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 and charitable donations.
We are proud to sponsor a number of community initiatives.
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.
[JWS has] extensive experience in handling sponsor investment in the resources industry, [and a] recently expanded practice with an acknowledged client focus.
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:
Clients say [James Rozsa is] easily the best private equity lawyer they have dealt with, especially on cross-border deals; he doesn't miss the fact that deals have to get done and finds the right balance between their commercial and their legal aspects.
Very much in the loop when it comes to upcoming opportunities.
"What I like about this team is its proactive thinking, commercial insight in negotiations and familiarity with the client's way of working - all balanced with a quick turnaround on requests."
[JWS has] niche expertise in assisting venture capital funds and the financial sponsorship of resources companies
Always available and fantastic in terms of managing client needs.
James Rozsa is praised for a wide range of skills, which includes being "available at short notice, focused on objectives and coming up with new ideas, approaches and solutions."
An accessible and very helpful team.
[JWS has] extensive experience in handling sponsor investment in the resources industry.
"Very good at simplifying complex matters."
"We like the firm for its boutique aspect, better ratio of partners to other lawyers and greater partner involvement than other firms."
James Rozsa attracts high praise from both peers and clients as a valuable addition to this practice. He 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."
JWS advised Institutional Venture Management XVI (IVP) and OpenView as lead investors on their Series B investment in Deputy by way of an acquisition of ordinary shares from existing shareholders...
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.