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Latest Case

Advising on market-changing divestments September 25, 2018

Maddocks  acted for the founder of Australia’s largest private pilot training school, Soar Aviation, on the group’s 50 percent sale to Australian private equity investor The Growth Fund. Soar Aviation was started in 2012 by … Continued

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Strong signals: Maddocks advises on television broadcast services outsourcing October 10, 2018

Wednesday 10 October 2018 Maddocks has advised NPC Media on its deal to provide playout services for Southern Cross Austereo’s 105 television broadcast signals through NPC Media’s new playout centre. NPC Media is a joint … Continued

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When being natural can be misleading: recent consideration of organic product claims October 15, 2018

Recent decisions by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the Federal Court of Appeal have demonstrated that it can be a fine line between branding and product claims: with a wrong step amounting to … 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.