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Declan High

lawyer, commercial

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about Declan

melbourne office +61 3 9208 9810
legal secretary: arijana velagic +61 3 9794 2678

about Declan

Declan is passionate about seeing his clients achieve a favourable outcome. With substantial experience in mergers and acquisitions (M&A), he excels in navigating the intricacies of both buy and sell side transactions for domestic and international clients.

Declan’s organised approach to his work allows him to thrive in a range of general commercial and corporate matters. His practical advice proves invaluable to start-ups, small to medium-sized businesses and multinational organisations alike.

“M&A transactions often come with their own unique challenges. Navigating the sale process can be difficult for clients, particularly concerning disclosure to employees, suppliers and customers. In these situations, I work to empower clients to take ownership of the communication process, providing support and guidance to achieve a positive outcome with these key stakeholders.”

With his proven track record, Declan was recognised as a Finalist in the 2024 Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards within the Mergers and Acquisitions category, further demonstrating his commitment to excellence within his field.

Areas of Expertise

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Cross-border transactions
  • Due diligence
  • Leasing
  • General corporate advice
  • Commercial contracts


  • Foreign owned subsidiaries
  • Manufacturing
  • Health
  • Hospitality

recent experience

  • Acquisition advice for multinational

    Advised a multinational purchaser in a significant acquisition of a network of NATA accredited geotechnical testing companies, each requiring tailored SPAs. Declan coordinated extensive due diligence on the vendors to identify key risks, and worked with the client throughout the negotiation and completion of the transaction.

  • Buy back of telecommunication licences

    Declan advised a number of licensees across Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania on the sale of their license to a national telecom provider as part of a national buy back of licenses. He liaised closely with licensees and advised on completion, PPSR and leasing matters.

  • Global digital food provider enters the Australian market

    Declan assisted with the joint venture and introduction of a global food delivery provider in the Australian market. He provides ongoing advice to directors and assists with general corporate matters.