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 named as leading lawyers in Banking & Finance Law.
David Beckett and Craig Wappett are named as leading lawyers in Project Finance & Development Practice.
Matthew Allchurch is named as a leading lawyer in Debt Capital Markets Law.
Matthew Allchurch and David Beckett are named as leading lawyers in Structured Finance Law.
Jim Hunwick, David Beckett, Deborah Overstead and Craig Wappett are named as leading lawyers in Debt Finance.
"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."
Matthew Allchurch is praised by clients for his "strong and detailed knowledge of his clients and the issues that matter," enabling him to provide "very valuable advice."
Matthew Allchurch and Jim Hunwick are ranked as Band 3 lawyers in Corporate Finance law.
A popular borrower practice, (JWS) has a strong track record of dealing with banks across a range of financing, in conjunction with work in debt capital markets, derivatives, securitisation and structured products.
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."
Names to note include Matthew Allchurch and Jim Hunwick.
Jim Hunwick is recognised as a leading lawyer in Banking & Finance.
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