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

On 9 October 2019, the Australian Securities Exchange (“ASX”) released the final version of its listing rules reforms. Nearly all of these changes are expected to come into effect on 1 December 2019...

14 October 2019

Then this week came ASIC’s surprise. With no fanfare, ASIC has doubled the SPP participation limit from $15,000 to $30,000 per securityholder. Could this be the end of the entitlement offer era?

30 August 2019

On 28 November 2018 the Australian Securities Exchange released a public consultation paper titled “Simplifying, clarifying and enhancing the integrity and efficiency of the ASX listing rules"

03 December 2018

While forms of modern slavery are criminalised under the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth), the introduction of a regime similar to the UK Act would have implications for company boards.

07 August 2017

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