Stewart is a leading corporate lawyer with expertise in mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, company secretarial, general corporate and commercial matters.
Stewart has acted for both public and private companies on various transactions. He works closely with officers and in-house legal counsel in relation to corporate transactions. His experience covers all aspects of the deal including conducting and managing due diligence processes, negotiating transaction documents, deal execution and post-completion matters.
He has advised clients on local and cross border transactions and commercial contracts with significant experience in the Food and Agribusiness, Health, Aged Care and Retirement, and Technology, Media and Telecommunications sectors.
Drawing on his time as the senior in-house legal counsel at Virgin Australia, Stewart displays an astute understanding of client’s commercial requirements and expectations.
Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan
Advised on the $1.03 billion (CAD) acquisition of Constellation Brands including the acquisition of vineyards and distribution rights in South Australia.
Rural Funds Management
Acted for Rural Funds Management in its $250 million acquisition of J&F Australia, the Australian cattle supply business of the world’s largest meat processor, JBS.
Symingtons (Holdings) Limited (UK Incorporated)
Advised on the sale of ‘Chicken Tonight’, ‘Raguletto’ and ‘Five Brothers’ brands to Simplot Australia Pty Ltd and STM, Inc (US incorporated).
Advised on the $185million takeover bids for Affinity Education Group Ltd.
Health and Community Services and Professional Services
Acted as corporate adviser for a number of leading clients throughout Australia and cross-border, including Henry Schein Inc., Prescare (a Ministry of the Presbyterian Church of Queensland), BlueCare, Pizzeys Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys Pty Limited, 3wks and Khemistry.
AAM Investment Group
Advised on the acquisition of one of the largest poultry production businesses in Australia for approximately $50million. The acquisition was co-sponsored by National Australia Bank.