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Arthur Davis

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My clients rely on me – and I work hard to understand their business.
 

In advising large private groups, listed companies and international business with operations in Australia and Asia, I pay close attention to the values of these clients as well as their commercial objectives.  We live in a real world.  My advice does not just have to be right – it has to be useful.
 

Through my work on cross-border transactions I regularly advise foreign based businesses on their investments into Australia, considering tax-effective structuring and Australian regulations.
 

In addition, I have undertaken extensive employee incentive plan work, particularly for Australian subsidiaries of European and North American groups. 
 

My industry experience includes:

 

  • Technology
  • Sales and Distribution
  • Mining and Resources
  • Agriculture
  • Financial Services
  • Professional Services
  • Health Services

 

Prior to joining Addisons in 2013, I have been a partner at Middletons Moore & Bevins (now K&L Gates), Ernst & Young and Norton Rose Fulbright (formerly Deacons).
 

 

Qualifications

BEcon LLB - Macquarie University

 

Latest News
Addisons helps Bega win battle over peanut butter packaging
03 May 2019
On 1 May 2019 the Federal Court of Australia confirmed Bega Cheese’s right to continue to use the packaging get-up or trade dress associated with the peanut butter products that it acquired as part of its purchase of the Mondelez Grocery Business in 2017. Importantly, this gives Bega Cheese the right to continue to use the current packaging of its Smooth and Crunchy Peanut Butter products.
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Latest Knowledge
Loot Boxes, Surprise Mechanics, and Kinder Eggs - How should loot boxes be regulated?
12 August 2019
Globally, several jurisdictions are in the process of considering, or have already considered, their regulatory regimes in respect of loot boxes and have reached differing views as to the best way to regulate them. In this focus paper, we consider Australian and international regulatory developments with respect to the regulation of loot boxes.
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Is the ACCC losing its touch? “Flushable Wipes” and “Biodegradable Plates” cases break down in Federal Court
08 August 2019
Within one week, the ACCC has had two high-profile consumer law cases thrown out of the Federal Court – against Kimberly-Clark and Woolworths, separately.
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Massachusetts' Wynn Decision - Analysis from an Australian perspective
01 August 2019
When reviewing a licence application, a regulator carries out a due diligence process which is a fundamental step in the procedure towards granting a licence. It is important to remember that this is only the first step – the Wynn case illustrates the necessity for there to be ongoing due diligence from the perspectives of both the regulator and the operator.
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The work that I undertake typically falls under the following categories:
 

  • Corporate Advisory
  • M&A
  • Joint ventures
  • Capital raisings

 

 

Qualifications

BEcon LLB - Macquarie University

 

Latest News
Addisons helps Bega win battle over peanut butter packaging
03 May 2019
On 1 May 2019 the Federal Court of Australia confirmed Bega Cheese’s right to continue to use the packaging get-up or trade dress associated with the peanut butter products that it acquired as part of its purchase of the Mondelez Grocery Business in 2017. Importantly, this gives Bega Cheese the right to continue to use the current packaging of its Smooth and Crunchy Peanut Butter products.
MORE INFORMATION
See More
Latest Knowledge
Loot Boxes, Surprise Mechanics, and Kinder Eggs - How should loot boxes be regulated?
12 August 2019
Globally, several jurisdictions are in the process of considering, or have already considered, their regulatory regimes in respect of loot boxes and have reached differing views as to the best way to regulate them. In this focus paper, we consider Australian and international regulatory developments with respect to the regulation of loot boxes.
MORE INFORMATION
Is the ACCC losing its touch? “Flushable Wipes” and “Biodegradable Plates” cases break down in Federal Court
08 August 2019
Within one week, the ACCC has had two high-profile consumer law cases thrown out of the Federal Court – against Kimberly-Clark and Woolworths, separately.
MORE INFORMATION
Massachusetts' Wynn Decision - Analysis from an Australian perspective
01 August 2019
When reviewing a licence application, a regulator carries out a due diligence process which is a fundamental step in the procedure towards granting a licence. It is important to remember that this is only the first step – the Wynn case illustrates the necessity for there to be ongoing due diligence from the perspectives of both the regulator and the operator.
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Grays Online
Acquisition of Grays Online of OO.com.au
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Technicolour
Acquisition by Technicolour of the Australian distribution business of Roadshow Australia
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TriAusMin
Renounceable rights issue for TriAusMin, listed on the Australian and Toronto Stock Exchanges.
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Healthzone
Acquisition of Healthzone franchise group.
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Triangle Energy
Convertible Notes issue for Triangle Energy.
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Gift Fund
Advice on the establishment of a gift fund to complement group commercial operations.
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Facebook
Preparation of “wrap around” prospectus for Facebook to accompany offers of shares to local employees.
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Advisory Joint Venture
Advising on, and implementing the structure of a national accounting firm and its associated corporate advisory joint venture.
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Franchises
Advising on, and implementing the structure of an international group operating through franchises.
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Qualifications

BEcon LLB - Macquarie University

 

Latest News
Addisons helps Bega win battle over peanut butter packaging
03 May 2019
On 1 May 2019 the Federal Court of Australia confirmed Bega Cheese’s right to continue to use the packaging get-up or trade dress associated with the peanut butter products that it acquired as part of its purchase of the Mondelez Grocery Business in 2017. Importantly, this gives Bega Cheese the right to continue to use the current packaging of its Smooth and Crunchy Peanut Butter products.
MORE INFORMATION
See More
Latest Knowledge
Loot Boxes, Surprise Mechanics, and Kinder Eggs - How should loot boxes be regulated?
12 August 2019
Globally, several jurisdictions are in the process of considering, or have already considered, their regulatory regimes in respect of loot boxes and have reached differing views as to the best way to regulate them. In this focus paper, we consider Australian and international regulatory developments with respect to the regulation of loot boxes.
MORE INFORMATION
Is the ACCC losing its touch? “Flushable Wipes” and “Biodegradable Plates” cases break down in Federal Court
08 August 2019
Within one week, the ACCC has had two high-profile consumer law cases thrown out of the Federal Court – against Kimberly-Clark and Woolworths, separately.
MORE INFORMATION
Massachusetts' Wynn Decision - Analysis from an Australian perspective
01 August 2019
When reviewing a licence application, a regulator carries out a due diligence process which is a fundamental step in the procedure towards granting a licence. It is important to remember that this is only the first step – the Wynn case illustrates the necessity for there to be ongoing due diligence from the perspectives of both the regulator and the operator.
MORE INFORMATION
Direct Selling Legal Update - June 2019
25/6/2019
Our Legal Update contains papers published recently by Addisons concerning various issues and developments impacting upon the direct selling sector in Australia. Areas covered include new obligations in respect of regulatory and compliance matters, as well as new requirements of which marketing teams should be aware.
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Direct Selling Legal Update - December 2018
6/12/2018
There have been a number of significant legal developments which impact upon the direct selling sector in the second half of 2018. In this newsletter, we take a closer look at some of those developments.
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Direct Selling Legal Update - June 2018
15/6/2018
Welcome to the latest issue of the Addisons Direct Selling Legal Update. There have been a number of significant issues affecting the direct selling sector which have occurred since our last newsletter. Some of these issues are addressed in this newsletter.
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Digital currency and GST: no more double taxation
20/7/2017
In good news for digital currency in Australia, the Commonwealth Government has announced its intention to treat digital currency in the same way as money for GST purposes from 1 July 2017.
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Devil in the detail - Australia’s GST Laws Overhauled - GST to apply to the offshore supply of digital products and services to Australian consumers from 1 July 2017 - What does this mean for the offshore online gambling industry?
26/6/2017
From 1 July 2017, Australia’s goods and services tax (GST) laws will be significantly overhauled.
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The Devil is in the detail - GST threshold for low value goods to be removed with effect from 1 July 2018 - What does this mean for the direct selling industry?
20/6/2017
From 1 July 2017, Australia’s goods and services tax (GST) laws will be significantly overhauled.
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Direct Selling Legal Update - June 2017
16/6/2017
Welcome to the latest issue of the Addisons Direct Selling Legal Update.
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Direct Selling Legal Update - July 2016
4/7/2016
Welcome to the latest edition of the Addisons Direct Selling Legal Update.
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Tax Breaks Proposed to Encourage Startup Investment
7/4/2016
As part of its focus on innovation and Australia’s entrepreneurial culture, the Turnbull government has proposed significant tax incentives to encourage seed investment in high growth Aussie startups.
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The "Netflix Tax" – Australian Government moves forward with proposals to extend GST to digital goods and services. What does this mean for the offshore online gambling sector?
23/12/2015
In May 2015, the Australian Federal Government announced in its federal budget its proposal to introduce legislation that will change the way Australia’s goods and services tax (GST) is applied to online purchases and transactions.
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Direct Selling Legal Update - December 2015
1/12/2015
Welcome to the latest edition of the Addisons Direct Selling Legal Update. 2015 has seen many developments which will impact Australia’s direct selling sector. We consider some of those issues in this Legal Update.
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They’re charging how much for a digital game or song? – Australian Government proposes to extend application of GST to overseas online digital media
11/5/2015
International companies that sell games, apps, music, movies, and books or provide streaming services and other forms of digital media to Australian consumers may soon be subject to the Australian goods and services tax (GST) as a result of the Australian Government’s proposals to introduce legislation that will change the way GST is applied to online purchases.
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Direct Selling Legal Update - April 2015
15/4/2015
Welcome to the latest edition of the Addisons Direct Selling Legal Update. In this edition, we take a look at some developments which may impact on those in the direct selling sector.
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Direct Selling Legal Update - December 2014
3/12/2014
Welcome to the latest edition of the Addisons Direct Selling Legal Update. In this update, we consider a number of recent developments of interest to those in the direct selling sector.
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New ASIC relief for Employee Incentive Schemes
19/11/2014
The Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) Class Order [CO 03/184] (CO 03/184) which previously granted exemptions for employee incentive schemes from certain disclosure, licensing and other requirements under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (Act), has now been discontinued and replaced.
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The Australian Taxation System: What Do Wagering Operators Need To Know?
22/8/2014
For wagering operators conducting or wishing to conduct business in Australia, it is important to understand the Australian tax system and the tax obligations which apply.
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Direct Selling Legal Update - March 2014
24/3/2014
2014 has got off to a busy start with many local changes of relevance to the direct selling sector. In this update, we consider the following matters and developments.
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Qualifications

BEcon LLB - Macquarie University

 

Latest News
Addisons helps Bega win battle over peanut butter packaging
03 May 2019
On 1 May 2019 the Federal Court of Australia confirmed Bega Cheese’s right to continue to use the packaging get-up or trade dress associated with the peanut butter products that it acquired as part of its purchase of the Mondelez Grocery Business in 2017. Importantly, this gives Bega Cheese the right to continue to use the current packaging of its Smooth and Crunchy Peanut Butter products.
MORE INFORMATION
See More
Latest Knowledge
Loot Boxes, Surprise Mechanics, and Kinder Eggs - How should loot boxes be regulated?
12 August 2019
Globally, several jurisdictions are in the process of considering, or have already considered, their regulatory regimes in respect of loot boxes and have reached differing views as to the best way to regulate them. In this focus paper, we consider Australian and international regulatory developments with respect to the regulation of loot boxes.
MORE INFORMATION
Is the ACCC losing its touch? “Flushable Wipes” and “Biodegradable Plates” cases break down in Federal Court
08 August 2019
Within one week, the ACCC has had two high-profile consumer law cases thrown out of the Federal Court – against Kimberly-Clark and Woolworths, separately.
MORE INFORMATION
Massachusetts' Wynn Decision - Analysis from an Australian perspective
01 August 2019
When reviewing a licence application, a regulator carries out a due diligence process which is a fundamental step in the procedure towards granting a licence. It is important to remember that this is only the first step – the Wynn case illustrates the necessity for there to be ongoing due diligence from the perspectives of both the regulator and the operator.
MORE INFORMATION