Stephen is an experienced corporate partner with over 15 years of legal experience in both the private and public sector.
Stephen’s clients come from a broad range of sectors including food and agribusiness, real estate, banking and financial services, technology, infrastructure, and government. He advises Australian and international clients on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, commercial transactions, and corporate advisory.
He is known for seeing the big-picture in transactions and navigating clients through sale processes, including competitive bid processes, FIRB and insured (W&I) transactions.
Stephen is also experienced in advising on distressed M&A transactions, using a multidisciplinary approach, working with insolvency teams and practitioners to manage and advise on the sale of distressed assets.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Stephen worked in a technology start-up, which has given him a unique appreciation for the technology and start-up sectors and client needs.
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific: ‘Stephen Iu is a real trusted adviser. He understands your business and offers you the right level of support needed.’
Advising the owners of one of Australia’s largest dairy producers on the proposed sale of their business through a competitive bid process.
Real estate and funds
Advising an Asia-Pacific logistics real estate platform on its $3 billion purchase of a logistics portfolio in Australia’s largest-ever direct property transaction at the time.
Real estate and funds
Advising a consortium on their acquisition of significant stakes in shopping centres in Australia, which set a retail property record of over $2 billion at the time.
Advising the Oceania office of a global construction and engineering company on its acquisition of a leading provider of end-to-end sustainable engineering and consulting services through a competitive bid process.
Advising a client on their investment in an online finance company targeting medical professionals.
Advising a Big 4 Bank on its divestment of a digital bank in Africa.
Advising an investment bank on its bid to Transport for NSW to act as development partner for a substantial infrastructure project in NSW.
Artificial intelligence / start-ups
Advising artificial intelligence start-up on its Series A capital raise with a VC.
Advising an ASX listed company on numerous cross-border acquisitions of software companies.