JWS Consulting is a division of Johnson Winter & Slattery providing commercial consulting services.
We are engaged by major Australian and international corporations as legal counsel on their business activities, disputes and most challenging matters.
Our news and media coverage including major transaction announcements, practitioner appointments and team expansions.
We support a number of community initiatives and not for profit organisations across Australia through pro bono legal work and charitable donations.
We support a number of organisations through sponsorships.
Our debt finance team is strategically positioned to focus on the finance needs of Australian corporate borrowers.
We are unique in having top tier finance capability without the constraints imposed through panel relationships with Australia’s major trading banks. While bank panel commitments can give rise to conflicts of interest which may affect the willingness of panel firms to act assertively in commercial negotiations with banks, we are not constrained by:
Our clients include significant entities listed on the ASX or other major international stock exchanges, as well as large private or unlisted companies and trusts. The breadth of our borrower focussed practice ensures we are cognisant of current market practices and the expectations of major lenders.
Our experience covers the full spectrum of debt finance work, including:
We are experienced in major bank debt and capital markets raisings in the Australian, US and European markets, and have strong relationships with leading firms in those jurisdictions.
In workouts and restructurings, our debt finance partners work closely with our specialist insolvency and restructuring partners to provide an integrated, cross-disciplinary team with the full range of skills which may be required.
Advising on all debt matters both as lender and as borrower, including structuring and managing complex mezzanine and joint venture structures to facilitate significant debt and equity investments.
Advising on all financing matters including in relation to its off-market bid for Automotive Holdings Group.
Advising on its acquisition financing requirements and its portfolio companies’ debt financing requirements.
Advising in relation to its note purchase facilities for its acquisition of PageUp People.
Acting as Australian counsel to the client as second lien lender supporting KKR’s A$2 billion bid to acquire the publicly listed MYOB.
Advising on its common terms for bank debt and all other financing requirements including recent refinancings and issuance of USPP.
Advising on its debt and derivative transactions including the addition of A$650 million in credit lines for working capital management and planned growth opportunities, a new project financing facility and proposed IPO-related senior debt.
Advising senior and mezzanine lenders financing EMR and Adaro consortium’s US$2.25 billion acquisition of the Kestrel Coal Mine from Rio.
Advising on its senior bank syndicated facilities and subordinated loan note facilities.
Advising on its core debt requirements, including the refinancing by Deutsche Bank of senior facilities previously put in place in connection with its takeover by General Finance Corporation.
David Beckett, Jim Hunwick and Man Loi are recommended in Banking and Finance law.
Jim Hunwick is ranked as a leading lawyer in Banking & Finance: Corporate Finance law.
David Beckett is ranked as a leading lawyer in Banking & Finance: Acquisition Finance law.
David Beckett and Craig Wappett are listed as leading lawyers in Project Finance & Development Practice.
David Beckett is listed as a leading lawyer in Structured Finance Law.
David Beckett, Jim Hunwick, Deborah Overstead and Craig Wappett are listed as leading lawyers in Banking & Finance.
"The firm has exceptional capabilities in the loan refinancings sphere. I think, overall, Johnson Winter & Slattery were very professional and assisted us to achieve a highly unlikely but very desired outcome. I was very impressed with the quality of their advice and service."
David Beckett is praised by clients for his "experience and wealth of technical knowledge" as well as his ability to "verbalise complicated technical issues and convey them in an easily digestible manner."
Clients note that financing is Jim Hunwick's "bread and butter" and that he is "very measured and able to help us reach an acceptable position when handling difficult counterparties."
"Exceptional expertise in acting for borrower clients."
"They've been great and have met all our expectations. Their fantastic consistency and depth of knowledge have allowed us to work with them as if they were in-house."
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Johnson Winter & Slattery (JWS) is advising GFG Alliance on the addition of A$650 million in credit lines for working capital management and planned growth opportunities.