Andrew Johnson

Managing Partner

As Managing Partner and founder of AJ & Co Lawyers, Andrew Johnson (AJ) brings more than 24 years’ experience to the firm he established in 2016.

Throughout his career Andrew has provided invaluable counsel to some of Australia‘s largest companies and biggest projects. His skill set has seen him advise Top 50 ASX clients on complex property disposals and acquisitions, corporate governance and securities, investment schemes and capital raising exceeding $5 billion.

Andrew is a people person known for his endearing manner and problem solving abilities. He is an unapologetic perfectionist, with a keen eye for detail.

Expertise Includes:

Real Estate & Commercial

Andrew is a specialist in the real estate and commercial sector who delivers an unparalleled depth of commercial legal expertise that is unmatched in competing markets.

Like the business he created, Andrew is driven by values, accuracy, client satisfaction and always delivering value for money.

 

EXPERTISE

Andrew’s expertise includes:

  • major acquisitions and disposals, including contract and option drafting, negotiation, confidentiality and exclusivity agreements, and land sale disclosures for standalone and syndicated assets;
  • major leisure and commercial projects such as hotels, resorts, and entertainment facility developments;
  • residential and retail developments, including planning, engagement, and co-coordinator of consultants, agency appointments, contract preparation, and settlements (including structure advice, set up, and securities issues);
  • sale and acquisitions strategies and negotiations;
  • leasing and re-structuring in the commercial, retail, and industrial sectors on behalf of landlord and tenant and for property trusts and financiers;
  • joint ventures including incorporated and unincorporated, development, and finance procurement and advising on funding structures; and
  • listed and unlisted funds management including property trusts, syndication, capital raising, mezzanine funding, and securitisation.

Andrew’s ability to craft creative, proactive, and commercially beneficial outcomes delivers an unmatched level of client service and care.

 

EXPERIENCE

Recent transactions of note include:

  • acting as key legal adviser for the Pelligra Group in the acquisition of Mariner’s Cove site, Gold Coast;
  • advising both F.W. Estate Pty Ltd and AV Jennings Limited on their joint venture and development of a 1200 lot masterplan community at Riverton, Jimboomba;
  • acting as key legal adviser for the development and delivery of the Metroplex Westgate Masterplan Industrial development – a $1.5 billion industrial real estate transaction and capital raising in Brisbane (through a syndicated joint venture with an ASX listed property trust);
  • held a lead role representing Matsushita Investment and Development Corp (MID) in its $800 million sale of Chifley Tower, Plaza and Royal Pines Resort and Golf Course;
  • held a lead role representing Matsushita Investment and Development Corp (MID) in the $105 million sale of the ANA Hotel to the Raptis Group;
  • represented Thakral Holdings on its 37-storey, $100 million ‘Air On Broadbeach’ development on the Gold Coast;
  • represented Sunland Group Limited on the development and delivery of the $255 million, 78-storey, Q1 Tower on the Gold Coast; and
  • represented Thakral Corporation Limited on the $150 million Glades Development at Robina a private, resort-style complex featuring a golf course, clubhouse and residential facilities;
  • acting and advising Clarence Property Group in relation to the acquisition of industrial Greenfields site in Heathwood, Queensland circa $40 million; and
  • acting as key advisor for the introduction and sale of large industrial land in Yatala circa $50 million to private developer/investor.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor of Laws (Bond University)

Master of Laws (Bond University)

PARTNERS

Sarah Bird

Partner
Real Estate & Commercial

Jonathan Whybird

Partner
Corporate Advisory

Scott Stewart

Partner
Real Estate and Commercial | Planning and Environment

Jennie-Lee Schloffer

Partner
Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Marion Niestroj

Partner
Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Tracy Rafferty

Partner
Litigation & Dispute Resolution | Insolvency & Employment

TEAM

Darren Harvey

General Manager

David Stevens

Special Counsel
Real Estate & Commercial

Brian O’Shea

Special Counsel
Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Jodie Lonard

Special Counsel
Real Estate & Commercial

Jonathan Hitchcock

Special Counsel
Building & Construction

Tran Vuong

Special Counsel
Private Advisory & Estates

Sean Low

Senior Associate
Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Paul Baynes

Consultant
Real Estate & Commercial | Planning & Environment

Stephen Gray

Consultant
Private Advisory & Estates

Peter Macgregor

Consultant
Planning & Environment