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John Goulios

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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John practises in the areas of insurance, reinsurance, alternative dispute resolution, commercial litigation and international arbitration. John was formerly the head of Litigation & Regulatory in Melbourne and from 1 July 2012 became head of Litigation & Regulatory in Singapore. He has particular expertise in financial lines insurance, having acted on behalf lawyers, accountants, auditors, stockbrokers, trustees and other commercial professions and their insurers for over 20 years. He has also acted for financial institutions and directors and officers in large and complex mass litigation. His insurer clients include local companies as well as other large international insurers. Additionally, John has acted for professionals in disciplinary hearings and in investigations brought by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). John's general insurance, reinsurance and international arbitration experience includes acting on behalf of captives and reinsurers in large property and business interruption claims. He has also acted in significant product liability cases for the London market as well as in patent litigation. John also has expertise in the sports industry, following his role as legal adviser to an Australian Football League team, the Western Bulldogs Football Club, for 10 years. This role required various disciplines such as risk management and disputes, employment, sponsorship and general contractual matters. As a member of the Club's Advisory Board, John was also involved in strategic planning involving marketing, membership and stadium arrangements.


Admissions: Supreme Court of Victoria, 1989; High Court of Australia, 1989; Supreme Court of South Australia, 1990; Supreme Court of New South Wales, 1996.




Singapore Insurance Institute; Australian Insurance Law Association; Australian Professional Indemnity Group (APIG); Australian Product Liability Association; Law Institute of Victoria.

Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration

Leading firms

Within: Leading firms

In DLA Piper’s Hong Kong office, Kevin Chan and Ernest Yang (who represented GD Midea Air-Conditioning Equipment in a Singapore arbitration against its former Israeli distributor, with around 300GB of evidence involved) have been joined by Andrew Chin and Benjamin Ng, who joined from Baker McKenzie and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP respectively in Hong Kong. Other highlights concern the maritime sector and construction. Of counsel Xiaoshan Chen, who is based in Shanghai, is a notable contact in mainland China. Elsewhere in the region, Peter Shelford is a key contact in Bangkok, as is John Goulios in Singapore.

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Foreign firms

Within: Foreign firms

DLA Piper's work in the region includes projects, capital markets and litigation. The practice was bolstered followed the arrival of projects and energy expert Matthias Schemuth from Ashurst LLP; he advised the project sponsors of the development and $3.3bn financing of a coal-fired power station in Java. He also acted for DBS Bank on its $820m financing for Huawei which is investing in a telecoms project in Indonesia in East Kalimantan. Capital markets specialist Joe Bauerschmidt is particularly active in transactions involving the energy industry. He assisted AJBB with Evergreen's attempted rights issue with the client as the standby buyer. Hong Kong-based Carolyn Dong worked with China Shenhua Energy on the development of a 2 x 1000 MW power plant in Java. Bangkok-based Timothy Tan acted for Media Nusantara on its $250m refinancing loan from Deutsche Bank, ING and Standard Chartered Bank. Also recommended is John Goulios, who focuses on international arbitration and litigation.

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    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.‚Ä©
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