ShannonFinch

Partner

Sydney + 61.2.8272.0751

Shannon Finch is a leading corporate lawyer, with experience in M&A, private equity, equity capital markets (IPOs and secondary raisings), debt capital markets, restructurings, and workouts.

Shannon chairs the Corporations Committee of the Law Council of Australia and works with the Treasury, the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC), and the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) on corporate law reforms, including simple corporate bonds, the crowdfunding regime (public and private), product design and distribution, and Banking Royal Commission reforms.

Shannon advises boards and companies on governance and M&A matters, including continuous disclosure, directors duties, shareholder activism, greenmail, takeover approaches, competing bids, take privates, government privatizations, no-talks/no-shops, nominee directors, conflicts, independent board committees, director rotation, board spills, and executive remuneration.

She also advises on annual general meetings and extraordinary general meetings, regulatory investigations, class action threats, capital management, strategic partnerships, mergers, bolt-on M&A strategies, spin-offs, reverse takeovers, strategic reviews, workouts and distress transactions, and liaison with ASX, ASIC, APRA (Australian Prudential Regulation Authority), and FIRB (Foreign Investment Review Board).

She has also advised companies and underwriters on capital markets transactions, including IPOs, venture capital, pre-IPO funding, series A funding rounds, accelerated and traditional rights issues, strategic placements, strategic economic stakes via derivatives, corporate hybrids, prudential capital including hybrids (Tiers 1 and 2), convertible bonds including SGX-listed (Singapore Exchange) bonds, U.S. private placements, 144A equity and debt issuance, Reg D placements, ASX-listed retail bonds, crowdsourced funding, and cartel issues in capital markets.

Shannon teaches securities law masters courses with Justice Ashley Black at the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales.

Experience

  • Maxeon Solar Technologies completes public offering of $125 million of Ordinary Shares and concurrent private placement of $33.7 million of Ordinary SharesJones Day represented Maxeon Solar Technologies, Ltd., one of the world’s leading global manufacturers and marketers of premium solar power technology, in connection with its concurrent SEC registered public offering of $125 million of its Ordinary Shares and private placement of $33.7 million of its Ordinary Shares to an affiliate of Tianjin Zhonghuan Semiconductor, one of Maxeon’s existing largest shareholders.
  • Centuria to merge with Primewest combining two leading real estate platformsJones Day is advising Centuria Capital Group (Centuria), a leading multi-sector real estate funds management business, on its merger-of-equals with the Primewest Group (Primewest), an ASX-listed real estate funds management businesses, with assets across a range of listed, unlisted, and private funds.
  • Peabody Energy completes comprehensive exchange transactionJones Day represented Peabody Energy Corporation (the "Company"), a large private-sector coal company, in connection with a series of recapitalization transactions to, among other things, provide the Company with maturity extensions and covenant relief, while allowing it to maintain sufficient operating liquidity and financial flexibility, including: (i) an offer to exchange any and all of its outstanding $459 million aggregate principal amount of 6.000% Senior Secured Notes due 2022 (the "Existing Notes") for (a) new 10.000% Senior Secured Notes due 2024 to be co-issued by PIC AU Holdings LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Peabody ("AU HoldingsCo"), and PIC AU Holdings Corporation, a Delaware corporation and an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Peabody ("AU HoldingsCorp" and, together with AU HoldingsCo, the "Co-Issuers"), and (b) new 8.500% Senior Secured Notes due 2024 to be issued by Peabody; and (ii) a restructuring of the revolving loans under the Company's existing credit agreement (the "Existing Credit Agreement") by (a) making a pay down of revolving loans thereunder in the aggregate amount of $10 million, (b) the co-issuers incurring $206 million of term loans under a credit agreement, dated as of January 29, 2021, (c) the Company entering into a letter of credit facility, and (d) the Company amending the existing credit agreement.
  • ReadyTech Holdings to acquire Open OfficeJones Day is advising ReadyTech Holdings Limited in its proposed acquisition of leading software provider, Open Office and McGirr (collectively Open Office), which services the government and justice sector, from Pentagon Holdco Pty Ltd.
  • Alfred Medical Imaging acquired by I-MED Radiology NetworkJones Day advised Alfred Medical Imaging in its acquisition by I-MED Radiology Network.
  • Ansarada merges with thedocyardJones Day advised Ansarada NewCo Pty Ltd. in its merger with thedocyard.
  • QIC takes AUD$128.47 million cornerstone stake in AUD$1.286 billion IPO of Dalrymple Bay Coal TerminalJones Day advised QIC Ltd in connection with its cornerstone investment in the proposed AUD$1.286 billion initial public offering on the Australian Securities Exchange of Dalrymple Bay Infrastructure Limited (DBI), the owner of the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal (DBCT) in Queensland, Australia, which is the world’s largest metallurgical coal export terminal.
  • Ai-Media completes A$65.5 million IPO on ASXJones Day advised Access Innovation Holdings Limited, a global provider of technology-driven live and recorded captioning, transcription and translation services, in connection with its A$65.5 million initial public offering on ASX.
  • Ord Minnett Limited completes A$79.1 million institutional placement by Sezzle Inc.Jones Day advised Ord Minnett Limited, as sole lead arranger, bookrunner, and underwriter, in connection with an A$79.1 million institutional placement by Sezzle Inc. and as manager of the non-underwritten share purchase plan.
  • Centuria Capital acquires 50% voting interest and 63.06% economic interest in Centuria HeathleyJones Day advised Centuria Capital Limited on the acquisition by its wholly-owned subsidiary, Centuria Platform Investments Pty Ltd, of a 50% voting interest and 63.06% economic interest in Heathley Limited's property funds management platform, forming a specialist healthcare funds manager, Centuria Heathley.
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