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John W. Mann

John 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.

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

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

  • Listed in Best Lawyers (Australia) (2017 – 2019) for Corporate/Governance Practice, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Private Equity Law.
  • Listed in Doyle's Guide as a Leading Corporate & Commercial Lawyer (SME & Mid-Market Matters) and a Recommended Corporate Lawyers in the 2019 guide. He has also been ranked in previous years as a Leading Corporate/M&A Lawyer (Smaller & Mid-Market Matters) – Victoria, 2017; Leading Corporate/M&A Lawyer (High-Value Matters) – Victoria, 2017; a Leading M&A Lawyer – Melbourne in 2016; 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 (AVCAL) ‘Best Expansion Stage’ Deal award for 2013, for its investment in A─ôsop. Mr. Mann and K&L Gates were recognised in the awards as the lead legal advisor to Harbert.
  • Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) 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)

  • "Strides Arcolab sells its generic to Watson Pharmaceuticals" Express Pharma, February 29, 2012
  • "Middletons wrestles with Sumo deal" Lawyers Weekly, February 8, 2011
  • "A detailed look at new dividend rules" The Australian, October 17, 2010
  • "Lenders Suss Out Deals" CFO Magazine, September 8, 2010
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