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Expertise

Trent is a Brisbane-based Partner in Holding Redlich’s Corporate and Commercial Group.

Trent assists local and international corporations, property trusts and entrepreneurs engaged in the agribusiness, technology, franchising and service industries.

Trent helps clients with mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate governance and procurement issues. Trent has advised on many recent high profile and significant M&A deals in Queensland, including investment in cattle producers, tourism operators, software providers and quick service restaurant chains.

Trent adopts a commercial approach in his advice and dealings. He is also able to draw upon expertise in intellectual property, trade mark, copyright, licensing and franchising matters. 

Experience

Trent’s recent transaction experience includes:

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • agribusiness — advising significant Queensland agribusiness in connection with joint venture with foreign pension fund
  • agribusiness — advising New Hope Investment Fund in connection with acquisition of Kilcoy abattoir 
  • tourism — advising China Capital Investment Group in connection with purchase of Daydream Island
  • franchising — advising the owners of Pizza Capers franchise system in connection with its sale to Retail Food Group Ltd (ASX:RFG)
  • aviation —advising TAE in connection with a purchase of an avionics business
  • mining services — member of a team advising AJ Lucas in connection with the sale of its underground drilling business to Industrea
  • professional services — advising the owners of accounting firms and a patent attorney in connection with business sales
  • technology — advising in connection with numerous business sales, including acquisition of Map Data Services by Esri Australia
  • telecommunications — advising Reverse Corp Limited (ASX:REF) in connection with acquisitions and dispositions of business divisions
  • transport —advising Queensland Rail in connection with the purchase of IFE Bulk Solutions business
  • transport —advising QR National in connection with the sale of its specialty chemicals business and the purchase of the food transport division of Pittman Transport.

Corporate/Joint Venturing

  • advising large corporations in connection with shareholder agreements and partnership agreements.

Technology

  • licensing — advising a large software reseller in connection with licensing agreements with all levels of Government in Australia, including Government Owned Corporations
  • online retailing — advising online retailers and service providers in connection with website terms and conditions, privacy policies, terms of use, terms of supply and terms of sale.

Trade Marks

  • intellectual property — advising a Superannuation Property Trust in connection with branding and trade mark issues for its property portfolio, including in connection with its major Queensland developments
  • franchising — advising franchised/business systems in connection with trade marks issues.

Franchising

  • advising noodle, coffee and Mexican franchised business systems in connection with franchising and commercial matters.

Manufacturing/Distribution

  • advising international distributor of chemicals in connection with the restructure of its distribution model within Australia and drafting and negotiating related procurement contracts. 

Business Structuring/Agribusiness

  • advising a number of owners of various rural businesses in connection with business structuring and business succession issues.

Personal Property Securities Laws/Australian Consumer Law

  • assisting clients in implementing procedures for compliance with personal security and consumer laws.


During January to March 2011, Trent was seconded as Acting General Counsel for AJ Lucas Coal Technologies Pty Ltd, a mining service contractor (ASX:AJL).

Trent was also a member of a team advising the Queensland Government in connection with the sale of its interests in the Brisbane, Cairns and Mackay Airports. Trent has also acted for Campbell Brothers (as it then was) on the acquisition of ACIRL and for Teys Bros on the acquisition of a business from Receivers and Managers.

Prior to joining Holding Redlich, Trent acted as company secretary for investment banks, insurers, re-insurers and property development companies based in the Middle East.

Publications

09 September 2020 - Knowledge

Practical tips for directors – how to manage and minimise risks at a board level

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #Corporate restructuring

For anyone who is a director or considering an appointment, it is worth refreshing your understanding of exactly what "directors and officers" are responsible for. We provide an overview of the duties of directors and some practical steps directors can take to ensure compliance.

13 May 2020 - Knowledge

New foreign investment proposals during COVID-19 recovery: Key considerations for prospective investors

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #COVID-19

Are you looking to submit a new foreign investment proposal to the Foreign Investment Review Board? Read our checklist to ensure you meet the approval requirements in the current circumstances.

29 April 2020 - Knowledge

Privacy update: OAIC guidance on managing employee and visitor health information during COVID-19

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #Data & Privacy, #COVID-19

Many organisations have been implementing or expanding remote working arrangements for employees as a response to COVID-19. However, organisations must continue to manage personal information in accordance with legal requirements relating to privacy.

04 March 2020 - Knowledge

Is the coronavirus infecting your business contracts?

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #COVID-19

With the threat of coronavirus reaching Australian shores and a declaration of a global pandemic looming, it is important that you consider the impact the crisis is likely to have on your commercial and contractual arrangements.

27 February 2019 - Knowledge

Franchisors beware: Multimillion dollar penalty for Ultra Tune

#Competition & Consumer Law

Franchisors need to exercise a degree of care with the franchise sales process and comply at all times with the disclosure requirements of the Franchising Code of Conduct. Recently, the Federal Court has handed down a landmark decision against franchisor Ultra Tune for failure to comply with “minimum franchisor obligations”.