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Gavin’s clients value and respect his skills as a corporate lawyer. One client, a major Australian company, has gone through five changes of control transactions and every time they’ve called on him to act for them.
He is an experienced corporations and corporate regulatory lawyer highly skilled in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and governance, principally for ASX-listed companies.
He has been a director of several charities and has acted for not for profits, including industry groups.
“Clients want both speed and accuracy of advice. In the corporation’s regulatory environment, matters are often urgent and many years specialising in the area means I can give advice on the spot over the phone when it’s needed.”
Starting his career in litigation, Gavin has since specialised in commercial law, in particular regulated transactions and governance matters, dealing with the Corporations Act, ASX Listing Rules and Takeovers Panel Guidance. He deals regularly with ASX and ASIC personnel. He works with his clients on structuring the best possible deal and ensuring they comply with the relevant regulatory requirements. He is highly regarded in his field and valued by clients for his direct, no-nonsense approach to finding solutions to their problems and achieving their goals.
Gavin has a loyal client base that he has worked with for a long time; they know him well and he understands all aspects of their business.
gavin has presented papers on a number of topics including; continuous disclosure, corporate corruption, directors duties, the business judgment rule and asx corporate governance principles and recommendations, 4th edition.
fellow, governance institute of australia
Gavin acted for the major shareholder in an ASX listed public company, who wished to remove several of the fellow directors, including the Managing Director, from the Board. The necessary Notices were prepared and served, requisitioning a general meeting of the company and requiring the removal resolutions to be put to shareholders. The directors who were the subject of the requisition took steps to frustrate the holding of the meeting by appearing to postpone it. With the company being based in Perth, Gavin flew there to commence preparations for seeking injunctive relief from the Supreme Court of Western Australia. Although the legal position was not assured, the relevant directors capitulated in the face of this threat, entering into agreements to resign from the Board, and as the Managing Director. This meant the meeting did not have to go ahead, and the major shareholder was relieved and happy with the result.
Gavin was approached by the promoter of a reverse takeover and backdoor listing of a property development project. The transaction had been rejected by ASX on the basis that its structure did not comply with a number of Listing Rules and with applicable ASX Guidance. Gavin engaged in extensive discussions with ASX, devising a restructure that would satisfy ASX’s requirements. The restructure was implemented and the reverse takeover and requotation of the entity’s securities on ASX was successfully completed. The promoter was able to salvage significant sunk costs in the failed transaction which was a great result.
Gavin acted for the Administrators of an ASX- listed public company which had a large number of retail outlets throughout Australia. He advised in respect of a range of issues, including the possible sale of the business as a going concern, competing claims between secured creditors and parties claiming retention of title over stock, legal strategies with respect to disposal of stock, arrangements with landlords to allow certain outlets to remain open to allow sales to be conducted, and the distribution of amounts recovered to creditors. The listed shell was ultimately sold, providing a further return to creditors.
Gavin was retained by the Board of an industry body to review its protocols and procedures for legal compliance and effectiveness. This required a review of the company’s Constitution, Board Charter and related documents as well as the make-up of Board Papers and attending Board Meetings to observe processes. This resulted in a written report recommending changes which were implemented.