Mergers and Acquisitions

Our firm has extensive expertise in mergers and acquisitions, including:

  • Private acquisitions and disposals of companies and businesses
  • Public company takeovers and schemes of arrangement
  • Private equity and venture capital investments and exits, including acting for management teams and founders
  • Cross-border transactions involving Australian businesses and companies, including foreign investment advice
  • Legal due diligence investigations and reporting

Regardless of the value of your transaction, we understand that the stakes are high and that a timely, well-structured and negotiated approach is paramount to success.

Our clients trust us to secure the best possible outcome, in a manner that is as cost-effective and as seamless as possible.

Our deep knowledge of mergers and acquisitions means we can cut through complexity and find solutions to problems - that is our speciality.

Equity Capital Markets

We are equity capital markets experts and regularly act for issuers, underwriters and investors across the full range of ECM transactions. Our extensive experience includes:

  • Initial public offers
  • Backdoor listings
  • Secondary capital raisings including traditional and non-traditional entitlement offers, placements, security purchase plans and dividend reinvestment plans
  • Private market and venture capital investments at all stages of a company’s development cycle
  • Equity incentive plans

Corporate

We provide corporate advice to a number of leading companies, institutions and private groups. Our expertise includes:

  • Joint ventures, strategic alliances, partnerships and consortium arrangements
  • Shareholder, unit holder and partnership agreements
  • Business structuring and financing, including start-up companies and early stage enterprises
  • Corporate governance, ASX and Corporations Act compliance
  • Corporate restructures
  • Establishment of new businesses, including company incorporation and the establishment of trusts and other legal structures
  • Company secretarial services

Dispute Resolution

We provide you with high quality, commercially-focused strategic advice and representation, offered in a cost-effective manner. We aim to reach a positive outcome for you as soon as possible and with minimum disruption to your business.

We handle matters in all Australian courts and tribunals, as well as domestic and international arbitrations, mediations, expert determinations and regulatory investigations. Our expertise includes:

  • Complex commercial and corporate disputes
  • Contractual disputes
  • Disputes arising from business or share sales (including completion account and earn-out disputes and warranty claims)
  • Urgent Court applications
  • Partnership and shareholding disputes
  • Product liability claims and claims arising under Australian Consumer Law
  • Debt recovery
  • Risk management and regulatory compliance

Property

We are specialists in all forms of property transactions. We have extensive experience in the following:

  • Acquisitions and disposals of residential, commercial, retail and industrial properties
  • Commercial, industrial and retail leasing and tenancy issues
  • Agreements for lease and development contracts
  • Property development including subdivisions and staged development
  • Foreign Investment Review Board advice and applications
  • Property due diligence and advice
  • Easements, covenants and restrictions on the use of land
  • Options and general conveyancing

General Commercial

We work closely with our clients' legal and commercial teams to assist them with their general commercial requirements. In addition to our Australian clients, we act as local counsel to a range of international companies, institutions and firms, providing them with a set of “eyes and ears” on the ground in Australia.

Commercial Contracting
  • Manufacturing and supply contracts
  • Distribution, agency and licensing arrangements
  • Customer terms and conditions and sale contracts
  • Operational contracts, including IT, business systems and outsourcing agreements
  • Service and consultancy agreements
  • Freight and logistics agreements
  • Advertising and marketing arrangements
  • Confidentiality agreements
  • Privacy policies
Employment
  • Employment contracts, executive agreements, independent contractor agreements and HR policies
  • General advice on employment-related issues
  • Employee investigations (including misconduct and employee fraud investigations
Intellectual Property
  • Registration of intellectual property
  • Transfer and assignment of intellectual property rights
  • Intellectual property licensing arrangements

Although members of our firm have considerable experience in a variety of areas of law, we are a specialist corporate legal advisory firm, not a general full service law firm. If we feel that an area is outside the scope of our core expertise, we work with our clients to instruct or refer the matter to one of our specialist relationship firms.