KKR snaps up Perpetual businesses in $2bn deal with G+T's help

The agreement follows the announcement that Perpetual's CEO will be retiring

KKR snaps up Perpetual businesses in $2bn deal with G+T's help

KKR has agreed to acquire the corporate trust and wealth management businesses of Perpetual for $2.175bn with Gilbert + Tobin’s (G+T) assistance.

This follows Perpetual’s announcement that CEO and managing director Rob Adams would be retiring, as reported by Reuters. With KKR picking up the corporate trust and wealth management businesses, Perpetual will continue as an asset management business.

G+T lead partner Alex Kauye said that the deal “sits alongside KKR’s investments in Arnott’s and Colonial First State as another example of KKR’s proven capability in complex carve-out transactions”. It is in line with the organisation’s strategy to extend its footprint in Australia, as well as other markets.

Kauye worked alongside the following lawyers on the transaction:

Corporate/M&A

  • Nirangjan Nagarajah, partner
  • Sam Kings, partner
  • Olivia Blakiston, lawyer
  • Ebony Keenan-Dunn, special counsel
  • Stephanie Rowan, lawyer
  • Fiona Blanch, lawyer
  • Christopher Margin, lawyer
  • Jordan Czelen, lawyer
  • Sophie Chalet, lawyer
  • Alexia Grindle, lawyer
  • Maxwell Collins, lawyer

Banking

  • John Schembri, partner
  • Michael Spurritt, lawyer
  • Victor Salman, lawyer
  • Nick Cooper, lawyer

Financial services regulation

  • Georgina Willcock, special counsel

Superannuation

  • Luke Barrett, partner

Disputes and investigations

  • Philippa Hofbrucker, partner
  • Rebecca Spigelman, partner

IP

  • Anna Smyth, partner (technology and digital)
  • Melissa Fai, partner
  • Andrew Hii, partner

Tax

  • Julian Cheng, partner

Employment

  • James Pomeroy, special counsel

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