Lee Horan

Lee Horan

Lee is a partner in the King & Wood Mallesons Private Equity team. He is expert in the full range of M&A transactions for private equity and corporate clients – MBOs / LBOs, takeovers, schemes and private M&A. His clients include leading Australian and global private equity players, such as Affinity Equity Partners, KKR, KKR Credit, CHAMP, BGH, Adamantem, CIC, CITIC and many others.

He has represented clients with interests in a wide range of industries, including media, health, entertainment, data and technology, agriculture, education, food & beverages.

Relevant Experience

  • Verra in its acquisition by scheme of arrangement of Redflex
  • BGH and OTPP in their acquisition of Abano by scheme of arrangement
  • Starwood in its proposed scheme of arrangement with AOF
  • KKR in its acquisition of Pepper, Sundrop and GenesisCare and exit of Sundrop
  • Affinity Equity Partners in their acquisition of Scottish Pacific, Velocity Frequent Flyer and TEG (bolt-ons)
  • CHAMP in its acquisition of Forza Foods, Scentia, ATF, Healthcare Australia (HCA) and exit of Forza Foods and HCA
  • KKR, Macquarie, First State Super and Morgan Stanley in their bid for Tatts Group
  • Macquarie, TPG, AEP and Onex in their bid for Qantas
  • Nestlé in its exit of Peter’s Ice Cream to PEP and exit of Violet Crumble and Lifesavers
  • CITIC Capital and Humanwell in their acquisition of Ansell’s global Lifestyles business
  • Genea in its scheme of arrangement with MW Fertility and separate demerger scheme
  • Merlin Entertainments in its takeover bid for LLA
  • CIC in its acquisition of Connect East and Talison
  • STT in its acquisition of eircom Holdings by scheme of arrangement
  • Macquarie in its acquisitions of RG Capital Radio, DMG Radio, MineSite Technologies, Claim Central and exit of MineSite Technologies
  • Stockland in its takeover bid for Aevum
  • PT Bumi in its mop up bid for Herald Resources
  • BG Group in its takeover bid for QGC and unsuccessful bid for Origin Energy
  • Veda in its takeover defence of the AEP bid
  • J Boag & Son in its defence of San Miguel’s takeover bid
  • Oil States in its acquisition of The MAC Services Group (now Civeo) by scheme of arrangement
  • ARC Energy in its acquisition of Anzon Energy and Anzon Australia by scheme of arrangement
  • BHP Limited in its dual listed merger with Billiton plc
  • Hills in its exit of Orrcon, Fielders, UXC, Bailey Ladders, K Care & Korvest and acquisition of Hostel Communications, Questek, HTR, Merlon, Audio Products Group
  • Catalyst in its acquisition of GTV and successful exit to NEP
  • Baycorp in its sale of Collection Services to TransTasman Collections
  • Teleflex in its acquisition of Mayo Healthcare
  • Lignol in its acquisition of Neutral Fuels and interest in Territory Biofuels
  • Luxottica in its acquisition of Just Spectacles
  • SABMiller in its acquisition of Foster's Indian beer business
  • Sonic Healthcare in its acquisition of SGS Medical Group’s pathology assets
  • Saxo Bank in its acquisition of Commodity Broking Services
  • Credit Suisse in its investment in EL&C Baillieu Stockbroking
  • Credit Suisse in its acquisition of Hindal Securities
  • CMC Markets in its acquisition of Andrew West Stockbroking
  • nabCapital in its investment in Dental Corporation
  • Citigroup in its exit of its commercial loan book
  • Columbus Capital in its acquisition of ANZ’s Origin loan book for $2.4bn
  • Royal Bank of Scotland in sale of loan books in Australia, Malaysia, India, Hong Kong

Awards and Rankings

  • “Australia’s Best Lawyers” – Best Lawyers International – since 2014


  • 2001: Master of Laws, University of Sydney
  • 1994: Bachelor of Laws, Monash University
  • 1992: Bachelor of Economics, Monash University


  • 2011: High Court of Australia
  • 1994: Supreme Court - VIC – Australia

Professional memberships

  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • Australian Venture Capital Association Limited
  • Member of the New York Bar


Legal insights

ASIC released a consultation paper in June 2019 regarding the use of stub equity in public to private transactions, essentially looking to clamp down on the types of bid vehicles that could be used...

19 October 2020

A common question circling amongst targets and the wider business community is exactly what are the short, medium- and long-term impacts of COVID-19?

02 April 2020

ASIC is set to crack down on the use of stub equity in public bids by private equity sponsors. Our experts Mark McNamara, Lee Horan, Mark Vanderneut and Cathy Chan discuss with the Australia...

25 June 2019

KWM acted as global counsel for Humanwell Healthcare (Group) Co., Ltd and CITIC Capital on their US$600 million acquisition of ASX-listed Ansell Limited’s sexual wellness business.

05 December 2017

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