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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:

  • competition & consumer law
  • complex commercial agreements and long-term supply agreements
  • Corporations Act compliance and ASX listing rules
  • corporate governance
  • data & privacy
  • employee share and option schemes
  • financial services and superannuation
  • financing and securitisation
  • franchising
  • IPOs and fundraisings 
  • intellectual property
  • joint ventures, partnerships and co-ownership structures 
  • managed investment schemes
  • M&A  - private and public
  • personal property securities
  • private equity and venture capital
  • restructures
  • start-ups & emerging enterprises.

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

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.

15 July 2020 - Knowledge

Government announces plan to support Australia’s creative economy

#Technology, Media & Telecommunications, #Corporate & Commercial Law, #COVID-19

We outline the four key initiatives under the Government’s new JobMaker plan to help Australia’s arts and entertainment industry get back on its feet post-COVID-19.

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.

05 June 2020 - Knowledge

Australia’s FIRB framework adds new national security test for foreign investors

#Property & Real Estate, #Corporate & Commercial Law

The Federal Government has today announced a series of new, stringent security checks to tighten foreign investment scrutiny under Australia’s foreign investment review framework – including a new national security test for foreign investors and authority by the Treasurer to review all ‘sensitive national security business’.

03 June 2020 - Knowledge

Working from home and delegated authorities

#Corporate & Commercial Law

When there aren’t clear rules around what people are empowered to do or not to do when working outside the office, there can be adverse consequences. What can businesses do?

18 May 2020 - Knowledge

Where there’s a will, there’s now a way (part 2)

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #Private Client Practice

Following changes to NSW and Victoria’s e-signing and witnessing rules, Queensland has now passed regulations allowing wills, enduring powers of attorney and advance health directives to be witnessed through video conferencing.

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.

13 May 2020 - Knowledge

Electronic execution changes in Victoria

#Construction & Infrastructure, #Corporate & Commercial Law, #COVID-19

In an effort to cure a number of logistical issues arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic, new Victorian Regulations for the execution and witnessing of documents were passed on 12 May 2020. The objective of the Regulations is to modify the application of certain acts (in particular, the Electronic Transactions (Victoria) Act 2000, Oaths and Affirmations Act 2018, Powers of Attorney Act 2014 and Wills Act 1997) to further provide for the use of electronic signatures, witnessing of documents by audio visual links and related matters.

12 May 2020 - Knowledge

Tapping into collaborative procurement during and after COVID-19

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #COVID-19

Collaborative procurement by purchaser groups is a growing practice and involves seeking approval from the ACCC. As COVID-19 rapidly changes many markets, now could be a good time to consider such an arrangement going forward.

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

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.

27 April 2020 - Knowledge

Signing documents in a WFH world – NSW moves into digital mode

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #COVID-19

Public health concerns have many decision makers working remotely, how can they sign new contracts and agreements?