Julian specialising in the area of mergers and acquisitions. He has significant experience acting for Japanese clients both in Australia and while on secondment to Japan from 2012 to 2016.
From July 2014 to June 2016, Julian was seconded to a leading Japanese trading house's headquarters in Tokyo. During his time on secondment, he worked on a range of investments and projects in the Asian region, in the areas of coal, iron ore, transportation, infrastructure, power and port development. From February 2012 to June 2014, Julian was on secondment to a leading Japanese law firm in Tokyo, working with its corporate/M&A group.
During his time in Japan, he advised:
- on joint venture and financing arrangements for a power plant project in Thailand;
- on joint venture, development, offtake and financing arrangements for a proposed LNG receiving terminal;
- on the acquisition of an interest in a power project in Indonesia;
- on numerous acquisition and divestments of interests in the resources sector within Australia, in particular for Queensland and New South Wales coal assets;
- on the global restructure of a major Japanese corporation and related divestments;
- a US hedge fund acquirer on the sale of global private equity fund interests from a major Japanese life insurer;
- a global investment bank on the acquisition of distressed debt owed by a major listed Japanese corporation and post-acquisition strategy;
- on the sale of debt interests relating to a major Australian infrastructure project to a global investment bank from a Japanese holder;
- a UK acquirer regarding the acquisition of a significant global construction machinery business owned by a major Japanese corporation; and
- a major Japanese corporation on its bid for a major North American food and beverage business.
Before moving to Tokyo, Julian also completed a 12-month secondment to a leading Japanese trading house's Melbourne office, where he worked closely with its forestry, projects, energy, food and agriculture, steel and non-ferrous metals business divisions, including advising on the 100 per cent acquisition of forestry and milling assets in Western Australia for the forestry division.
Julian's previous Australian corporate experience includes acting on the following transactions:
- advising a Japanese client on the acquisition of a 49 per cent interest in a mining resources business, including associated shareholder arrangements;
- advising on the merger of ASX-listed companies Catalpa and Conquest and vend in of Newcrest's Queensland mining assets (now trading as Evolution Mining);
- advising a multinational corporate on the proposed acquisition of an asset from private equity vendors;
- advising Tabcorp on its A$280 million corporate bond issue – the first ASX-listed corporate bond issue in almost 20 years;
- advising Acciona Energy regarding the financing of its Waubra wind power plant; and
- advising Franklin Templeton Australia regarding the financing of certain of their financial products.