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Expertise

Chris represents corporations and the trustees of superannuation funds on a wide range of commercial and corporate issues. These include:

  • corporate governance
  • corporate and investment structures
  • acquisitions and divestments
  • equity raising and debt financing
  • investment management.

Experience

Chris is currently a director of the Clemenger Group, City West Water and VicForests. He is also a director of the Barnett Foundation, a not-for-profit which develops and provides crisis and affordable housing in Melbourne. He is the immediate past Chair of LawExchange International and a member of its Executive Committee. Former positions include deputy chair of Barwon Water (and chair of the Risk Committee), deputy chair of VicTrack (and chair of the Audit and Risk and Property Committee), chair of the Australian Film Finance Corporation (now Screen Australia), chair of Film Victoria, chair of the Australian Communities Foundation and trustee of the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Publications

21 May 2019 - Knowledge

Federal election 2019: Our expert analysis

#Construction & Infrastructure, #Corporate & Commercial Law, #Data & Privacy, #Immigration Law, #Planning, Environment & Sustainability, #Renewable Energy, #Superannuation, Funds Management & Financial Services, #Taxation – Disputes & Litigation, #Workplace Relations & Safety

After a momentous weekend in federal politics, all eyes are now turning to what policies are set to be delivered and what their impact will be on business and the economy.

07 May 2019 - Knowledge

New whistleblower protections – are you ready?

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #Workplace Relations & Safety

New whistleblower legislation will significantly expand protection for ‘eligible whistleblowers’ who report wrongdoing in the corporate sphere. The legislation also provides deadlines for certain companies to have a Whistleblower Policy in place, with significant penalties for non-compliance.

09 April 2019 - Knowledge

Financial reporting thresholds for large proprietary companies to increase

#Corporate & Commercial Law

Changes to the financial thresholds that determine when a private company is considered 'large' for reporting purposes were approved by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on 5 April 2019.