Foreign Investment Law
Mergers and Acquisitions
Our partners are accessible and take the time to understand clients and their businesses, ensuring we proactively identify issues and provide appropriate solutions at an early stage.
We specialise in Corporations Act matters and have a wealth of experience in giving general commercial and business advice and in drafting commercial documents. We are experienced in all aspects of managed investment schemes and financial services law. In addition, our team provides comprehensive tax and stamp duty advice in relation to corporate and business transactions.
Our team has acted on many of the State’s largest corporate and business transactions and represents significant government and private enterprise clients in these areas.
Corporations Act matters
We specialise in Corporations Act matters such as notices of meetings and explanatory statements, share buy backs, related party transactions, share purchase plans, ASX waiver applications and appeals, applications for exemptions and modifications to Corporations Act and employee share/option plans. We have long-standing relationships with regulators such as the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), which can expedite your project.
We provide advice on issues of corporate governance, risk management, shareholder meetings, processes and disputes, due process and directors' duties. We have accumulated a wealth of experience in giving general commercial advice and drafting commercial documents that are easy to read and comprehend. We offer strategic advice in matters relating to sale and purchase of business and asset transactions, partnership, agency, franchising, licensing, distribution and intellectual property and technology agreements.
Acquisitions, sales, mergers and takeovers
We have acted on many of the State’s complex mergers, acquisitions and takeovers. In addition to a detailed knowledge of the relevant law, these transactions require project management to document complex syndicate agreements and acquisition contracts. We provide innovative solutions to complex acquisition projects, and asist in undertaking due diligence in projects. Such due diligence report would typically legal risk issues, regulatory issues, native title and environment risk issues.
Commercial transactions and joint venture arrangements
We provide services to some of WA’s largest land development transactions, with a direct involvement in projects that have delivered almost 40% of the State’s current residential lots. Many of these projects involve joint ventures between the State Government and the private sector. Services provided to these projects relate to the documentation of complex joint venture arrangements, project management agreements and financial arrangements.
Tax and duties
We have tax expertise with all aspects of tax and stamp duty including structuring, advisory, compliance and prosecution work.
We use our in-depth technical knowledge and understanding of tax in the broader business picture to aid our clients in managing their transactions and taxation burden. We assist with transactions and structural challenges and provide advice in relation to meeting compliance responsibilities across a wide range of areas including corporate tax, transfer pricing, indirect taxes and employment taxes.
Foreign investment law and regulation
We have experience in advising international clients on regulation of foreign investment in Australia. Australia’s foreign investment regulatory framework and approval process is complex and subject to frequent revision. Our team provides practical advice on the latest policy guidelines and assistance in obtaining approval from the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB).