Corporate Advisory and M&A

We provide a broad range of services across the full spectrum of corporate and commercial law, having regularly advised both publicly listed and privately held companies on complex and strategic deals and commercial arrangements. Our clients value the market experience and knowledge of our team. We take a commercial and pragmatic approach towards navigating our clients through difficult transactions and issues to deliver the best possible outcomes for our clients in a timely manner.

Our team advises on:

    • Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) – public and private;
    • Takeovers and Schemes of Arrangement;
    • Corporations Act advice;
    • Compliance and risk management;
    • Commercial contracts and arrangements;
    • Corporate governance;
    • Business structures – companies, trusts, partnerships and joint ventures;
    • Corporate reconstructions; and
    • Shareholder activism.

Equity Capital Markets

We act for issuers and investors across a range of Australian capital markets transactions. We take a practical and hands-on approach to ensure our client’s commercial objectives are met efficiently whilst navigating complex regulatory and jurisdictional parameters. Our experience includes:

  • IPOs;
  • Capital raisings and fundraising; and
  • ASX listing rules advice.

Banking and Finance

We have extensive experience in acting for borrowers across a range of financing transactions. We provide strategic advice and offer innovative solutions to achieve the desired commercial outcomes for our clients. We are conscious of the risks that may materialise in financing transactions and helpfully guide our clients to mitigate those risks. Our experience includes:

  • Corporate finance;
  • Loans and credit facilities; and
  • Financial and regulatory advice.

Financial Services

We are experts in the space of financial services and funds management, having regularly acted for fund managers (of both registered and unregistered funds) and corporate trustees in relation to the full breadth of licensing, fund establishment and product development services. We are well versed in the intricacies of legal and regulatory issues and use our deep knowledge to cut through the complexity and offer timely and practical solutions which can be easily digested.

Our team advises on:   

  • Australian Financial Services (AFS) licensing;
  • Australian Credit Licensing;
  • Fund establishment and compliance – wholesale and retail funds;
  • Managed Investment Schemes;
  • Disclosure documents;
  • Risk management and prudential regulations; and
  • Equity and debt-based crowdfunding.

Dispute Resolution and Litigation

We advise our clients in relation to a number of commercial disputes ranging from litigation to negotiated outcomes. We take a sensible and pragmatic approach to manage our client’s concerns with regards to cost, reputation and other adverse implications. Our focus is centred around providing the most commercially viable and strategic advice and representation to our clients in a manner that is sensitive to costs and with limited disruption to our client’s business.

We handle matters in all Australian courts and tribunals, as well as the full spectrum of alternative dispute resolution processes (both domestically and abroad). Our expertise includes:

  • Corporate and commercial dispute resolution;
  • Litigation;
  • Class actions;
  • Negotiated settlements;
  • Administrative and public law; and
  • Reconstructions and insolvency.

Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT)

Our team regularly advises on legal issues in connection with our client’s technology and telecommunications projects. We work closely with our clients to identify risks and maximise opportunities by delivering innovative, agile and commercial outcomes. Our team advises on: 

  • Technology contracts and arrangements – development and implementation, maintenance and support;
  • Software development, licensing, reseller and distribution arrangements;
  • Technology procurement and outsourcing;
  • IP / technology transfer, exploitation and licensing;
  • Hardware leasing and maintenance; and
  • Privacy.

Intellectual Property

We appreciate the importance of protecting our client’s intellectual property in today’s ever changing environment. We have extensive experience assisting our clients to protect, manage and commercialise their intellectual property assets both domestically and abroad, including with respect to trademarks, copyright, patents, confidentiality and trade secrets and database protection. Our expertise includes:

  • Intellectual property protection;
  • Commercialisation of intellectual property assets – licensing strategies;
  • Patent litigation;
  • Domestic and cross-border maintenance and enforcement; and
  • Confidentiality agreements.

Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

We have acted and act on with regard to a range of Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin and ICO matters. Our team have considerable experience with:

  • Blockchain and cryptocurrency related transactions;
  • Establishment of cryptocurrency exchanges and funds;
  • Initial Coin Offerings (ICO);
  • Preparation for possible regulatory changes; and
  • AFS licensing advice and compliance.

With varied experiences across a range of cryptocurrency requirements, we are confident that whatever your needs we will be able to help, or point you to the right parties that can.

Employment

We advise our clients on a range employment issues by informing them of potential legal risks and developing strategies to minimise those threats. We provide a tailored and personalised service by ensuring we understand both our client’s business and people and proposing the best commercial solutions for the situation at hand. We regularly work with both publicly listed and privately held companies, senior executives and employees. Our team advises on: 

  • Unfair dismissals and other employment claims;
  • Employment contracts;
  • Complex senior management employment agreements; and
  • Independent contractors and outsourcing.

Insurance

We act for our clients on a range of insurance and insurance related disputes, particularly with respect to advising companies, directors and officers on complex D&O insurance issues. Our expertise includes:   

  • Professional indemnity;
  • Directors and officers’ liability; and
  • Class actions.