Michael Hansel - Partner

Michael Hansel Michael advises on corporate advisory, mergers and acquisitions and capital raisings, with a specific interest in resources, infrastructure and foreign investment.

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Michael’s expertise is in mergers and acquisitions, capital raisings, due diligence, takeovers, joint ventures, corporate restructuring and private equity transactions. He has advised in these areas across numerous industries and has a specific interest in the resources and technology sectors.

Michael holds qualifications in Laws (Hons), Commerce (Hons) and Business, and has been recommended in Doyle's Guide to Leading Corporate Lawyers - Queensland in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, as well as Doyle's Guide to Leading Commercial Lawyers - Queensland 2017.  

Michael was also shortlisted for the Due Diligence Lawyer of the Year in 2013 by Lawyers Monthly and was named Finance Monthly’s Deal Maker of the Year in 2013 for his work on the Jindal Steel & Power (Australia) Pty Ltd matter whereby Jindal acquired Gujarat NRE Coking Coal Ltd and was named Finance Monthly’s Due Diligence Lawyer of the Year in 2014. Most recently, Michael was named in Best Corporate Lawyers in Australia (2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19) and 2017/18 by Best Lawyers International.   

Areas of Practice

  • Advising Landbridge Group on its successful $180 million cash takeover bid for ASX listed gas producer Westside Corporation Limited.
  • Advising Jindal Steel & Power (Australia) on its AUD $221.61 million on-market takeover offer for coal producer Gujarat NRE Coking Coal.
  • Advising Arrow Energy on the acquisition of the Braemar 2 Power Station from ERM Power.
  • Advising Volga Elderberry on the $21 million sale of the Lorena Gold Project in North West Queensland to ASX-listed Malachite Resources.
  • Advising Queensland Ores on its takeover by Metallica Minerals, including advising on competing offers and potential capital raisings.
  • Advising MetroCoal on its proposed Scheme of Arrangement and subsequent on-market and off-market takeover bids for Cape Alumina Limited.
  • Advising Jindal Steel and Power (Australia) on its on-market takeover offer for Rocklands Richfield.
  • Negotiations, due diligence and the establishment of an entity in the acquisition of a significant interest in Eastern Telecommunications Philippines, the second largest telecommunications company in the Philippines.
  • Advising MetroCoal on a joint venture with China Coal Import & Export Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of China National Coal Group Corp, the second largest coal producer in China. Under the terms of the agreement, China Coal acquired a 51 percent interest in one of MetroCoal’s exploration permits for coal in the Surat Basin. China Coal committed $30 million towards exploring and evaluating the area’s potential for future commercialisation options.
  • Advising MetroCoal on the placement of 32 million shares to Chinese coal group DADI Engineering Development, raising $24 million before costs.
  • Advising MetroCoal on its IPO and ASX listing, raising the maximum amount of $10 million. MetroCoal listed on the ASX with a market capitalisation of $35.4 million.
  • Advising a China State Owned resources entity on Foreign Investment Review Board matters and related infrastructure investment.