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When Linda Huan came to Australia from China 20 years ago, she swapped an academic career teaching English at university for a new path – corporate law.
A stint working in an accounting firm specialising in insolvencies after arriving in Australia sparked her interest in law, inspiring her to take a new career direction.
Linda has worked in all areas of corporate law since becoming a lawyer. She’s excited by the opportunity to help clients achieve their commercial purposes and to guide them to successful business outcomes.
“I’m most proud when I can bring about a good result for a client. I take the time to understand the client’s business and how I can help them achieve their desired commercial goals.”
Linda has a large number of international clients and understands that cultural differences can create unique challenges to business. Applying her language skills to help ensure her clients are always comfortable, Linda can act as the cultural go-between for the client and local Australian lawyers when advising on deals.
Linda advised a Chinese private owned enterprise (POE) on its initial $AUD 5 million acquisition of an interest in a Queensland metal mining project. Linda advised on all aspects of the acquisition, guiding on the structure and conducting the due diligence on the target company and the specific project. She also negotiated and drafted the share subscription agreement and advised on the shareholder rights and joint venture agreement required. Overcoming negotiation barriers with existing shareholders, Linda was able to help the client reach a mutually acceptable arrangement. A joint venture was formed between existing shareholders and the client as the new cornerstone investor to carry out the project, which will occur over several years from exploration stage right through to mining stage.
Linda advised a POE on its $AUD 13 million acquisition of the land and business of Chateau Yering Estate, a heritage listed hotel business with over 150 years of history. Linda prepared the share subscription agreement and share sale and purchase agreement as well as advising on stamp duty issues and post-acquisition land subdivision. The client now owns 100% of the estate, both the land and the business, and is operating the business through the existing Australian management team.
Linda advised a Chinese POE, as a business partner of the existing majority shareholder, on the acquisition of an interest in Hollick Wine Estate from the outgoing Australia shareholder. Linda assisted with the whole process, negotiating and drafting the share sale agreement and completing the share acquisition. On completion of the transaction, Linda continued to assist the Chinese shareholders on all matters arising from the ongoing business operations.
Linda advised a central Chinese SOE on its acquisition of a substantial interest in an Australian uranium exploration company. This transaction saw Linda assist obtaining Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) approval, finalised all transaction documents, as well as undertaking the corporate governance and requirements necessary under ASX Listing Rules. Linda also advised the investor on the post-acquisition tenements management and contractor agreements relating to the ongoing business operations.
Linda has worked with Hisense Group since 2010, assisting with all manner of investments and business operations in Australia. Linda’s work with Hisense has included advice on corporate structuring, FIRB applications and taxation issues, legal documentation and general commercial matters.