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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JWS supports a number of community initiatives and not for profit organisations across Australia through pro bono legal work, charitable donations and sponsorships.
In 2018, we celebrate 25 years of long-lasting relationships with our valued clients.
Our debt finance team is strategically positioned to focus on the finance needs of Australian corporate borrowers.
We are unique in having top tier finance capability without the constraints imposed through panel relationships with Australia’s major trading banks. While bank panel commitments can give rise to conflicts of interest which may affect the willingness of panel firms to act assertively in commercial negotiations with banks, we are not constrained by:
Our clients include significant entities listed on the ASX or other major international stock exchanges, as well as large private or unlisted companies and trusts. The breadth of our borrower focussed practice ensures we are cognisant of current market practices and the expectations of major lenders.
Highly professional, diligent and practical in their approach.
Our experience covers the full spectrum of debt finance work, including:
We are experienced in major bank debt and capital markets raisings in the Australian, US and European markets, and have strong relationships with leading firms in those jurisdictions.
In workouts and restructurings, our debt finance partners work closely with our specialist insolvency and restructuring partners to provide an integrated, cross-disciplinary team with the full range of skills which may be required.
Advising on its A$335 million Australian Medium Term Note Program, involving the issue by the ALE Direct Property Trust (a wholly owned subsidiary of ALE Property Group) of unsecured notes, while leaving in place an outstanding tranche of long dated, secured commercial mortgaged back securities under ALE’s CMBS program.
Advising on its senior debt and hedging facilities, including various interest rate and commodities trading hedges, and advice and documentation for Arrium’s senior debt facilities.
Acted for AGN on all aspects of its $1.9 billion secured debt program, which includes credit wrapped notes, MTN’s, syndicated and bilateral facilities and FX and interest rate hedging.
Acted for Beach Energy and its subsidiaries on its recent A$320 million refinancing, including due diligence and the negotiation of all facility and security documentation.
Advised on the restructuring of the McAleese Group’s financing structure in connection with its IPO involving a move from a private equity style leveraged finance facility to a A$325 million syndicated, secured multi-option facility appropriate for an entity listed on ASX.
David Beckett, Jim Hunwick, Matthew Allchurch and Man Loi are recommended in Banking and Finance law.
Matthew Allchurch and Jim Hunwick are ranked as leading lawyers in Banking & Finance: Corporate Finance law.
David Beckett is ranked as a leading lawyer in Banking & Finance: Acquisition Finance law.
David Beckett and Craig Wappett are listed as leading lawyers in Project Finance & Development Practice.
Matthew Allchurch is listed as a leading lawyer in Debt Capital Markets Law.
Matthew Allchurch and David Beckett are listed as leading lawyers in Structured Finance Law.
David Beckett, Jim Hunwick, Deborah Overstead and Craig Wappett are listed as leading lawyers in Banking & Finance.
"The firm has exceptional capabilities in the loan refinancings sphere. I think, overall, Johnson Winter & Slattery were very professional and assisted us to achieve a highly unlikely but very desired outcome. I was very impressed with the quality of their advice and service."
David Beckett is praised by clients for his "experience and wealth of technical knowledge" as well as his ability to "verbalise complicated technical issues and convey them in an easily digestible manner."
Matthew Allchurch is singled out by clients for being "outstandingly knowledgeable, extremely personable and a great negotiator." Clients also appreciate his "hands-on approach" and his "commercial acumen."
Clients note that financing is Jim Hunwick's "bread and butter" and that he is "very measured and able to help us reach an acceptable position when handling difficult counterparties."
"Exceptional expertise in acting for borrower clients."
"They've been great and have met all our expectations. Their fantastic consistency and depth of knowledge have allowed us to work with them as if they were in-house."
A recent court decision is a timely reminder of the limitations that can affect a person’s ability to rely on set-off rights when a debtor or contract counterparty becomes insolvent.
The New South Wales Supreme Court has found that a secured party can't rely on its own mistake when registering on the PPSR to claim that the defective registration “temporarily perfects” its...
A recent decision in the Supreme Court of New South Wales has clarified the circumstances in which a registration on the PPSR will be ineffective and the consequences that can flow from this.