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CORPORATE & COMMERCIAL

When it comes to unusual commercial contracts and corporate agreements, we’ve negotiated some of the most complex and unprecedented contracts in Australia, from one of the world’s largest ever software licensing deals to a head contract for collaborative between over 70 organisations. We’ve even negotiated multi-party agreements to establish a health service while at the same time advising on the drafting of legislation to enable the service to operate.

Successful organisations, large or small, private or public, become established with a sound legal structure and proper governance framework from the outset. They thrive when the contracts that govern their day-to-day operations and business dealings are legally sound and commercially sensible.

We have advised on the acquisition of countless technology companies, where due diligence and valuation of intangible assets can be particularly complex.

Many of our lawyers have worked in-house at businesses and public organisations, so we understand that legal advice is effective and valuable only when the commercial or other objectives of an organisations are borne in mind.

Being the go-to legal advisor for SMEs, biotechnology companies, government agencies, healthcare providers and CRCs, has given us expertise in the full gamut of corporate & commercial legal issues likely to affect those organisations.

Template Agreements

A well-drafted contract for regular agreements and transactions does not always require the services of a lawyer. In order to help our clients manage their future legal costs, we can develop suites of model template agreements tailored to your organisation’s specific needs, whether you’re an established multinational like Rio Tinto or a technology start-up.

Our corporate and commercial services include the following:

  • Corporate transactions & acquisitions
  • Capital Raising
  • Grants and funding agreements
  • IPOs
  • Joint Ventures
  • Trade Practices
  • Taxation advice
  • Property & lease agreements
  • Employment agreements
  • Mediation
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Exit & wind-up
Significant matters

FAL advised on the successful acquisition by Benitec Biopharma Ltd (ASX:BLT), a gene silencing biotechnology company of the U.S.-based Tacere Therapeutics.

Our lawyers conducted aspects due diligence for a major FMCG brand prior to their acquisition by a multinational purchaser in due diligence requirement.

FAL drafted Joint venture agreements for technology development on behalf of a major mining company.

FAL advised CSIRO in respect of the Australian Resource Information and Environmental Satellite (ARIES) joint venture. ARIES was intended to own and operate a remote sensing system which provides users with the next generation of data and information services for mineral exploration, resource mapping and environmental monitoring.

Our lawyers conducted a large scale due diligence review of IP/IT assets in preparation for sale for the Electricity Trust of South Australia.