About Stuart

Stuart is a Partner in the Maddocks Sydney Corporate team specialising in advising private equity funds and founders on mid-market M&A transactions. He thrives on working with clients in delivering commercially pragmatic results by drawing on his depth of experience sitting on both sides of the table. Stuart sees technical excellence as a given for a lawyer but sees great value in an ability to assist clients to navigate risk to get the deal done. According to independent client surveys, clients find Stuart ‘technically excellent’ who ‘quickly becomes a key team member’.

Stuart is an experienced corporate lawyer, having advised on a broad range of complex corporate deals including private treaty M&A transactions, public company takeovers, strategic advice regarding corporate structure and management equity incentive plans, equity capital markets work (including initial public offerings and public equity fundraising) and advising on general corporate and regulatory issues including ASIC, FIRB, ASX and Takeovers Panel matters.

Stuart advises private equity firms on strategic acquisitions, structuring, management incentive plans and advising portfolio companies on bolt-on acquisitions through to exits.

In addition, Stuart has advised a range of founders and private company shareholders on the sale of companies to private equity and trade buyers and delivers significant value in advising on the post-completion transition for vendors.

Stuart is also the Chair of the Maddocks CSR Committee and is a Director of Australian Legal Sector Alliance.


  • Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Company Limited

    Advising WHSP on the corporate structuring for the acquisition and development of assets in the retirement living sector.

  • CBG Capital Limited

    Advising, CBG Capital, an Australian equities listed investment company, on its response to the off-market takeover bid by Clime Capital Limited.

  • Realm Resources Limited

    Advising independent Australian metallurgical coal producer, Realm Resources Limited, on its response to the unsolicited, off-market takeover bid by T2 Resources Fund Pty Limited, a related party of Realm’s 85.73% majority shareholder. The transaction involved advising Realm Resources through the non-affiliated directors on a range of complex takeover and regulatory issues and Takeover Panel proceedings. In addition, we advised Realm Resources in connection with preparatory work for a capital raise associated with a re-compliance listing on ASX and general ASX and ASIC regulatory advice.

  • Direct Capital

    Advising Direct Capital, New Zealand’s leading private company investor, on the management buyout of Marvel Packers Pty Limited, a manufacturer of potato based products, specialising in the production of frozen French fries.

  • Marvel Packers Pty Limited

    Advising the shareholders of Marvel Packers, including Direct Capital, on the sale of Marvel Packers to Lamb Weston Holdings Inc (NYSE: LW).

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