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85 Castlereagh Street
NSW 2000

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  John Samaha



John Samaha is a litigation and regulatory defence lawyer. His clients are leading global and Australian corporations and financial institutions. He represents them in superior court litigation as well as regulatory cases and investigations involving ASIC, the ACCC and other Asia Pacific regulators.

John leads Allen & Overy’s litigation practice across Asia Pacific including Australia and is a member of the firm's Global Litigation Group Steering Committee.

According to leading independent market surveys Chambers and Legal 500, clients describe John as: "an extremely experienced and strategic practitioner" who is particularly praised for his "thorough and detailed approach" and his ability to "see all the aspects and make sure that all the bases are covered."  John is also described as a "client-focused" lawyer, especially valued for "cutting through the jargon and legalese" and "a consummate professional, highly knowledgeable and commercially minded". Both publications rank John among the leading dispute resolution lawyers in Australia.


defending the former CFO of a leading global miner in ASIC civic penalty proceedings involving impairment and disclosure issues

defending non-executive directors in a class action, claim involving prospectus and financial statement issues

successfully defending joint lead managers of a capital raising in a shareholder claim - [2016] NSWSC 1377 and [2013] NSWSC 1762

advising a global institution on insider trading and self-reporting

acting for a global bank on its FX trading investigation in Asia Pacific

successfully defending The Sage Group in the $200m+ claim by Archer Capital - [2015] FCA 960 and [2013] FCA 1098

representing traders, analysts and company officers in ASIC investigations

defending an airline in ACCC civil penalty proceedings - [2012] FCA 1413

advising on M&A completion and post completion disputes

John is on the board of the Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine and Cell Biology (affiliated with Sydney University and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital).

Professional qualifications

Admitted in all major Australian jurisdictions.

Academic qualifications

Sydney University (BA/LLB 1984) and the London School of Economics (LLM 1987).

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