Brendan is a corporate partner with 20 years’ experience in all aspects of a range of corporate transactions, including:

  • mergers and acquisitions
  • private equity, venture capital and development capital transactions
  • private capital raisings
  • investments by high net worth individuals and family offices
  • start-ups
  • shareholders agreements, joint ventures, partnerships and fund arrangements
  • shareholder disputes
  • equity incentive plans
  • refinancing arrangements
  • group structuring arrangements.

Brendan has very strong expertise in advising clients on all corporate aspects of private equity, venture capital and similar transactions. In particular, he has advised on the sale of significant businesses to private equity funds. More generally, Brendan has advised several private equity firms on their investments and exits in a broad range of industry sectors.

Brendan has substantial expertise in cross-border transactions, having previously been a Partner in one of the largest international law firms in the world.

Brendan has also taken some time away from the legal industry to grow and sell his family business. This “hands on” practical experience is rare among lawyers and enables Brendan to better assess legal risks in a commercial context.


Brendan’s experience includes advising:

  • various Australian Private Equity Firms including Pacific Equity Partners, Archer Capital, Quadrant, CHAMP Ventures, Ironbridge Capital and Wolseley
  • various International Private Equity Firms including KKR, CVC Capital, Permira, EQT and L Capital
  • Emeco Holdings Limited including on its MBO, various acquisitions and IPO
  • the shareholders of Cook Care Group on the sale of Cook Care Group to Estia Health
  • the shareholders of FleetPlus on the sale of FleetPlus to Fleet Partners
  • the V8 Supercars teams on the partial sale of V8 Supercars to Archer Capital
  • Veda including on its MBO, management share plan and various joint ventures and acquisitions.


24 October 2018 - Knowledge

Reminder: Impact of new accounting standards on M&A, employee incentives and debt arrangements

#Corporate & Commercial Law

It’s the time of year when we start to reflect on the past 12 months and plan for the next. Like many, we are seeing more and more earn-outs in connection with business acquisitions as well as the continued widespread use of profit-based employee incentives.

15 October 2018 - Knowledge

You’ve found a buyer for your business. But how will you and others be affected after the sale?

#Corporate & Commercial Law

Holding Redlich corporate & commercial partner Brendan Wykes, who recently sold his family business – a fresh food procurement and delivery service set up by his wife in 2012, outlines the post-sale restrictions that you need to take care with.

30 July 2018 - Knowledge

An insider’s guide to selling a privately owned business

#Corporate & Commercial Law

Corporate & Commercial Partner Brendan Wykes, who specialises in sales and acquisitions of businesses, recently helped grow and sell his own family business, a fresh food home delivery service that was started by his wife in 2012. In this article, Brendan outlines 20 tips for selling your privately owned or family business.