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Matthew Johnson


Matthew Johnson
English, French, German
Practice Group

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 has experience advising bidders and target companies in respect of M&A 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 expertise in the application of Australian foreign investment policy and legislation, including Australian Foreign Investment Review Board process, decisions and settlement of conditions.

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

Representative experience

Advised ASX and TSX listed Anvil Mining on the $1.3bn takeover bid by Minmetals Resources Limited*

Acted for Dexter Axle Holding Company in relation to its entry into a strategic partnership with AL-KO KOBER SE, to form DexKo*

Advised Extract Resources Limited on the $2.2bn takeover by Taurus Mineral Limited*

Advised Noble Group Limited in connection with its successful $133 million takeover bid for iron ore miner Territory Resources Limited*

Acted for ASX-listed Grange Resources Limited on its merger with Australian Bulk Minerals (ABM)*

Acted for Grange on its $167 million capital raising, comprising an underwritten non-renounceable entitlement offer and placements*

Advised Peninsula Energy Limited on its $69.4 million underwritten equity and debt project development funding*

Acted for Van Diemen's Land Company on its $280m sale to Moon Lake Investments*

Advised the founders of Force Equipment in relation to the sale of the mining services company to the Bankstown Group*

Advised Wolf Minerals Limited on its £25 million equity facility established with Resource Capital Fund*

Advising ASX/AIM-listed Wolf Minerals on its entry into a series of financing agreements for Drakelands open pit mine, in the UK.

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

Education and admissions


  • B.A. (Hons), Kingston University
  • College of Law


  • 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
  • New South Wales, Australia
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