Jonathan has also acted on and managed some of the most complex and important private transactions in the Australian marketplace.
Jonathan’s specialties are expressed in his strategic insight, his skills of analysis and communication, and the breadth of his business experience across a range of industry sectors, including internet, manufacturing, agriculture, retail, health and banking.
Jonathan is ranked as one of Australia’s leading Corporate/M&A lawyers in successive editions of Chambers Global, and described as “smart, precise, commercial and knowledgeable” who, in one client's words, “consistently provides quality advice and counsel.” The Legal 500 Asia Pacific similarly consistently highlights him in this area for his ability to “quickly dissect the important issues.” Jonathan is also recognised by Best Lawyers® International in the area of Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Law. In 2015, Jonathan’s team were awarded ‘Transaction Team of the Year’ at the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards.
Jonathan has an honours law degree from The University of Melbourne. He completed his articled clerkship with Arnold Bloch Leibler in 1995 and was admitted to the partnership in July 2001.
Jonathan’s practice focuses on the following areas:
- mergers and acquisitions, including takeovers;
- public listings and capital raisings, including Corporations Act and ASX listing rule advice and cross-border migration; and
- infrastructure privatisation and major projects, including project documentation and structuring of equity participation.
Jonathan was Co-Chair of Leibler Yavneh College from 2009-2013 and has been a member of the Advisory Board of Pacific Group of Companies since 2010.
In 2016, Jonathan joined the Board of Allplay Sports, a venture established between the Australian Football League and Deakin University's Child Study Centre to promote the inclusion of children with special needs in sport.
In 2016, Jonathan was invited to join the Board of Giant Steps Melbourne.