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John Karantonis

John Karantonis


John Karantonis

John is Counsel in the Mergers & Acquisitions practice of Clifford Chance and is based primarily in Sydney, Australia.

John represents private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, as well as public and private companies, in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and various other corporate and strategic transactions. He also routinely advises on a broad range of general corporate, securities laws, and corporate governance matters.

Prior to joining Clifford Chance, John spent several years working at top-tier global law firms in New York. He is admitted to the New York State Bar, in the High Court of Australia, and in the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

Key US matters*

  • Blackstone Energy Partners – Sale of ~42% Stake in Cheniere Energy
  • Blackstone Infrastructure Partners – PIPE transaction in FirstEnergy
  • Partners Group – Acquisition of Milestone Equipment
  • Partners Group – Acquisition of DiversiTech
  • Partners Group – Acquisition of EdgeCore Digital Infrastructure
  • Global Infrastructure Partners – Acquisition of Atlas Renewable Energy
  • One Rock Capital Partners – Acquisition of Carlisle Brake & Friction
  • One Rock Capital Partners – Sale of CentroMotion
  • ContourGlobal plc (LSE: GLO) – Acquisition of portfolio of natural gas-fired assets in the US and Caribbean
  • HPS Investment Partners and BC Partners – Preferred equity investment in Broadway Technology
  • HPS Investment Partners – Preferred equity investment in Tillman Digital Cities
  • AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) – 2x equity selldowns in AES’ Southland power generation and BESS assets
  • Aterian Investment Partners – Acquisition of Vander-Bend Manufacturing
  • Barclays (NYSE: BCS) (Distressed Credit Trading Desk) – Acquisition of interests in Seadrill Ltd
  • B&G Crane Service – Sale of B&G Crane Service
  • Centerbridge Partners – Sale of P.F. Chang’s
  • Fortress Investment Group – Acquisition of interests in Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities class action
  • Goldman Sachs (Merchant Banking Division) – Acquisition of Restaurant Technologies
  • Goldman Sachs (Merchant Banking Division) – Sale of majority interest in ProQuest
  • Goldman Sachs (Merchant Banking Division) – Sale of 30% interest in Vertical Bridge
  • Irving Place Capital – Sale of Caribbean Financial Group
  • Kainos Capital – Acquisition of Olde Thompson
  • KIK Custom Products, Inc. – Acquisition of NC Brands
  • KIK Custom Products, Inc. – Sale of KIK Personal Care
  • OMERS Private Equity – Acquisition of Paradigm Management Services
  • OMERS Private Equity – Acquisition of Premise Health
  • TPG Global – Acquisition of Accel Entertainment
  • J.Crew Group, Inc. (NYSE: JCG) – Reorganization of J.Crew’s Madewell fashion business

Key Australian matters*

  • KPS Capital Partners – Bid for acquisition of Moly-Cop
  • TA Associates – Bid for acquisition of StatePlus
  • TA Associates – Acquisition of Goldman Sachs' Australian funds management business
  • EQT Partners – Acquisition of XP Solutions
  • Macquarie Group Limited (ASX: MQG) – Acquisition of ESANDA debt portfolio
  • China Investment Corporation – Acquisition of Investa Property Group portfolio of office towers in Australia
  • Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners – Investment in Star of the South offshore wind energy project
  • Woolworths Group Ltd (ASX: WOW) – Sale of Woolworths’ fuel business and establishment of related commercial joint ventures
  • Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd – Recapitalisations and strategic partnerships for Virgin Australia Airlines
  • Suntory Group – Sale of Cerebos
  • Australian Rugby League Commission – Sale of NRL media rights in New Zealand
  • Shenghe Resources Holding Co Ltd – Share placement in Greenland Minerals and Energy Ltd (ASX: ETM)
  • Project Ruby – Bid for privatisation of Australian Government’s ASIC Registry
  • Project Wilson – Bid for acquisition of Bingo Industries
  • Noble Group Ltd – Various Australian Takeovers Panel Proceedings
  • Barangaroo Delivery Authority – Advice in connection with Barangaroo development
  • City of Parramatta Council – Advice in connection with Parramatta Square development
  • Kimbriki Environmental Enterprises Pty Ltd – Advice in connection with Kimbriki Resource Recovery Centre development
  • TfNSW – Advice in connection with Circular Quay wharf access concession

*Matters completed prior to joining Clifford Chance

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