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Johnson Winter & Slattery

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John is a corporate lawyer with 30 years’ experience advising on major projects, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, corporate governance, and corporate and securities law, with a focus on large and complex transactions, public markets mergers and acquisitions and equity capital markets.

He has extensive experience with the technology and energy sectors, but has advised across many of the sectors most important to the Australian economy including resources, agribusiness, infrastructure, transport, and financial services, and has advised Australian and international corporates and investment funds, and governments and government business enterprises.

John was a member of the Australian Takeovers Panel from 2006 to 2015 and a member of the Companies Auditors & Liquidators Disciplinary Board from 2004 to 2014.

John is a Director of SA Government technology agency TechInSA, Chair of the Council of Prince Alfred College, a past National Chair of the Corporations Committee of the Law Council of Australia, a past Chair of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, and a Life Member of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (formerly the Securities Institute of Australia).

He is the inaugural Chair of the Law Council, Business Law Section, Technology in M&A Working Group and has a particular interest in the application of technology and project management to corporate transactions.


Finsia (Life Member)
ACC Australia
Australian Institute of Company Directors
Business Law Section, Law Council of Australia (Former Chairman), Member Corporations Committee, Member Foriegn Investment Committee
International Bar Association, Member Corporate M&A Committee, Member Corporate Social Responsibility Committee
American Bar Association, Member Business Law Section


Bachelor of Laws (Hons)
Bachelor of Economics (Accounting Major)
Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice

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Australia > Capital markets

Johnson Winter & Slattery is particularly active in equity transactions for clients in the energy and resources, infrastructure, life sciences, financial services, FMCG, and tech sectors. Another area of focus is in acting for foreign investors on the ASX, especially for US clients. Practice head James Rozsa in Sydney regularly acts for Australian and US issuers on ECM transactions, with strengths in the tech and life sciences sectors. Other notable team members include Perth-based mining sector expert Paul Vinci and John Keeves in Adelaide.