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

There are unique legal tensions as investors look to sell their fund commitments with relative freedom and general partners/managers seek to minimise their potential liabilities.

15 March 2017

W&I Insurance can have significant benefits by reducing seller risks, enabling cleaner exits, narrowing the range of commercial issues and potentially expediting transactions.

02 March 2017

The new ASIC Corporations (Wholly-owned Companies) Instrument 2016/785 applies in relation to a financial year ending on or after 1 January 2017.

27 October 2016

A focus on improvement in corporate culture can be a catalyst to positive business outcomes. We discuss ASIC's regulatory initiative.

09 August 2016