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 and M&A lawyers in successive editions of Chambers Asia Pacific, where he is praised “for his ability to find practical solutions to complex corporate risk and governance issues.” The Legal 500 Asia Pacific consistently highlights him in this area for his ability to “quickly dissect the important issues.” He is also recognised by Best Lawyers® International in the area of Corporate and M&A law and is consistently ranked by Doyle’s Guide for his expertise in Private Equity and Corporate law. Jonathan was recently invited to present a guest lecture in Corporations Law at Monash University, where he examined legal and commercial strategies and tactics relevant to shareholder activism.
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 2018, Jonathan became Chair of the Allplay Board.
In 2016, Jonathan was invited to join the Board of Giant Steps Melbourne.