Corporate Advisory and Governance

Advising directors, officers and companies to fulfil their governance and compliance obligations.

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Our Corporate Advisory and Governance team advises public and private entities on the legal issues which most regularly impact their business. We make it our first priority to understand the businesses we advise, from any sector of the economy, and work with our other practice areas including taxation and revenue, intellectual property, competition and trade practices, and employment and industrial relations, to provide a complete and connected corporate and commercial advisory service.

Our team consists of experienced practitioners who have a thorough understanding of the laws that govern corporate and other commercial enterprises and their operations. Advising on governance (ethics, duties, liabilities, remuneration and conflicts) and compliance (including relevant rules and Acts), our team is well-versed in the range of strategic and practical issues that can arise within entities operating in Australia and offshore.

We work closely with our clients to get to know their business needs, ensuring that we provide tailored and commercially-effective advice for each client.

Our team was named as Corporate Restructuring Law Firm of the Year in Australia in the 2013 International Global Law Experts Awards and in 2015 was recommended for its corporate expertise in Asia Pacific Legal 500.  2015 also saw our Corporate team Recommended in Doyle's Guide to Leading Corporate Law Firms - Perth, 2015, as well as receiving a  Second Tier ranking in Doyle's Guide to Leading Queensland Corporate Law Firms, 2015.  More recently,  two partners from our Corporate team were mentioned in the Australian Financial Review in Best Lawyers in Australia, 2018 & 2019. 

Areas of Expertise 

  • Corporate governance:
    -  Directors’ duties and liabilities
    -  Ethics and trading policies
    -  Formation and roles of sub-committees
    -  Executive remuneration
    -  Conflicts of interest
  • Regulatory compliance:
    -  Corporate restructuring
    -  AGM and EGM issues
    -  Related party benefits
    -  Continuous disclosure
    -  Compliance with the Corporations Act and ASX listing rules
    -  FIRB compliance

Our experience includes advising boards, individual directors and senior executives on:

  • the interpretation and application of various rules and regulations; 
  • corporate governance issues and guidance on effective board structures; 
  • commercial matters, such as preparing and reviewing contractual documentation; 
  • preparing for, running and hosting AGMs and EGMs; 
  • liaising with ASX and ASIC; and 
  • disclosure and reporting, including annual and half-yearly financial reporting requirements, shareholder meeting advice (including notice of meetings), directors’ reports and investor and ASX disclosures.