Stephen Minns

Stephen Minns

Stephen specialises in public company acquisitions, board issues and general corporate work. He was the Chairman, Australia of King & Wood Mallesons from 2013 to 2018.

He advised APA on the $13.5 billion proposed acquisition by CKI, Asciano on the $9.0 billion proposed transactions with Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, CPPIB, GIP and Qube and Lynas on the $1.5 billion proposal from Wesfarmers. He advised AXA Asia Pacific in relation to its acquisition by AMP and AXA SA (and the previous proposal by National Australia Bank and AXA SA), APA on its acquisition of Hastings Diversified Utilities Fund, GE on its acquisition of Industrea and Telstra on the sales of CSL and Sensis.

Stephen has a global reputation as a leading Corporate M&A and Corporate Governance lawyer.

Representative matters

Takeovers and Schemes

  • Lynas on the proposed $1.5 billion acquisition by Wesfarmers
  • APA on the proposed $13.5 billion acquisition by CKI
  • Asciano on the $9.0 billion competing proposed transactions with Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, CPPIB, GIP and Qube
  • AXA Asia Pacific on its $14 billion acquisition by AMP and AXA SA (and the competing proposal by NAB and AXA SA)
  • Transurban on the proposal by Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan and CP2
  • Danaher on its takeover of Vision Systems Limited
  • Foodland on the contested takeover by Metcash
  • Fonterra on its contested takeover of National Foods
  • BHP Billiton and Mitsubishi on its contested takeover of QCT Resources
  • Xstrata on its acquisition of MIM Holdings Limited by scheme of arrangement


  • South32 on its demerger from BHP Billiton
  • BHP Billiton on the demerger of BHP Steel (now Bluescope)
  • Foodland on the demerger of its New Zealand business and acquisition by schemes of arrangement by Woolworths and Metcash


  • Lynas on its $425 million entitlement offering
  • APA on its $450 million hybrid financing
  • Transurban $542 million entitlements offer

Private acquisitions

  • Telstra on the sale of CSL in Hong Kong

  • Telstra on the sale of Sensis


1980: Bachelor of Laws and Commerce degrees, University of New South Wales


  • 1992: High Court of Australia
  • 1988: Supreme Court - WA - Australia
  • 1988: Supreme Court - VIC - Australia
  • 1988: Supreme Court - ACT - Australia
  • 1986: Supreme Court - NSW -Australia

Practising Certificate

  • 2018: VIC, Australia (expires 30 June 2019)

Career History

2013 - 2018: Chairman, Australia and Deputy Global Chairman, King & Wood Mallesons

1988 - present: Partner, King & Wood Mallesons, Sydney and Melbourne

1986: Solicitor, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Sydney

1984 - 1985: Investment Banker, Morgan Grenfell & Co, London

1981: Investment Banker, Morgan Grenfell Australia, Sydney


Legal insights

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16 April 2020

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24 March 2020

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20 March 2020

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03 December 2018

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