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Corporate & Commercial Law

We bring the right people with the right skills together to successfully conclude any transaction

Corporate & Commercial Law

We have a strong national Corporate & Commercial group. We don’t over-engineer, instead we bring the right people with the right skills together to successfully conclude any transaction. This approach has earned us a reputation for creativity and innovation. Our partners are involved in every deal, from contact through to completion and as a group, we have in-depth knowledge of a wide range of industries in which our clients operate.

Expertise

We work with our clients across the full spectrum of Corporate and Commercial law, including:

We also have a dedicated national Procurement practice group that provides services to a range of government and private sector clients. Please click here to see full details.

Experience

  • acting in Structural Monitoring Systems Plc acquisition of Anodyne Electronic Manufacturing Corp
  • acting in Panorama Synergy Ltd’s acquisition of Hydrix as part of vertical integration play
  • acting for a Singapore listed company on the proposed $60m takeover bid of Guildford Coal Limited
  • acting for LionGold Corp Limited in the $65m takeover of Castlemaine Goldfields Limited
  • acting for Blumont Group Ltd in relation to the $32m takeover of Genesis Resources Limited
  • acting for Blumont Group Ltd in the $55m takeover of Merlin Diamonds Limited
  • acting for Affinity Education Group Limited on multiple acquisitions and divestments of child care centres throughout Australia
  • acting for the Fresh Produce Group’s acquisition of Tumut Grove Citrus
  • acting for Frasers Property on the sale of a commercial property and hotel development at its landmark Central Park development in Chippendale
  • acting for the owners of Associated Grain on the sale to Agrocorp
  • acting for Hong Kong Uniasia in the acquisition of the MOR cosmetics business
  • acting for CaterCare Group in the buy-out by CHAMP Ventures
  • advising SKY UK on the sale of Australian News Channel to News Corporation.

Recent Posts

15 December 2020 - Knowledge

Franchisors take care! Further penalties and obligations under the Franchising Code for 2021 (part 2)

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #Competition & Consumer Law

In our second instalment, we examine how the proposed changes to the Franchising Code could affect the operation of the franchised business system, termination rights and dispute resolution processes under franchise agreements.

15 December 2020 - Knowledge

Review to simplify Australia’s corporations and financial services legislation announced

#Corporate & Commercial Law

The Australian Law Reform Commission has announced it will undertake a three-year review aimed at simplifying the notoriously complex laws that regulate corporations and financial services in Australia.

09 December 2020 - Knowledge

Franchisors take care! Further penalties and obligations under the Franchising Code for 2021 (part 1)

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #Competition & Consumer Law

We kick-off a two-part series for franchisors examining the government’s proposed changes to the Franchising Code of Conduct with an overview of key changes – including a new key facts sheet requirement and doubled penalties.

01 December 2020 - Knowledge

Investing in Australia? Major changes to FIRB commence in 2021

#Property & Real Estate, #Corporate & Commercial Law

Major changes to strengthen Australia’s foreign investment framework will commence from 1 January 2021. We outline what these changes will be and how they may affect investors.

26 November 2020 - Knowledge

Commercial contracts – defining words, adopting legislation and dealing with contingencies

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #Dispute Resolution & Litigation

Contracts generally need defined terms, they provide conciseness and comprehensibility. But, defining a word is hard.

25 November 2020 - Knowledge

Copyright protection in the bag? Think again.

#Competition & Consumer Law, #Corporate & Commercial Law

The Australian creator of an on-trend neoprene tote bag, State of Escape Accessories Pty Ltd, has lost a copyright infringement claim in the Federal Court after it found that the bag did not constitute a work of artistic craftsmanship.

25 November 2020 - Knowledge

IBAC warns that misuse of personal information could amount to corrupt conduct

#Data & Privacy, #Local Government, #Corporate & Commercial Law

Local governments collect and manage a considerable range of personal information when delivering services which are so integral in our daily lives.

18 November 2020 - Knowledge

Changes to the unfair contract terms regime to significantly expand protections

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #Competition & Consumer Law

Significant changes have been announced to enhance the effectiveness of laws aimed at limiting unfair contract terms used with small businesses.

28 October 2020 - Knowledge

Shareholder disputes: How to avoid an ugly corporate divorce

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #Dispute Resolution & Litigation

COVID-19 has brought a spike in shareholder disputes and now is a good time to reflect on key issues that business owners can consider when taking a shareholding in a private Australian company. In this article, we set out some points to assist shareholders avoid a painful corporate divorce.

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.

21 October 2020 - Knowledge

Business sale on ice? Defrost it with these five tips

#Corporate & Commercial Law

Did your business sale fall over because of the pandemic? Does that mean the deal is dead in the water? Not exactly. We outline some tips for reviving an aborted deal.

07 October 2020 - Knowledge

Update: COVID-19 factsheet – changes at the Federal and State level

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #Workplace Relations & Safety, #COVID-19

The pandemic has caused a series of rapid regulatory changes at both the Federal and State level. We provide a Q&A on the latest updates to help you navigate the current state of play.