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John Edstein

John Edstein


Phone: (02) 9291 7141

International Phone: (+61 2) 9291 7141

Location: Sydney


John brings significant skill and experience across many areas of practice including Superannuation, Tax, Trusts, Managed Investment Schemes, Life Insurance and Financial Services.

He joined Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers in 2015 and brings extensive experience in the commercial sector, including his ongoing membership of prominent corporate boards including Rest, Macquarie Investment Management Limited and Perpetual Equity Investment Company Limited.

He brings a wealth of practising experience including 23 years as a partner at King & Wood Mallesons. Highlights of his work include:

  • The demerger of CSR in 2003, advising the trustee of the corporate superannuation fund in relation to the splitting of defined benefit funding liabilities between CSR and the newly demerged Rinker Group;
  • The superannuation aspects of AMP’s demutualisation over a 2-3 year period;
  • Complex Tax and regulatory projects for life insurers involving millions in Tax and regulatory capital the allocation of $200m of superannuation fund surplus between CSR and fund beneficiaries between 1994 and 1996.

John says the great inspirations in his legal career include the leading jurists of the Supreme, Federal and High Courts and renowned legal academic, the late Professor Ross Parsons.

“Everyone at Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers has been extremely welcoming and friendly, which is clearly a cultural attribute. I am also equally impressed, albeit not surprised, with the strong sense of empathy and humanity that the firm has, which is also reflected in the client base.”

Key Professional Achievements

  • Establishment of his own firm in 1982 called Townsend & Edstein.
  • A Masters in Law from 1981 to 1983.
  • 23 years as a Partner at King & Wood Mallesons.
  • Membership on the boards of some of Australia’s leading corporations and funds.

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