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Matthew Watkins

Matthew Watkins


Matthew is an experienced corporate lawyer who advises on the full spectrum of public and private M&A and equity capital markets transactions. He also assists clients on corporate governance, “head office” and general securities law and regulatory matters.

Matthew advises across all sectors but has particular expertise in mining and natural resources, having advised on a number of domestic and cross-border transactions in jurisdictions including Australia, Africa, Canada, China, Hong Kong, the UK and the US.   

Matthew is recognised as a Best Lawyer in Mergers and Acquisitions, Equity Capital Markets and Corporate Law and as a Rising Star for Corporate & Commercial Law by Doyle's Guide.

Professional QualificationsSolicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia


  • Mineral Resources in relation to the USD1.3bn sale of a 60% interest in the Wodgina lithium project to Albemarle Corporation and the associated acquisition of a minority interest in Albemarle’s Kemerton Hydroxide Plant in Western Australia.*
  • BGH Capital on its USD2.1bn acquisition of Navitas Limited by scheme of arrangement.*
  • Wesfarmers on the sale of its 13.2% stake in Quadrant Energy to Santos for USD170m.*
  • Firefinch and Leo Lithium on the demerger of Leo Lithium from Firefinch and Leo Lithium’s associated USD100m initial public offering and ASX listing.*
  • OZ Minerals on its USD76m acquisition of Cassini Resources by scheme of arrangement.*
  • Genesis Minerals in relation to the USD40m funding package cornerstoned by key strategic investors and on its USD111m takeover bid for Dacian Gold Limited.*
  • Sundance Resources on the restructure of its existing convertible notes and the implementation of intercreditor arrangements to facilitate the provision of litigation funding to prosecute claims against the Governments of the Republic of Congo and the Republic of Cameroon.*
  • GenusPlus Group on its initial public offering, ASX listing and its USD42m acquisition of Pole Foundations Australia and associated capital raising.*
  • Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited on its USD55m strategic investment in Pilbara Minerals Limited.*
  • Fairfax Media in connection with the separation of the Domain business from Fairfax and Domain’s subsequent listing on ASX.*

*Denotes experience from previous firm

  • English
  • University of Western Australia, Bachelor of Laws (Distinction), Bachelor of Commerce, 2009

Memberships And Affiliations

  • Law Society of Western Australia