Nicola Charlston

Nicola Charlston

Nicola is a corporate partner based in KWM’s Melbourne office. Nicola has over 20 years’ experience advising clients on complex transactions across a broad range of sectors, including financial services, infrastructure, health, pharmaceutical, resources and technology.  Nicola is equally proficient at public M&A and private treaty transactions, and her technical expertise, combined with her practical approach, has seen clients seek her out to assist with some of Australia’s most high profile transactions over the past few years.

As well as transactional M&A, Nicola provides strategic advice to her clients on a broad range of corporate issues, including continuous disclosure and governance matters and complex restructure and joint venture arrangements. Nicola sits on the firm’s health and industrials sector leadership teams and is also an officer of the International Bar Association’s esteemed M&A Committee.

“Very responsive, commercial partner with the ability to deliver clear advices on highly complex matters to the legal team, as well as simpler, more digestible papers to internal clients”. (Australian health client)


  • REA Group Ltd: advising on its acquisition of Mortgage Choice by scheme of arrangement
  • Campbell Soup Company: advising on the sale of Campbell’s International business, including Arnott’s Biscuits, to KKR
  • Asciano: advising on highly contested and complex A$9 billion+ takeover bid by a joint Qube and Brookfield consortium also comprised of GIP, CPPIB, GIC and CIC
  • Etex Group: advising on Etex’s acquisition of Knauf’s Australian plasterboard business
  • The Department of Premier and Cabinet (Victoria): market process associated with the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Victoria Ampol: advising on off-market share buy-backs
  • Envirosuite Limited: advising on EVS’ placement and retail entitlement offer
  • Medibank Private: various transactions, including advising on the IPO of Medibank
  • Private (Equity Market Deal of the Year, Australasian Law Awards, 2015)
  • General Electric Company: various transactions including takeover of Industrea Limited and sale of GE's Australian consumer finance business through a competitive sale process (now known as Latitude Financial Services)
  • Australian Unity: advising on in-home care joint venture between Remedy Healthcare and Ramsay Hospitals
  • South32: advising on complex contractual separation arrangements in respect of its demerger from BHP Billiton
  • Australia Post: various transactions including acquisition of SecurePay payment gateway business and joint venture arrangements with Singapore –based Alpha Payments Cloud
  • Equity Trustees Limited: various transactions including its acquisition of Sandhurst
  • Trustees and its joint venture with UK based Treasury Capital
  • Revlon Inc: various matters, including acquisition of Australian distribution business and various other corporate matters
  • Cognizant Technology Solutions: various transactions, including acquisition of Odecee Pty Ltd

Professional Memberships

  • Officer of the International Bar Association's Corporate and M&A Law Committee


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