James is an experienced commercial lawyer who appreciates the value in each matter and transaction he assists with. He has helped numerous clients grow their business through mergers and acquisitions. He has experience and a particular interest in the financial services, manufacturing and food and beverage industries.

Clients appreciate James’ straight forward, honest and value driven advice. James believes it is imperative to understand and appreciate the commercial drivers and risks important to each client to ensure negotiations can be tailored to achieve the desired end result.

“I believe that getting to know my clients and helping them achieve positive outcomes and grow is where we provide value.”

Significant matters

Financial Planning Industry – acted and advised a client who sold a substantial portion of their company to a substantial asset fund manager while retaining management and operational control, including preparation of a new Shareholders Agreement.

Manufacturing Industry – acted for a client who acquired the business and franchise of a heavy equipment manufacturer and distributor.

Food and Beverage Industry – acted and advised on sale documents, security advice and enforcement options for a client who sold their business and needed to enforce security provided.

Shareholder Agreements – drafted and provided advice to numerous clients in different stages of the business cycle, including new ventures, new investors, sale process, exiting scenarios and pre-dispute advice.

Various Accountants – providing advice with regard to rights and obligations under both the Corporations Act and Personal Property Securities Act, including negotiations with creditors.

Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Deakin University

Bachelor of Commerce, Deakin University

Member, Law Institute of Victoria

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Shareholder Agreements and advice
  • Loan and security documentation
  • PPSR and Security advice
  • Corporations Act advice, including pre-insolvency and company advice
  • Commercial leasing
  • Directors duties
  • Trusts and equity
  • Shareholder and Partnership disputes
Professional Services
Professional Services

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