The deal authorises Egis to snap up a majority stake in the WW+P business
Hall & Wilcox has confirmed its role in the sale of global architectural and urban design practice Weston Williamson + Partners (WW+P) to French consulting and engineering group Egis.
The deal authorises Egis to acquire a majority stake in the WW+P business. The transaction also enables WW+P to expand its global reach and compete for high-profile projects in new markets.
“We are thrilled to be joining Egis Group, and excited by the opportunities to bring our skills and expand our influence on important city-shaping infrastructure projects around the world,” WW+P CEO Rob Naybour said. “Like us, Egis Group is a people-centred business with a strong record of delivery and collaboration, and a clear focus on crafting elegant and sustainable places.”
Founded in 1985, WW+P specialises in large-scale infrastructure, master-planning and city-shaping projects, with studios in Manchester, London, Toronto, Sydney and Melbourne. Its Australian practice has been involved in several large-scale infrastructure projects, including the extension of the Melbourne Metro System and the Elizabeth Line stations at Paddington in Sydney.
Corporate and M&A partner Oliver Jankowsky led the Hall & Wilcox team in advising on all the Australian aspects of the sale. He received support from senior associates Joy-Yi Zhao and Jasmine Koh, as well as lawyer Adren Choon.
Also in the team were partner Karl Rozenbergs and senior associate Jessica Kamleh (employment); partner Alison Baker and senior associate Nhu-Thuy Dinh (privacy); and partner Katrina Reye and lawyers Mikaela Bensley and Michael Tran (property).
The Hall & Wilcox team worked collaboratively with a group of overseas advisors to complete the transaction.
“The collaboration between the various teams in different locations was exciting,” Jankowsky said. “I was pleased to have been part of achieving a good outcome for the clients after having seen the company enter the Australian market and then having helped it grow in Australia over the last few years.”
Since 2017, Hall & Wilcox has been assisting WW+P with a wide range of legal matters, including the corporate restructure work for WW+P’s Australian subsidiary in 2019.