Companies and Corporations Law
The majority of company owners aspire to sell up when the time is right, but knowing when is the right time and managing the process can be daunting. Often it will be the culmination of a life’s work, so it is important that you have lawyers who are not only fluent in the law, but who also understand your business and your industry.
We Advise our clients on all aspects of companies and corporations law affecting the formation and operation of companies including, structuring and asset protection, regulatory and compliance matters, duties and obligations of company directors and officeholders, shareholders’ rights, statutory reporting and compliance, all issues under the Corporations Act and other relevant statutes and regulations.
All too often other corporate lawyers lose sight of what is important and fail to appreciate the subtleties of business in a particular sector. We are committed to understanding your business and your priorities and to ensuring a smooth transaction.
Our expertise with both large and small enterprises, from owner-managed businesses to listed companies, means that we can tailor our legal advice to your specific needs and offer you the most appropriate, efficient and cost-effective solutions.
Whilst company sales and purchases represent a substantial part of our day to day work, equally important is regulating the effective operation of a business from early on in its life. If you are in business with others, particularly if you are in business with family, it is essential that you are clear about your aspirations from day one.
It is frequently the case that the default position under company law does not deal with, or in some cases runs contrary to, the intentions of the shareholders of a company. That is why you need a shareholders agreement. Shareholders who are in dispute about how a company should be run or when to sell up can see the business itself paralyzed with no decisions being made. At its worst, the business will fail entirely and personal relationships, often with family members, can be left irreparably damaged. These issues can be easily avoided by agreeing a shareholders agreement before any disagreements arise.
Our team is composed of highly skilled and versatile lawyers who combine practical experience and academic knowledge of their field. Most of our practitioners have worked in different professional environments, often outside their home jurisdiction.