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John Gray


Corporate & Commercial, Sydney

Tel:  61 2 8235 1205

Mob:  0403 570 165

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John has extensive experience in a wide range of complex commercial and property transactions.  John has a reputation for providing flexible, practical and commercial advice to clients.  In particular, John is well regarded for his transactional negotiation skills.  Throughout his long spanning career, John has acted on and advised a wide variety of clients in relation to:

  • The acquisition and sale of shares, assets and businesses
  • the acquisition and sale of substantial commercial, retail, industrial and mixed-use properties including multi-storey office blocks and international hotels
  • acting for and advising major hotels and resorts in relation to various commercial needs
  • advising and acting in relation to major development projects including industrial and commercial sub-divisions
  • drafting and negotiating complex distribution agreements, licensing agreements, employment contracts and general commercial documentation
  • advising on corporate structuring including shareholder, unit holder, partnership and joint venture agreements and trust structures.

John has also been involved over many years in the music, entertainment and wholesale travel and hospitality industry and is experienced in advising and acting for clients in relation to all aspects of the legal requirements specific to those industries.

Work Projects

  • Advising on exclusive commercial arrangements for clients with the Australian Olympic Committee for the 2000 Olympics and the International Rugby Board for the 2007 World Rugby Cup
  • Advising on the commercial arrangements for the exclusive Australian travel accommodation and major sponsor hospitality arrangements in relation to the Winter Olympics and Sydney Olympics
  • Advising on the share acquisition of several major wholesale travel businesses for a major wholesale and travel corporation.  Advising in relation to that client’s appointment as official travel agent for the Rugby Cup 2011
  • Acting for recording companies, international music groups, artists, artist management and venue and tour agreements
  • Negotiation and drafting of operating and management agreements for major hotels
  • Purchase of a regional shopping centre in the Sydney Metropolitan Area
  • Acting on the sale of an Australian recording company to major US corporation
  • Advising and structuring acquisitions associated with game park and resort accommodation in Zimbabwe and Botswana
  • Advising on joint venture and acquisition of major pastoral interests
  • Advising on corporate mergers and acquisitions in private companies
  • Acting on management buy-outs in private companies
  • Acting on the sale of a number of office buildings in Sydney
  • Acting on sale, acquisition and venture agreements for a major Australian wide recruitment company
  • Acting on the sale of major Hotels and other resorts for one of Australia’s two largest accommodation groups
  • Pro-bono work for well known Sydney charitable organisation over a period of 30 years.

Professional Background

John holds a Bachelor of Laws from Sydney University.

John is a member of:
  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • Financial Services Institute of Australia
  • Board of Directors of several private companies

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