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.
Learn more about breaking news at Johnson Winter & Slattery, including major transaction announcements, practitioner appointments and team expansions.
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.
We advise Australian and foreign fund managers across all asset classes on how to stay ahead of the continual regulatory changes in Australian financial services regulation, such as the latest FoFA developments, look through reporting requirements and AFS licensing requirements.
We're experts on all aspects of funds management and financial services regulation covering major investment vehicles and asset categories. Our advice extends to legal issues connected to investment vehicles, platforms and fund managers themselves.
They know our business well, so their advice is always relevant and to the point.
Our team has experience advising on the full spectrum of arrangements for structured, alternative, listed and unlisted, domestic and cross border structures, products and platforms, including:
Advising on the establishment of a series of Australian registered funds that are offered to the wholesale market and retail market through platforms and MDA providers.
Advising on various issues (including licensing exemptions and disclosure documents) in connection with The ACO Instrument Fund, the only fund in Australia that offers investors the opportunity to invest solely in antique musical instruments.
Advising on becoming the responsible entity of a number of registered funds, as well as the establishment of new funds, registered and unregistered, to pursue investment strategies in the credit market.
We have advised an international investment bank and an international asset manager on the establishment of Australian registered funds to be offered to Significant Investor Visa applicants. Our advice extended to the procedures to coordinate the visa application with the fund investment application (such as AML and complying with foreign investment laws).
Advising on potential liquidity facilities and termination of a series of registered managed investment schemes.
Advising on regulatory matters involving significant breaches in connection with registered managed investment schemes.
Shelley Hemmings is named as a leading lawyer in Funds Management Law and Investment Law.
"They have been able to provide practical solutions and alternatives to problems we’ve encountered both from a legal perspective as well as a commercial perspective. We consider ourselves to be a reasonably sophisticated client, so their perspectives are often insightful and based on market standards."
Shelley Hemmings is considered "a good operator" and highly valued for her work in advising fund managers.
Shelley Hemmings and Austin Bell are ranked as Band 1 lawyers in Investment Funds.
Austin Bell has an excellent reputation in the investment field not only for his "depth of understanding of the regulation environment" but also for "his knowledge of the policy rationale underlying the regulations."
Shelley Hemmings is described by clients as "technically brilliant," with a "practical and common-sense approach to problems and a strong and independent voice."
Widely respected, Austin Bell is in demand for being able to "balance the law with the commercial aspects and tailor his advice to the realities."
Shelley Hemmings is recognised as a leading lawyer in Funds Management.
The target is within sight for the draft Corporate Collective Investment Vehicle (CCIV) legislation to be finalised.
Foreign financial service providers (FFSPs), that provide financial services to wholesale clients in Australia relying on one of the FFSP Class Order exemptions from holding an Australian financial...
When a transaction with a direct or indirect connection to Australia is proposed, foreign investors and their counsel should consider whether notification is required or advisable.