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William Kontaxis

BBus, JD, MTax

Special Counsel - Sydney

Areas of Expertise

Corporate & Commercial Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Finance

Expertise

William is an experienced corporate transactions lawyer and represents both private and public sector clients operating across a wide mix of industries. He is a commercially-focused problem solver and acts in all aspects of corporate transactions, including:

  • mergers and acquisitions
  • corporate structuring
  • capital reductions and share buy-backs
  • private capital raisings
  • private lending and security arrangements
  • finance facilities
  • shareholder and joint venture agreements
  • shareholder disputes
  • commercial agreements.

Experience

William’s experience includes:

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • advised one of Australia’s biggest independent hydraulics and water business on a majority sale to Allegro Funds and a subsequent bolt-on
  • advised Regional Radiology Group on its sale to I-MED Radiology, a medical imaging and radiology clinic network
  • advised the owners of a market-leading Australian pharmaceutical product on the sale of its business to a listed New Zealand healthcare products wholesaler and distributor
  • advised the owners of a national wholesale tyre distributor on the sale of its business to a trade buyer with extensive national and international operations
  • advised a first-time investor on his acquisition of a bespoke booking service website and business

International

  • advised Japanese-headquartered insurance group Tokio Marine on its acquisition of a specialist underwriting agency operating in the bank assurance market from management shareholders and Insurance Australia Group
  • advised Japanese-headquartered insurance group Tokio Marine on its acquisition of a specialist underwriting agency in the accident and travel insurance space from Insurance Australia Group
  • advised a privately-owned US business on its acquisition of an Australian based global manufacturer of products for the irrigation and outdoor lighting manufacturing sectors
  • advised a US technology business on its entry into the Australian market through the acquisition of a respected IT services provider.

Banking & Finance

  • advised a well-known private lender on its acquisition, refinance and construction loan and security transactions with property developers
  • advised a leading FMCG business on a $50+ million finance facility from a Big 4 bank
  • advised a property developer on a $100+ million finance facility from an overseas lender
  • advised a leading property developer on multiple acquisition and refinance facilities from various private lenders across its property portfolio
  • advised the Malaysian branch of an international bank on security arrangements with an Australian guarantor.

Corporate

  • advised a leading property developer on the establishment of a managed investment scheme
  • advised a prominent Australian gemstone dealer on a share buy-back and share subdivision
  • advised the major investor on the establishment of a joint-venture for the launch of an innovative online business
  • advised a leading Australian steel distributor on a complex corporate restructure.

Membership

Law Society of New South Wales

Publications

11 August 2020 - Knowledge

Directors duties still relevant: A friendly reminder in the age of COVID-19

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #Corporate restructuring, #COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have far-reaching consequences, company directors must continue to ensure they understand the duties they owe to their companies, shareholders and creditors.

28 July 2020 - Knowledge

No excuse for flawed fund advertising and disclosure materials during COVID-19

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #COVID-19

If your managed investment scheme is advertised as ‘high yield’ or ‘low risk’, now is the time to reconsider your advertising material, website and product disclosure statements to avoid ASIC’s enforcement action.

07 April 2020 - Knowledge

My business’s keeper: 10 ways to ‘work on your business, not in it’ to come out firing after a downturn

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #COVID-19

We look at how businesses can use these unprecedented times as an opportunity to strategise and improve business processes, systems and structure to come out of a downturn or ‘hibernation’ stronger than ever.

25 March 2020 - Knowledge

ASIC refocuses priorities to face COVID-19 challenges

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #COVID-19

ASIC has moved quickly to refocus its priorities for the coming months as COVID-19 impacts Australian companies.

30 September 2019 - Knowledge

How to sell your business without losing business: Signing is just the beginning (Part 4)

#Corporate & Commercial Law

In the last of our four-part series on selling your business without losing business, we provide some useful tips for navigating the post-signing or pre-completion phase as smoothly and pain-free as possible.

23 September 2019 - Knowledge

How to sell your business without losing business: The pre-sale restructure (Part 3)

#Corporate & Commercial Law

As a business grows, it is not uncommon for new companies to be added to the ‘group’ in a piecemeal fashion. This can lead to a needlessly complex corporate structure without proper regard for the long-term goals of the group or its majority owners.

16 September 2019 - Knowledge

How to sell your business without losing business: Assembling your A-team (Part 2)

#Corporate & Commercial Law

This second of our four-part series on selling a business without losing business looks at who owners should recruit to their crack commando unit, and when to pull them in to facilitate a smooth and successful sale.

09 September 2019 - Knowledge

How to sell your business without losing business: Regular housekeeping (Part 1)

#Corporate & Commercial Law

Selling a business can be a full-time job. We share the steps owners can take at different stages in the business sale cycle to prepare and seal the deal – without losing business in a four-part series, starting with five tips that will make a business 'sale ready'.

27 November 2018 - Knowledge

Loan ranger: Five tips for private lending in Australia

#Corporate & Commercial Law

The private lending space in Australia is booming. Borrowers seeking short to medium term finance are finding it increasingly difficult to secure funding from traditional channels. Here are five practical tips for lenders targeting opportunities in this space.