Private Equity

Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills has a team of tax specialists that have a deep understanding of private equity structures and transactions. Our experience covers all aspects of private equity investment including:

  • Fund establishment
  • Tax structuring advice
  • Tax due diligence
  • Negotiation of share sale agreements
  • Structuring of management incentive plans    

Members of Greenwoods’ private equity team have presented at numerous Tax Institute conferences and published articles with The Australian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association Limited (AVCAL) in respect of the taxation of private equity.

We are regularly involved in advising on major Australian private equity transactions.

Private Equity Transactions

Allegro: Sale of The Ghan and Indian Pacific Rail

Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills advised Allegro Funds on the sale of its 70% holding in Great Southern Rail.

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Scape: student accommodation projects

Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills advised private equity firm, Telopea Capital, in relation to the acquisition of two prime sites by Scape Student Living, in which it is a significant investor.

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L Capital: Acquisition of stake in RM Williams

Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills advised L Capital on its acquisition of a 49.9% stake in R. M. Williams in April 2013.

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Private Equity Publications

11 Oct 2019  |  Riposte  |  Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions  |  Financial Services  |  Private Wealth  |  Private Equity

Thin Capitalisation - Arm’s length Debt Test – PCG 2019/D3

The ATO has now provide the following guidance on the application of the Arm’s Length Debt Test (ALDT) in the thin capitalisation rules.

19 Sep 2019  |  Riposte  |  Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions  |  Financial Services  |  Private Wealth  |  Private Equity

More judicial doubts about the Single Entity Rule

A recent decision casts serious doubt on how the tax consolidation system works.

17 Sep 2019  |  Riposte  |  Transfer Pricing  |  Financial Services  |  Private Equity  |  Private Wealth  |  Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions

Glencore Transfer Pricing Decision

The recent Glencore decision suggests some limits on the ATO’s ability to reconstruct related party transactions in transfer pricing disputes.

13 Sep 2019  |  Riposte  |  Private Equity  |  Private Wealth  |  Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions  |  Financial Services

International Tax Trust Morass – Again!

After almost 3 years consulting in relation to tax issues for non-resident beneficiaries in relation to trust level capital gains by an Australian resident trust, the ATO has continued the recent trend of making bad legislation even worse in two recent draft tax determinations.

24 Jul 2019  |  Riposte  |  International  |  Real Estate  |  Projects & Infrastructure  |  Private Equity  |  Private Wealth

Investment in the US by superannuation funds and through LPs

The US 2017 tax reform included less noticed changes including one relating to foreign partners in LPs investing in the US. An important change in relation to investment by foreign pension funds in US real estate has also been developing over recent years. This Riposte briefly outlines recent important developments on these matters and the problems that can arise when they come together.

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Private Equity team

Toby Eggleston



Cameron Blackwood



Aldrin De Zilva

Director, Head of Projects & Infrastructure


Richard Hendriks

Director, Head of Corporate and M&A


Sue Ann Khoo