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Coming from a family full of lawyers, Ed Browne was exposed to the legal industry from a young age. Watching his father in action at his own practice, Ed fell in love with the business side of law.
Focusing on commercial law throughout his career, Ed loves the diversity of the area, likening it to a fruit salad (sometimes even with ice cream). As commercial law looks to the future, in any matter Ed is both assessing the current landscape and considering opportunities and issues that may arise as things evolve.
Ed works hand in hand with his clients, to help build and grow their businesses and ensure their success. Always taking the time to understand what his clients are trying to achieve, Ed is able to provide them with the right advice to achieve their business goals.
“My clients would describe me as a pragmatic lawyer who tries to find a solution. I always make myself available and I work hard to build their trust – I think they can see that I am genuinely interested in helping them achieve the outcomes they are looking for.”
Over a five-year span, Ed helped his client, a fifth-generation family business, after they had lost their way financially and operationally. In a multiple stage approach, Ed advise on the financial, tax and operational issues, then guided the business through a restructure to help ensure its future success. An extra layer of complexity was added due to the heated family dynamics that had to be resolved throughout every stage of this matter.
In a complex mergers and acquisitions deal, Ed worked through the merger of a listed company with two unlisted companies, with a total deal value of $660 million. Not only was the integration of these three businesses extremely complex, with the businesses having locations in different states, but complicated financial agreements and arrangements had to be dealt with including the management of international note holders and a large number of local financiers.