John heads the firm’s International practice and works out of the firm’s Brisbane and Sydney offices.
John is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and Oxford University with more than 25 years’ experience in major transactional and project work. He has a nationally significant practice in competition law, merger control, energy (gas and electricity), utilities, regulated industries, resources, TMT, transport, agribusiness, intellectual property, life sciences and administrative law.
He also has a strong understanding of the government sector with considerable experience in privatisation and state transactional matters. John’s clients continue to include significant corporates, multinationals, private equity firms, hedge funds, entrepreneurs, and government entities.
John has been recognised in all the leading directories including comments that he is “celebrated for his fantastic knowledge, practical application to the case” and the way in which he “communicates his points clearly”.
John sits on several boards in Australia, including not-for profits.
He is a former Chair of the International Bar Association’s Public Law Committee, and Vice-Chair of the Irish Law Society’s EU & International Affairs Committee.
John is also a guest lecturer in competition law at the University of Queensland, a frequent speaker at the International Bar Association and presents in Australia on competition law, energy and utilities.
When not lawyering or travelling, John still plays football turning out at centre back for Newmarket over 35s.
Energy & Renewables
Serial adviser on Australian electricity renewables projects, including advising Elliott Group on the acquisition and development of its solar renewable portfolio in Australia.
Advised Symington’s Limited on the sale of their Raguletto, Five Brothers and Chicken Tonight business and securing a 3 to 2 merger control clearance at phase 1.
Advised on the corporatisation and commercialisation of the Whitsunday Regional Airport (the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef).
Advised several of Australia’s biggest agribusinesses on ACCC investigations.
TMT – Dalian Wanda Group
Advised on the acquisition of Hoyt’s Cinemas and Val Morgan Media, Australia’s biggest cinema chain and cinema and mobile advertising business.
Advised the Irish and Northern Irish Energy Regulators in drafting the Single Electricity Market in Ireland (equivalent to the Australian National Electricity Market).