アハーン、クリスAhern, Chris

オーストラリア/日本代表パートナー

シドニー + 61.2.8272.0530 東京 + 81.3.6744.1662

クリス・アハーンは、20年以上にわたり、オーストラリアにおける会社法その他のコーポレート分野に関するアドバイスを行っており、特に、テクノロジーおよびエネルギー分野のM&Aに重点的に取り組んでいます。

アハーンは、世界的企業ランキングである「Fortune 500」のランクイン企業の案件を数多く手掛けており、スキーム・オブ・アレンジメントを用いた裁判所の認可に基づく合併、ベンチャー・キャピタル、ディベロップメント・キャピタル投資、私募、非公開化取引、非上場企業のM&A取引に至るまで、あらゆるM&A取引に関する幅広い経験を有しています。KKRによる220億ドルでのFirst Data Corporationの買収、Lowe's Home Improvementによるオーストラリア最大の小売業者との間の数十億ドル規模のジョイントベンチャー、USGによるBoralとの間の25億ドル規模のアジア全域におけるジョイントベンチャーや、テクノロジーおよびエネルギー分野における買収案件を数多く取り扱っています。

また、アハーンは、LucentによるOne-Telの25億ドル規模の破綻処理(One-Telの資産の大部分を管理する管財人の選任およびその後の整理を含みます。)、リーマン・ブラザーズ・ホールディングスによる同社の破綻処理(同社と債務担保証券(CDO)保有者間の会社調整契約(DOCA)に関するアドバイスを含みます。)、サイラス・キャピタルによるオーストラリア第2の航空会社であるヴァージン・オーストラリアへの入札を担当しており、ディストレストM&Aの分野でも豊富な経験を有しています。

さらに、テクノロジーやフィンテック分野におけるジョイントベンチャー(法人形態であるか否かを問いません。)や複雑な提携関係の取決めについてもアドバイスを行っており、オープンソースソフトウェアに関する義務、決済処理、共同開発の取決め等、これらの取引の過程で生じる知的財産権やソフトウェアライセンスの問題にも精通しています。

アハーンは、2006年にジョーンズ・デイに入所し、オーストラリアにおける法律業務を担当しており、2001年以降、国際的な格付けであるChambersにLeading Lawyerとして掲載されています。また、ジョーンズ・デイへの入所前は、オーストラリアの法律事務所でパートナーを務めていました。

担当案件

  • STERIS acquires Cantel Medical for $3.6 billionJones Day advised STERIS plc in its acquisition of Cantel Medical Corp, a global provider of infection prevention products and services primarily to endoscopy and dental customers, for $3.6 billion.
  • ReadyTech Holdings to acquire Open OfficeJones Day is advising ReadyTech Holdings Limited in its proposed acquisition of leading software provider, Open Office and McGirr (collectively Open Office), which services the government and justice sector, from Pentagon Holdco Pty Ltd.
  • PolyOne acquires Clariant color and additive masterbatch business for $1.5 billionJones Day advised PolyOne Corporation in the $1.5 billion purchase of Clariant’s global color and additive masterbatch business.
  • USG acquired by Gebr. Knauf for $7 billionJones 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 ABJones Day advised Lennox International Inc. in the sale of its refrigeration businesses in Australia, New Zealand, and Asia to Beijer Ref AB.
  • Lowe's exits from Masters Home Improvement joint venture with Woolworths in AustraliaJones Day provided strategic advice and assisted Lowe's Companies, Inc. with various aspects of its exit from a joint venture with Woolworths Limited, with respect to the Masters hardware and home improvement retail business established by the joint venture in Australia and New Zealand.
  • GfK sells animal and crop health divisionJones 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 EastJones 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 CatalystJones 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 HoldingsJones 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 ZealandJones 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 MarineJones 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 GrabbleJones 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 bidFollowing 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 millionJones 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 arrangementsJones 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 WoolworthsJones 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 WoolworthsJones 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.