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 celebrated 25 years of long-lasting relationships with our valued clients.
While the industry continues to bounce back following the global financial crisis, private equity and venture capital firms face new challenges in their transactions and fund structuring to ensure portfolio growth and successful exit strategies.
Our private equity team has extensive experience assisting Australian and international private equity firms to achieve their investment goals, and includes lawyers with private equity and leveraged finance experience in the UK and US.
They offer a very hands-on, personalised service.
We assist clients at all stages of the investment cycle. Our expertise covers a wide range of areas including the establishment of private equity funds, development and expansion, capital investments, MBOs and LBOs. We also advise on the privatisation of publicly listed companies and the acquisition of interests in existing private equity fund portfolios.
Our hands-on specialists can assist with:
Acted in relation to its acquisition of Dun & Bradstreet's ANZ business; advising in relation to Archer’s secondary buy-out of Aero-Care from Next Capital; and advising in relation to advising in relation to Archer’s secondary buy-out of LCR Group from CHAMP Private Equity.
Acted in relation to CHAMP Venture's investment into AIM's training and education business.
Advising Cyara in relation to the Series A investment by PeakSpan Capital.
Advising in relation to its acquisition of a stake in global payment solutions provider Transaction Services Group Ltd (TSG).
Advised the shareholders of Gettheworldmoving in relation to the sale of the Global Corporate Challenge business to Virgin Pulse, Inc.
Acting in relation to its investment in Seafolly, the swimwear company; and advising on its acquisition of a 40% stake in compression sports apparel company, 2XU, alongside founders Clyde Davenport, Jamie Hunt and Aidan Clarke and Lazard Australia Private Equity.
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 for CDC and its shareholders in their partial divestment to Quadrant Private Equity.
Assisting US private equity and venture capital firm Insight Venture Partners in its majority investment in Campaign Monitor. The deal was reported as the largest ever VC investment for an Australian tech start-up, with the auction process run by Goldman Sachs.
Acting on the sale of its private equity funds management division.
Lead buy-side advice in bolt-on childcare group acquisitions for Guardian Early Learning Group, acting on all aspects of the transactions including due diligence and sale documentation.
Working closely with Cooley LLP to advise Novo/AS in relation to a Series C financing of Spinifex Pharmaceuticals, including the redomicile of the Australian company into a Delaware incorporated company.
Acting for Oceania Capital Partners Ltd (ASX:OCP) on its $34 million hostile takeover and subsequent sell-down of its shareholding in Keybridge Capital.
Acting on its acquisition of 60% of action sports and entertainment group Nitro Circus Live, and acquisition of global intellectual property rights from Godfrey Entertainment. The investment formed part of a transaction to consolidate the Nitro Circus international touring business with the IP relating to the Nitro Circus action sports franchise.
Negotiated and finalised the share purchase agreement and all ancillary documents for Wolseley Private Equity in its sale of the Guardian Early Learning Group to Navis Capital, a transaction with a reported value of approximately A$120 million.
James Rozsa has "a great understanding of private equity deals and is always keen to provide innovative solutions.”
James Rozsa is ranked as a leading lawyer in Private Equity.
James Rozsa is named as a leading lawyer in Private Equity Law.
James Rozsa is praised for being "very commercial, well-connected and solutions-oriented.”
"Very much in the loop when it comes to upcoming opportunities."
James Rozsa is "easily the best private equity lawyer we have dealt with, especially on cross-border deals.”
A recent decision has excited debate about the application of Australia’s income tax law to limited partnerships, particularly private equity and venture capital funds.
JWS advised Battery Ventures on the Australian aspects of its investment in PageUp People.
Generally, foreign companies offering securities in Australia need to comply with the prospectus provisions in the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (the Act). However, in addition to the normal...