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John W. Mann

Partner
+61.3.9205.2011
Fax +61.3.9205.2055

Mr. Mann is a leading transactional lawyer with more than 25 years' experience. He focuses on negotiated and unregulated mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and private equity including due diligence (both vendor and buy-side), acquisitions and sales of shares and assets, private equity (including MBO/MBIs), joint ventures (incorporated, partnerships and unit trusts), structures and restructures and regulatory issues.

He also provides general corporate and commercial legal advice to a wide range of key corporate clients.

Mr. Mann is regularly quoted in the Australian press in respect of M&A and business law issues.

Professional Background

John was with predecessor firms of global law firm, K&L Gates (and its legacy firms) for over 25 years.

Achievements

  • Listed in Best Lawyers (2017 - 2018) for Corporate/Governance Practice, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Private Equity Law. 
  • Listed in Doyles Guide as a leading M&A Lawyer – Melbourne in 2016 and as a leading Corporate Lawyer – Australia and a leading Corporate Lawyer – Melbourne in 2015. 
  • Lawyers Weekly 2014 "Deal Maker of the Year" finalist 
  • 2014 Asia Business Lawyer "40 Hottest Lawyers" 
  • Harbert Australian Private Equity won the Australian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association's (AVCA) ‘Best Expansion Stage’ Deal award for 2013, for its investment in Aēsop. Mr. Mann and K&L Gates were recognised in the awards as the lead legal advisor to Harbert.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Australian Corporate Lawyers Association (ACLA) member 
  • International Bar Association member 
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) member 
  • Australian Venture Capital Association of Australia member 
  • Former Lasallian Foundation board member and chairperson of audit and risk committee (9 years) 
  • Former Brotherhood of St Laurence – Social Enterprises Working Committee member (5 years) 
  • Former Homeground Services – pro bono client liaison partner (10 years)

Private equity

  • Acting for ANZ Capital on the MBO of Placard.
  • Acting for Harbert Private Equity in the acquisition of a 49% interest by Harbert in the Aesop cosmetics business.
  • Acting on behalf of Harbert Private Equity in connection with its proposed divestment of its interest in the Aesop Group.
  • Acting for Harbert Private Equity in its strategic investment in the Sumo Group of Companies.
  • Acting for a private equity house in respect of the proposed sale of an IT business.
  • Acting for Harbert Private Equity in respect of the recapitalisation of Techdrill Mining Services.

Acquisitions

  • Acquisition of 100% of the shares in Velteo Pty Ltd by Blue Wolf, a UK/US based cloud computing consultancy business.
  • Acquisition on behalf of Harbert Private Equity of a strategic stake in Techdrill Mining Services.
  • Acquisition of dairy manufacturing assets from Lion/National Foods on behalf of United Dairy Power.
  • The acquisition of Douglas Pharmaceuticals (New Zealand) by Genepharm Australasia.
  • The acquisition of numerous downstream assets for Mobil including Metrofuel, Fuelzone, Supergas and Fueline.
  • The acquisition of Rye Metal Holdings by 2L.
  • The proposed acquisition of a recycled paper manufacturing plant by Carter Holt Harvey (New Zealand).
  • The proposed acquisition by Fonterra of the Ovaltine and Jarrah Coffee brands in Australia.
  • The proposed acquisition of John West by Thai Union Foods.
  • Acquisition of Delta-Pak by the Forbes Group.
  • Acquisition of Gemplus by Gemalto.
  • Advising ANZ Capital on the MBI/MBO of Futuris Air International Transit Group.
  • Acquisition and restructure of the Porter Davis Group.
  • Acting for Timbercorp in the acquisition of Grapehouse.
  • Acting for Gemalto in its acquisition of Keycorp’s smart card business.
  • Acting for Carter Holt Harvey in the acquisition of the WoodChem chemical plant (New Zealand).
  • Acting for General Cable in respect of the proposed acquisition of Electrocables in New Zealand.
  • Acting for Eaton in respect of the acquisition of the business and assets of MGE UPS Systems.
  • Acting for TUV in the acquisition of International Testing and Certification Services.
  • Acting for Spotless in the acquisition of the Pearl Linen industrial laundry business.
  • Acting for Spotless in the acquisition of the commercial laundry division of Ramsay Health.
  • Acting for Sigma Pharmaceuticals in the acquisition of the Australian pharmaceutical business of Bristol Myer Squibb.
  • Acting for Roadgear Australasia in the acquisition of Matting Solutions.
  • Acting for Pepperl + Fuchs on the acquisition of the assets and business of Govan Industries Australia and Govan KSA.
  • Partial acquisition of a majority stake in Cardioscan on behalf of Harbert Private Equity.

Sales and divestments

  • Acting for the sellers in the AUD375 million sale of the Ascent Pharmahealth Group to Watson Pharmaceuticals.
  • Acting for Carter Holt Harvey in the AUD890 million dual-track IPO/sale of its Australasian tissue and Sancella businesses. 
  • Comprehensive vendor due diligence of Carter Holt Harvey’s Australian tissue assets. 
  • Acting for the sellers of the United Dairy Power group to a Hong Kong based buyer. 
  • Sale of Bonland Dairies’ international consumer and foodservice business. 
  • Acting for NEC in the sale of its Nextep private network technology division to AAPT. 
  • Sale of Findus in Australia. 
  • Sale of LMA PacMed in Australia. 
  • Sale of Datateck Publishing to Infomedia. 
  • The Australian aspects of the sale of Raleigh Paper by Carter Holt Harvey. 
  • Comprehensive vendor due diligence of the Fonterra group of companies in Australia. 
  • Sale of the Central Depot and Taking Shape retail networks by Ferrier Hodgson. 
  • Acting for Advance Healthcare Group in the divestment of its aged care pharmaceutical business. 
  • Acting for the vendors in the sale of Homyped to Archer Capital. 
  • Acting in the AUD100 million sale of the Ambit Group of Companies to Peoplebank. 
  • Acting for ANZ Capital in respect of the sale of Blue Circle Logistics. 
  • Acting for Red Volt Investments in the sale of its shares in Ascent Pharmahealth. 
  • Acting for Rafferty's Garden in the proposed sell down of its baby food business. 
  • Acting for Wind Farm Developments in the proposed sale of its Victorian cluster of wind farms. 
  • Acting for the Goodstone Property Trust in the sale of its Tasmanian hotel/entertainment/ gambling group. 
  • Acting for the Receivers and Managers of Peko Rehabilitation Project in the sale of its Northern Territory mining tenements. 
  • Acting for Bounce Health in the restructure of its physiotherapy/sports medicine group. 
  • Acting for an information technology company in the proposed takeover by an ASX listed company. 
  • Acting for minority shareholders in the sale of their interests in the +39 and Espressino businesses, and the subsequent establishment of the 'Non Solo Pasta' business. 
  • Sale of the Albany hotel business by KordaMentha. 
  • Acting for Dachis Corporation, Inc. in relation to the sale of its majority interest in Headshift Pty Ltd. 
  • Acting for the management team in the trans-Tasman management buy-out of Talgentra. 
  • The sale of Bonland Dairies’ international consumer and foodservice business.

Merger and restructures

  • The merger of the Australian operations of New Zealand Dairy Board with Bonlac Foods.
  • The restructuring of Fonterra’s Australian consumer and foodservice groups and the creation of New Zealand Milk (Australasia). 
  • The merger of five retail telecommunications businesses into a network group to form Vodafone Australia. 
  • The merger of Bendigo Stock Exchange with Newcastle Stock Exchange. 
  • The restructure of the Omnicare group of companies in Australia. 
  • The two restructures of Eaton group of companies in Australia. \
  • Acting on the acquisition and restructure of the Porter Davis Group. 
  • Acting for the vendors in the AUD40 million restructure and sale of the Metering Services Australasia Group to Service Stream Limited. 
  • Acting in respect of the re-negotiation/re-structure of the iCyte group of companies. 
  • Acting for Strides Arcolab in respect of the scheme of arrangement, financing and post scheme restructure of Ascent Pharmahealth. 
  • Acting for Thomas Duryea Consulting in its selective share buy-back. 
  • Advising the Hacer Group in connection with its proposed internal restructure.

Joint ventures - Incorporated

  • Acting for New Zealand Dairy Board (now Fonterra) in the negotiation and entry into the AUD1 billion Bonlac Foods incorporated joint venture.
  • Preparation and negotiation of the securityholders agreement regulating the Porter Davis Group. 
  • Acting on behalf of ANZ Capital in the private equity incorporated joint venture in respect of the Placard smartcard business. 
  • Acting on behalf of ANZ Capital in the private equity incorporated joint venture in respect of the Futuris Air International Transit group. 
  • Acting on behalf of ANZ Capital in the private equity incorporated joint venture in respect of Homyped. 
  • Acting for Macquarie Bank Limited in the establishment of and subsequent divestment of an interest in an incorporated joint venture with LAS Project Developments for the development of retail and residential premises at Sturt Street, Southbank, Victoria. 
  • Acting for Macquarie Bank Limited in the established of an incorporated joint venture with LAS Project Developments for the development of retail and office premises and cinemas in Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria. 
  • Acting for Macquarie Bank Limited in the established of an incorporated joint venture with LAS Project Developments for the development of apartments and townhouses in Richmond, Victoria. 
  • Acting for Macquarie Bank Limited in the established of an incorporated joint venture with Southbank Securities for the development of the Octagon Student Apartments in Adelaide, South Australia. 
  • Acting for Hisense (China) in respect of its Australian incorporated joint venture. 
  • Acting for Harbert Private Equity in relation to the incorporated joint venture involving the Aesop cosmetics business. 
  • Acting on behalf of Vodafone Group PLC in respect of the original Vodafone Australia incorporated joint venture between Vodafone Group PLC, AAPT and Mobile Communications Holdings Limited. 
  • Acting for Red Volt Investments in the incorporated pharmaceutical joint venture with Strides Acrolab. 
  • Acting for Monash University in the proposed joint venture arrangements with Laureate International B.V. in connection with Monash South Africa. 
  • Acquisition of a majority equity stake in Cardioscan, a business of providing heart monitoring services in the cardiovascular and respiratory areas by Harbert Private Equity. 
  • Joint venture arrangement pursuant to which Probiotic have established a facility to manage whey and associated products at UDP's SA facility.

Unit Trusts

  • Acting for Mobil in the negotiation and entry into the Solchem chemicals joint venture (using a unit trust, a unitholders agreement and an incorporated trustee).
  • Acting for Mobil in the negotiation and entry into the Tasco Oil in the petroleum distribution joint venture (using a unit trust, a unitholders agreement and an incorporated trustee). 
  • Acting for Mobil in the negotiation and entry into the Inland Oil in the petroleum distribution joint venture (using a unit trust, a unitholders agreement and an incorporated trustee). 
  • Acting for Tatts in the Highlands Hotel development joint venture.