Tony Symons


Clarendon Lawyers
Level 19
333 Collins Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Tel: +61 3 8681 4410
Fax: +61 3 8681 4499


Tony is the Founder and Managing Director of the firm and has 20 years’ experience in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions (especially of a cross-border nature) and general commercial law, including four years in Hong Kong working with Linklaters, and before that as a member of Herbert Smith Freehills’ M&A team in Melbourne.

During his time with Linklaters, Tony worked extensively throughout Asia and advised on some of Asia’s largest and most innovative deals, many of which involved multiple jurisdictions.

Shortly after returning to Melbourne, Tony co-founded the predecessor firm to Clarendon Lawyers, whose clients now include Comdain Infrastructure, Eurofins, Best Friends Pets, Amari Metals, Fletcher Building, Funtastic Limited, The Mathieson Group, Witchery Fashions, ITW Australia, kikki.K, private equity funds, family office groups, professional firms and numerous SMEs and their shareholders.

Tony has gained his extensive experience from a wide range of corporate transactions, including:

  • the sale of Guardian Storage to National Storage;
  • the sale of Hospital Telecommunications to Hills;
  • the sale of the national wholesale car and truck parts business, Australia Truck and Auto Parts Group, and national franchise network of 53 brake, steering and auto repairs specialists to Metcash Limited;
  • advising Eurofins Scientific Group, a Belgium company listed on NYSE Euronext and the world leader in food, pharma and environmental laboratory testing, in respect of its separate acquisitions of mgt-Labmark and Agrisearch;
  • advising Funtastic in relation to various acquisitions;
  • advising the founders of Best Friends Pets on its restructure and the subsequent sale of a strategic interest to Archer Growth;
  • the acquisition of Atlas Specialty Metals, Austral Wright/MICO Metals, Australian Stainless Distribution and Dalsteel;
  • the sale of minority interests in kikki.K;
  • the sale of AaE Retail by Australian Air Express and subsequent disposal of Australian Air Express and Star Track Express to Qantas and Australia Post, respectively;
  • advising Fletcher Building on the acquisition and roll up of various insulation installation businesses;
  • the management buy-out of Witchery Fashion led by Gresham Private Equity;
  • the sale of DMS Glass to CSR;
  • the sale of Ladd Electrical to SJ Australasia, an Advent Capital led roll-up; and
  • the sale of Smiggle retail stationery business to Just Group.

Tony holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Melbourne. He is admitted to practice in Victoria and Hong Kong.

Our firm has extensive expertise in mergers and acquisitions, including:

  • Private acquisitions and disposals of companies and businesses
  • Public company takeovers and schemes of arrangement
  • Private equity and venture capital investments and exits, including acting for management teams and founders
  • Cross-border transactions involving Australian businesses and companies, including foreign investment advice
  • Joint ventures and strategic alliances
  • Cornerstone or minority investments in listed and unlisted companies
  • Legal due diligence investigations and reporting

Whether your transaction is worth one million or one hundred million, we understand that the stakes are high and that a timely, well-structured and negotiated approach is paramount to success.

Our clients trust us to secure the best possible outcome, in a manner that is as cost-effective and as seamless as possible.

Our deep knowledge of mergers and acquisitions means we can cut through complexity and find solutions to problems – that is our speciality.

Clarendon Lawyers is an independent boutique corporate law firm.

We have leading expertise in mergers and acquisitions, corporate law and general commercial law advice.

Mergers and acquisitions are our particular specialty. This area of practice needs careful management, intricate legal knowledge, strong project management and effective negotiating. With Clarendon Lawyers, our clients know they are receiving the very best legal advice – a team of dedicated and experienced lawyers is representing them.