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Commercial Advisory

‘Bottom line, clients want commercial solutions, not legal discourse.’

Lloyd Meridian Legal provides responsive, clear, strategic, commercial, legal advice to a diverse client base across a broad range of industries.  Our clients include listed companies, public companies, private companies (large and small), foreign clients investing into Australia, high net worth individuals and start-up ventures. 

Risk and commercial advantage

In a heavily regulated corporate and business environment, it is important that the complex web of legal requirements is complied with.  Failure to comply with these requirements may lead to serious consequences for the company, directors and shareholders – they may extend beyond civil proceedings.  On the other hand, intelligently managed legal strategies in such a highly regulated environment may prove instrumental to providing a client a commercial edge in today's highly competitive, high-speed business environment. 

Innovative commercial results

Lloyd Meridian Legal works with its clients to assist them to identify and minimise compliance risks in respect of these complex legal requirements, as well as capitalise on opportunities.  Our advice is driven by understanding our clients' commercial objectives and developing and implementing speedy, cost-effective and commercially practical and innovative strategies.

List of Services: 

We work directly with our clients in order to understand and assist them in managing their commercial, legal and business risks for them to remain competitive.  Lloyd Meridian Legal has expertise in originating, drafting, negotiating and closing many types of commercial agreements.  Our experience in respect of a broad range of commercial matters, includes:

Business structures and organisation

Choosing the right operating structure before you start a business is critical. Each business structure has its own advantages and disadvantages which may affect your taxation position, personal legal liability, the life of your business, succession plans, the availability of finance and capital and the flexibility of your business operations.  Lloyd Meridian Legal can assist you with many areas of structuring your business, including:

  • Sole proprietorships;
  • Corporate entities / companies (public and private);
  • Corporate restructures;
  • Trusts – Unit Trusts, Discretionary Trusts and Hybrid Trusts;
  • Partnerships;
  • Joint ventures;
  • Franchising;
  • Business planning (including, asset protection and succession planning); and
  • Establishing a registered office.

Sale of business – asset, share and unit trust transfers 

  • Sale of business or purchase of business (including in respect of an asset sale, share sale or unit trust sale);
  • Transfer of shares;
  • Transfer of trust units;
  • Business name transfers;
  • Food permit transfers and Health Inspections;
  • Liquor licence transfers;
  • Confidentiality Agreements / Non-Disclosure Agreements;
  • Restraint of Trade / Non-Compete Agreements;
  • Intellectual property transfers (trade marks, patents, designs and copyright);
  • Foreign Investment Review Board(FIRB) requirements;
  • Due diligence;
  • Finance and security arrangements; and
  • Estate Agents (General, Accounts and Audit) Regulations 2008 (Vic) – Statement by a Vendor of a Small Business Form 2, Regulation 7, Section 52 Estate Agents Act (Vic) 1980.

Corporate Advisory

  • Business investments and opportunities;
  • Mergers and acquisitions;
  • Capital raising or Corporate fundraising (including, initial public offerings and back door listings);
  • Venture capital;
  • Share / unit buy-backs and capital reductions;
  • Corporations Act, Trade Practices Act and ASX Listing Rules advice;
  • Corporate governance and compliance;
  • General commercial and business advice;
  • Property arrangements; and
  • Review, draft and negotiate a wide range of contracts.

Supply of goods and services

  • Terms and conditions of trade;
  • Manufacturing Agreements;
  • Distribution Agreements;
  • Licence Agreements;
  • Service Agreements / Supply Agreements;
  • Operating Agreements;
  • Agency Agreements;
  • Reseller Agreements;
  • Hire Purchase Agreements;
  • Applications for credit;
  • Privacy disclaimers;
  • Contracting and outsourcing; and
  • Guarantees of commercial credit.