Geraldine Johns-Putra
I am a partner in the firm's Corporate / M&A practice in Melbourne. As a lawyer with 20 years' experience in Australia, Asia and the UK, I advise on M&A transactions and corporate governance.
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Building on my background as an experienced corporate lawyer, I advise clients on evolving corporate governance matters, including ESG (environmental, social and governance), directors' duties in managing multiple stakeholder interests and the intersection of business and human rights. I have a particular interest in governance in the financial services sector.

I am legal adviser to B Lab, a non-profit advocating for a statutory model in Australia for purpose-led companies and their boards. This is part of a global law reform agenda that grew from the ‘B-Corporation’ movement in the United States. I keenly follow developments in corporate governance laws and practice in Australia and internationally. I draw upon the latest thinking in this area when advising clients on governance issues and transactions.

I have been recognised in Chambers Asia Pacific guide as a leading individual, cited as a "very practical and commercial lawyer" who "understands what it takes to get a deal done".

Career highlights

  • I advised a major bank on an APRA-mandated self-assessment into its governance, accountability and culture policies and frameworks across its Australian operations.
  • I acted for the Australian arm of a global not-for profit organisation which campaigns and advocates for corporate law reform to establish alternative governance models for profit-with-purpose companies.
  • I advised an Aboriginal corporation as managing partner and founding member of the world's first academic health science centre focussed on advancing Aboriginal health, including establishing appropriate corporate form and governance frameworks and advising on funding arrangements with the Commonwealth Government.
  • I advised Baker Health and Diabetes Institute on the sale of shares in not-for-profit clinical research company Nucleus Networks Limited to private equity buyer Crescent Capital Partners.
  • My cross-border experience ensures I am 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, my 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.
  • I was seconded to a major bank working on its engagement with and responses to ASIC’s Close and Continuous Monitoring Program. 
  • I am co-author of the Hong Kong chapters of Joint Ventures Global Guide, International Business Acquisitions and Competition Law in the Asia-Pacific.
  • I am admitted as a solicitor in Victoria and New South Wales, Australia; Hong Kong; and the United Kingdom.