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Geraldine Johns-Putra

Geraldine is a partner in the firm's Corporate / M&A practice in Melbourne.

Geraldine advises clients on M&A transactions across the spectrum of industries, including manufacturing, retail, technology, transport and logistics, and tourism. As a lawyer with almost 20 years' experience in Australia, Asia and the UK, Geraldine has acted on numerous multi-jurisdictional corporate transactions. She leads the firm's Japan practice.

Geraldine's cross-border experience ensures she is familiar with the issues that are key to foreign companies investing in Australia and Australian companies operating across Asia. Having spent almost a decade working in Asia, her expertise extends to areas essential to multinational clients in the Greater China region, including data privacy, competition and consumer law, anti-corruption and bribery matters, and brand and IP protection. She is co-author of the Hong Kong chapters of Joint Ventures Global Guide, International Business Acquisitions and Competition Law in the Asia-Pacific.

She has been recognised in the Chambers Asia Pacific guide as a leading individual. Clients say she is a "very practical and commercial lawyer" who "understands what it takes to get a deal done".

She is admitted as a solicitor in Victoria and New South Wales, Australia, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.

22 February 2017

In this edition of Higher Education Focus:

  • Remuneration Governance for Australian Universities
  • China’s new Foreign NGO Law: How will it impact Australian universities operating in China?
  • When the law says the employment relationship is over…
  • Globalisation of Higher Education – a guide for transnational higher education providers looking to operate in Australia
  • Commercial powers of Western Australian universities - the Universities Legislation Amendments Bill 2016 (WA)

22 February 2017

The Administrative Law on Activities of Overseas Non-government Organisations within the Territory of the People's Republic of China (Foreign NGO Law) came into effect on 1 January 2017. The Foreign NGO Law introduced significant registration and reporting requirements for foreign non-government organisations (Foreign NGOs) and granted the Ministry of Public Security broad investigative and enforcement powers. While the extent to which universities and other higher education providers may be exempt from the registration and reporting requirements under the new law remains uncertain, it is clear that foreign universities operating in China must prepare for unprecedented regulatory scrutiny and engage with authorities to manage compliance risks.

5 October 2016

MinterEllison is advising Hitachi Construction Machinery on its first public market takeover in Australia.

27 March 2015

Competition Law in Asia-Pacific: A Practical Guide assists in-house and specialist practitioners identify and understand key competition law issues in international transactions and everyday business operations.

10 March 2014

Minter Ellison has won a China Business Law 2013 Award for Energy, Projects & Infrastructure.