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Jeanne Vallade

Expertise

Jeanne is an experienced Corporate and Commercial lawyer, qualified lawyer (avocat) in France (Paris Bar) and Australia (Queensland Bar) with 15 years’ combined experience in France and Australia. Jeanne speaks fluent French and English.

Jeanne advises on complex transactional and regulatory matters, including:

  • cross-border and domestic mergers & acquisitions (private acquisitions and disposals, off-market takeovers, capital reductions and share buy-backs)
  • foreign investment in Australia including investment approvals
  • corporate governance and regulatory compliance
  • equity capital markets – debt and equity raisings and restructures
  • privacy and data law – GDPR and Australian privacy laws
  • international succession and estate planning.

Before joining Holding Redlich, Jeanne held several in-house and legal advisory positions both in Australia and France, and has advised the boards and senior management of small private entities as well as ASX 200 and CAC 40 companies.

Jeanne is an active member of the board of the French-Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. With her unique cultural and language capabilities, Jeanne is a trusted advisor to clients from French-speaking markets. She is also renowned for forming close and long-standing relationships with clients from all over the world.

Experience

Jeanne’s recent experience in corporate and commercial matters includes:

Cross-border mergers & acquisitions

  • advising a renewable energy company on the sale of multiple utility-scale solar farms in Australia to a foreign entity
  • advising a French agro-sciences group on the negotiation and acquisition of an R&D and distribution business for industrial research and agronomy services
  • advising on the acquisition of an Australian oyster farming business
  • advising a French agri-business on the acquisition of a New Zealand business through their Australian-based agribusiness subsidiary
  • advising on an equity transfer in an Australia subsidiary from a US based holding company to a US based agricultural cooperative.

Foreign investments

  • advising foreign investors in relation to Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB). 
  • assisting a Norwegian global software company on their corporate activities in Australia and New Zealand, including preparing reseller and distribution agreements with major Australian universities, advising on regulatory obligations and assisting with bids and RFIs
  • advising Australian entities of foreign investors in relation to negotiating and drafting of commercial contracts, service agreements and distribution arrangements
  • advising French and Chinese-based entities on corporate governance, shareholder matters, directors’ duties and regulatory compliance
  • advising a Swiss Stock Exchange listed corporation on the engineering activities carried out by its Australian and UK subsidiaries in France
  • acting for private and corporate foreign investors in relation to matters involving regulatory compliance, approvals and dealing with regulators under Australia’s foreign investment regime
  • acting for New Caledonian investor on regulatory compliance, importation approvals and distribution of electric vehicles in Australia
  • advising on synchronisation of financial years between Australian entities of a US holding company.

International succession and estate planning

  • acting for Australian legatees on a complex French estate administration
  • acting on a complex international private law matter in respect of Australian estate administration of French, French Pacific  Territories and Australian assets, including superannuation funds
  • assisting extensive number of private clients with French apostille and certification process in Australia
  • advising Australian private clients on the sale and acquisition of French real estate.

Company set up to crisis management

  • providing general legal support to Australian and international clients on a wide range of matters covering company set up, contract law, and immigration law
  • advising on domestic and cross-border corporate, commercial and employment-related disputes (New Caledonia, France, Norway, US, China, Australia)
  • settling shareholder disputes in a broad range of SMEs
  • advising on enforcement of French judgments in an Australian court
  • advising on a complex international construction-related arbitration dispute.

Privacy and data law

  • drafting and advising on cross-border transfers of personal data agreements for Australian subsidiaries of international corporations
  • advising on compliance with and articulation between Australian and international privacy law including the EU General Data Protection Regulation
  • drafting privacy policies and internal policies and procedures, including advising on the most effective ways of achieving privacy by designing the implementation of internal processes and procedures
  • acting for corporates in relation to privacy and data protection obligations and enforcement, including employees data right privacy safeguards and associated regulatory powers.

ASX

Jeanne is an experienced capital markets lawyer, acting for issuers, underwriters and investors, in restructure, debt and equity raisings.

Equity capital markets

  • assisting a Singapore-based private equity fund in the acquisition and structuring of an Australian listed company
  • acting on an exchange offer and re-issue of $50 million notes guaranteed by the issuer of the initial notes
  • acting for a residential property development and construction entity on an off-market share buy-back
  • advising an equity investment, funds management and financial services entity on an in-specie distribution of shares held in another ASX-listed entity
  • acting as a member of a due diligence committee for a debt refinancing transaction.

Mergers and acquisitions

  • advising on $230 million asset sale, restructuring strategy, process and implementation procedure
  • drafting documentation to obtain shareholder approval for a significant transaction and for an asset sale involving related parties
  • preparing ASX submissions under Chapters 7 and 11 of Listing Rules
  • advising on complex continuous disclosure requirements relating to asset disposals
  • advising several Chinese listed entities on the corporate and regulatory compliance of Australian groups in the context of potential offshore takeovers.

Corporate governance and regulatory compliance

  • providing recommendations for improvement on existing constitutions, and preparing documentation for shareholder meetings to obtain approvals for constitution updates
  • advising on establishment of independent board committees and preparing respective charters for an off-market share buy-back
  • preparing waiver applications from issuing prospectuses in respect of capital reductions
  • preparing ASX announcements and ASIC notifications
  • advising on ASIC investigation including in respect of insider trading.

Publications

21 July 2021 - Knowledge

Changes to national security and critical infrastructure laws in 2021: Understanding the regime and the Treasurer’s new powers (Part 1)

#Corporate & Commercial Law

Major changes to Australia’s foreign investment regulatory regime have now been in place for seven months. Although complex, these changes are important to foreign investments in Australia. In this series, we navigate the changes and consider their implications on foreign investment through a series of short articles.

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