Business Acquisitions: The Key Essentials for Commercial Lawyers – a Live Online Conference
Wednesday 28th February 2018 – Live online:
Vic, NSW, ACT, Tas – 1.30 to 5pm
SA 1.00 to 4.30pm
WA 10.30am to 2pm
NT 12noon to 3.30pm
Qld 12.30pm to 4pm
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Dealing with the demands of commercial practice can make it difficult to find time to attend professional development events. We realise that not everyone can spare two days out of the office.  So we’re offering you a new way to access the experts online – a half-day online conference, focused on business acquisitions.

You can put your staff in the boardroom and watch it there.  You can watch it on your computer or on your portable electronic device.  All for the same low price.

The conference will be based on our highly successful video webinar technology: there’ll be a chairman, a panel of experts, presentations and discussion – and you’ll have an opportunity to ask questions.

We look forward to welcoming you - from all States and territories of Australia!

Business Structures and Legal Risks: Selecting the Right Foundation for Success

The success – or failure – of a new business often hinges upon the right foundations. This session examines the various options available to clients establishing or acquiring a new business, and the key legal risks and tax considerations that should be taken into account when choosing the right structure. It includes:

  • Types of structure and associated risks:
    • private company limited by shares
    • public company
    • partnership
    • discretionary or unit trust
    • incorporated or unincorporated joint venture
  • Tax and non-tax costs and their impact on business structures
  • Managing internal stakeholder collaboration in new structures
  • Asset protection considerations when selecting an appropriate business structure

Shareholder Agreements – Reflecting True Intention and Maximising Benefit

If properly utilized, a shareholders agreement provides multiple benefits. This session examines essential factors to consider in constructing agreements and key clauses. It includes:

  • When should you have a shareholders agreement?
  • What happens with new shareholders?
  • Shareholder agreements and restraints of trade
  • Management decisions and shareholder obligations
  • Shareholder agreements and financial obligations
  • Capital requirements of the company and what to include in shareholder agreements
  • Provisions for issuing or transferring shares
  • Dispute resolution clauses
  • Ensuring shareholders agreements are consistent with the company constitution

Personal Property Security – Tricky Issues on Business Acquisition

Personal property securities create many issues when transferring a business. This session examines some key problems that can arise in a business acquisition and what to do about them:

  • What is meant by an interest in personal property?
  • Understanding the differences between PMSIs and security interests
  • Problems with registration process including late registration
  • Protocols for registration – leasing and novation arrangements
  • Searching the register when purchasing a business - practical problems explained
  • Discharge of securities at settlement
  • Equipment leases – is there a requirement to register them?
  • Releasing security – company and trustee mix ups
  • Creating a registration template – effective from 7 August 2016
  • Case study - IP issues including conducting a search and identifying IP serial numbers

Warwick Van Ede, Partner, Emil Ford Lawyers, Sydney (Chair)

Matthew Burgess, Director, View Legal

Geoff Bartels, Principal, Bartels Business Lawyers, Epping, NSW

Peter Mills, Special Counsel, Thomson Geer Lawyers, Brisbane


Registered delegates will receive a CPD certificate for attendance at this online conference.  Lawyers can claim up to 3 CPD units/points (substantive law). 


If you register and pay by 19 January 2018 you will pay only $495 – a saving of $55 off the full price conference registration fee of $550.

If you need assistance or have an enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact our Event Coordinator, Lisa Tran on (03) 8601 7709 or email:
Product Code: OCLFEB18
 Price:   $550.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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