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Mergers and Acquisitions

‘Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.’ - Henry Ford

If companies want to expand, take advantage of opportunities and/or cooperate, mergers and acquisitions will be inevitable. 

Whether the motivation behind the merger and/or acquisition is to achieve economies of scale, gain greater market share, increase cost efficiencies or achieve tax gains, our mergers and acquisitions lawyers can assist you in every step of the way.

Depth of M&A Experience

Mergers and/or acquisitions often encompass a range of complex and varied issues which need comprehensive, but also long-term commercial solutions.  These solutions should be tailored from an accounting, financial, legal and tax perspective to suit the transaction because today's market, allows almost no tolerance for a poorly conceived or ineptly executed merger and/or acquisition.

At Lloyd Meridian Legal we have a wealth of understanding and provide highly responsive legal advice when dealing with mergers, acquisitions and ancillary corporate work that may be required as a result.  We offer cutting edge expertise, second-to-none execution skills and commercial judgment born from years of experience in the Australian corporate environment.  We can guide you through the process and strategy for the acquisition/divestment, including due diligence, negotiation, financing, stamp duty, closing and regulatory issues.

Deal-making Focus

Our exceptional customer service and ‘deal maker’ attitude defines the culture of our firm and our dedicated team of seasoned lawyers drive and set the pace of the transaction. Whether the deal is public or private, domestic or international, negotiated or hostile, our M&A team’s commitment is to achieving our clients’ business and economic imperatives.  We strive to achieve decisive results with maximum efficiency, structure financeable deals and protect our clients’ interests in all phases of their transaction. 

We advise businesses of all sizes and from all industries, but focus on large to medium-sized companies, including listed and multinational entities.  We provide innovative and technically outstanding legal solutions, underpinned by an intimate understanding of our clients' businesses and the industries, markets and sectors in which they operate.  It is also our objective to anticipate and resolve industry-specific issues raised in the process of the transaction. 

Multidisciplinary skills and experience

Our firm believes that multidisciplinary teaming is the defining concept for us in M&A as we have attracted and retained outstanding legal professionals with multidisciplinary skills and experience gained from advising high profile Australian and international companies on complex transactions.  We have established members of the Law Institute of Victoria, the Migration Agents Registration Authority, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

Some lawyers just ‘paper’ deals—our objective is to serve as strategic business advisors, helping clients evaluate risks and rewards in order to assist them in making informed and timely decisions.  We are experienced team players when it comes to working with accountants and consultants and know that legal advice should never be regarded in isolation.  We assist clients to achieve their strategic objectives by understanding their business and transaction drivers and by applying our technical excellence to enable commercial outcomes. 

International marketplace

Particularly in international deals where agreements may be governed by the laws of many jurisdictions, and often in several languages, it is essential that, you have a close, continuing relationship with a law firm that is savvy about Australian business in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.  We can assist in addressing all the legal issues simultaneously, and frequently, under tight deadlines.

Competitive pricing

Our approach to costs is flexible in respect of alternatives to traditional open-ended hourly quotes which often result in unmanageable legal fees being charged which are well beyond the client’s expectations.  We are open to discussions in respect of fixed fees, caps, uplifts and discounts to provide more certainty to clients in the area of complex mergers and acquisitions.  Our aim is to provide a service of consistent excellence and maintain a commercial approach that optimises efficiency, reduces costs and enhances effective deal execution.

In addition, we offer complimentary first consultations so we may discuss how we can help you and the best way to move forward.  Please feel free to book a complimentary appointment or teleconference by contacting us on:

Phone: +61 3 9629 6388
Email: mail@lloydmeridian.com
Skype: lloyd.meridian.legal.phone

List of Services: 

Lloyd Meridian Legal employs a wide range of skills and knowledge in the area of corporate law, mergers & acquisitions, takeovers and restructures. Our specific areas of expertise include:

  • Conducting preliminary discussions;
  • Identifying candidates;
  • Assessing the probability of success;
  • Risk management;
  • Due diligence advice;
  • Drafting and revision of tender offers;
  • Disclosure schedules;
  • Drafting contracts, Confidentiality/Non-Disclosure Agreements, term sheets, warranties, letters of intent etc;
  • Capital raising;
  • Acquisitions;
  • Company takeovers;
  • Recapitalisations;
  • Shareholder Agreements and Unitholder Agreements;
  • Management buyouts;
  • Mergers (horizontal mergers and vertical mergers) and demergers;
  • Strategic alliances;
  • Restructuring of corporate liabilities;
  • Equity investments and divestments;
  • Procurement and registration of licences and consents;
  • Transfer of shares and/or trust units;
  • Regulatory issues;
  • Consolidations;
  • Sales and acquisitions; [The blue link needs to link to the relevant page]
  • Equity and/or debt restructures;
  • Strategic investments;
  • Spin-offs and carve-outs;
  • Obtaining FIRB approvals and ASX and ASIC waivers relevant to mergers or acquisitions;
  • Company incorporation and trust establishment;
  • Business succession and estate planning;  [The blue link needs to link to the relevant page]
  • Acquisition financing (equity capital, loans, bridging loans, mezzanine capital financing, etc.);  [The blue link needs to link to the relevant page]
  • Joint ventures;
  • Cross border mergers solutions;
  • Private equity and venture capital investments/seed financing, pre-IPO financing; and

General M&A advice.