Australia

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Banking and finance
Colin Biggers & Paisley

Acting for Poly Global to implement their first debt transaction in Australia.

Advised a Chinese businessman-backed company on the financing of the acquisition of the Rydges Hotel in Cairns.

Johnson Winter & Slattery
Work highlights

Advised ASX-listed AP Eagers with all aspects of its financing requirements in connection with its off-market takeover of Automotive Holdings.

Key clients

Adelaide Brighton, Crescent Capital Group, Infrastructure Capital Group

Capital markets
Johnson Winter & Slattery
Work highlights

Assisted AB InBev in its Hong Kong IPO and the sale of the group’s Australian business to Asahi.

Acted as Australian counsel to Imricor Medical Systems on its IPO on the Australian Securities Exchange.

Key clients

Liquefied Natural Gas, Northern Minerals, Perenti Global, Senrigan Master Fund, Visioneering Technologies

Competition/antitrust
Johnson Winter & Slattery
Work highlights

Advising Jetstar in relation to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)’s Airlines terms and conditions project. This is a landmark case as it relates to consumer guarantees in respect of services rather than goods.

Represented Unilever ANZ in the long-running ACCC prosecution against Colgate Palmolive, PZ Cussons and leading supermarket retailer Woolworths for engaging in alleged price-fixing, information sharing and boycott behaviour in relation to the introduction of new compacted laundry powders.

Key clients

3M Australia, PepsiCo, Ramsay Health Care, The Walt Disney (Australia)

Construction
Gadens
Work highlights

Advising Cbus Property on the property and construction aspects of the Collins Arch project in Melbourne.

Engaged by PDG Corporation to advise in relation to the development of the Queen Victoria Market Munro Development.

Key clients

AMP Capital, BKK Architects, Blacktown City Council, Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation, Monash University

Corporate and M&A
Johnson Winter & Slattery
Work highlights

Advised Michigan-based cold storage provider Lineage Logistics on all legal aspects of its acquisition of Emergent Cold.

Advising Unilever on the proposed sale of its Australian Foods business.

Key clients

Brookfield Infrastructure Group, Flight Centre Travel Group, Gazal Corporation, Natixis

Dispute resolution
Johnson Winter & Slattery
Work highlights

Represented the lead applicant Jones Asififi-Otchere in a class against Swann Insurance and Insurance Australia over misleading sales tactics with the potential damages recoverable over A$1 billion.

Acting for the former director of RCR Tomlinson in relation to the collapse of the company and the associated class action.

Key clients

Australian Labour Party (NSW Branch), Australian Securities & Investments Commission, Jardine Lloyd Thompson, Kingdom of Spain, Merivale Group

Energy and natural resources
Johnson Winter & Slattery
Work highlights

Acted for ASX-listed 3D Oil in relation to the farmout of an 80% interest in their T/49P exploration permit in the Otway Basin to ConocoPhillips.

Advise Base Resources on the Toliara Sands Project in Madagascar.

Key clients

GB Energy Holdings, Infrastructure Capital Group, Silver Lake Resources, State of South Australia

General business law
Allens

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Clayton Utz

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Gilbert + Tobin

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King & Wood Mallesons (Australia)

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MinterEllison

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Intellectual property
Davies Collison Cave

Acting for Hebrew University of Jerusalem in relation to its opposition to an application for ‘Einstein Marketing Group’ and ‘e=mc2’ mark in Australia.

Advised Syrah Resources, an ASX-listed company in Australia operating in the mining and resources sector, on the filing of approximately 50 trademark applications worldwide.

Provided strategic counsel to Vaxxas pertaining to the non-use trademark removal proceedings of its rights in its ‘Nanopatch’ brand.

Simpsons Solicitors
Work highlights

Represented Maurice Blackburn in litigations before the Federal Court of Australia brought by State Street. State Street contends that Maurice Blackburn’s use of a replica of the famous ‘Fearless Girl’ statue which was originally installed in front of the charging bull statue on Wall Street, constitutes trademark and copyright infringement.

Advising members of the Universal Music Group in Federal Court copyright infringement case against an Australian politician.

Retained by Riot Gams, the Los Angeles-based publisher of the PC game ‘League of Legends’, to act in relation to the company’s trademark prosecution work in Australia.

Key clients

Allen & Unwin, Kobalt Music Publishing, Spiral Foods, The Wiggles

Spruson & Ferguson Lawyers

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Labour and employment
Harmers Workplace Lawyers

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Johnson Winter & Slattery
Work highlights

Acting for AMP Services in a general protections claim brought by a former employee and in-house legal counsel, Larissa Baker Cook, whose employment with AMP was terminated for serious misconduct.

Devised and advised the Australian Chamber Orchestra on its potential responses to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, including devising an employee relations strategy to deal with its disrupted workforce arising from concert and tour cancellations.

Key clients

Blackmores, Boehringer Ingelheim, PwC, Qantas Airways, Ralph Lauren, Swissport

Private equity
Johnson Winter & Slattery
Work highlights

Advised Archer Capital on both the divestment of its portfolio company, LCR Group, to Qube Logistics and its acquisition of Funlab.

Key clients

Accel-KKR, L Catterton, Potentia Capital, The Raine Company

Regulatory
Colin Biggers & Paisley

Acted for an Asian bank in relation to its Australian prudential and financial market compliance.

Advised an Australian fund manager on the trust law and financial services licensing.

Provided Anti-money laundering (AML) compliance advice to a multi-national insurance company.

Johnson Winter & Slattery
Work highlights

Advised Lighthouse Infrastructure on all aspects of its structure, regulatory framework, and contractual arrangements, in relation to the establishment and promotion of a new wholesale fund to invest in disability housing, renewable energy and social infrastructure.

Key clients

Australian Securities and Investments Commission, Denning Asia, Utilities Trust of Australia

Restructuring and insolvency
Johnson Winter & Slattery
Work highlights

Acted for the second defendant in Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) v Wily & Hurst Supreme Court proceedings, in which ASIC was seeking a ban of the defendant liquidators’ ability to practice as insolvency practitioners for 10 years.

Represented Messrs Daniel Bryant, Ian Carson and Craig Crosbie of PwC in their capacities as the liquidators of the Gunns Group of companies in relation to 73 voidable preference claims commenced in the Federal Court of Australia against numerous creditors of the Gunns Group.

Key clients

Angas Securities, Brookfield, Crescent Capital, Petrus Helberg

Tax
Johnson Winter & Slattery
Work highlights

Advised Gazal Corporation on the tax implications of its proposed scheme of arrangement with PVH Corp.

Negotiated on behalf of Johnson and Johnson with the Australian Tax Office on transfer pricing arrangements.

Key clients

Battery Ventures, Cooper Energy, McDonald’s Australia, Quanta Services, South Australian Government