John Elliott is an M&A and securities lawyer based in Sydney.
John has over 30 years’ experience in mergers and acquisitions and has acted on some of Australia’s largest and most complex corporate transactions. He has acted in both bid and defence roles in public listed company takeovers, majority shareholder sell-downs, mergers and spin-offs by scheme of arrangement, and shareholder activist situations. He has also acted on a number of large private treaty purchases and sales.
John advises both local and international companies across a broad range of industries, such as energy and resources, telecommunications, media and technology, financial services and consumer markets. In doing so, he has had extensive dealings with government and other regulatory bodies including the Australian Securities & Investment Commission, The Foreign Investment Review Board, The Australian Securities Exchange and the Takeover Panel.
Clients he has acted for include Barrick Gold Corporation, Noble Group, CGNPC, Boral, Asciano, QBE, Antofagasta, AMP, Woolworths, Coca Cola Company and Magellan Financial Group.
In recent years John has been recommended as a leading lawyer by Chambers Global (2011–2015), APL 500 (2011–2014), IFLR (2011–2015), The International Who’s Who of Mergers and Acquisition Lawyers (2012–2015) and The International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers (2014–2015) Legal Directories and voted as one of Australia’s Best Lawyers in Corporate / Governance and Mergers & Acquisitions by Best Lawyers (2010–2015). Chambers Global 2014 commented: ‘John Elliott…commands widespread respect’ and interviewees reported that they ‘would be very comfortable referring him to others’.