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Chris Ahern

Partner-in-Charge Australia/Japan


(T) +61.2.8272.0530
(F) +61.2.8272.0599


  • University of Sydney (LL.M. 1996); University of New South Wales (LL.B. 1991; B.Com. 1988)

Bar Admissions

  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales

Chris Ahern has more than two decades of experience as an advisor on Australian corporate law and focuses his practice on M&A in the technology, natural resources, and banking sectors. He has advised on numerous transactions for Fortune 500 companies in these industries.

Chris's experience in corporate law covers the full range of M&A, including court approved mergers by scheme of arrangement, venture capital, development capital, private placements, public to private transactions, as well as private company M&A work. In particular, Chris acted for First Data Corporation on its $22 billion acquisition by KKR.

Chris also has significant experience in business restructurings, having acted for Lucent on the $2.5 billion collapse of One-Tel. In addition, his experience involves advising on numerous joint ventures (both incorporated and unincorporated) and complex alliance arrangements in the technology and natural resources sectors, and he is skilled at dealing with the complex intellectual property issues that arise in such transactions.

Chris has been named in Chambers legal directories as a leading lawyer since 2001. Prior to joining Jones Day, he was a partner for seven years at one of Australia's national law firms.

Chris is Partner-in-Charge of Australia and Japan.

Chris Ahern