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John W. Mann

Preparation and negotiation of the security holders 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.

The merger of five retail telecommunications businesses into a network group to form Vodafone Australia.

The proposed acquisition of a recycled paper manufacturing plant by Carter Holt Harvey (New Zealand).

Acting for Harbert Private Equity in the acquisition of a 49% interest by Harbert in the Aesop cosmetics business.
Acting for Harbert Private Equity in its strategic investment in the Sumo Group of Companies.
Advised Colorado-headquartered TOLMAR International on the sale of its Australian subsidiary TOLMAR Australia to Mundipharma, including Australia and New Zealand distribution rights for the oncology medication Eligard.

The acquisition of Douglas Pharmaceuticals (New Zealand) by Genepharm Australasia.

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).

The acquisition of Rye Metal Holdings by 2L.

The acquisition of numerous downstream assets for Mobil including Metrofuel, Fuelzone, Supergas and Fueline.

Acting for the sellers in the AUD375 million sale of the Ascent Pharmahealth Group to Watson Pharmaceuticals.

The proposed acquisition of John West by Thai Union Foods.

Acting for Blend and Pack Pty Ltd, which blends, packs and distributes to customers in the infant formula and nutritional products market, on its AUD80m sale of a 75% interest in the company to Hong Kong listed Mason Financial Holdings Ltd with an additional 5% interest acquired by ASX-listed Wattle Health.

Comprehensive vendor due diligence of Carter Holt Harvey’s Australian tissue assets.

Acquisition on behalf of Harbert Private Equity of a strategic stake in Techdrill Mining Services.

Acting on behalf of ANZ Capital in the private equity incorporated joint venture in respect of the Futuris Air International Transit group.

The proposed acquisition by Fonterra of the Ovaltine and Jarrah Coffee brands in Australia.

The merger of Bendigo Stock Exchange with Newcastle Stock Exchange.

Advised Westinghouse Air & Brake Technology Group (Wabtec), a leading global provider of products and services for rail and industrial markets (NYSE-listed) on its acquisition of Lynxrail, the railroad technology division of Lynx Engineering Consultants Pty Ltd.

The restructuring of Fonterra’s Australian consumer and foodservice groups and the creation of New Zealand Milk (Australasia).

Advised the shareholders of Billi Australia Pty Ltd (a designer, manufacturer and distributor of instant filtered boiling, chilled and sparkling under-the-sink drinking water systems) and its UK counterpart GLGB Limited on its sale of a 100% interest in the Billi Group's global operations to an Australian-based subsidiary of Waterlogic (a designer, manufacturer, distributor and service provider of purified drinking water dispensers).

Acquisition of Delta-Pak by the Forbes Group.

Acquisition of 100% of the shares in Velteo Pty Ltd by Blue Wolf, a UK/US based cloud computing consultancy business.

Acting for Carter Holt Harvey in the AUD890 million dual-track IPO/sale of its Australasian tissue and Sancella businesses.

Acting for United Dairy Power on its AUD75+ million sale of dairy manufacturing assets to Lion/National Foods.

Acted for PPDS (VIC) Pty Ltd, the purchaser of the business of Pet Products and Developments Services Pty Ltd, established in1996 and a market leader in the research and development, manufacturing and distribution of pet food treats and related products which was done by way of a purchase of 100% of the shares held in PPDS Research Pty Ltd which carries out research and development of new pet products.

Acting for New Zealand Dairy Board (now Fonterra) in the negotiation and entry into the AUD1 billion Bonlac Foods incorporated joint venture.

Acting for the major shareholders of Seaway, a market leader in sea freight and cargo transportation, in relation to a complicated share restructuring of Seaway Group and related real property transactions which involved a management buyout by the major shareholders of the shares held by the exiting shareholder in numerous Seaway Group entities.
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