John Xu is the Partner of Spectre Linkers. He is a key member of the firm’s highly regarded Financial Services practice, and for the overall leadership of the firm.
John has diverse experience acting for investors, foreign exchange brokers, financiers, and fund sponsors and managers in their Australian and Asia regional investment, development, financing and capital raising activities, including:
Domestic investment, developing and financing – involving advising on the sale and purchase of Australian financial and real estate assets (including structured and portfolio transactions), strategic and structured leasing initiatives, structured equity acquisition and development finance, joint ventures, partnership arrangements, stamp duty and general financial and related commercial matters.
Asia regional cross border investment – involving advising on foreign direct investment law and regulation, capital and foreign exchange control regulation, tax treaties and networks, and other critical legal considerations in the structuring and execution of cross border financial investment across the region.
Capital raising and financing – involving advising on the development and issue of real estate related equity, debt and hybrid instruments and products, through primary and secondary, and retail and wholesale, channels of the real estate capital markets.
Fund establishment, management and investment – involving advising on the structuring and establishment of finance related capital pooling and investment vehicles, deployment of capital, active management of investments and assets, and realisation and exit through public listing, liquidation of assets sale in the secondaries market and other means.
Prior to becoming Partner, John was Head of Financial Services at a highly regarded Law firm and, before then, was a solicitor in top-tier firm where he advised large corporates and other sophisticated clients on complex cross-border transactions.
Amanda Thadanabath is a lawyer in the areas of corporate law, commercial law and financial services.
Amanda graduated from a Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Technology Sydney, majoring in Accounting, in 2015. She was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and High Court of Australia in 2016. She joined the Spectre Linkers team in 2017.
She has experience in Australian Financial Services Licence (AFSL) applications and compliance matters, mergers and acquisitions, commercial contract drafting, Trade Mark applications and providing advice in relation to commercial matters and disputes.
OVERVIEW Mr Abdullah Altintop, Partner at Spectre Linkers, has extensive legal experience as a result of being in the industry for over ten years. Mr Altintop has long held a keen interest in the law alongside a passion for community engagement. He has a particular interest in International and Transnational law.
PHILOSOPHY Mr Altintop’s long held curiosity and passion for resolving complex problems has developed over the course of many years.
Mr Altintop holds a unique perspective: he believes difficult questions need both dedication and discipline in order to apply to achieve favourable outcomes. He has a personality that is curious and engaging. Mr Altintop’s passion for understanding reasons rather than taking actions on face value results in a deeper and more meaningful understanding of the situation at hand.
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND Mr Altintop completed Bachelor of Social Science (Legal and Dispute Studies) at RMIT in 2007. He went on to complete a Masters of Laws (Juris Doctor) in early 2010 at the same institution. He completed his Practical Legal Training at the Leo Cussons Centre for Law in late 2010.
In 2011, Mr Altintop’s enthusiasm for in engaging in frontier law resulted in commencement as a legal practitioner in a boutique suburban Melbourne law firm.
Two years later, Mr Altintop founded a legal practice based in Coburg, Melbourne. This later expanded to a second branch in Dandenong. Mr Altintop developed the practice from the ground up and provided organisational leadership, strategy and vision: instrumental to the practices’ success.
During this period, Mr Altintop engaged in numerous travels abroad and saw a plethora of opportunities in international private law. As a result, he developed a vast network of key personalities who shared his vision and saw prospects to coordinate international opportunities between various stakeholders.
After selling his share of the legal practice in early 2017, Mr Altintop commenced a new practice, Spectre Linkers. With offices in the heart of legal precincts in both Melbourne and Sydney, the most dynamic of commercial regions in Australia, Spectre Linkers is focused on developing prospective intentional opportunities. The practice at current serves a wide variety of clients concentrated in the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Europe.
Commercial and Corporate Law and Strategy
Private International Law
Advocacy and Commercial Engagement
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT Community engagement is something that comes naturally to Mr Altintop. In his free time, he enjoys meeting new people, building cross-cultural relationships, obtaining fresh perspectives and contributing towards a harmonious community. Mr Altintop sits on a number of international multilateral committee boards. One example is his position on the executive board for ZZZ community radio.
HOBBIES In his spare time, Mr Altintop enjoys engaging in sport (especially mountain climbing) and reading.
LANGUAGES Mr Altintop is fluent in both English and Turkish.
Ms Jie Tong
Ms Jie Tong has vast experience working in the legal profession. Her fields of expertise include Property law, Migration Law, Civil Litigation, Personal injury, Family law etc. She is a lawyer admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia. Ms Tong also has bachelor law degree in China, which enables her to have a great understanding of the operation of Chinese legal system.