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Record year for the BDO M&A team

26 August 2021

The 2020-2021 financial year was a record year for BDO Australia’s national M&A team, successfully completing 11 deals, valued at over $400 million.

This success flowed from a significant investment in tripling the size of their national specialist M&A team over the past two years. As well as a willingness to adapt to dynamic business environments.

Throughout the year, the M&A team won and completed high profile deals, supporting a range of clients including privately held and ASX-listed companies, across a broad spectrum of mandates including buy-side and sell-side lead advisory roles across national and cross-border transactions.

Key highlights were the sale of Go West Tours to Sealink Travel Group; Advising Mach7 Ltd on the acquisition of Client Outlook; the sale of McKay Drilling to TSX-listed Major Drilling International and the sale of Vortiv Ltd’s to CyberCX.  

These landmark deals highlight the skills that the M&A advisory team possess in deal origination, negotiation and completion and their strength across Australia. The sale of Vortiv’s cybersecurity business to the BGH Capital-backed CyberCX is a prime example - with a Perth-based vendor, a Melbourne-based buyer and business assets in Sydney. BDO was able to provide experienced, dedicated M&A partners in each city to support every aspect of the transaction. COVID-19 Pandemic protocols necessitated an entirely online transaction and negotiation process, leveraging cross-office cooperation to bring the deal to a successful conclusion and deliver excellent client outcomes throughout. It was the first occasion, to our knowledge, that a private equity party completed a deal without meeting the target management team in person.

BDO’s strong national performance is also attributable to our significant M&A presence in Perth which is unmatched by any of its national contemporaries.

Click on the table below to view our deals for the 2020-2021 financial year in full size.

A table showing BDO Australia's deals for Financial Year 2020 - 2021

View all our deals here

The performance of BDO’s record breaking year has resulted in BDO being shortlisted for MergerMarket’s Mid-Market M&A Financial Adviser of the Year, 5-150 million USD.

MergerMarket is an independent M&A intelligence service, specialising in providing forward-looking origination and deal flow opportunities. The MergerMarket Australia M&A Awards 2021 celebrate the best in M&A with over 20 prizes for creative advisory work on complex transactions.

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