John Hutchinson


Qualifications: BA Jurisprudence (Hons)



John has more than 25 years’ experience as a corporate and commercial lawyer.

Having worked on deals in Australasia, Europe and the United States, John has extensive corporate and funds transactional experience. Primarily, his work has focused on property fund mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings and secondary capital raisings, fund restructurings, and the launch of wholesale and retail syndicates and joint ventures. He has substantial experience in structuring, managing and executing offshore transactions.

John has strong technical expertise in the property funds sector, having advised on real estate portfolio and corporate acquisitions, transactional activity for wholesale and retail unlisted funds and related regulatory, governance and compliance matters.

With senior in-house experience through the global financial crisis, John has a unique perspective on the commercial and regulatory pressures that confront boards and management in the Australian market.

John has been recognised in The Best Lawyers in Australia in Equity Capital Markets Law, Funds Management, Investment Funds, Corporate/Governance Practice, Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Law every year since 2014. He is also is a recommended Corporate/M&A lawyer in Victoria in Doyle's Guide to the Australian Legal Profession.


  • Acting for Moelis Australia in its A$29.5 million acquisition of real estate funds manager, Armada Funds Management.
  • Advising on the formation by IPO of several listed A-REITs and subsequent capital raisings.
  • Acting on the merger of various listed A-REITs, including by trust schemes of arrangement and regulated takeovers and transaction management of takeover bids of US listed property REITs.
  • Acting for underwriters on numerous IPOs, rights issues, accelerated entitlement offers and placements.
  • Acting on the acquisition of various Australian and United States property funds management companies.
  • Acting on the establishment, operation and buyout of several Australian and United States funds management joint ventures.
  • Acting on the sale of Australian general and life insurance entities.

Professional Membership

  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Corporations Committee of the Law Council of Australia
  • Law Society of England & Wales

Latest thinking

Thinking | 19 Dec 2017

Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Royal Commission update

On 18 December 2017 the Governor-General issued Letters Patent to the Honourable Ken Hayne AC QC formally establishing the Banking and Financial Services Royal Commission. As anticipated, the Letters Patent generally follow the draft terms of reference released a few weeks ago, which we initially reported on here. However, in addition to clarifying the wording of the draft terms, the Letters Patent contain some key departures from the draft terms of reference.