Business executives live in a ‘grey’ world where everything is unpredictable and uncertain; There’s no such thing as a “sure thing”.
Madgwicks’ Corporate Services team acts as another set of eyes and ears for executives, looking beyond just compliance. We’ll help you make the right strategic decision by working with you to assess the ‘grey’, including conducting due diligence, identifying risk management issues and providing strategic and pragmatic advice on the commercial transaction.
Whenever a transaction requires, our corporate lawyers are able to bring in the expertise of our lawyers from other teams, including taxation, finance, property, workplace relations or health and safety and intellectual property to ensure that the structure and strategy behind the transaction is to the utmost benefit of the client, and all risk management scenarios have been identified and properly addressed.
Our experience includes working with publicly listed companies, private companies from start-up to exit, financial institutions, multinationals and subsidiaries, fund managers, advisory firms, trustee companies and superannuation funds. We also work hard to maintain good relationship with regulators, including ASX, ASIC, APRA/AUSTRAC and the ATO.
Capital raising and corporate finance
Sometimes giving up equity is in your business’ best interests; investors can bring invaluable expertise to the table to move your business to the next level, or perhaps you are looking to sell a stake in your business and start something new. Or you have reached a stage where you would like to retire.
Our experience has taught us that when it comes to raising funds, there’s no ‘one solution’ that fits every business and every set of circumstances. Our connections, both locally and worldwide, can help you add options when negotiating a loan or issuing bonds or shares to investors. So, regardless of how you choose to secure capital, the Madgwicks team is well placed to advise your business on matters relating to Australian and international capital markets.
Corporate governance and compliance
Madgwicks’ lawyers are well equipped to advise on best-practice corporate governance principles and procedures, helping ensure that the interests of the companies, its directors and stakeholders are protected and meet their legal obligations.
Our advice encompasses issues such as executive remuneration and incentive mechanisms, standards and ethical behaviour, risk management across workplace relations and health and safety and conflicts of interest.
And finally, when things don’t go as planned – our Dispute Resolution & Litigation team has a wealth of experience representing businesses and directors facing audits or other investigations from state and federal regulators.
Corporate structures and joint ventures
A joint venture or strategic alliance should be beneficial for all stakeholders – the businesses, the shareholders and investors and the end-customer. It’s a complex balancing act and it is useful to set out your intentions and objectives well before approaching prospective partners.
Madgwicks works with public and private businesses to draft and negotiate joint venture, partnership and strategic alliance agreements that set out to drive success and work towards a common objective while protecting the different economic positions, assets, skills and outlook of the different parties. Importantly, these agreements also maintain a degree of flexibility and adaptability so that the partnership can grow over the long-term.