Nicola Charlston

Nicola Charlston

Nicola is a corporate partner based in KWM’s Melbourne office. Nicola has over 18 years’ experience advising clients on complex transactions across a broad range of sectors, including financial services, infrastructure, health, pharmaceutical, resources and technology.  Nicola is equally proficient at public M&A and private treaty transactions, and her technical expertise, combined with her practical approach, has seen clients seek her out to assist with some of Australia’s most high profile transactions over the past few years.

As well as transactional M&A, Nicola is also sought out by clients to provide strategic advice on a broad range of corporate issues, including continuous disclosure and corporate governance matters and complex restructure arrangements. Nicola is the co-author of KWM’s annual corporate governance report “Directions”, which focuses on the current issues facing Australian directors and boards, and is also an officer of the M&A Committee of the International Bar Association.

“Very responsive, commercial partner with the ability to deliver clear advices on highly complex matters to the legal team, as well as simpler, more digestible papers to internal clients”. (Australian health client)


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  • Asciano: highly contested and complex A$9 billion+ takeover bid, initially from Brookfield and subsequently from a joint Qube and Brookfield consortium also comprised of GIP, CPPIB, GIC and CIC
  • The Department of Premier and Cabinet (Victoria): advising on the market process associated with the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Victoria
  • Caltex: advising on off-market share buy-back
  • Medibank Private: various transactions, including advising on the IPO of Medibank Private (Equity Market Deal of the Year, Australasian Law Awards, 2015)
  • General Electric Company: various transactions including takeover of Industrea Limited and sale of GE's Australian consumer finance business through a competitive sale process (now known as Latitude Financial Services)
  • South32: advising on complex contractual separation arrangements in respect of its demerger from BHP Billiton
  • Australia Post: various transactions including acquisition of SecurePay payment gateway business and joint venture arrangements with Singapore –based Alpha Payments Cloud
  • Equity Trustees Limited: various transactions including its acquisition of Sandhurst Trustees and its joint venture with UK based Treasury Capital
  • Confidential pharmaceutical client: complex bid for iNova Pharmaceuticals through a competitive bid process (ultimately acquired by another bidder)
  • Revlon Inc: various matters, including acquisition of Australian distribution business and various other corporate matters
  • Shire Pharmaceuticals Inc: acquisition of Fibrotech Therapeutics Pty Ltd
  • Cognizant Technology Solutions: various transactions, including acquisition of Odecee Pty Ltd
  • Foodland Associated Limited: demerger and acquisition by Woolworths Limited and Metcash Limited

Professional Memberships

  • Officer of the International Bar Association's Corporate and M&A Law Committee


Legal insights

As the dust settles after the corporate governance-related storms over the past year, new horizons have emerged for director and officer responsibility and liability.

17 December 2019

Early on in deals involving North American clients, we often encourage the moderation of expectations around the benefits of deal protection in Australia. And so it proved in the recent contest for...

11 November 2019

Corporate Australia’s ability to maintain constructive relationships with key stakeholders, to understand and meet community expectations, and to implement appropriate governance and risk management...

20 December 2018

On 28 November 2018 the Australian Securities Exchange released a public consultation paper titled “Simplifying, clarifying and enhancing the integrity and efficiency of the ASX listing rules"

03 December 2018

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