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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 The Best Lawyers in Australia™ 
    • Private Equity Law, 2016-2025
    • Corporate Law, 2025
    • Corporate/Governance Practice, 2014-2025
    • Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2014-2025
  • Listed by Doyle's Guide as a recommended
    • Leading Preeminent Business & Commercial Lawyer in Victoria , 2021-2024
    • Leading Corporate Lawyer in Victoria, 2018–2024 
  • Recognised as a recommended lawyer by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific for Corporate and M&A in Australia, 2019
  • Recognised by IFLR 1000 as a notable practitioner for private equity, M&A in Australia, 2022
  • Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) member
  • International Bar Association member 
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) member 
  • Australian Investment Council (AIC) 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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