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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

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?

07 April 2020 - Knowledge

Eight legal issues to cover off when moving your business online

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

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds and physical doors are closed, you might be wanting to take your business online, for example, to offer an e-commerce or food delivery service to your community of loyal customers. We outline eight key considerations to tick off in the process.

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.

01 April 2020 - Knowledge

Enhanced foreign investment scrutiny during COVID-19 crisis

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #COVID-19

As of 10:30pm AEDT on Sunday 29 March 2020, important temporary changes to Australia’s foreign investment review framework have come into effect to protect the national interest during the COVID-19 crisis. These changes mean that, for the duration of the coronavirus crisis, all relevant foreign investments into Australia will require FIRB approval, regardless of the value, nature or country of origin of the foreign investor.

31 March 2020 - Knowledge

Inside track: Competition & Consumer

#Corporate & Commercial Law

1300 Australia has undertaken to amend its current and future contracts with small businesses and will refund part of the termination fees paid by small business customers, as a result of ACCC concerns that some of the contract terms were unfair.

31 March 2020 - Knowledge

COVID-19 factsheet: Changes at the Federal and State level

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

The COVID-19 pandemic is creating a number of significant challenges for Australian businesses. We summarise the key legal issues impacting business as well as Australian and Victorian Government measures in place to assist business owners throughout this period of uncertainty in Australia.