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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 also the only Western Australian member of the national FIRB committee of the Law Council of Australia.

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

Representative experience

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

Noble Group on various equity investments in Australia, including the recapitalisations of Cockatoo Coal Limited and Blackwood Corporation Limited.

Noble Group Limited in connection with its successful takeover bid for iron ore miner Territory Resources Limited.

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

Extract Resources Limited on the $2.2 billion takeover bid by Taurus Mineral Limited, an entity owned by CGNPC Uranium Resources Co and the China-Africa Development Fund.

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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