JWS Consulting is a division of Johnson Winter & Slattery providing commercial consulting services.
We are engaged by major Australian and international corporations as legal counsel on their business activities, disputes and most challenging matters.
Established in 1993 by Tony Johnson, Nigel Winter and Peter Slattery as a boutique corporate firm, JWS grew rapidly to become a leading independent Australian firm.
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In 2018, we celebrated 25 years of long-lasting relationships with our valued clients.
Jim is a banking & finance lawyer focussing on corporate, property and acquisition finance and structured finance.
Jim advises significant corporate borrowers on all aspects of their debt finance arrangements. This includes drafting and negotiating documents for a wide range of finance transactions, from finance for public takeovers and private equity acquisitions, to property finance, projects and joint ventures and derivatives.
He also has experience representing borrowers in dealings with their banks in times of financial stress. Jim provides valuable insight and support on finance matters and negotiating debt finance documents, consents and variations.
Jim has specialist knowledge of synthetic CDOs, securitisations, convertible bonds and derivatives, having acted for arrangers, investors, trustees and originators both in Australia and overseas. Since the GFC, this has proven invaluable in advising on significant disputes involving these types of instruments in Australia and overseas, including a $250 million dispute with Lehman Brothers.
Jim is recognised as one of Australia’s leading Banking & Finance lawyers by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 and Best Lawyers Australia 2019.
Acted for listed entity Vocation negotiating the $120 million syndicated facility for the acquisitions of Real Institute and Endeavour Learning Group and on various negotiations with its lenders.
Acting for ASX200 REIT Abacus in relation to its various syndicated and bi lateral debt facilities and those of its funds, for property acquisitions, construction facilities, and advising ABP as a lender in respect of property-related projects
Documenting and advising AGN on their approximately $2 billion secured debt program including Issues arising out of Envestra’s acquisition by CKI, US Private Placements, syndicated and bilateral facilities, various ISDA arrangements and credit wrapped capital indexed notes, issues and refinancings.
Acting for Arrium in relation to various financing transactions including bi-lateral and syndicated debt facilities, ISDA Master Agreements and US Private Placements.
Acted for Flinders Ports in the refinancing of its secured bank debt facilities with a common terms deed structure allowing access to the debt capital markets, and on the issuance of a US Private Placement.
Acted for various investors on the unwind of synthetic CDOs issued out of Australia, US and Cayman Islands programs and resolution of various disputes arising out of the Lehman collapse, including providing specialist structured finance advice on proceedings in Australia, New York and London to recover $250 million of collateral.
Ranked as a leading Banking & Finance (Corporate Finance) Lawyer.
Recognised as a recommended lawyer in Banking & Finance
Ranked as a leading Banking & Finance lawyer
Listed as a leading lawyer in Banking & Finance and Insolvency & Re-organisation Law
Recommended for Banking & Finance
Jim Hunwick is considered "a very good operator" who is "very responsive and commercial" and can "provide the right level of advice and is able to react quickly and efficiently."