To give your business the best chance of success, you need a solid foundation. Our expert advice supports your company every step of the way.
We will advise you on the right business structure to use when establishing your business at the outset, taking into account the taxation and legal implications of choosing a sole trader, partnership, company or trust structure.
We will draft the contracts and agreements you need to commence business, including shareholder agreements, supplier and distribution agreements, service agreements and non disclosure documents.
Our proactive approach is also focused on helping you create a robust governance framework with strong governance principles. This will ensure that your board functions effectively and that the directors fulfil their duties and obligations to shareholders, clients, employees and regulators such as ASIC.
However, should you face allegations that you have breached your corporate governance responsibilities, we will advise and support you to respond to the allegations and reach an optimal business outcome.
Establishing your business is not the end of the story. We also work with clients to help them decide the future of their company after they retire or pass on. A strong and practical business succession plan can help ensure that the legacy of your hard work is carried on after you move on.
We act for private entities, large corporations, investors as well as start ups. Our work often involves cross-jurisdictional and cross-border issues for companies operating overseas as well as in Australia.
We also have a deep knowledge of the regulatory challenges facing prospective participants in the financial services industry, as well as opportunities available to financial services clients hoping to enter the market.
We provide valuable financial services application support to clients through the application lifecycle, helping them address the needs of the application process as well as respond to regulators’ inquiries where needed. We also have significant experience complying with regulators and ensuring your financial services firm can operate smoothly in one of the most regulated industries in the country.
Drafting or reviewing agency agreements to make sure that they accurately reflect the relationship between principal and agent
Advising you on the appropriate business structure for your new entity, taking into account the size and type of business, personal circumstances and future goals
Drafting and reviewing franchise agreements and disclosure documents
Drafting and reviewing distribution and licensing agreements, supply agreements and service agreements
Creating or reviewing shareholder and partnership agreements
Establishing a trust structure to minimise your tax liability and exposure, structure your assets and preserve your wealth
Developing a corporate governance framework to help you meet your duties and obligations, both to ASIC and other regulators and to your shareholders, partners and employees
Helping you develop a strategic succession plan for your business, including business owner agreements, key person insurance, asset protection, buy-sell agreements and financing options
Delivering pioneering legal advice on corporate Islamic finance transactions for financial institutions, banks and corporates
Banking and Finance: Identifying key issues to reach the best commercial results and protect clients’ interests in the complex legal environments in which financial institutions operate