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Providing strategic advice on expansion structures November 16, 2018

Founded in Bondi Beach in 2012, Bailey Nelson has rapidly grown into a global eyewear retailer and service provider with boutiques in Australia, London, Canada and New Zealand. The strong demand for their products and … Continued

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Winners of 2019 Maddocks Art Prize announced March 22, 2019

Friday 22 March 2019 Two of Australia’s most talented contemporary visual artists have been awarded the 2019 Maddocks Art Prize. Anna McMahon (ACT/NSW) and Zoë Croggon (Victoria) were last night named the winners of the … Continued

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The long wait for franchising inquiry findings is over March 15, 2019

The current regulatory environment has manifestly failed to deter systemic poor conduct and exploitative behaviour and has entrenched the power imbalance [of franchisor’s over franchisees][1] This statement of the Committee sets the tone of the … 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 2015-2018, recommended for Restructuring and Insolvency.