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Michele Muscillo - Partner

Michele Muscillo Michele has practised exclusively in corporate law for the duration of his legal career.

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Michele has practised exclusively in corporate law for the duration of his legal career and has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions, including the negotiation of significant commercial contracts and agreements.

With a diverse client base, Michele works with a variety of organisations, from large public corporations to emerging, privately-owned businesses. While the past few years have seen him lead a large number of transactions in the resources and energy sector, Michele also advises heavily in the technology and media sector to national and international clients.

In addition to his corporate advisory work, Michele takes a lead role in providing advice relating to the legal implications of climate change legislation on corporations, including company obligations under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme, and other climate change regulations and policies.

Michele was recognised as a notable practitioner by Chambers Asia Pacific in 2014 and 2015, was Recommended by Doyle's Guide to the Australian Legal Profession in Leading Corporate Lawyers - Queensland 2016 and 2017, and has also been named as a Finalist in the Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards  - Commercial 2017. 

Areas of Practice

  • Advising digital banking services company ChimpChange Limited on its $15M IPO and listing on the ASX. 
  • Advising Bow Energy on the $535 million takeover bid by the Shell/PetroChina owned Arrow Energy.
  • Advising Bandanna Coal on its sale to Enterprise Energy for $275 million. The company became known as Bandanna Energy and subsequently relisted on the ASX.
  •  Acting for Norton Gold in respect of the friendly cash takeover offer by Zijin Mining, China’s largest gold miner.
  • Acting for Norton in respect of their hostile bid for dual ASX/AIM listed Bullabulling Gold.
  • Advising Northern Energy Corporation on the $200 million takeover bid by New Hope Corporation.
  • Advising Norton Gold Fields on the acquisition of Paddington Gold Mine from Barrick Group, involving $75 million in fund raising and a $45 million acquisition, and its subsequent successful off-market takeover bid for Bellamel Mining.
  • Advising the State of Queensland on the sale of Ecofund (a carbon trading services company) to Co2 Australia via a competitive bid process.
  • Advising ASX-Listed Collection House of Australia on the sale of its Business Research business for $32 million to Veda Advantage, including negotiating a complex transitional service arrangement for the sharing of services post divestment.
  • Advising Norton Gold Fields on the sale of a mining tenement in Queensland's Bowen Basin to Boardwalk Sienna. The consideration paid totaled $30 million.
  • Advising UIL Energy on its IPO
  • Advising TSX-V listed Strata-X Energy Limited on its dual listing on ASX and capital raising.
  • Advising Titan Energy Services Limited on its IPO.
  • Advising Norton Gold Fields on the successful buy out of its $140 million hedging position from Lehman Brothers, at a significant discount to the market. This transaction was unique as it required the team of seven lawyers to work with advisors in New York, London, Singapore and Germany to finalise the terms on which the purchase would proceed, the financing and security structures, as well as the conversion of internationally (clearstream/euroclear) traded bonds within an exceptionally tight timeframe, among a variety of parties.
  • Advising Orbis Gold on a series of capital raisings, including an accelerated rights issue and a the placement of shares to institutional and sophisticated investors, raising $18 million.
  • Advising a global online gaming operation on its proposed public offering of shares on the Alternative Investments Market (AIM) in the United Kingdom. Michele was seconded to the client’s offices in Singapore and London and conducted all aspects of due diligence, structuring and planning.
  • Advising Bow Energy on an institutional placement of new ordinary shares and a share purchase plan for eligible existing shareholders, raising $78.4 million.