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Dale Chapman
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My work involves advising both public and private companies on a broad range of business matters and acting as external general counsel for a number of companies.


I have extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, joint venture projects, equity capital markets, corporate governance and commercial contracts, and the particular insights gained while practising law in Tokyo, acting for some of Japan’s largest trading houses on a variety of challenging global transactions.


I also have a focus on the water sector with significant expertise in water law, markets and trading, and drafting and negotiating complex commercial contracts for the water industry.
 

 

Qualification

LLB - University of Newcastle

 

BEc - University of Newcastle

Latest Knowledge
Should you be checking your termination benefit approvals?
21 September 2018
A recent unreported decision of the NSW Supreme Court should have executives rushing to their lawyers to check that their entitlements on retirement or termination from office have been properly approved by shareholders. It is not enough that shareholders have been told about an executive’s termination benefits and then given some general approval to them. For termination benefits approval to be effective, requirements as to both form and substance need to be strictly observed.
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Australia - Parallel imports and exhaustion of trade mark rights
21 September 2018
The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Act 2018 (Cth) (Act) was assented to on 24 August 2018. Among other changes, it amends the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (Copyright Act) and the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth) (Trade Marks Act) to clarify the circumstances in which the parallel importation of trade marked goods does not infringe a registered trade mark.
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Interim Heritage Orders - when can they be made and what effect do they have on development
21 August 2018
Landowners, developers and purchasers of property need to be aware of the increased use by many Sydney councils of their power to make an interim heritage order (IHO) over an item that the council considers may, on further inquiry or investigation, be found to be of local heritage significance, and is being or is likely to be harmed. The effect of the making of an IHO over a property can and often does restrict and limit development plans for the property.3
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My practice includes:

 

  • mergers & acquisitions,
  • joint venture projects,
  • equity capital markets,
  • commercial contracts
  • corporate governance and
  • water law and regulation.
     
 

Qualification

LLB - University of Newcastle

 

BEc - University of Newcastle

Latest Knowledge
Should you be checking your termination benefit approvals?
21 September 2018
A recent unreported decision of the NSW Supreme Court should have executives rushing to their lawyers to check that their entitlements on retirement or termination from office have been properly approved by shareholders. It is not enough that shareholders have been told about an executive’s termination benefits and then given some general approval to them. For termination benefits approval to be effective, requirements as to both form and substance need to be strictly observed.
MORE INFORMATION
Australia - Parallel imports and exhaustion of trade mark rights
21 September 2018
The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Act 2018 (Cth) (Act) was assented to on 24 August 2018. Among other changes, it amends the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (Copyright Act) and the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth) (Trade Marks Act) to clarify the circumstances in which the parallel importation of trade marked goods does not infringe a registered trade mark.
MORE INFORMATION
Interim Heritage Orders - when can they be made and what effect do they have on development
21 August 2018
Landowners, developers and purchasers of property need to be aware of the increased use by many Sydney councils of their power to make an interim heritage order (IHO) over an item that the council considers may, on further inquiry or investigation, be found to be of local heritage significance, and is being or is likely to be harmed. The effect of the making of an IHO over a property can and often does restrict and limit development plans for the property.3
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Murray Goulburn
Advising a bidder on the $1.3 billion sale of Murray Goulburn's business.
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Bega Cheese
Advising Bega Cheese on its takeover of Peanut Company of Australia Limited.
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Water NSW
Advising on securing Broken Hill’s town water supply using a desalination plant to treat subsurface water. The project involved advice on environmental and planning issues, property acquisitions, native title, water approvals and licences, procurement processes and construction contracts.
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Australian Government
I have advised the Department of the Environment in acquisitions of water rights in four States under the $3.1 billion Restoring the Balance in the Murray-Darling Basin Program and the $5.8 billion Sustainable Rural Water Use and Infrastructure Program.
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Private Irrigation Infrastructure Operators Program
Advising Murrumbidgee Irrigation, Murray Irrigation and Coleambally Irrigation Co-operative in relation to $414 million of water infrastructure projects under the Australian Government’s $600 million Private Irrigation Infrastructure Operators Program in New South Wales.
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Hunter Water
Privatisation of the Kooragang Industrial Water Scheme by competitive bid process. I have also advised on compulsory acquisition processes and site licences with telecommunications carriers.
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Japanese trading house
I advised this company on the worldwide acquisition of a household insecticide business involving asset deals in over 20 jurisdictions.
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Australian Associated Press
For over 10 years I have advised on this client’s mergers and acquisitions, including the sale of their media monitoring business to iSentia (formerly Media Monitors), obtaining competition clearances in Australia and overseas. I have also advised on complex commercial contracts for media monitoring and analysis.
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Barilla Australia
I have worked with this client on sponsorship arrangements for the MasterChef television series, regulatory compliance with food labelling laws (including country of origin claims) and dealings with the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service.
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Ashley Services Group
I have worked with this client since 2003 on numerous mergers and acquisitions, including the $55 million purchase of Integracom in 2014, as well as group restructurings and ASG’s IPO on the ASX which raised $98 million.
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Qualification

LLB - University of Newcastle

 

BEc - University of Newcastle

Latest Knowledge
Should you be checking your termination benefit approvals?
21 September 2018
A recent unreported decision of the NSW Supreme Court should have executives rushing to their lawyers to check that their entitlements on retirement or termination from office have been properly approved by shareholders. It is not enough that shareholders have been told about an executive’s termination benefits and then given some general approval to them. For termination benefits approval to be effective, requirements as to both form and substance need to be strictly observed.
MORE INFORMATION
Australia - Parallel imports and exhaustion of trade mark rights
21 September 2018
The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Act 2018 (Cth) (Act) was assented to on 24 August 2018. Among other changes, it amends the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (Copyright Act) and the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth) (Trade Marks Act) to clarify the circumstances in which the parallel importation of trade marked goods does not infringe a registered trade mark.
MORE INFORMATION
Interim Heritage Orders - when can they be made and what effect do they have on development
21 August 2018
Landowners, developers and purchasers of property need to be aware of the increased use by many Sydney councils of their power to make an interim heritage order (IHO) over an item that the council considers may, on further inquiry or investigation, be found to be of local heritage significance, and is being or is likely to be harmed. The effect of the making of an IHO over a property can and often does restrict and limit development plans for the property.3
MORE INFORMATION
 

Qualification

LLB - University of Newcastle

 

BEc - University of Newcastle

Latest Knowledge
Should you be checking your termination benefit approvals?
21 September 2018
A recent unreported decision of the NSW Supreme Court should have executives rushing to their lawyers to check that their entitlements on retirement or termination from office have been properly approved by shareholders. It is not enough that shareholders have been told about an executive’s termination benefits and then given some general approval to them. For termination benefits approval to be effective, requirements as to both form and substance need to be strictly observed.
MORE INFORMATION
Australia - Parallel imports and exhaustion of trade mark rights
21 September 2018
The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Act 2018 (Cth) (Act) was assented to on 24 August 2018. Among other changes, it amends the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (Copyright Act) and the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth) (Trade Marks Act) to clarify the circumstances in which the parallel importation of trade marked goods does not infringe a registered trade mark.
MORE INFORMATION
Interim Heritage Orders - when can they be made and what effect do they have on development
21 August 2018
Landowners, developers and purchasers of property need to be aware of the increased use by many Sydney councils of their power to make an interim heritage order (IHO) over an item that the council considers may, on further inquiry or investigation, be found to be of local heritage significance, and is being or is likely to be harmed. The effect of the making of an IHO over a property can and often does restrict and limit development plans for the property.3
MORE INFORMATION