Jan Hards

Special Counsel
+61 2 8247 9646
+61 404 741 974


Jan is a corporate lawyer specialising in providing advice on acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures and group restructurings as well as general corporate and commercial advice to corporate clients.

He has advised in relation to acquisitions and disposals of businesses by companies in the TMT (technology, media and telecoms), financial services, energy, brewing, real estate, industrial, healthcare and the entertainment sectors. He has also assisted in the formation of joint ventures between both domestic and international counterparties (including the negotiation of joint venture agreements). His experience also includes advising in relation to corporate funding arrangements, including the issue of shares, convertible bonds and other securities, and the negotiation of commercial arrangements such as agreements in relation to management, employees, transitional services, leasehold and distribution arrangements (among others).

  • Apollo Global: acted on Apollo’s acquisition of Open Colleges of Australia.
  • Diploma Holdings: advised on Diploma’s acquisition of the West Coast Industrial Supplies businesses in Australia and New Caledonia.
  • Presidian: represented the shareholders of Presidian of the sale of this business to McMillan Shakespeare for A$115 million.
  • Raine Group: acted on Raine’s acquisition of a majority interest in Nitro Circus Live.


  • Diploma in Law, College of Law, United Kingdom
  • Postgraduate Diploma In Legal Practice, College of Law, United Kingdom


  • Law Society of New South Wales

International experience

  • United Kingdom
  • United Arab Emirates