Corporate finance and structuring
We specialise in advising public and private companies who are seeking to optimise their corporate structures.
We're a highly experienced team with the knowledge to support you and your business throughout its journey – from an emerging enterprise to a medium- or large-sized entity. We work closely with you and your other advisers to gain a comprehensive understanding of your business. This is balanced with a detailed consideration of costs, business outcomes and risk profiles associated with each structuring decision.
All businesses need to evolve according to growth (organic and inorganic), market conditions, and changes in strategy. Restructuring is often an efficient way to pursue commercial outcomes.
Our lawyers have extensive experience in rationalising complex, multi-entity structures. This helps to reduce costs, prepare for divestment, optimise international operations, or pivot to a new market. We work with the top taxation experts in Australia, or can collaborate with your preferred adviser. We're a multi-disciplinary team who provide expert advice on corporate governance, financing, employee relations, management of liabilities, and the protection of assets.
Our expertise includes:
- securities and loan arrangements
- mergers, acquisitions and ASX-related matters
- schemes of arrangement
- asset restructures, sales and transfers
- employee relations
- deeds of company arrangement
Equity and capital markets
We advise public and private clients on the full spectrum of capital fundraising and management options. Our lawyers have extensive experience on matters including preparatory structuring, due diligence, and post-listing corporate governance.
Our team provides advice on all capital-raising instruments, including:
- initial public offerings
- backdoor listings
- private placements
- share purchase plans
- employee incentive schemes
Our capital management experience includes:
- renounceable and non-renounceable rights issues (including accelerated offers)
- preference share issues
- convertible notes
- share buy-backs
- capital reductions
- dividend re-investment plans
ASX listings and initial public offerings
We assist private companies in assessing the advantages and disadvantages of listing on the ASX, as well as managing the Initial Public Offering (IPO). We also act for foreign entities who are considering an ASX listing as a way to access the Australian market.
Our lawyers maintain constructive relationships with the Australian Securities Exchange and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. We're a responsive team who quickly and efficiently addresses regulatory and compliance matters to ensure that the IPO process happens smoothly.
Private equity and venture capital
Our firm has extensive first-hand experience in private equity and venture capital, routinely acting for both providers and recipients of funding. We advise startups (including spin outs from research institutions), scale-ups and early-stage businesses. We specialise in helping emerging enterprises navigate the legal risks and issues associated with raising funds through angel or seed investors, venture capital, and other forms of private equity.
Employee incentive plans
Establishing and maintaining employee incentive plans requires expertise across a range of different areas of law. Our experience includes assisting public companies, private enterprises and startups who are seeking a robust and compliant structure to offer shares, options, performance rights, or other benefits. We specialise in helping our clients navigate constantly evolving rules in this area of law, while working with our network of reputable taxation advisors to achieve the best possible outcome for all parties.
We provide advice and legal support to businesses seeking finance from banks as well as non-bank lenders. We're experienced in negotiating on behalf of borrowers, whatever the type of facility or financial accommodation they are seeking.
Our expertise includes:
- advice on terms of finance
- facility agreements
- financial securities and document preparation
Advising Uniti Group on its $270m capital raising by fully underwritten accelerated non-renounceable entitlement offer to fund the acquisition of OptiComm by way of scheme of arrangement.
Advising Janus Henderson Group on Australian law and ASX issues regarding its USD900m secondary offering of shares held by Dai-ichi Life and associated USD230m repurchase.
Advising Uniti Group on its capital raising by fully underwritten institutional placement ($50m) and oversubscribed share purchase plan ($20m, increased from $10m) to fund the acquisition of the Telstra Velocity assets.
Advising Cann Group on its capital raising by way of a private placement ($14.3m) and oversubscribed share purchase plan ($25.9m, increased from $10m).
Advising Australian Dairy Nutritional Group on its capital raising conducted by way of a two-tranche institutional placement ($6.5m) and share purchase plan ($1.2m) of stapled securities.
Advising Bill Identity on its capital raising to partially fund the acquisition of Optima Energy Management by way of a fully underwritten institutional placement of $15m.