Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions

Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyer

M&A lawyers that help businesses navigate the legalities of corporate transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions (M&A).

Stephen Wawn & Associates is a civil, commercial and corporate law firm. Since 1964, we have been providing mergers and acquisitions services for individuals, small businesses, medium businesses, larger corporations, and developers in Sydney.

We provide holistic support to the key areas relevant to the transaction such as employment, competition, intellectual property (IP) protection, estate planning, product liability, warranty and indemnity insurance, shareholder agreements and corporate governance.

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Our Merger & Acquisition Services

At Stephen Wawn & Associates, we offer a wide range of mergers and acquisitions services tailored to your unique needs. Whether you are a large corporation looking to expand your footprint or a small business seeking growth opportunities, we have the expertise to guide you through the entire process.

Merger Lawyer

Your merger lawyer at Stephen Wawn & Associates will be able to assist you with thorough solutions to support you throughout the merger.

  • Advising on Deal Structuring
  • Due Diligence
  • Executing or defending against takeover bids
  • Corporate Insolvency and Restructuring
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Employment Contracts and Workplace Advisory
  • Negotiating Transactions
  • Transaction Management and Completion
  • Post Merger Documentation

Acquisition Lawyer

Stephen Wawn & Associates have overlooked acquisitions for SMEs, developers and large corporations. Your acquisition lawyer at our firm will be there to simplify the process and provide legal advice for each step of the acquisition process. 

  • Negotiating Transactions
  • Executing or defending against takeover bids
  • Due Diligence
  • Compliance and Risk Management
  • Employment Contracts and Workplace Advisory
  • Restructuring
  • Business Acquisition Conveyancing
  • Acquisition Documentation

Our Process

1. Legal Advice and Counsel

Our M&A lawyers provide expert legal advice that covers every aspect of the merger and acquisition process. This is to ensure that your transaction complies with all relevant laws and regulations, including competition law, to mitigate any potential risks.

2. Structuring M&A Transactions

The structuring of M&A transactions is a critical step that can significantly impact the outcome. We help you determine the most suitable structure, whether it’s a merger, acquisition, or scheme of arrangement.

3. Due Diligence

Due diligence is essential to assess the assets and liabilities of the target company. Our team conducts in-depth legal due diligence such as reviewing contracts, licenses, intellectual property, litigation history and more to uncover any potential issues or hidden risks.

4. Negotiation and Documentation

Our M&A lawyers excel in the negotiation and drafting of legal documentation, ensuring that your interests are protected throughout the transaction.

5. Post-Merger Integration

We provide guidance to streamline the integration process.

Mergers and Acquisitions Laws

  • Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth)

    Mergers and Acquisitions in Australia are regulated by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) according to the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (previously the Trade Practices Act 1974).

    If a company planning an M&A meets a combined threshold, the relevant stakeholders must seek approval from the ACCC before proceeding.

    The ACCC body aims to ensure that a merger or acquisition does not lead to anti-competitive behaviour or harm consumers.

  • Part 5.1 and Chapter 6 of the Corporations Act (Cth) (Corporations Act)

  • Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)

  • The Takeovers Panel (Panel)

  • The Foreign Acquisitions and Takeover Act 1974 (Cth). Also known as FATA. The act contains laws regulating acquisitions of Australian businesses and assets by foreign investors.

  • Income Tax Assessment Act 1977 (Cth). This act regulates the taxation of M&As in Australia.

Book a Free Discussion on a M&A Transaction

It’s never too early to start talking to an advisor about an incredibly important financial decision, such as a merger or acquisition. If you have started thinking about buying, selling or merging, our lawyers can provide legal counsel and due diligence to oversee all the stages of your M&A deal. 

Contact us today and find out more. Our M&A lawyers will be happy to walk you through a strategy and responsive support personalised to your objectives. 

As M&A lawyers with more than 45 years of experience, you can count on Stephen Wawn & Associates to offer clear, comprehensive and commercial legal advice.

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If you need any help, please feel free to contact us. We will get back to you. Or if in hurry, just call us now.

Call : (02) 9328 1000

office@stephenwawn.com.au Mon – Fri 09:00-17:00

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