Matthew Johnson

Matthew Johnson


Email [email protected]​

Phone +61 8 6208 6563

Fax +61 8 6208 6599

LanguagesEnglish, French, German

Practice groupCorporate & Finance

Matthew brings a wealth of experience in the area of mergers and acquisitions and securities law. He advises on a wide range of domestic and cross-border transactional and corporate advisory matters. Matthew is the Global Head of Mining at Hogan Lovells.

Matthew has experience advising bidders and target companies in respect of M&A (takeovers and schemes of arrangement) of publicly listed companies, unlisted entities and business/asset acquisitions and divestments, advising companies and investors on domestic and international equity and debt capital raisings, including IPOs, dual listings, share placements, rights issues, convertible notes and other securities. He advises on a range of corporate matters, including commercial and contractual matters, corporate governance and regulatory compliance issues.

He has a depth of international experience, and advises both foreign bidders and investors, and Australian targets and issuer companies, leading to his significant in-depth knowledge in the application of Australian foreign investment policy and legislation, including Australian Foreign Investment Review Board process, decisions and settlement of conditions. Matthew is a member of the national FIRB committee of the Law Council of Australia.

Matthew is named in Best Lawyers List in Equity Capital Markets, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Governance, Corporate, Commercial, Natural Resources and Mining categories.

Matthew is rated as an Acritas Star – independently rated lawyer.

Awards and recognitions


Commercial Law
Best Lawyers (Australia)


Corporate / Governance Practice
Best Lawyers (Australia)


Corporate Law
Best Lawyers (Australia)


Equity Capital Markets Law
Best Lawyers (Australia)


Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Best Lawyers (Australia)


Mining Law
Best Lawyers (Australia)


Natural Resources Law
Best Lawyers (Australia)


Thomson Reuters Stand-out Lawyer
Thomson Reuters Stand-out Lawyers - independently rated lawyers

Education and admissions


B.A. (Hons), Kingston University

Legal Practice Course, College of Law, Guildford


Law Society Of England And Wales

Law Society Of Western Australia

Law Society Of New South Wales

Australian Institute Of Company Directors

Law Council Of Australia – Business Law Section

Law Council Of Australia – Foreign Investment

Court admissions

England and Wales

Supreme Court of New South Wales

Supreme Court of Western Australia

Representative experience

Oracle Corporation on its $1.6 billion acquisition of Aconex Limited through a scheme of arrangement.


Swissport International Inc acquisition of Aerocare and its subsidiary companies, Skycare, Carbridge, and EasyCart from Archer Capital and Aerocare management.


RFC Ambrian and Numis Securities on the underwriting and management of the A$100 million fundraising undertaken by Base Resources.


Elastagen Pty Ltd in relation to its sale to Allergan plc for up to US$260 million.


Simble Solutions, an energy management software company, on its IPO and simultaneous listing on ASX.


pSivida Corp. on its acquisition of Icon Bioscience Inc. and its debt and equity raising of up to US$80.5 million, and ASX delisting.


Wolf Minerals Limited on its equity and debt facility with Resource Capital Fund VI L.P. and entry into standstill and restructure agreements with senior lenders.

Peninsula Energy Limited on its underwritten equity and debt project development funding, associated accelerated entitlement offers, placements, convertible loan arrangements with major shareholders.


Grange Resources Limited on the development of the A$4 billion Southdown Magnetite Project, including advising on its joint venture arrangements, financing project development and structuring.

Grange Resources Limited on its merger with Australian Bulk Minerals, and on its underwritten non-renounceable entitlement offer and placements to substantial shareholders.


Barings on the unitranche financing to The Riverside Company for its acquisition of Energy Exemplar.

Allied Gold Corp on the acquisition and financing of the Bonikro and Hire gold mines in Cote d'Ivoire

Allied Gold Corp on the acquisition and financing of the Sadiola gold mine in Mali

Allied Gold Corp on the acquisition and financing of the Agbaou gold mine in Cote d'Ivoire

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