Qantas taps corporate dealmaker as new top lawyer

written by australianaviation.com.au | July 23, 2012
Qantas will bring in a specialist in mergers and acquisitions as its new general counsel.

Qantas general counsel Brett Johnson will step down later this year and be replaced by a lawyer who has spent his career specialising in corporate mergers and acquisitions.

Andrew Finch will take over as general counsel effective November 1, the airline said in a statement today. Mr Finch is currently a partner at Sydney based commercial law firm Allens, where he  specialises in takeovers, mergers, business acquisitions, private equity and corporate restructurings, according to a biography on the law firm’s website.

Mr Finch represented Qantas in a later abandoned 2008 proposal to merge with British Airways, as well as in its response to a $10 billion private equity takeover offer led by Macquarie Bank and TPG in 2006 and 2007.

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Mr Johnson, the outgoing counsel, will assist with the transition and will remain with the airline as a consultant, Qantas said.

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