John Toigo | Partner | Brisbane

  • Business Transactions
  • Corporate Transactions & Compliance
  • Foreign Investment
  • Mining & Resources
Tel 61 7 3001 9203Mob 0419 786 174Email j.toigo@clarkekann.com.au

John is our Chairman and leads the firm's Corporate Transactions & Compliance, Foreign Investment and Mining & Resources teams.

His 28 years' experience as a corporate lawyer span capital raisings, mergers and acquisitions, companies and securities regulation, major commercial transactions, joint ventures, and resources projects. He advises growth companies, and investors in them, from start-up to exit.

Over the last 20 years John has developed the leading Taiwanese project investment legal practice in Australia. He is Vice Chairman of the Australia-Taiwan Business Council, a trusted advisor to major Taiwanese corporations, and an active director of their Australian based investment companies, and sits on a number of coal and iron ore joint ventures.

John is independently ranked as one of Queensland's top corporate lawyers (Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession), and is known for his commercial approach and "can-do" attitude.

Experience

Business Transactions

  • Business Equity Fund

    Investments in Light Knights Entertainment, ArCor Medical and Bestcare Petfoods Pty Ltd.
  • Queensland Fruit & Vegetable Growers Limited (Growcom)

    Restructure and transition of primary producer's statutory authority to an industry owned not for profit peak representative body as a company limited by guarantee.

Corporate Transactions & Compliance

  • Anteo Diagnostics Limited (ASX:ADO)

    • Rights issue prospectuses
    • Share Purchase Plans
    • Employee Share Option Plan
    • Corporate compliance including various shareholder approvals.
  • Avocados Australia Limited

    Restructure from an incorporate association to a not for profit company limited by guarantee.
  • BDS Technical Services Group

    Restructure and sale of the BDS Group with operations in Australia, UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Thailand and India via an LBO.
  • Titeline Energy Pty Ltd

    Sale of Titeline Energy Pty Ltd to WDS Limited, a company listed on ASX.

Foreign Investment

  • China Steel Corporation

    • Roy Hill Iron Ore Project - advised on China Steel’s acquisition of 2.5% interest in this Project via a Korean/Japanese/Taiwan consortium (including POSCO and Marubeni) and assumption of syndicated debt.
    • ArcelorMittal’s Labrador Trough Iron Ore Project (Canada) – assisted on China Steel’s acquisition (with POSCO) of an interest in ArcelorMittal’s Labrador Trough iron ore mining and infrastructure assets in Canada for US$1.1 billion. 
    • Advised on establishment of the Sonoma Coal Joint Venture.
  • Formosa Plastics Group

    • FMG Iron Bridge Joint Project - US$1.15 billion investment in the FMG Iron Bridge Joint Venture formed with Fortescue Metals Group Limited to develop the Iron Bridge Project, a major magnetite iron ore deposit in the Pilbara Region of Western Australia.
    • Lenton Coal Project - Advised on establishment of the Lenton Joint Venture with New Hope Corporation.
  • Primero Mining Corp

    Advised on the acquisition of Cerro Resources NL via scheme of arrangement with transaction value circa $120 million to secure the gold assets of the Cerro del Gallo Project in Mexico.
  • Richmond Dairies Joint Venture 

    Joint venture between Fast Freeze International Limited (UK) and Norco Co-operative Limited for production and sale of frozen cream for international markets.

Mining & Resources

  • China Steel Corporation

    • Roy Hill Iron Ore Project - advised on China Steel's acquisition of 2.5% interest in this Project via a Korean/Japanese/Taiwanese consortium (including POSC and Marubeni) and assumption of syndicated debt.
    • ArcelorMittal's Labrador Trough Iron Ore Project (Canada) - assisted in China Steel's acquisition (with POSCO) of an interest in ArcelorMittal's Labrador Trough iron ore mining and infrastructure assets in Canada for US$1.1 billion.
    • Advised on establishment of the Sonoma Coal Joint Venture.
  • Custom Mining Limited

    Negotiation and documentation of the sale of the Middlemount Coal deposit held by Custom Mining to Macarthur Coal Limited ($275 million).
  • Formosa Plastics Group

    • FMG Iron Bridge Joint Project - US$1.15 billion investment in the FMG Iron Bridge Joint Venture formed with Fortescue Metals Group Limited to develop the Iron Bridge Project, a major magnetite iron ore deposit in the Pilbara Region of Western Australia.
    • Lenton Coal Project - Advised on establishment of the Lenton Joint Venture with New Hope Corporation.
  • Primero Mining Corp

    Advised on the acquisition of Cerro Resources NL via scheme of arrangement with transaction value circa $120 million to secure the gold assets of the Cerro del Gallo Project in Mexico.

Articles

People

Partners, Steven Cardell and Paul O’Dea were recently listed in Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession - Leading Property and Real Estate Lawyers – Brisbane 2016. To make this list requires feedback from various sources but most importantly our clients. We thank our clients for that valuable input and look forward to assisting in your continued property growth.  VIEW MORE

Expertise

ClarkeKann has received the Australia-Taiwan Business Excellence Award for our efforts promoting and advising on most of the major investments from Taiwan into Australia over the last 20 years. Click below for more details about Foreign InvestmentVIEW MORE

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