Jason Watts

Jason Watts

Jason Watts is a partner in the Sydney office of King & Wood Mallesons where he specialises in mergers & acquisitions, focusing on public company and privately negotiated transactions and private equity. He regularly advises on general corporate law, securities law and governance issues. He is a relationship partner for a number of the firm's key clients.

Recent matters

  • Veda in its privatisation by PEP
  • CVC in its acquisition of a 75% interest in PBL's media assets
  • CSR in its $480 million accelerated rights issues
  • Westfield in its $2.9 billion placement
  • Primary Healthcare in its hostile take over of Symbion Health and subsequent divestments
  • ASX in its merger with SFE
  • Westfield in its stapling to create the Westfield Group.

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Memberships

  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • Business Law Section - Law Council of Australia.

Experience

  • 1988: Bachelor of Economics degree, University of Sydney
  • 1990: Bachelor of Laws degree, University of Sydney (First Class Honours)
  • 1992 - 1997: Solicitor, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Sydney
  • 1997 - 1999: Senior Associate, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Sydney
  • 1999 - 2002: Manager, Strategic Development - Fairfax Digital
  • 2002 - 2003: Senior Associate, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Sydney
  • 2004 - present: Partner, King & Wood Mallesons, Sydney.

Location

Legal insights

China’s growing middle class and aging population is driving demand for improved health and aged care services and products.

14 April 2016

Trends in private M&A: recent developments and areas in which private equity sponsors are significantly diverging from the broader M&A market.

07 April 2016

A summary of changes affecting the need for Foreign Investment Review Board clearance by private equity sponsors.

01 February 2016

Private Equity Update: MYOB case decision lays bare inherent weaknesses that exist in common sell side auction processes.

12 October 2015