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Rupert Copeman-Hill

special counsel, corporate and finance

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about Rupert

Whether Rupert is acting for an SME, a listed or unlisted multi-national corporation or a bank or financial institution, he has a reputation for delivering timely and proactive advice for his clients while working under pressure 

Having worked in Australia, the Middle East and the UK, Rupert has over 20 years of experience advising clients on corporate and finance matters.  

To get the best commercial outcome, I like to get to know my client’s business and earn their trust so that I have the full story before making any recommendations.

Areas of Expertise

corporate advisory
transactions – private equity and investment, cross-border
mergers and de-mergers
acquisitions and disposals
refinancings and financial restructures
commercial and corporate governance matters
joint ventures
IPOs, listings, capital raisings
corporate governance advice
foreign investment 


professional services
financial institutions
public and listed companies
information communications and technology 

recent experience

  • oil and gas divestment

    Rupert acted for Queensland property developer Seymour Group, on the divestment of its oil and gas tenements which were not core to its development business. He drafted and negotiated all the sale contracts and the sale went through in record time. The proceeds of the sale allowed Seymour Group to pursue its core business activities. 

  • capital raising for listed company

    Rupert advised junior resources listed company Gulf Energy, on its rights issue and associated private placement, drafting all the required legal documentation and securing the required ASIC approvals. The capital raising provided Gulf Energy with much-needed working capital. 

  • bank takeover

    Rupert advised Bahrain Middle Eastern Bank on its takeover and associated rights issue under the Central Bank of Bahrain Rule Book together with accompanying capital reduction and share buyback. This was the first bank takeover that had happened in Bahrain for four years and involved obtaining multiple waivers from the Central Bank. 

  • syndicated loan facility with multiple lenders

    Rupert advised Gulf Air, the national airline of Bahrain, on a new syndicated loan facility worth $200 million. The deal was negotiated intensively over the Christmas and new year period to secure much-needed working capital for the airline. Rupert successfully negotiated the syndicated loan facility with multiple lenders. 

  • financial restructure

    Rupert advised a heavy industrial manufacturer in Bahrain on a multiple bank refinancing including drafting and negotiating term sheets, common terms agreement, stand still agreements and intercreditor arrangements. The negotiations were very complex, involving ten banks. The manufacturing group required the funds very urgently in order to keep trading and the deal was successfully closed within a very short timescale.