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.
The quality of our legal advice and service to clients is recognised through independent industry recognition and direct client feedback.
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James is a corporate lawyer specialising in mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions and equity capital markets.
He advises clients from a variety of industries including private equity sponsors. He is an expert in all aspects of domestic and cross-border M&A deals including public (takeovers and schemes of arrangements) and privately negotiated transactions and ECM deals including cross-border listings on the ASX.
James is qualified in both Australia and the US, and has for many years advised US clients doing business in Australia and Australian clients doing business in the US.
James has been consistently recognised by his peers (Best Lawyers) for each of M&A, Private Equity (2010-2019) and by his clients (Chambers) as a leading individual, again for each of Corporate/M&A, Private Equity (2011-2016) and Capital Markets (2016). In Chambers he is described as “easily the best private equity lawyer we have dealt with, especially on cross-border deals”and is regarded as a "solutions-based lawyer who is very hands-on during a deal" and is lauded for producing "high-quality work quickly and with strong client interaction.”
Acting for Action Potential Venture Capital, a GSK fund, in Saluda Medical Series D financing round.
Acting for Exponent's portfolio company Big Bus in its acquisition of City Sightseeing.
Acting for Seven in various centure capital investments.
Acting for Carnegie in its investment in Renew Medical.
Acting for Archer in connection with various bolt-on acquisitions for its flight services business Aero-Care.
Acting in relation to Archer’s acquisition of Dun & Bradstreet’s Australian and New Zealand businesses.
Acting for the Australian Institute of Management in relation to CHAMP Venture’s investment into AIM’s training business.
Acting as Australian counsel for Arboretum Ventures, a Michigan-based venture capital firm specialising in the healthcare sector, in its participation in Cardiac Dimensions equity financing.
acting in relation to its investment in swimwear company Seafolly.
Acting in relation to Archer’s secondary buy-out of mining services business LCR Group.
Acting in relation to its acquisition of Transaction Services Group.
Acting for CDC and its shareholders in their partial divestment to Quadrant Private Equity.
Acting for Gettheworldmoving in its sale to Virgin Pulse, a portfolio company of Insight.
Acting for Insight in its investment in email marketing business Campaign Monitor.
Acting in relation to Archer’s secondary buy-out of flight services business Aero-Care
Acting in relation to its investment in sports apparel company 2XU.
Acting in relation to itsacquisition of iconic Australian boot maker RM Williams.
Acting in relation to Archer’s acquisition of Lend Lease’s Primelife Aged Care business.
Acting in relation to Archer’s acquisition of the V8 Supercars business.
Acting for Virgin Active Australia and Virgin Group in the $1 billion divestment of 51% of the Virgin Active business to CVC.
Acting in its $3.6 billion acquisition of GoldCorp Inc.
Acting for EnGeneIC in its redomicile by schemes of arrangement to Bermuda.
Acting in its acquisition of all of the assets of Datasquirt Ltd (ASX:DSQ).
Acting on its $300 million merger with LEO Pharma.
Acting for Presidian (a specialist finance, warranty and motor insurance provider) and its shareholders in the sale of Presidian to McMillan Shakespeare Ltd (ASX:MMS).
Acting for Seven Group Holdings in its investment in iSeekplant.
Acting as Australian counsel in relation to Amobee’s acquisition of Adconion.
Acting in relation to Virgin’s sale of Virgin Money Australia to Bank of Queensland (ASX:BOQ).
Acting in relation to VET’s acquisition of Endeavour Learning and Real Institute.
Acting on the A$8 billion merger with Hutchison, and advised in relation to the acquisition of Crazy John’s.
acting for VTI on its Australian IPO and ASX-listing.
Acting for AXP on its Australian IPO and ASX-listingand various fundraisings.
Acting for BSA in its placement and underwritten pro-rata entitlement offer.
acting in relation to its PIPE by Standard Chartered Private Equity.
Acting for IPD in various fundraisings, including its underwritten pro-rata entitlement offer and placement.
Acting on its proposed IPO and ASX-listing.
Acting as Australian counsel in its financing of Spinifex.
Acting for OSP in relation to various fundraisings.
Acting in relation to SHC’s concurrent private placement of CDIs and (as Australian counsel) its IPO and Nasdaq-listing.
Acting on its proposed IPO and ASX-listing.
Acting in relation to VET’s IPO and ASX-listing.
Recommended in Corporate and M&A law
Recommended in Capital Markets
Ranked as a leading lawyer in Capital Markets, Corporate/M&A and Private Equity
Listed as a leading lawyer in Private Equity, Mergers and Acquisitions and Equity Capital Markets Law
James Rozsa is ... particularly valued by clients as an adviser with "the rare quality of assessing risk rather than just identifying it and focusing on the stuff that poses genuine problems."
James Rozsa is highlighted for his "legal expertise and great professional advice," and also for his "great communication skills and management of investor expectations and concerns."
James Rozsa is described as a "solutions-based lawyer who is very hands-on during a deal," and is also lauded for producing "high-quality work quickly and with strong client interaction."
James Rozsa is praised by clients for his "tireless work on documentation" and for proving "good in both service and content."
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