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Assisting on whole of government technology agreements November 2, 2017

Maddocks advised the Commonwealth Government’s Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) on its whole of government purchasing agreement with SAP. The DTA was set up in 2015 to assist government departments and agencies with digital transformation and … Continued

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Winner of the first William Ah Ket Scholarship announced November 21, 2017

Tuesday 21 November 2017 A solicitor in a Victorian government agency is the first winner of the William Ah Ket Scholarship, a $5,000 prize named after the first barrister of Chinese heritage in Australia. K … Continued

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Encouraging positive and masking negative reviews – Lessons from ACCC v Meriton November 24, 2017

Following our report from November last year, The Federal Court has found that Meriton Serviced Apartments (Meriton) engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct in circumstances where it adopted a scheme preventing unfavourable reviews for its properties … Continued

Michael Johns Partner

Background

Michael is a Partner in the insolvency and restructuring team at Maddocks. His practice focuses on restructuring and insolvency (including commercial advice and conducting insolvency and securities enforcement litigation).

As well as a range of insolvency practitioners, he acts for secured lenders, including ANZ Bank, Commonwealth Bank, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Ltd, and also a well-known franchisor (as a secured creditor) in securities enforcement and recovery.

In 2008 and 2009 Michael has undertaken secondments with ANZ Corporate Portfolio Management and ANZ Lending Services (Institutional).  During those secondments, he had involvement in a range of recovery and strategic work-out matters including aspects of Centro, Opes Prime and Great Southern.

Legal Expertise

Michael’s practice focuses on:

  • insolvency (including commercial advice and conducting insolvency and securities enforcement litigation);
  • securities, managed investments and financial services reform (including licensing).

As well as a range of insolvency practitioners, he acts for secured lenders, including ANZ Bank, Esanda Finance, Commonwealth Bank, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, and also a well-known franchisor (as a secured creditor) in securities enforcement and recovery.

Relevant Experience

Recent insolvency-related experience includes:

  • acting for an administrator, then deed administrator, in the reconstruction and subsequent relisting of a listed public company in the IT industry
  • advising an administrator appointed to a service provider by the State Government under the Intellectually Disabled Persons Services Act
  • acting for a liquidator appointed to a group of companies on application by ASIC for breach of the managed investment provisions.

Michael is also responsible for the firm’s Securities, Managed Investments and Financial Services team.  His recent experience in that area includes advising clients on:

  • prospectus and due diligence requirements for residential/golf club developments
  • advice and structuring to take advantage of exemptions from the financial services regime

Michael’s practice also covers distribution and supply arrangements, sales and purchases of businesses, resolution of shareholder and partnership disputes and corporate restructuring.

Recognition

  • Best Lawyers Australia 2015 – 2018, recommended for Insolvency and Reorganisation Law.
  • Michael is listed as a leading lawyer in the Asialaw Profiles 2016.
  • Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015, recommended for Restructuring and Insolvency.