Firms advise on sale of Billabong

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Gilbert + Tobin (G+T) and Allens are advising on the sale of Billabong.

G+T is advising Boardriders Inc, which is controlled by Oaktree Capital Management funds. Allens is acting for Billabong, which has an implied enterprise value of $380m in the deal.

Oaktree is already Billabong’s biggest shareholder, with a 19% stake. It has also loaned money to the surfwear company, which owns the RVCA, Element, and Von Zipper brands.

Boardriders, which has recovered from bankruptcy when it was still Quiksilver, owns the Quiksilver, Roxy, and DC Shoes brands.

Allens said that Boardriders has proposed to buy all outstanding shares of Billabong that are not owned by related entities at $1 per share via a scheme of arrangement. The deal, which is subject to conditions including shareholder approval, is expected to close in April, Reuters said.

Allens’ team is headed by partner Guy Alexander. He is supported by partners Vijay Cugati, Alan Maxton, and Caroline Oddie; senior associates Noah Obradovic, Nashleen Dilrajh, Michael Gibling, and James Kerr; and lawyers Anna Conigrave and Max Chapman.

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