Kim O’Reilly is a special counsel in the Sydney Private Advisory Team. She assists businesses of all sizes achieve their corporate objectives in every stage of their lifecycle, from start-up, through growth, to exit. This includes advising on the optimal initial structure of the business, assisting the business to grow via debt or equity finance, strategic mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures or restructure, providing general commercial advice (including formalising and negotiating arrangements with employees, suppliers and customers) and assisting the business with succession (whether by exit via trade sale – asset or share sale, management buy-out, IPO, joint venture or another liquidity event or by intergenerational wealth transfer through wills and estate planning).
In addition to working in the corporate and commercial groups of some of Australia’s largest law firms, Kim has acted as in-house counsel in some of Australia’s leading listed financial institutions and investment banks. Some transactions Kim has led include:
- merger of $1.3 billion and $1.7 billion wholesale distributors of food such that the new entity became the largest operator in the Australian market in the industry;
- refinance of a $200 million revenue business in the animal wholesale distribution market and advice in relation to corporate restructuring and sale of one of the companies in the corporate group;
- various multimillion dollar capital raisings including, most recently, $25 million capital raise for a global biotech company and $20 million capital raise for a company investing in goodwill assets and the technology sector;
- six mergers and acquisitions with simultaneous timetables for an Australian-based training organisation and subsequent aggregations linked to an Initial Public Offering;
- acquisition of a licensed carrier and operator of a national commercial wireless broadband access network by one of Australia’s largest broadband wireless communications service providers; and
- while working for a leading Australian investment bank, Coogee Resources deal (nominated for Australasian Law Awards Project Finance Deal of the Year), establishment of a $3 billion Asian Infrastructure Fund, acquisition and divestment of Orange Hospital and Associated Health Services and the Neerabup Power Station and the restructure and divestment of Westnet Rail and Capital Wind Farm.
Kim is also committed to assisting the community. She was previously National Project Officer at the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre, providing legal advice and services to children across Australia.