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Expertise

Jeanne is qualified to practise in both Australia and France (avocat). She speaks fluent French and English.

Jeanne has over 15 year’s experience advising 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
  • 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. She has advised the boards and senior management of private entities (of all sizes) 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 Risen Energy on the sale of the largest solar farm in Western Australia 
  • 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 investment review

  • advising foreign investors on applications to Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB)
  • advising European, Asian and North American multi-national companies on their foreign investment and other activities in Australia as regulated by the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975 (Cth), the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Regulation 2015 (Cth), the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018 (Cth), and the Federal Government’s Foreign Investment Policy
  • advising on notification of foreign investment in Australia in respect of notifiable actions, notifiable national security actions, significant actions and reviewable national security actions 
  • advising on notification to the registrar of foreign ownership of Australian assets in respect of interests in land, Australian entities and business assets
  • advising foreign companies on applications for exemption certificates in relation to acquisitions of interests in Australian land, assets and securities
  • advising foreign investors on obligations arising under the Australian Energy Sector Cyber Security Framework (AESCSF) and Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018 (Cth) (SOCI Act).

Cross-border commercial and regulatory advice

  • 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 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 establishment

providing general legal support to Australian and international clients on a wide range of matters covering company set up, contract law, and immigration law.

Disputes

  • 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

  • advising on advising on information sharing including appropriate confidentiality agreements, terms of use and collection notices
  • advising on compliance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) including data breach planning, privacy complaints and responses
  • 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.

Publications

28 July 2022 - Knowledge

Australia doubles its foreign investment application fees

#Corporate & Commercial Law

From 29 July 2022, all fees payable for a foreign investment application lodged with FIRB will double. The lowest applicable fee will rise from $2,000 to $4,000, and the highest applicable fee will rise from $522,500 to $1.045 million. An additional increase of penalties for non-compliance with Australia’s foreign investment framework is likely to follow.

13 July 2022 - Knowledge

Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018 – where are all the compliance timeframes?

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #Data & Privacy

We discuss the SOCI Act’s timeframes for compliance and when certain obligations under the legislation begin applying to your business.

29 June 2022 - Knowledge

New and improved SOCI Act: Initial observations

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #Data & Privacy

As the dust finally settles on the suite of amendments to the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act, we share some initial observations about how the regime impacts critical infrastructure entities and what these entities need to be mindful of when managing critical infrastructure assets in Australia.

24 November 2021 - Knowledge

Security of Critical Infrastructure Act – the past, present and future

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #Data & Privacy

The passage of the Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2021 in Parliament this week will see key amendments made to the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018. We consider the likely impact of these changes on owners and operators of relevant critical infrastructure assets.

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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