group - Member
  • Aviation Group - Member
  • Dispute Resolution Group - Member
  • Energy Group - Member
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Group - Member
  • Mining Group - Member
  • Trade and Investment Group - Member
  • WSG Coronavirus Task Force Group - Member
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Profile

I am regarded as one of the leading advisers to major Chinese State Owned Enterprises and private Chinese enterprises investing in Australia since the first wave of investment commenced in 2007.

I have been fortunate to act on more than 25 major Asian investment projects into Australia, including acting for a number of China's largest stated owned and private enterprises.

I also have a track record in advising Federal and State governments on major regulatory and commercial projects, including recently acting for the State of Western Australia on the WA Ports Sale and the Ord Kimberley Expansion Project. Early in my career I was seconded to work for the Western Australian Government in relation to its commitment to the Hilmer micro-economic reform project; which led to the establishment of the National Competition Council and Part IIIA of the then Trade Practices Act (setting up the national access code).

As China Markets Leader, I lead an extensive team actively engaged in building Australia China relationships and more importantly supporting clients in negotiating successful outcomes by effectively navigating cross-cultural differences. I am also President of the Australia China Business Council (ACBC) Western Australia and a National Board member of the ACBC - the peak Australia China bilateral business association in Australia.

I feel privileged to have held the role of Managing Partner Western Australia for the last 3 years, and am excited about my new challenge with my recent appointment as National Markets Leader which encompasses the growth of our middle market and international market segments with a particular focus on Asia and our various country desks.

Career highlights
  • During my 25+ year legal practice, I have had the opportunity to spend circa 5+ years working in Government (NSW, WA and also Federal Government). Working closely with Governments, in-house and in my day-to-day practice has given me valuable insights into Government operations.
  • In my China work, I have had the opportunity to travel to China more than 30 times and, at times, spent 3 to 4 months of any given year on the ground in China. This has provided me with strong insights into how Australian and Chinese companies and individuals can navigate the “cross cultural divide” to ensure long-term business success.
  • I have advised Baosteel (one of China's largest and most respected State Owned Corporations) on almost all of their investments in Australia over the past 9 years. Working with such a professional and business focused organisation has been a huge privilege. One of those matters was advising Baosteel on its initial 15% strategic investment in then ASX-listed Aquila Resources Limited. Baosteel subsequently expanded this interest to 19.99% before launching a successful $1.4 billion joint takeover bid for Aquila Resources Limited with Aurizon Limited. The successful hostile takeover of Aquila was the first joint hostile takeover by two Australian and Chinese organisations.
  • Advised Legend Holdings Corporation's 90% strategic investment in the Kailis Bros Australian wholesale, processing and export seafood business.
  • Advised the Government of Western Australia on the Ord Development Agreement with Kimberley Agricultural Investment. Kimberley Agricultural Investment is an Australian company wholly owned by China’s Shanghai Zhongfu Group. The agreement will unlock more than 13,000 hectares of land for agriculture and represents one of the biggest agricultural developments in Australia’s north in more than 40 years. The State of Western Australia and Shanghai Zhongfu Group are expected to invest in excess of $700 million over the life of the project.
  • For 5 years, I sat on the Advisory Board of the AMF1 Mining Fund; the first State Owned Enterprise controlled resources focused mining fund in China.
  • I was privileged to sit on the Board of the Federal Government’s Regional Development Australia (Pilbara Branch).
  • I have been privileged to be the WA President of the Australian China Business Council for the past 4+ years.

Education
LLB, GdipLegPrac

Areas of Practice

  • Corporate
  • Equity capital markets
  • Mergers and Acquisitions

Professional Career



Professional Associations
  • Australia China Business Council (WA), Director
  • Australia China Business Council - Energy and Resources Committee, Chairman
  • Australia China Business Council - Trade & Investment Committee, Deputy Chair Murdoch University, Advisory Board Member ASA 100 - Australia Sino Agricultural Alliance - Advisory Board Member
  • Japan Chamber of Commerce (Perth) - Honary Inaugural Legal Counsel

Articles

Additional Articles
  • The decision on the CKI/APA bid – does it have broader implications?

    The Australian Treasurer last night announced his preliminary decision to block the proposed AUD$13bn takeover of APA Group by Hong Kong listed CK Infrastructure Group (CKI). Here we analyse the decision and implications.

  • 澳中双边贸易、投资和机遇
    近日,我们与澳大利亚中国商会(ACBC),澳大利亚贸易委员会首席执行官Stephanie Fahey博士共同举办了一场鸡尾酒会,聆听Stephanie Fahey博士关于中澳公司发展机遇的演讲。
  • ADM acquisition of GrainCorp blocked by Treasure

    The Treasurer announced an order under the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975 (Cth) blocking Archer Daniels Midland's proposed acquisition of GrainCorp on the basis that it is contrary to Australia's national interest. 

  • Joint A$1.4 billion China - Australia bid for Aquila Resources
    On 5 May 2014, Baosteel Resources Australia Pty Ltd and Aurizon Operations Limited (together 'the bidders') announced a joint conditional off-market takeover offer for all of the outstanding ordinary shares in Aquila Resources Limited that they (and their related bodies corporate) did not already own, at a price of A$3.40 cash per share.
  • China Zhongwang acquires majority stake in superyacht business

    MinterEllison has advised China Zhongwang Holdings, a world-ing developer and manufacturer of fabricated aluminium products, on its acquisition of a controlling stake in Silver Yachts.

  • The next wave – COVID-19 impact on international supply chains

    The outbreak of COVID-19 comes on the back of an already tumultuous two years for the global economy, markets and trade where the US-China "trade war", other trade tensions and macroeconomic factors have created uncertainty, commercial losses and subdued growth prospects.

  • Australia-China bilateral trade and investment and opportunities
    Recently, we were delighted to host, together with the Australia China business Council (ACBC), Dr Stephanie Fahey, Chief Executive Officer of Austrade, for a cocktail reception to hear her observations about the opportunities for Australian and Chinese companies.
  • How is Australia managing the transition to renewable energy?

    In Australia, we're seeing enormous opportunities and some policy challenges in renewable energy.

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