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James McLaughlin

special counsel, commercial

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about James

Initially leaning towards a career in science, the idea of working in a lab all day held little appeal for James. When he incorporated some law subjects into his science degree, James found law combined the problem solving aspect he enjoyed in science as well as the opportunity of working with people.

James understands his clients don’t always want to be laden with every detail in a deal, just the important aspects of their matter. Because of this level of trust, James’ clients are confident in the decisions he makes on their behalf, as well as trusting the recommendations he provides them.

“At the end of the day we want to make our clients lives easier. We understand that in the end, the most important thing to our clients is that their interests are protected.”

Areas of Expertise

buying and selling businesses
corporate governance
corporate structures and restructures
corporations law and compliance
loan and security documentation
mergers and acquisitions
shareholder agreements

recent experience

  • US vegetation management company

    James acted for an international US based vegetation management company with Australian operations on a transaction involving the acquisition of a substantial competitor by the Australian subsidiary. James helped the client through the entire acquisition, from negotiating the terms of the transaction, to finalising the transaction documents and coordinating the settlement. The acquisition expanded the service offering of the client, whose primary focus prior to the acquisition had been on vegetation management for utilities companies. The client was then able to provide smaller scale vegetation management services for local councils as well as expanding its coverage area.

  • largest privately owned aged care provider

    James was part of the team acting for one of the largest privately owned aged care providers in the merger with one of its competitors. The transaction required 12 months of tireless work by the team, navigating the complex legal issues. The merger represented a significant investment and growth opportunity for the client, with the combined group after the merger having a value in excess of $600 million.

  • accounting firm restructure

    James advised on the restructure of a mid-sized Victorian accounting firm, which was joining an international partnership of accounting firms. James advised the client on the entire restructure, right through to final settlement. This transaction was a big development for the client as it meant its clients would now have access to reliable international services. It also meant the client was the first port of call for the Australian needs of the international network they were now part of.