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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.
Carl Hinze

Carl Hinze

Partner

Brisbane

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William Khong

William Khong

Partner

Melbourne

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Dan Pearce

Dan Pearce

General Counsel

Melbourne

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Ian Robertson AO

Ian Robertson AO

National Managing Partner

Sydney

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Trent Taylor

Trent Taylor

Partner

Brisbane

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Brendan Wykes

Brendan Wykes

Partner

Sydney

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Recent Posts

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

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.

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.

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.

20 March 2020 - Knowledge

Planning for isolation

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #Private Client Practice, #COVID-19

Much has been made of panic buying as many Australians rush to protect their families from the perceived risk of dwindling supplies, whether that fear is reasonable or not. But what about protecting your family financially? Economic risk is not the only issue being faced.

17 March 2020 - Knowledge

Post-Brexit and what it means for your intellectual property rights

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #Intellectual Property

This article addresses the implications that Brexit may have on your intellectual property rights in the European Union.

04 March 2020 - Knowledge

Is the coronavirus infecting your business contracts?

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #COVID-19

With the threat of coronavirus reaching Australian shores and a declaration of a global pandemic looming, it is important that you consider the impact the crisis is likely to have on your commercial and contractual arrangements.

03 March 2020 - Knowledge

Public procurement laws and regulations in Australia

#Procurement, #Corporate & Commercial Law

The International Comparative Legal Guide to Public Procurement 2020 provides a comprehensive and cohesive analysis and comparison of the public procurement laws in Australia and on a global scale.

13 February 2020 - Knowledge

Expert guide: Australian M&A under the microscope

#Mergers and Acquisitions, #Corporate & Commercial Law

In our latest M&A Review, our national M&A team highlights some key issues and trends to look out for in 2020, plus a wrap up of key deals across a variety of industries.

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.

22 January 2020 - Knowledge

Key developments affecting business with China in the Year of the Rat

#Corporate & Commercial Law

As Chinese New Year celebrations ramp up, we pause to consider important developments that will impact business between Australia and China in 2020.