Corporate and Commercial

Corporate Update: Online meetings and electronic document execution

Andrew Windybank 07/05/2020

In response to the change in business practices due to COVID-19, on Tuesday 5 May 2020 the Federal Treasurer implemented temporary amendments to the requirements under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) regulating meetings and execution of company documents.

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Corporate and Commercial

Be careful, directors! Observations on the duty of care and diligence in 2020

Andrew Windybank 25/03/2020

We are entering a particularly “high risk period” for private company directors due to the uncertainty related to impacts of COVID-19. In this article, Andrew Windybank, Corporate Principal, provides some timely observations on the duty of care and diligence and the importance of company directors satisfying this duty to avoid potentially onerous civil penalties.

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Corporate and Commercial

COVID-19 Temporary Government Relief from Insolvent Trading

Andrew Windybank 23/03/2020

COVID-19 has already had a material impact on small to medium business owners. Amid growing concerns that insolvency rates will spike as many businesses struggle to weather the storm, we thought it sensible to alert our clients to a few key elements arising out of the Government’s announcement on Sunday and referred to as the ‘second economic stimulus package’. The measures are designed to alleviate concerns by providing temporary relief for financially stressed businesses, including by way of reprieve from personal liability for directors facing questions concerning solvency.

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Corporate and Commercial

Negotiating purchase price adjustments

Andrew Windybank 27/11/2019

Purchase price adjustments are commonly used in M&A transactions to ensure that the agreed value for the purchase of shares or assets is realised. In this article, we consider the importance of having a well-drafted purchase price adjustment mechanism in a sale contract to avoid unintended outcomes.

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Cartel Conduct in M&A - Don't Jump the Gun

Andrew Windybank 04/09/2019

How should merging parties operate to avoid civil or criminal prosecution?  In this article, Andrew Windybank and Emma Morris of our Corporate & Commercial team consider 'gun jumping' in the context of M&A transactions.

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