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Georgia Milne

BA, LLB (Hons), GDLP

Special Counsel - Sydney

Areas of Expertise

Corporate & Commercial Law, Data & Privacy, Mergers and Acquisitions

Expertise

Georgia is a corporate and commercial lawyer, advising clients across a diverse range of sectors, from fintechs, advertising, information technology and e-service providers to primary industries, government agencies, and peak representative bodies.

Georgia’s areas of expertise and practice focus on corporate governance, privacy and data law, mergers and acquisitions, and general commercial contracting and transactions.

Experience

Georgia’s recent experience includes:

Mergers and acquisitions

  • advising a national stevedoring operator in the due diligence, negotiation, acquisition, and sale of a stevedoring company
  • advising a national construction hire business on their acquisition by a US-based conglomerate
  • advising a global recruitment corporation on the due diligence, negotiation, and acquisition of a national recruitment services company
  • advising a national agribusiness on the sale and acquisition by a foreign-based agribusiness group.

Privacy and data law

  • advising various clients on data breaches, mandatory reporting, and privacy obligations
  • advising on and drafting commercial agreements for compliance with EU General Data Protection Regulation
  • drafting privacy policies and supporting internal policies and procedures to assist organisations to manage their privacy and data protection obligations.

Corporate Governance

  • advising national and state industry representative bodies on corporate governance, directors’ duties, regulatory compliance, internal restructures, and stakeholder management
  • assisting a global software company on an Australian corporate restructure and transitional arrangements
  • assisting a Singapore based private equity fund in the acquisition and structuring of Australian investment interests
  • advising private companies on corporate restructures, joint ventures, share buy-backs, and financial assistance.

Commercial

  • advising on, negotiating and drafting commercial agreements for the supply of goods and services including software, e-services, management and consultancy services, equipment hire, and referral agreements 
  • advising on consumer law compliance
  • advising on confidentiality and non-disclosure arrangements, contract disputes, and termination.

Membership

International Association of Privacy Professionals

NSW Society for Computers and the Law

NSW Law Society

Publications

24 March 2021 - Knowledge

Temporary amendments allowing virtual meetings and e-signing expire

#Corporate & Commercial Law

Relief measures introduced during COVID-19 to facilitate virtual meetings and electronic execution expired on 21 March 2021, with consideration of replacement legislation delayed to August.

24 March 2021 - Knowledge

Have your say on Director Identification Numbers

#Corporate & Commercial Law

With the introduction of Director Identification Numbers looming, the Treasury is now inviting submissions on the regulatory standards which will support and govern its implementation.

24 February 2021 - Knowledge

Virtual AGMs and e-signing measures extended and permanent changes on the way

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #COVID-19

The federal government has announced temporary relief permitting virtual AGMs and electronic execution of documents will be extended until 16 September 2021, with electronic execution reforms expected to be made permanent.

10 February 2021 - Knowledge

Illegal phoenixing reforms mean new restrictions on director resignations

#Corporate & Commercial Law

From 18 February 2021, directors who fail to promptly notify ASIC of their resignation could see their term artificially extended beyond their resignation date.

20 January 2021 - Knowledge

New consumer disclosure obligations for NSW suppliers – enforcement starts now

#Competition & Consumer Law

NSW suppliers are now required to notify consumers of any prejudicial contract terms or referral arrangements before providing goods or services to them.

21 October 2020 - Knowledge

Amendments to the Corporations Act – draft legislation released

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #COVID-19

The government has released draft legislation to amend the Corporations Act 2001, allowing the use of virtual meetings and electronic signatures to become permanent.

15 September 2020 - Knowledge

Are e-signing and virtual meetings here to stay?

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #COVID-19

An interim Senate report has recommended that temporary COVID changes to the Corporations Act, allowing for the use of electronic signatures and virtual shareholder meetings, be made permanent.

05 August 2020 - Knowledge

Relief extended for e-signing and virtual AGMs during COVID-19

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #COVID-19

Measures introduced in May 2020 to allow companies to both convene meetings and sign documents electronically will now be extended until March 2021.

22 July 2020 - Knowledge

The meaning of “consumer” is changing

#Competition & Consumer Law

From next July, many larger transaction customers will become entitled to the benefit of the consumer guarantees under the Australian Consumer Law, as the statutory value cap jumps to $100,000. How can businesses prepare for the change?

15 July 2020 - Knowledge

Advertising & Marketing Law: The vital importance of clearing pre-existing material (part 1)

#Technology, Media & Telecommunications

The use of celebrities, brands and other third party content in advertising is common, but not without risk. If you don’t take steps to properly clear and permission the material you use, you may be on the receiving end of expensive legal proceedings.

24 June 2020 - Knowledge

Director Identification Numbers are coming

#Corporate & Commercial Law

Over the next two years, multiple business registries will be consolidated into a single national register and identification numbers, designed to facilitate traceability, will become mandatory for company directors.

07 May 2020 - Knowledge

A green light to virtual AGMs and electronic signatures during COVID-19

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #COVID-19

Long awaited amendments to the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) took effect yesterday, giving companies the ability to run their AGMs electronically and to enable the use of electronic signatures

15 April 2020 - Knowledge

Ad Standards reiterates the importance of advertisements complying with community standards on health and safety

#Technology, Media & Telecommunications

A recent decision by the Ad Standards Community Panel confirms that even the smallest detail in an advertisement is important when considering compliance with prevailing community standards on health and safety.

11 February 2020 - Knowledge

New restrictions on director resignations and personal liability for GST introduced

#Corporate & Commercial Law

Long awaited reforms targeted at reducing illegal phoenix activities were passed by Parliament this week, with director accountability front and centre.

10 December 2019 - Knowledge

The bill is back – legislation on Director Identification Numbers resurrected

#Corporate & Commercial Law

The Government has reintroduced a lapsed legislation regarding registrations for Australian company directors. We outline what’s changed in this bill.

23 October 2019 - Knowledge

Privacy in 2019: Breaches are up but fines are down?

#Data & Privacy

In our last instalment on the IAPP EY 2019 Privacy Governance Report, we look at why enforcement actions don’t catch up with the high number of data breaches.

16 October 2019 - Knowledge

Privacy in 2019: A growing demand for individuals accessing their personal data

#Data & Privacy

Results from the 2019 Privacy Governance Report released by EY and the International Association of Privacy Professionals are telling. We deep dive into the chapter devoted to data subject requests, also known as data subject access requests, and consider what is happening in the US and the EU with individuals seeking access to their data and how it is impacting businesses.

09 October 2019 - Knowledge

Privacy in 2019: Who’s in your privacy team?

#Data & Privacy

In the second of our series on the IAPP EY Privacy Report, we look at the global trends and changing face of privacy management within organisations, and the long-running question of where privacy should, and does, fit within the executive management team.

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