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Roddy Johnson

Special Counsel
+61.2.9513.2386
Fax +61.2.9513.2399
Mr. Johnson is a senior corporate and transactional lawyer with experience advising on private and public mergers and acquisitions, business sales, restructures and joint ventures, corporate finance, corporate governance and general corporate advisory matters.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Johnson practiced as a corporate and transactional lawyer at major Australian and international law firms, working out of their Sydney and Dubai offices.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • Commercial Law Association of Australia
Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions

Experience gained prior to joining K&L Gates:
  • Advised a foreign consortium on the acquisition of a key Australian manufacturing business, by way of a trade sale, and its subsequent integration within a larger business.
  • Advised the shareholders of a leading Australian financial services company on the sale of all of the shares in the capital of the company to an ASX listed company.
  • Advised one of Australia’s largest alternative asset managers on the acquisition, restructuring and recapitalization of an Australian agribusiness venture.
  • Advised Wridgways Australia Limited on the proposal to use a scheme of arrangement to transfer all of the shares in the capital of the company to Santa Fe Moving and Relocation Services Australia Pty Ltd, for a cash payment for each share (less the amount of any discretionary special dividend), to implement a control transaction.
  • Advised a UAE based alternative investment firm (as the buyer) on a number of private equity (secondary) transactions during 'the Arab Spring', which had a significant impact on the private equity industry in the MENA region.
  • Advised a US multinational energy corporation on the disposal, by way of separate controlled auctions, of two downstream petroleum businesses in the MENA region.
  • Advised MBF Australia Limited on its proposal, to use a scheme of arrangement to demutualise and then ‘merge’ with BUPA Australia Pty Ltd, to create Australia's largest non-government private health insurer.
  • Advised Wesfarmers Limited on its proposal, to use a scheme of arrangement to acquire all of the shares in the capital of Coles Group Limited, to implement a control transaction. At the time, the consideration of AUD19.3 billion meant that this transaction was Australia's biggest corporate 'takeover'.