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Corporate + Commercial

Corporate + Commercial

The Corporate and Commercial group provides a broad range of legal services to meet the needs of business, including transactional and business as usual legal advice and assistance.


Recently nominated as a Finalist in the Australian Law Awards 2017 for "Commercial Team of the Year", you can rest assured your matter is in expert hands. The group has particular expertise in:
 

corporate and commercial matters

Corporate

Helping clients both large and small to grow and expand their business is our passion.  This help comes at all stages of the corporate life cycle, from incorporation, incubation and start-up, through to development and expansion activities, right the way through to exit by way of trade sale or initial public offering and beyond.

We have extensive experience advising on acquisitions and dispositions alliances and joint ventures, and corporate re-structuring, stock exchange listing requirements and governance arrangements , compliance advice and providing strategic input on dealings with regulators.
 
We have a pragmatic and commercial approach with a view to ensuring that the desired outcome of our clients is paramount.  We focus on informed legal and commercial judgment, flexible thinking and achieving good business outcomes.
 

Commercial

Our team deliver a broad suite of commercial legal services to clients both large and small.

We are experienced across many industry sectors and provide our clients with a team of business friendly, accessible lawyers with both technical expertise and a commercial approach.  Our lawyers have both domestic and international experience and are adept at helping clients navigate the challenges of legal, jurisdictional and cultural issues.

 
We prepare a wide variety of quality commercial agreements to suit a range of client needs, including agreements for ‘business-as-usual’ needs, as well as tailored documents for complex or unique matters.
 
 We assist in intellectual property protection, exploitation and licensing.
 
We advise on the regulatory environment that affects our clients and assist clients with their dealings with regulators.
 
We have noted specialist expertise in technology contracting and generally across the communications, media and technology industry sectors.  We are recognised experts in the digital arena.
 
Our commercial practice is complimented by, and works closely with, the other areas of practice in the firm, such as corporate transactional, disputes, competition, property, workplace relations and intellectual property.

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Contact Iain Rennie or Julian Courtney-Stubbs for further information on 1300 565 846 or +61 2 9458 7005.

commercial dispute resolution

The ABLA Dispute Resolution team are skilled and committed disputes lawyers available to work with you to resolve the sorts of disputes which arise in the course of everyday business.
 
We offer you clear advice and guidance on the legal principles and processes which apply to each situation.  We have the flexibility to tailor a range of strategies from early resolution to litigation on all issues through to final judgment and beyond. We work with you to understand the commercial drivers underlying the dispute and pursue approaches informed by your commercial objectives.
 
Within our team we have extensive experience successfully resolving disputes in a wide range of business contexts. We offer litigation and dispute resolution advice and representation in the following areas:
  • Competition and consumer law
  • Construction
  • Contract
  • Corporations Act
  • Corporate crime
  • Debt recovery
  • Environmental and planning appeals
  • Fraud
  • Insurance
  • Insolvency
  • Intellectual property
  • IT services
  • International trade and customs
  • Finance
  • Leasing
  • Real property rights and dealings
  • Technology contracts
Call in the experts at the beginning to minimise potential damage to your brand and your business.  At ABLA we focus on finding solutions that best meet your business strategy.

Contact Hayden Fox or Karina McDougall on 1300 565 846 or +61 2 9458 7005 for assistance in this area.

Communications, Media and Technology (CMT)

The team at ABLA has a long-standing reputation for excellence and expertise in the provision of services for clients active in the communications, media and information technology industry sectors, as well as generally across the digital economy. Our expertise is both domestic and international, with relevance in the context of the globalisation of the market place.  We appreciate the need to be up-to-speed on international developments and best practice.
 
We offer our services to a wide range of clients active in these sectors, including corporate groups of all sizes, start-ups and entrepreneurs, vendors, customers, service providers, carriers, mobile operators, hosts, resellers, wholesalers and retailers, as well as other players in the market.

Our team structures, negotiates and executes a wide variety of corporate transactions, including M&A, financings, joint ventures, partnerships and collaborations. We also assist our clients with respect to regulatory issues, statutory and other legal obligations, compliance and governance.

We are skilled across a variety of technology platforms, distribution channels and paths to market. Our work consists of both business-as-usual commercial law, and complex contracting including procurement, maintenance and support, outsourcing, system implementations, support, managed services, supply, licensing and distribution arrangements.

When necessary, we take a pragmatic and commercial approach to dispute resolution, seeking commercially sensible outcomes for our clients, but always fighting to protect their interests and objectives.

Contact Julian Courtney-Stubbs for expert advice on 1300 565 846 or +61 2 9458 7005.

Intellectual property

The ABLA Intellectual Property practice is a legal team with considerable expertise in all fields of registered and unregistered rights, including copyright, trade marks and design rights.

We have advised clients across a range of industries, including information technology, entertainment, multinational wholesale and retail organisations, international software houses, manufacturing, importing and distribution. Our advice is commercial and strategic.

Our team understands that intellectual property is a core asset of business today.  We assist clients to first develop and then protect and exploit their intellectual property assets. We have experience in the identification, registration and renewal of intellectual property rights and assist clients to prepare, review and negotiate agreements to license, sell and otherwise commercialise and protect intellectual property and confidential information.

We also assist clients to enforce their intellectual property rights against others, including by negotiation and by acting in court proceedings in relation to copyright and trade mark infringements, domain name recovery, passing-off and other disputes.

We offer focused advice on brand protection strategies, pre-registration strategies, and searches. Our team is experienced in providing evidence and persuasive representations to successfully support applications both domestically and internationally. We also lodge and contest oppositions to trade mark applications, and conduct actions to remove competing registrations.

Prevention is better than cure, and our team assists clients with intellectual property audits, preparing businesses for sale, the due diligence process, and ongoing intellectual property management.

Get ABLA involved from the start and talk to us about:
  • Brand guidance
  • Protections
  • Enforcement
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Call 1300 565 846 or +61 2 9458 7005 and speak to Julian Courtney-Stubbs or Louise Bavin today for a complimentary consultation to review your IP needs.

Property law

The ABLA Property team delivers expert legal advice and assistance with commercial property transactions Australia-wide. With decades of experience, our Property team understands how to deliver comprehensive and relevant advice in a broad range of property transactions, including:
  • commercial, retail and industrial leasing
  • sales and acquisitions of commercial property
  • commercial conveyancing
  • owners corporation and strata law
  • the creation of interests in land
  • land development
  • environmental and planning matters
  • property due diligence
  • property financing
  • the property related components of insolvency
  • the regulatory environment around interests in or dealings with property and
  • estate and business succession planning.
Our Property team also has experience in hospitality law, in particular with sales and acquisitions of hotels, liquor stores, nightclubs and restaurants (incorporating sale or acquisition of freehold or both freehold and business), and sales and acquisitions of gaming machine entitlements.


Contact Warwick La Hood or Jane Wolfe on 1300 565 846 or +61 2 9458 7005.

Competition law

The ABLA Competition and Consumer Law practice advises clients on all aspects of how they conduct their business with consumers and how they engage with other businesses in Australia.

Our experts can assist clients in all areas of competition and consumer law, including:
  • advising on the Australian Consumer Law and the statutory guarantees that apply to goods and services that you may supply, or may have purchased. This includes assisting with any product safety issues you may have along with manufacturer’s liability;
  • preparing robust Terms and Conditions for the supply of goods and services - compliant with the relevant consumer laws and which protect your business’ interests;
  • reviewing Terms and Conditions for the supply of goods and services to advise you on your rights as a consumer;
  • preparing advice to assist directors, management teams and sales and marketing teams to comply with Competition Laws dealing with pricing, exclusive arrangements, advertising and related issues.
  • providing training and presentations which educate you on the Competition and Consumer laws that apply to your business; and
  • assisting with all ACCC dealings - whether that be the preparation of notifications and authorisation from  ACCC for certain arrangements (such as exclusive dealing arrangements), or assisting your business if you are the subject of an ACCC investigation.
We take a commercial approach to the delivery of our services and, with experience advising clients in a wide range of industry sectors, our Competition and Consumer Law team understands how to produce industry-relevant advice with a client-focus and individualised outlook.

For further information about how we can help you in this area, call Julian Courtney-Stubbs or
Deepti Wadhwa on 1300 565 846 or +61 2 9458 7005.

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