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 energy and resources, financial services, gambling, media, real estate, technology, and general industrials sectors. He often advises on cross-border (Australia inbound) 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), with recent experience including advising NYSE-listed Horizon Global Corporation on the AU$340 million sale of its Australian and Asia-Pacific division to Pacific Equity Partners, following a formal sale process.
Courtney also advises on minority equity investments and associated shareholding arrangements, capital markets, and general corporate advisory matters. In addition, he has assisted companies, boards, and investors on numerous restructuring and recapitalization transactions and on 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 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.
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.
Grounded: Virgin Australia Reaffirms the Australian Takeovers Panel’s Narrow Role in Distressed Transactions
Australian Securities and Investments Commission's Half-Year Review of Public M&A Activities: Trends, Issues and Reminders
- 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
Best Lawyers in Australia — M&A (2021)
Doyle's Guide — Rising Star in M&A (2015)