Partner-in-Charge Australia/Japan

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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.


USG acquired by Gebr. Knauf for $7 billion
Jones Day advised USG Corporation in the acquisition by Gebr. Knauf KG ("Knauf") of all of the outstanding shares of USG in a transaction valued at $7 billion.

Lennox International sells refrigeration businesses in Australia, New Zealand, and Asia to Beijer Ref AB
Jones Day advised Lennox International Inc. in the sale of its refrigeration businesses in Australia, New Zealand, and Asia to Beijer Ref AB.

GfK sells animal and crop health division
Jones Day is representing GfK SE, a market research provider, in connection with the sale of its global animal and crop health division to a consortium consisting of Inflexion, a private equity investor, and the current management.

USG forms $1.6 billion plasterboard and ceilings joint venture with Boral Limited in Asia, Australia, and Middle East
Jones Day advised USG Corporation in its formation of a strategic 50/50 $1.6 billion plasterboard and ceilings joint venture with Boral Limited in Asia, Australia, and the Middle East, known as USG Boral Building Products.

NEP acquires Global Television from Catalyst
Jones Day advised NEP Group, Inc., a portfolio company of Crestview Partners, in connection with its acquisition of Global Television, Australia's leading provider of outsourced television production services, from Catalyst Investment Managers.

Computer Sciences Corporation divests Paxus to Adcorp Holdings
Jones Day advised Computer Sciences Corporation on the divestiture of Paxus, its Australian IT recruitment services unit, to Adcorp Holdings Limited (a JSE listed company and South Africa's largest employment services provider), for US$73.5 million.

Applied Industrial Technologies acquires SFK's company-owned distribution businesses in Australia and New Zealand
Jones Day advised Applied Industrial Technologies in its acquisition of SKF's company-owned distribution businesses in Australia and New Zealand.

J.F. Lehman portfolio company acquires maritime interests of Chemring Marine
Jones Day advised long-standing client J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading mid-market private equity firm focused on the defense, aerospace, and maritime sectors, in connection with the £32 million (US$50 million) acquisition and related financing by portfolio company Drew Marine of the maritime interests of Chemring Group PLC, a designer, manufacturer, and seller of counter-improvised explosive device (IED) equipment, countermeasures, pyrotechnics, and munitions.

Large global retailer acquires Grabble
Jones Day advised a large global retailer in its acquisition of Grabble, an Australian start-up company incorporated as a vehicle for the sale of hand-held devices point of sale receipt generation technology, including software and hardware.

Computer Sciences Corporation acquires iSOFT Group for A$437 million (US$452 million)
Jones Day advised Computer Sciences Corporation in its acquisition of iSOFT Group Limited, one of the world's largest providers of advanced healthcare IT solutions, for A$437 million (US$452 million), by way of a court-approved scheme of arrangement.

Potash Corporation successfully defends historic $43.1 billion hostile takeover bid
Following an arduous three-month battle, Jones Day's client, Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, Inc., successfully repelled BHP Billiton's hostile $43.1 billion tender offer for all of PotashCorp's shares in November 2010.

Schneider Electric acquires SCADAgroup for AU$200 million ($186.3 million)
Jones Day advised Schneider Electric Asia Pacific Limited in its acquisition of SCADAgroup, an Australian-based leading provider of telemetry products and solutions for the water and waste-water, oil & gas; gas and electric power end-market segments.

Sumitomo Chemical acquires 20% of NuFarm for $622 million
Jones Day advised Sumitomo Chemical, a company listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange ("Sumitomo") in its strategic investment and alliance with Nufarm Limited, a company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and one of Australia’s largest agro-chemical companies with an annual turnover in excess of $2.6 billion.

Discover Financial Services, Diners Club International and PULSE Network involved in global rollout of ATM card acceptance arrangements
Jones Day is currently advising on the global rollout of ATM card acceptance arrangements for Diners Club International, Discover Financial Services and PULSE Network Cards in a number of Asian and European jurisdictions, including China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and Australia.

Lowe's Companies acquires Danks through joint bid with Woolworths
Jones Day advised Lowe's Companies, Inc. in its joint bid with Woolworths Limited to acquire the entire share capital of Danks Holdings Limited by way of an off-market takeover bid.

Lowe's forms joint venture with Woolworths
Jones Day advised Lowe's Companies, Inc. in its joint venture with Woolworths Limited, Australia's largest retailer and the 23rd largest retailer in the world.

Toni & Guy's Mascolo brothers sell TIGI hair product business and advanced education academies for $411.5 million to Unilever
Jones Day advised Mascolo Brothers Limited in its $411.5 million sale of the global TIGI professional hair product business and its supporting advanced education academies to Unilever.

Lehman Brothers in High Court proceedings concerning validity of Deed of Company Arrangement
Jones Day is acting for Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. in High Court proceedings concerning the validity of a Deed of Company Arrangement.

SunPower acquires Solar Sales Pty. Ltd.
Jones Day advised SunPower Corporation in the acquisition of Solar Sales Pty.

Multi-Color Corporation acquires Collotype International Holdings
Jones Day advised Multi-Color Corporation in its acquisition of Collotype International Holdings Pty. Ltd.

Additional Publications

  • April 2018ACCC Proposes Authorising Australian Private Health Insurer to Set Prices on Dental Services
  • March 2018Jones Day Talks Technology: Autonomous Vehicles─Ethical Issues Confronting In-House Counsel
  • December 2017Jones Day Talks Technology: Artificial Intelligence ... Real Legal Issues
  • November 2017Initial Coin Offerings—A Singapore Perspective
  • November 2017Jones Day Talks Technology: Autonomous Vehicles: Who's Leading the Way?
  • November 2017Legal Issues Related to the Development of Automated, Autonomous, and Connected Cars
  • September 2017Blockchain for Business
  • August 2016Y2K or Reverse Big Bang?
  • October 2015Australian Securities and Investments Commission's New Corporate Plan and Enforcement Activity
  • January 2014Antitrust Alert: Australian Court Construes Collaborative Bidding in M&A Sale Process to Constitute Cartel Conduct & Misleading and Deceptive Conduct
  • June 2013In Practice: Taking security where a regulated entity is in the group, Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law
  • June 2009Antitrust Alert: Australia Targets Cartel Conduct with New Criminal and Civil Offenses
  • March 2009Antitrust Alert: Acquisitions in Australia by Chinese State Owned Enterprises – The ACCC Presumes Common Control
  • February 2009Antitrust Alert: Australia and South Africa Move to Criminalize Cartel Offenses
  • February 20, 2009Globalizing The Criminality Of Cartel Offenses, Law360
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