John Sullivan

John Sullivan

John is an M&A and International funds partner with an Asia-Pacific regional practice. John specialises in investment funds, capital raising, and M&A.

John is a cross-border expert, with particular focus on the real estate, infrastructure, private equity and financial services sectors. Having been extensively involved in cross-border Asian transactions for 15 of his 23 years practising experience, John is recognized as a leading lawyer in Asialaw Leading Lawyers, Best Lawyers, Chambers Global, Chambers Asia Pacific, Chambers Singapore, EuroMoney and Legal 500 and was one of Australian Legal Business’ Hot 40 Lawyers.

Chambers Asia Pacific has recognised John as a Band 1 lawyer for investment funds for many years, noting that he is “called on for his extensive understanding of fund establishment and fund raising in Asia”, that “he is highly rated by clients who highlighted his gravitas and experience”, and that he is “very accommodating in terms of responsiveness, very commercial. He's a pretty sharp cookie." His peers commend “his Asia focus and cross-border capability, while clients attest that he is ‘responsive, technically brilliant and commercially aware’”.

John practises both English and Australian law and has worked in Singapore, Sydney and London. John is Partner-in-Charge of the Singapore office. John became a partner of Mallesons in Australia in January 2003 and was one of the founding partners of the Singapore office when it was established in May 2015.

Recent representative experience

John is a market leader in:

  • Asia regional fund establishment – John has extensive experience of international fundraising, having been fund counsel on some of the largest raisings in Asia-Pacific; and
  • cross-border investment for Asian, European, North American and other foreign clients, including fund managers and major sovereign wealth and pension funds.

John has extensive experience across a broad range of M&A transactions, including listed funds/REITs, IPOs, mergers and restructures, joint ventures and convertible bonds. He has particular expertise in M&A relating to funds and the real estate, infrastructure and financial services sectors.

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International Fundraisings

  • Currently acting on regional and country specific, infrastructure, real estate and forestry funds
  • A major international fund manager on several large infrastructure fund raisings both Pan-Asian and country specific
  • Australian aspects of Ascendas Hospitality Trust Singapore IPO
  • AMP Capital Asian Giants Infrastructure Fund and Infrastructure Fund of India
  • Colonial First State Global Asset Management on a large global infrastructure fund
  • Invista/Boss Partnership I LP (self storage fund)
  • Macquarie China Everbright Infrastructure Funds
  • Macquarie SBI Indian Infrastructure Fund
  • Macquarie MEAG Prime REIT and Macquarie Goodman Hong Kong Logistics Fund
  • QIC on a large global infrastructure fund
  • Various real estate fund structures for PAG

Investments / M&A / restructures / JVs

  • A major global investment bank on the disposal of a fund management business
  • Ascendas on acquisition of its Australian hotel portfolio
  • Ascott/CapitaLand and Keppel on various regional investments
  • Canada Pension Plan (CPPIB) successful takeover with DEXUS for Commonwealth Property Office Fund and several major cross border real estate investments
  • Challenger’s acquisitions of 7 shopping centres for sovereign fund client
  • Equis on various infrastructure fund activities
  • GIC/Macquarie’s acquisition of Iglu student accommodation platform
  • LaSalle Investment Management on various real estate fund related matters
  • Lend Lease’s acquisition of shopping centre for SWF client
  • Macquarie on a consortium JV for their take private acquisition of Energy Development Corporation in Philippines
  • Macquarie on the sale of the manager of APPT (on a SGX listed business trust)
  • Major international manager on regional acquisitions, disposals and fund management JVs, involving Singapore, Hong Kong, China, India, Japan and Philippines.
  • Singapore based sovereign wealth funds on various regional investments and other transactions in various sectors
  • Securus’ acquisition of data centre portfolio (included in Keppel DC REIT IPO)
  • Various cross border transactions for a wide range of major investors and managers in the real estate, energy, infrastructure and financial services sectors

John received his Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degrees from Sydney University. He also received a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment.


Legal insights

Negotiating a deal that you and your investment committee are happy with is no longer enough for many private fund investors. Instead, Fear of Missing Out is a common investor mindset.

24 September 2018

Offering co-investment opportunities to certain fund investors is a key trend for fund sponsors in establishing alternative investment funds.

25 June 2018

The Monetary Authority of Singapore is seeking public consultation on a proposed new investment funds vehicle, the Singapore Variable Capital Company, to position itself as a regional funds hub.

29 March 2017

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

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