John is a partner in Gilbert + Tobin’s Corporate Advisory group and has been with the firm since 1995.
John has advised on many of Australia's high profile transactions. He has been recognised as a leading lawyer in capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and private equity in a range of industry guides. He has advised on transactions which were, at the time:
He regularly advises on mergers and acquisition transactions, private equity deals and capital markets issues. He also regularly advises on corporate governance issues. Recent transactions John has advised on include:
His practice also extends to capital markets work. He was a lead partner on the Commonwealth Bank float and he also led the Qantas float. At Gilbert + Tobin he has continued his capital markets work. He has acted on over 30 IPOs and capital raisings for companies and managed funds with a value of over $5 billion.
John has also advised a number of private equity funds ranging from KKR, who he has advised on the Brambles Australia acquisition, the Cleanaway sale and the RAMS bid to a number of domestic funds and management teams.
John's publications include The Float Guide, The Company Directors Checklist, The Company Secretary Checklist (for both Listed and Proprietary Companies), The Corporate Governance Implementation Plan, The Institute of Company Directors module on Board Performance and the Australian chapter of LBR’s book - "The Corporate Governance Review". He is also Joint Editor of the International Bar Association's Global M+A Guide and Float Guide.
John is past-Chair of the Corporate and M+A Committee of the International Bar Association (the world’s leading organisation of international lawyers) and a member of the investment committee of the private equity fund, Crescent Capital Partners.
John is ranked by Chambers Asia Pacific 2014 for Equity Capital Markets and Private Equity and by IFLR 1000 2014 as a leading lawyer in the area of mergers and acquisitions. Best Lawyers 2014 recognised John as Sydney Lawyer of the Year for Leveraged Buyouts. John is also recognised by Best Lawyers 2014 as a leading lawyer in Equity Capital Markets, Financial Institutions, Leveraged Buyouts, Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity and Venture Capital.
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