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Since it was founded in 1994, Atanaskovic Hartnell has been one of Australia’s pre-eminent firms practising in the media industry. The firm’s roster of clients over the years reads like a who’s who of the Australian media, having acted for Rupert Murdoch and News Corporation, Kerry Packer, and most extensively recently for Bruce Gordon and WIN Corporation.

The firm has unparalleled knowledge and experience of the Australian media industry and the complex ownership and control rules of the Broadcasting Services Act, has formidable deal-making experience, and has a reputation for excellence, inventiveness and a ruthless pursuit of our clients’ best interests.

Atanaskovic Hartnell also has a pre-eminent reputation in litigation, recently having successfully acted for Channel 7 in quashing warrants issued against it by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in connection with the Schapelle Corby matter and subsequently claiming damages against the AFP.

The firm also presently acts on behalf of former Leighton Holdings CEO, Wal King in defamation proceedings against the Fairfax press, in which Mr King has won the pre-trial battles to date.

Practice Areas

Corporate and Commercial – Media related mergers and acquisitions (both public takeovers and private sale and purchase agreements), capital markets, regulatory advice, joint ventures, licensing agreements, contract negotiations.

Litigation – Media related commercial litigation, administrative law, and defamation.

Notable Deals

Seven West Media - with regards to its Yahoo!7 joint venture with Yahoo!

USD890 million restructure and listing/flotation of TEN Network Holdings, including originating, structuring and negotiating proposal, obtaining ASX

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and FIRB approvals of "see through share" structure, AUD375 million public issue and acquisition of additional shares in TEN Group.

News Corporation - USD1,575 million joint venture with and investment by MCI Communications in News Corporation.


Litigation - Successfully acting for Seven West Media against the Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police in the quashing of five search warrants and four assistance orders, and the return of documents wrongly seized by the AFP pursuant to those invalid warrants, and suing the AFP in tort (for trespass based on the invalidity of those warrants).

Presently acting for Mr King (former CEO of Leighton Holdings) suing the publishers of several Fairfax newspapers in high-profile proceedings for defamation.


Sydney Office

Atanaskovic Hartnell House

Level 10,  75 - 85 Elizabeth Street

Sydney, N.S.W. 2000, Australia  

Contact: John Atanaskovic

T: +61 2 9777 7000

E:  jla@ah.com.au

London Office

3rd Floor, Birchin Court,

20 Birchin Lane,

London EC3V 9DU

United Kingdom

Contact: Jon Skene

T: +44 20 7629 8700

E:  jas@ah.com.au

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