Clarendons advises on sale of Dimple Group to Zenitas

Clarendon Lawyers is delighted to have advised the Dimple Group on the sale of its aged care podiatry business to Zenitas Limited (ASX:ZNT).

The Dimple Group was founded by Damien James in 1997 and is Australia’s largest aged care podiatry provider. Its team of 64 podiatrists deliver podiatry services to 550 residential aged care facilities.

The Clarendons team was led by Director Alex Bean, who was assisted by Associate Alexandra Gleed.

A copy of the Clarendon Lawyers media release is available here.

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Clarendons advises Lithium Power International (ASX:LPI) on capital raising

Clarendon Lawyers is pleased to have acted for emerging lithium company Lithium Power International Limited (ASX:LPI) on its recent capital raising, following on from a successful raising in 2016.

The capital raising was structured as an institutional placement, raising total proceeds of $12 million, together with an offer of free attaching options on a one-for-one basis.

The proceeds of the capital raising are being used to fast-track development work at LPI’s flagship Maricunga Lithium Brine Project in Chile.

The Clarendons team was led by Director Nick Golding, who was assisted by Senior Associate Ken Gitahi and lawyer Natasha Arora.

A copy of the Clarendon Lawyers media release is available here.

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Clarendons assists Bosch with new ‘AutoCrew’ joint venture

Clarendon Lawyers is very pleased to have assisted Bosch with its recently announced ‘AutoCrew’ joint venture with Supercheap Auto.

Supercheap Auto is one of Australasia’s largest speciality retailers in automotive parts, accessories and fitment solutions, and part of ASX-listed Super Retail Group.

The partnership will combine Bosch’s leading technology solutions with Supercheap Auto’s retail footprint and customer knowledge, to establish new independent full service auto workshops, initially in the Greater Sydney area.

The Clarendons team was led by Director Robert Feiner, who was assisted by Senior Associate Julie Lyons.

A copy of the Clarendon Lawyers media release is available here.

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Clarendons named Tier 1 for mid-market corporate M&A and ECM

Clarendon Lawyers is very proud to be named by Doyles Guide as a Tier 1 firm for small and mid-market mergers and acquisitions and equity capital markets matters in Victoria for 2017.

The ranking demonstrates our growing reputation as a leading corporate legal advisory firm in Australia, placing us in the same bracket as top tier firms Gilbert + Tobin, Herbert Smith Freehills, MinterEllison and Arnold Bloch Leibler. The firm was also ranked Tier 3 for high value corporate/M&A matters.

We would like to sincerely thank our clients and peers for their ongoing support. We look forward to continuing to execute our vision of becoming Australia’s undisputed best specialist corporate law firm.

In addition to the firm’s strong ranking, we are also proud to announce that a number of our directors featured prominently in the rankings on an individual basis, including Tony Symons as ‘Preeminent’, Robert Feiner as ‘Leading’ and Alex Bean and Nick Golding as ‘Recommended’ for small and mid-market corporate/M&A matters, and Nick Golding as a ‘Leading’ equity capital markets lawyer.

A copy of the Clarendon Lawyers media release is available here.

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Clarendons advises EVZ Limited (ASX:EVZ) on placement and rights issue

Clarendon Lawyers is delighted to have advised EVZ Limited (ASX:EVZ) on its recent capital raising.

EVZ Limited is an industrial group with three operating divisions: Brockman Engineering (Engineering), Syfon Systems (Water) and TSF Maintenance (Power Generation Maintenance).

The capital raising was structured as a placement and underwritten renounceable entitlement offer and raised total proceeds of $4.7 million. Concurrently with the capital raising, $600,000 of debt will be converted to equity.

The proceeds of the capital raising will strengthen EVZ’s balance sheet and enable it to pursue larger project opportunities.

The Clarendons team was led by Director Nick Golding, who was assisted by Senior Associate Ken Gitahi and lawyers Natasha Arora and Ingrid Mohr.

A copy of the Clarendon Lawyers media release is available here.

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Clarendons participates in Melbourne Health Accelerator Program

Clarendon Lawyers is delighted to participate in the 2017 Melbourne Health Accelerator Program, following the success of the pilot version in late 2016.

MHX was launched in June 2017, with the Winter Cohort of 2017 now well underway.

MHX’s goal is to cultivate commercially viable answers to complex healthcare challenges. Startups that are accepted into the MHX program are provided with a working space, mentoring and networking opportunities with Melbourne Health clinicians.

Clarendons is proud to have assisted in building a foundation for what is now a government-funded program and is delighted to support MHX as part of its ongoing commitment to startups, entrepreneurship and venture capital.

A copy of the Clarendon Lawyers media release is available here.

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Clarendons named finalist for Lawyers Weekly Boutique Law Firm of the Year

Clarendon Lawyers is thrilled to announce that it is again a finalist in the ‘Boutique Law Firm of the Year’ category for the prestigious Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards.

The annual Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards recognise the best law firms in Australia. Clarendons was a finalist for the awards in 2016 and is again a finalist this year in 2017.

Finalists are determined by a high-profile judging panel nominated by the Lawyers Weekly magazine, having regard to extensive research in the legal industry.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held at The Star in Sydney on 1 September.

A copy of the Clarendon Lawyers media release is available here.

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Clarendons advises K.W. Doggett Fine Paper on merger and sell-down to global distributor

We are delighted to have advised family-owned Australian paper merchant, K.W. Doggett Fine Paper, on its merger with New Zealand headquartered, BJ Ball Group, and subsequent sell-down of the combined group to global paper distributor, Japan Pulp and Paper.

K.W. Doggett Fine Paper is a leading independent family-owned paper merchant to the print and design market. The business was founded in 1975 and has since grown to employ over 220 people with offices and warehouses located across Australia.

Under the transaction, K.W. Doggett Fine Paper will merge with BJ Ball Group, and then immediately following the merger, Japan Pulp and Paper will acquire a 51% controlling interest in the combined group for approximately A$75 million. Under the transaction, Japan Pulp and Paper has an option to acquire the outstanding 49% of the combined group within up to 3 years after completion.

The Clarendons team was led by Directors Tony Symons and Robert Feiner, who were assisted by Senior Associate Julie Lyons and Associate Richard Hoare.

A copy of the Clarendon Lawyers media release is available here.

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Clarendons named finalist for Australian Boutique Law Firm of the Year

Clarendon Lawyers is thrilled to announce that it is a finalist in the ‘Australian Boutique Law Firm of the Year’ category for the prestigious Australasian Law Awards 2017.

The Australasian Law Awards celebrate excellence in the legal profession in Australia and New Zealand, by recognising leading firms and in-house teams for their outstanding achievements over the past 12 months.

Finalists are determined by representatives of the Australasian Lawyer magazine based on extensive research in the legal industry.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held at The Star in Sydney on 18 May.

A copy of the Clarendon Lawyers media release is available here.

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Clarendons advises NYSE-listed Genpact on Australian acquisition

Clarendon Lawyers is delighted to have advised Genpact Limited (NYSE:G) on its recent entry into a sale agreement with Fiserv, Inc. (NASDAQ:FISV) to acquire the assets of Fiserv’s Australian cheque processing business.

Genpact is a global leader in digitally-powered business process management and services, with more than 75,000 people in 25 countries generating impact for a few hundred strategic clients including approximately one-fifth of the Fortune Global 500.

The capability and client base of the cheque processing business will strengthen Genpact’s capabilities in the Australian market, a key strategic focus for Genpact, as well as in the banking and financial services industry.

The Clarendons team was led by Managing Director Tony Symons and Director Nick Golding, who were assisted by Senior Associate Julie Lyons and lawyers Ingrid Mohr and Natasha Arora.

A copy of the Clarendon Lawyers media release is available here.

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Clarendons advises Lithium Power on strategic capital raising

Clarendon Lawyers is pleased to have acted for emerging lithium company Lithium Power International Limited (ASX:LPI) on its recent strategic capital raising.

The capital raising was structured as a two-tranche institutional placement and a partially underwritten share purchase plan, raising total proceeds of $13.5 million, together with an offer of free attaching options on a one-for-one basis.

The proceeds of the capital raising are being used to fund Phases 1 and 2 of the exploration and appraisal of LPI’s exciting Maricunga Lithium Brine Project in Chile.

A copy of the Clarendon Lawyers media release is available here.

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Sarah Noble promoted to Senior Associate

Clarendon Lawyers is excited to announce the promotion of Sarah Noble to Senior Associate.

Sarah has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions and all aspects of corporate law. The promotion recognises her expertise in these areas, together with her commitment to achieving outstanding results for our clients, her commercial approach and outstanding commitment to the firm.

A copy of the Clarendon Lawyers media release is available here.

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Clarendons advises The Sita Group on the sale of its Airport transfer business to SkyBus

Clarendon Lawyers is pleased to have advised The Sita Group on the recent sale of its Avalon Airport Transfers business to SkyBus, the operator of an award winning airport transfer service in Melbourne, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand.

The Sita Group is a family owned and operated bus transport business headquartered in Melbourne.

The Avalon Airport Transfers business involves the provision of an airport transfers service between Avalon Airport and the Melbourne CBD, meeting all major arriving and departing flights.

Following completion of the sale of this business, SkyBus now operates an Avalon City Express service from Avalon Airport to Melbourne.

The Clarendons team was led by Managing Director Tony Symons, who was assisted by Senior Associate Ken Gitahi and Lawyer Ingrid Mohr.

A copy of the Clarendon Lawyers media release is available here.

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Clarendons advises Jacobs on acquisition of Aquenta Consulting

Clarendon Lawyers is delighted to have advised Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE:JEC) on its recent acquisition of Aquenta Consulting, a leading provider of integrated project services to public and private sector clients in Australia.

Jacobs is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of full-spectrum technical, professional and construction services for industrial, commercial and government organisations globally.

The acquisition of Aquenta, which helps owners, operators and investors in infrastructure and property assets achieve their objectives at a strategic, portfolio, program and project level, will bolster Jacobs’ Asia-Pacific buildings and infrastructure business.

The Clarendons team was led by Managing Director Tony Symons, who was assisted by Senior Associates Billy Dwyer and Sarah Noble.

A copy of the Clarendon Lawyers media release is available here.

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Clarendons’ growth continues – adding third Director in 5 months

In an ongoing period of exceptional growth and success, corporate legal advisory firm Clarendon Lawyers has announced that accomplished specialist property lawyer, Mike Steell, has joined the firm as a director.

Formerly a director with Gadens’ property team in Sydney, Mike has relocated to Melbourne to join the Clarendons’ partnership. His appointment at Clarendons closely follows that of equity capital markets expert Nick Golding in July, and private equity and venture capital specialist Alex Bean in August.

The third director to join Clarendons in just five months, Mike bolsters the firm’s director group, and significantly strengthens its client offering in the real estate sector.

Mike has built a successful career specialising in property law with experience in all forms of property transactions, including acquisitions and disposals, commercial, industrial and retail leasing, property due diligence, strata and freehold subdivisions and property development.

He has worked on a range of noteworthy property matters for major residential, commercial, industrial and retail clients, small and medium enterprises and high net worth individuals across a range of industries and sectors over the last decade.

A copy of the Clarendon Lawyers media release is available here.

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Clarendons advises Recoveriescorp on sale to Transaction Capital

Clarendon Lawyers is pleased to have advised Recoveries Corporation Group Limited on its sale to Transaction Capital, a South African public company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. The sale is expected to be completed in early 2017.

Headquartered in Melbourne, Recoveriescorp provides specialist debt recovery and insurance claims recovery services.

The Clarendons team was led by M&A Directors Tony Symons and Alex Bean, who were assisted by senior associate Billy Dwyer.

A copy of the Clarendon Lawyers media release is available here.

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Clarendons partners with STARTUP61 HealthTech Accelerator @ RMH

Clarendon Lawyers is pleased to have partnered with STARTUP61 in connection with the HealthTech Accelerator Program, an incubator accelerator program designed to assist entrepreneurs in the health technology space.

Australia’s first in hospital accelerator program is being run out of The Royal Melbourne Hospital in collaboration with Melbourne Health. STARTUP61 has accepted 13 startups to participate, each seeking to address a broad range of issues in the delivery of health services.

As an official sponsor and legal partner, Clarendon Lawyers is delighted to support the Program as part of its ongoing commitment to startups, entrepreneurship and venture capital.

A copy of the Clarendon Lawyers media release is available here.

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Doyles Guide – Best Corporate Firms and Lawyers 2016

Clarendons is very pleased to announce that our firm and directors have again featured prominently in Doyles Guide, an independent ranking of the best corporate law firms and lawyers in Melbourne for 2016.

Clarendons was ranked as a Tier One M&A firm in Melbourne. This places us in the same bracket as top tier leading firms such as Allens, Herbert Smith Freehills, Gilbert + Tobin, King & Wood Mallesons and Minter Ellison.

We were also ranked as a Tier Two firm in Private Equity and Tier Three in Equity Capital Markets.

These rankings place us among the leading law firms in Melbourne in each of our core practice areas.

Our individual rankings were also extremely pleasing, with each of our corporate directors receiving a ‘Recommended’ ranking and Tony Symons and Nick Golding receiving ‘Leading’ rankings, placing all of our corporate directors among the best corporate lawyers in Melbourne.

We would like to sincerely thank our clients and peers for their support.

A copy of the Clarendon Lawyers media release is available here.

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Clarendons advises Vicwest on merger with Bendigo Telco

Clarendon Lawyers is pleased to have advised telecommunication and internet service provider Vicwest Community Telco on its scrip-for-scrip merger with Bendigo Telco by way of a scheme of arrangement.

The merger seeks to create a leading national telco business. On merger, the combined group now has a market cap of approximately $16 million.

Both Vicwest and Bendigo Telco were originally established by Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. Under the merger transaction, Bendigo Bank has retained a major shareholding in the combined group and entered into certain ancillary transactions to give effect to the merger.

The Clarendons team was led by M&A Directors Robert Feiner and Tony Symons. In relation to the M&A aspects of the transaction, Robert and Tony were assisted by senior associate Ken Gitahi and lawyer Natasha Arora. Director Susie Stone led the court approval process assisted by associate Peter Clay.

A copy of the Clarendon Lawyers media release is available here.

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kikki.K undertakes strategic capital raising

Clarendon Lawyers recently advised global fashion stationery retailer kikki.K on its strategic capital raising, which involved the issue of an approximately 20% equity stake to boutique fund manager TDM Asset Management.

The proceeds of the transaction will be used to accelerate kikki.K’s ambitious international expansion plans, having grown from a single store in Melbourne in 2001 to a business which now trades in 143 countries.

The Clarendons team was led by Directors Nick Manuell and Nick Golding, who were assisted by Senior Associate Billy Dwyer, solicitor Patrick Allan and graduate Zhong Wu.

A copy of the Clarendon Lawyers media release is available here.

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Clarendons hires star private equity and venture capital specialist

Clarendon Lawyers has further bolstered its director ranks with the appointment today of private equity and venture capital specialist, Alex Bean.

In a period of unprecedented success and growth for our firm, Alex's appointment to the partnership closely follows that of ECM expert Nick Golding last month.

Alex joins Clarendons from global firm Herbert Smith Freehills, where he has built a successful career in corporate law, with a particular focus on private equity and venture capital.

A copy of the Clarendon Lawyers media release is available here.

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Clarendons moving on up, to the “Paris End” of Collins Street

Clarendon Lawyers has this week relocated to new premises in the “Paris End” of Melbourne’s Collins Street.

Amidst a period of unprecedented growth, the firm has outgrown its offices at 333 Collins Street and has chosen 55 Collins Street as its new address.

The move supports the firm’s ongoing growth and success as it delivers on its strategic ambition to become the best specialist corporate law firm in Australia.

Clarendons’ new address is Level 29, 55 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000. All other contact details are unchanged.

A copy of the Clarendon Lawyers media release is available here.

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Clarendons selected finalist for Lawyers Weekly Australian Boutique Law Firm of the Year

Clarendon Lawyers is thrilled to announce that it has been selected as a finalist for ‘Australian Boutique Law Firm of the Year’ in the prestigious Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards.

The annual Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards recognise the best law firms in Australia in various categories.

Finalists are determined by a high-profile judging panel nominated by the Lawyers Weekly magazine, having regard to extensive research in the legal industry.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held at Sydney’s Four Points by Sheraton on 2 September.

A copy of the Clarendon Lawyers media release is available here.

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Clarendons nabs top tier ECM

Clarendon Lawyers has announced today the further expansion of its directorship with the arrival of senior equity capital markets expert, Nick Golding.

Nick joins Clarendons directly from Herbert Smith Freehills, where he was appointed senior associate in 2011.

He has extensive experience as a corporate practitioner, specialising in equity capital markets and private mergers and acquisitions, developed over more than 10 years in corporate and private practice.

Nick's arrival comes at an unprecedented time of growth and expansion for Clarendons, and puts the firm another step closer to becoming the best specialist corporate law firm in Australia.

A copy of the Clarendon Lawyers media release is available here.

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Sterling Talent Solutions acquires RISQ Group

Clarendon Lawyers recently advised Sterling Infosystems, Inc. (Sterling), a subsidiary of Sterling Talent Solutions (formerly SterlingBackCheck), on the legal aspects of its acquisition of RISQ Group, an industry leader in employment background checks across the Asia-Pacific region. The deal completed on 31 May 2016.

The transaction, which involved the acquisition of the Australian head company and subsidiaries in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and New Zealand, extends Sterling's presence in the AsiaPacific region and is another step in its domestic and global expansion to become the global leader in background screening and HR solutions.

The Clarendon Lawyers team was led by Directors, Tony Symons and Robert Josephs, who were assisted by Senior Associate, Billy Dwyer and Associate, Alexandra Gleed.

A copy of the Clarendon Lawyers media release is available here.

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Clarendons named finalist for Australian Boutique Law Firm of the Year

Clarendon Lawyers is thrilled to announce that it is a finalist in the 'Australian Boutique Law Firm of the Year' category for the prestigious Australasian Law Awards 2016.

The Australasian Law Awards celebrate excellence in the legal profession in Australia and New Zealand, by recognising leading firms and in-house teams for their outstanding achievements over the past 12 months.

Finalists are determined by representatives of the Australasian Lawyer magazine based on extensive research in the legal industry.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held at Star City in Sydney on 19 May.

A copy of the Clarendon Lawyers media release is available here.

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Burger man gets the chocolates

Clarendon Lawyers recently advised Simon Crowe, the founder of premium burger restaurant chain Grill'd, on the acquisition of the Koko Black business, a luxury chocolatier business, from its administrators.

This transaction is testament to the hard work and vision of Simon, who in commenting on the transaction, stated: "I have been interested in the Koko Black business for a number of years and I am very excited by the challenge to improve and develop it into a truly great business."

The Clarendon Lawyers team was led by Managing Director, Tony Symons, who was assisted by Senior Associate, Ken Gitahi, together with Alexandra Gleed, Patrick Allan and Natasha Arora.

A copy of the Clarendon Lawyers media release is available here.

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Doyles Guide – Best Corporate Firms and Lawyers – Melbourne, 2015

On 29 October, Doyles Guide published its listing of the best corporate firms and lawyers, Melbourne 2015. An independent ranking of the leading M&A firms and lawyers in Melbourne.

Clarendons is pleased to announce that our firm and our lawyers featured prominently in the rankings, again demonstrating the high regard with which we are held in the industry.

In the under $200M deal category, out of the 29 top law firms, Clarendons was ranked in a group of firms comprising ABL, Ashurst, Clayton Utz and Minter Ellison, just behind Allens, Gilbert + Tobin, Herbert Smith Freehills and King & Wood and Mallesons.

In the over $200M deal category, out of the 29 top law firms, Clarendons was ranked alongside ABL, Baker & McKenzie, Clayton Utz and Corrs Chambers Westgarth, just behind Allens, Herbert Smith Freehills, King & Wood and Mallesons, Gilbert +Tobin, Ashurst and Minter Ellison.

A copy of the Clarendon Lawyers media release is available here.

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Clarendon Lawyers advises on DirectMoney ASX listing

Clarendon Lawyers has advised on the ASX listing of marketplace lender, DirectMoney Limited.

Marketplace lending is a new financial services model targeted at disrupting the traditional bank lending sector. DirectMoney is the first marketplace lending company to be listed on ASX.

The ASX listing was undertaken by way of a backdoor-listing transaction. Clarendon Lawyers advised on all aspects of the transaction, including the acquisition of DirectMoney by an ASX-listed shell company, the shareholder approval and re-quotation processes and an associated A$11.2 million capital raising offer.

The Clarendon Lawyers team was led by directors, Robert Feiner and Nick Manuell, with assistance from Ken Gitahi and Ingrid Mohr.

A copy of the Clarendon Lawyers media release is available here.

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Clarendon Lawyers advises in A$380m pharma acquisition

Clarendon Lawyers was the lead adviser to Indian pharmaceuticals company, Strides Arcolab (Strides), on its acquisition of part of South Africa's Aspen Pharmaceuticals’ Australian generic drugs and over-the-counter business. The deal signed on 21 May, 2015.

The substantial deal, worth approximately A$380m, will be funded from a variety of sources. It sees Strides re-enter the Australian pharmaceuticals market as a top-three generic pharmaceuticals supplier and a top-10 pharmaceuticals company.

A copy of the Clarendon Lawyers media release is available here.

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Clarendons advises Guardian Storage on business sale

A team led by Tony Symons and senior associate, Billy Dwyer, recently advised Guardian Storage on the sale of 4 self-storage businesses and certain associated freehold land to ASX-listed National Storage REIT. The sale was effected by separate inter-conditional business sale and sale of land transactions. Tony commented that: "It is always rewarding to guide founders through a sale process and achieve a successful exit for them after many years of building a strong business."

Clarendons completes more acquisitions for AussieCommerce

Teams led by Nick Manuell and Rob Feiner have advised AussieCommerce Group on a series of acquisitions as it consolidates its position as one of the largest e-commerce groups in Australia. Clarendon Lawyers first acted on its acquisition of Cudo from Mi9 and has since advised on its acquisitions of brandsExclusive from APN Group, DailyDo from its founders and most recently Spreets from Yahoo!7. Nick said: "We are thrilled to continue our close relationship with AussieCommerce and work with it as it continues its exciting growth track in the e-commerce industry."