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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.
Lisa Fitzgerald

Lisa Fitzgerald

Partner

Melbourne

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William Khong

William Khong

Partner

Melbourne

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Harry Kingsley

Harry Kingsley

Partner

Melbourne

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Dan Pearce

Dan Pearce

General Counsel

Melbourne

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Brendan Wykes

Brendan Wykes

Partner

Sydney

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Ian Robertson AO

Ian Robertson AO

National Managing Partner

Sydney

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Carl Hinze

Carl Hinze

Partner

Brisbane

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Trent Taylor

Trent Taylor

Partner

Brisbane

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Recent Posts

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.

14 January 2020 - Knowledge

Government Bulletin – summer edition

#Government, #Construction & Infrastructure, #Corporate & Commercial Law, #Data & Privacy, #Planning, Environment & Sustainability, #Property & Real Estate, #Workplace Relations & Safety

In this special edition of our fortnightly publication, we put a spotlight on the government’s ongoing digital transformation and take a close look at some of the key trends and issues as a result of this digitisation.

12 December 2019 - Knowledge

Updated ASX Listing Rules now in effect

#Corporate & Commercial Law

Following an extensive public consultation process, the ASX Listing Rules have been amended with effect from 1 December 2019. The changes to the rules affect listed entities as well as those seeking to list on ASX, with some changes giving ASX enhanced power to monitor and enforce the Listing Rules.

10 December 2019 - Knowledge

Expert guide: Be ready for 2020

#Agribusiness, #Corporate & Commercial Law, #Data & Privacy, #Immigration Law, #Native Title, #Planning, Environment & Sustainability, #Property & Real Estate, #Technology, Media & Telecommunications, #Transport, Shipping & Logistics, #Workplace Relations & Safety, #Procurement

New whistleblower requirements, increased pressure to protect data globally, turbulence in the communications sector, and intensifying drought management issues - 2020 is set to be a significant time of change across many industries.

10 December 2019 - Knowledge

The bill is back – legislation on Director Identification Numbers resurrected

#Corporate & Commercial Law

The Government has reintroduced a lapsed legislation regarding registrations for Australian company directors. We outline what’s changed in this bill.

27 November 2019 - Knowledge

ATO crackdown – wealthy Australians on the tax office hit list

#Taxation – Disputes & Litigation, #Corporate & Commercial Law

In his next push to combat tax avoidance and strengthen tax governance, the Commissioner of Taxation is allocating significant resources and will be giving close attention to the business activities of high wealth private groups.

21 November 2019 - Knowledge

ASIC releases whistleblower guidance ahead of implementation of new laws

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #Workplace Relations & Safety

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has released guidance for upcoming changes to the Corporations Act that will require large proprietary and public companies to have whistleblower policies in place by 1 January 2020.

28 October 2019 - Knowledge

When a will is not the way...

#Corporate & Commercial Law

For inter-generational family businesses, considering the protection of assets for the next generation, making a bequest in a will may seem like the best option. A growing issue however, is the possibility of business viability being destroyed by claims made against estate assets after death of a parent.

02 October 2019 - Knowledge

Branding for business: Six reasons why trade mark registration matters

#Corporate & Commercial Law

The branding associated with your business is fundamental to establishing commercial goodwill and building your business reputation within your target market.

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.