Gerry is the leader of our M&A (Private) and Equity Capital Markets (Private) practices. He has been advising on capital raising transactions, mergers and acquisitions and capital structuring for over 30 years in key financial markets including Sydney, Hong Kong and London.  He is a trusted advisor to our clients.

Gerry’s experience includes leading the Kain teams advising:

  • 24/7 Fuels on the sale of their business to Greenwich Capital Partners and Conplant Pty Ltd.;
  • Adore Beauty’s (ASX:ABY) management team on its IPO;
  • Grasshopper Environmental on its sale to Cleanaway Waste Management (ASX:CWY);
  • Ansarada (ASX:AND) on its acquisition of TriLine GRC;
  • Silk Laser Clinics (ASX:SLA) on its acquisition of Beauty Services Australia; and
  • Best Doors & Reliance Doors on its business sale to Swiss listed company Dormakaba.

Gerry is an experienced board director and is frequently called upon to provide expert commentary around M&A trends in the mid-market.

Gerry is regularly named ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in the fields of M&A, venture capital and private equity. He was named a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific Edition in 2023 in the area of Corporate M&A and is ranked by Doyle’s Guide to the Legal Profession as a ‘Pre-eminent’ M&A lawyer.

Transactions
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Client: 24/7 Fuels
Transaction Type: Private M&A
Led By: Gerry Cawson
Advised 24/7 Fuels on the sale of their business to Greenwich Capital Partners and Conplant Pty Ltd. 24/7 Fuels was established in 2016, delivering fuel, lubricants, and storage tanks to major infrastructure projects across NSW. The new owners plan to expand 24/7 Fuels’ fleet, diversify into blended fuel products and take the business to new markets across Australia.
Adore Beauty
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Client: Adore Beauty (ASX: ABY)
Transaction Type: Equity Capital Markets
Advised the owners of Adore Beauty (ASX: ABY), an online beauty retailer, in connection with its IPO. Market value $229.5m.
SILK Laser Clinics
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Client: Silk Laser Clinics (ASX: SLA)
Transaction Type: Equity Capital Markets
Led By: James Burchnall
Advised Silk Laser Clinics (ASX: SLA) in connection with its capital raise to acquire Beauty Services Holdings $52m.