Corporate Advisory

Corporate Advisory

Chris Branston
Executive Director, Perth

Chris is an Executive Director of Gresham’s corporate advisory business and co-head of the Perth office.

Chris joined Gresham in 2005 and has over 17 years’ experience advising on corporate strategy, M&A and capital transactions. He has worked in Gresham’s Sydney and Perth offices, and has experience across a broad range of sectors, including mining and related services and products, engineering, energy, property, retail, financials, media and telecommunications.

Significant advisory assignments include the sale of Perth Energy to AGL Energy; Barminco’s US$350m senior notes offering and its acquisition by Ausdrill; Wesfarmers’ demerger of Coles; Southern Cross Electrical Engineering’s acquisition of Heydey5; Woodside’s partial unwind of the Shell shareholding; the acquisition of Clough by Murray & Roberts; the acquisition of Little World Beverages by Lion; Wesfarmers’ sale of Premier Coal to Yancoal Australia; Wesfarmers’ sale of enGen to Energy Developments; Cedar Woods Properties’ response to a takeover proposal; Telstra’s proposal with the National Broadband Network; Lend Lease’s initial strategic investment in, and subsequent privatisation of, Babcock & Brown Communities; Wesfarmers’ acquisition of Coles Group, and Wesfarmers’ sale of Australian Railroad Group to QR and Babcock & Brown.

Chris is also the author of the Gresham Mining & Infrastructure Services Quarterly Report, which provides a snapshot of the sector’s performance, news and trends.

Prior to joining Gresham, Chris worked as a solicitor at Blakiston & Crabb (now Gilbert & Tobin), where he advised on capital raisings, mergers & acquisitions and corporate governance.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Laws degree (Distinction) and Bachelor of Commerce degree (First Class Honours in Economics and Finance) from the University of Western Australia and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment from FINSIA (National Dux).

Tel: +61 8 9486 7077

Level 3, 28 The Esplanade, Perth WA 6000

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