Courtney Dixon focuses his practice on public company takeovers and schemes of arrangement, with considerable experience advising on complex and significant transactions. He combines technical legal capability with a commercial approach to structuring and executing transactions.
Courtney has led deals across many industries, particularly the financial services, gambling, media, real estate, technology, and general industrials sectors. He often advises on cross-border (Australia in-bound) transactions, as well as fund investments, and accordingly has considerable experience in the application of Australia's foreign investment (FIRB) laws.
Courtney's practice also extends to private company M&A (with buy and sell-side experience in competitive trade sale processes), minority equity investments and associated shareholding arrangements, capital markets, and general corporate advisory matters. He also has advised companies, boards, and investors on numerous restructuring, recapitalization, and other forms of distressed situations.
Prior to joining Jones Day in 2018, Courtney practiced at a leading international law firm where he was involved in numerous high-profile transactions in the Australian market, including Tabcorp's combination with Tatts Group, the takeover of David Jones by Woolworths Holdings by way of scheme of arrangement, and BHP Billiton's demerger of South32.
In 2016, Courtney was seconded to the Australian Securities Exchange where he assisted in executing ASX's investment into, and strategic partnership with, blockchain developer Digital Asset Holdings.
Centuria Industrial REIT (CIP) unsuccessful takeover proposal from Propertylink
Jones Day advised Centuria Industrial REIT (CIP) in the attempted A$755 million ($548.3 million) unsolicited indicative and non-binding proposal from Propertylink Group to acquire all of the units in Centuria Industrial REIT by way of an agreed off-market takeover offer.
The following represents selected transactional experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.
Advised Tabcorp Holdings on its recommended combination with Tatts Group by scheme of arrangement.
Advised Seven West Media on its acquisition of The Sunday Times from News Corp.
Advised McAleese Group on its strategic process and proposed recapitalization.
Advised ASX Limited (as secondee) on its investment into and strategic partnership with block chain developer Digital Asset Holdings.
Advised IVE Group on its initial public offering on the ASX.
Advised Veda Group on aspects of its acquisition by Equifax Inc. by scheme of arrangement.
Advised BHP Billiton on aspects of its demerger of South32.
Advised David Jones on its acquisition by Woolworths Holdings by scheme of arrangement.
Advised Fairfax Media: on its merger of its radio network business with Macquarie Radio Network and on the sale of its 96FM radio station to APN News & Media.
Advised Wesfarmers on the sale of its Australian and New Zealand insurance underwriting business to IAG.
- University of Melbourne (LL.M. 2011); Kaplan Professional (Graduate Certificate in Applied/Corporate Finance 2008); College of Law (VIC) (Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice 2007); University of Tasmania (LL.B. Hons., B.Comm., and B.InfoSys. 2004)
- Supreme Courts of Victoria and New South Wales and High Court of Australia
- Doyle's Guide — Rising Star in M&A (2015)