John is a highly regarded corporate/commercial lawyer with a broad range of experience gained over more than 39 years of practice.
John has been recognised in Best Lawyers in Australia for Corporate Law, Corporate/Governance Practice and Mergers and Acquisitions Law from 2013–2020 (inclusive).
John has extensive transactional experience, including mergers and acquisitions (domestic and cross-border), divestments, re-structuring, fundraising, underwriting, takeovers, share buy-backs, IPOs and back door listings, joint ventures, shareholder agreements and commercial contracts generally. He also advises on equity capital raisings, including placements and rights issues of securities.
John provides advice on corporate governance and other Corporations Act issues, including directors’ duties, requisitioning and conduct of general meetings, shareholder activism, drafting notices of general meetings of shareholders (listed and unlisted entities, including not-for-profit entities), ASX Listing Rules approvals and waivers, ASIC exemptions and declarations, FIRB approvals, securities and financial services regulatory advice, employee share and option schemes, related party transactions, constitutional reform and corporate secretarial and compliance advice generally as well as foreign company registrations and ongoing compliance.
John provides specialist advice to corporate clients (listed and private) in a wide range of industry sectors, including manufacturing, financial services, aviation services, mining services, peak industry bodies and not-for-profit entities.
John has a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce from University of Melbourne. He also has a Graduate Diploma from the Securities Institute of Australia.
After starting his legal career at Corrs in Melbourne, John relocated to Sydney in the late-1980s as a founding partner of Corrs’ Sydney office. After 28 years as a Partner at Corrs, John moved to HWL Ebsworth (Sydney), initially as a Partner then as a Consultant.
Apart from his continuing parental oversight of four adult children (which is gradually reducing - except when all expenses paid holidays are on offer), John is a keen traveller, sailor and AFL supporter. He also enjoys swimming, walking and socialising with friends (sometimes with a bottle of wine from his cellar).