Joseph Newitt

Joseph Newitt

Joseph predominantly acts for Australian and Chinese clients on public and private M&A transactions.

He also has significant capital markets experience and co-authored a chapter in  “A Practitioner’s Guide to The FCA Listing Regime 2018/2019” published by Thomson Reuters and the CityUK Report for HM Treasury “Capital markets for growing companies: a review of the European listing regime”.

Representative transactions include advising:

  • ASX 100 listed IRESS Limited on its acquisition of market data provider QuantHouse
  • BHP on its acquisition of an initial stake and subsequent further investment in Solgold plc
  • FTI (as administrators of ASX listed Surfstitch Holdings Limited) on the sale of Surfdome and Magic Seaweed
  • QIC on the reorganisation of certain of its UK investments
  • VFMC on the sale of its stake in Birmingham Airport to Ontario Teachers Pension Plan
  • National Australia Bank on its funding of the bid by St Barbara Limited for Allied Gold Mining plc
  • Moelis Australia as financial adviser on proposed takeover of a UK listed company
  • Hong Kong listed Leyou Technologies on its Extreme Very Substantial Acquisition of Splash Damage Ltd
  • a Chinese consortium on its acquisition of West Bromwich Albion FC
  • Orchid on its sale of 170 pubs to Mitchells & Butlers plc
  • South 32 on its demerger from BHP and listing on the London Stock Exchange
  • AA plc on its £1 billion refinancing through listed debt and equity offerings
  • ArcelorMittal on its joint bid with Peabody Energy for Macarthur Coal Limited


Legal insights

The UK economy remains open for business and overseas investment although since November 2020 there are new controls on FDI will need to be navigated as updated in March 2021 as below. By way of...

24 May 2021

On 3 July 2016, the Market Abuse Regulation will take effect in the UK and across Europe, repealing and replacing the existing Market Abuse Directive.

23 May 2016

The UK Pre-Emption Group’s latest report highlights the continuing importance to investors of “pre-emption rights”, or rights of first refusal on new equity issues

11 May 2016

Developments in AGMs and Annual Reports for premium listed companies.

15 February 2016

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