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Li-Jean Chew
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I work closely with both private and publicly listed companies on a range of corporate and commercial transactions, providing astute and commercial legal advice. My aim when working with any client is not only to be a legal adviser who provides answers to the legal questions, but also to be a key member of their team who provides solutions that ultimately create value for their businesses.

 

I have extensive experience in complex corporate transactions such as public and private mergers and acquisitions and capital raisings.

 

These transactions include the takeover bid by Bega Cheese for Warrnambool Cheese & Butter, HNA Group’s acquisition of the Allco Aviation business, Countplus’ initial public offering and listing on the ASX, Sportingbet’s acquisition of Centrebet by way of schemes of arrangement, and the fundraising by biNu, a tech startup, from local and overseas venture capital firms and private investors.

 

I also frequently provide advice on corporate governance, and general contract and commercial law matters.

 

I was admitted as a solicitor in Australia in 2006 and worked at Sparke Helmore before joining Addisons in 2007.

 

Qualifications

BComm LLB – The University of New South Wales

 

LLM – The University of Sydney

 

Member, Women Lawyers’ Association of NSW

Latest News
Addisons promote eight
30 June 2019
This week Addisons announced eight internal promotions, including one Partner, four Special Counsels and three Senior Associates across the firm.
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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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Employment Law in Australia Overview
05 July 2019
In Australia, employment is primarily regulated by legislation at the Federal level. There are some areas, notably long service leave, which continue to be regulated at the State and Territory level.
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Two big cases involving big name brands, Penfolds and Bega
08 May 2019
When you are strolling the aisles of a supermarket or bottle shop, what makes you instinctively reach for a familiar brand? Why do you choose one company’s product and ignore the other similar-looking products sitting next to them on the shelf? Brand recognition and brand loyalty are central to a product’s profitability.
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The work that I undertake for clients include:

 

  • Corporate and commercial advice
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Takeovers and schemes of arrangement
  • Public and private capital raisings
  • Corporate governance
  • Contract drafting and negotiation
     
 

Qualifications

BComm LLB – The University of New South Wales

 

LLM – The University of Sydney

 

Member, Women Lawyers’ Association of NSW

Latest News
Addisons promote eight
30 June 2019
This week Addisons announced eight internal promotions, including one Partner, four Special Counsels and three Senior Associates across the firm.
MORE INFORMATION
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
Employment Law in Australia Overview
05 July 2019
In Australia, employment is primarily regulated by legislation at the Federal level. There are some areas, notably long service leave, which continue to be regulated at the State and Territory level.
MORE INFORMATION
Two big cases involving big name brands, Penfolds and Bega
08 May 2019
When you are strolling the aisles of a supermarket or bottle shop, what makes you instinctively reach for a familiar brand? Why do you choose one company’s product and ignore the other similar-looking products sitting next to them on the shelf? Brand recognition and brand loyalty are central to a product’s profitability.
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Class Limited’s ASX listing
I was on the team that acted for fintech company Class Limited on its successful listing on the ASX, with a market capitalisation at listing of $117 million. Class is a leading provider of cloud-based administration software solutions for SMSF administrators in Australia. Class’ IPO involved the issue of new shares and a partial sell-down of existing shares by the company’s shareholders.
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Merger of Moore Stephens Sydney and Pitcher Partners Sydney
I acted for accounting firm Moore Stephens Sydney on all legal aspects of its merger with Pitcher Partners Sydney. The merger creates a firm of greater size and strength that provides a strong platform for growth. Before to the merger, we have acted for Moore Stephens Sydney for a number of years.
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Sale of Moxey Farms
I was on the team that acted for the Moxey family on the sale of Moxey Farms, one of Australia’s largest single-site dairy operations, to a consortium comprising Leppington Pastoral Company, New Hope Dairy and Freedom Foods.
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Corporate governance advice to Sims Metal Management
We advised the Board of ASX-listed Sims Metal Management, the world’s largest metals and electronics recycler, on the company’s engagement of its CEO. We also advised Sims Metal Management on the preparation of its notice of annual general meeting, at which approval from its shareholders for the grant of termination benefits was obtained.
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TriAusMin’s merger with Heron Resources by way of scheme of arrangement
I was on the team that acted for TriAusMin Limited, a company that was listed on the ASX and the Toronto Stock Exchange, on its scheme of arrangement with its shareholders. The scheme resulted in Heron Resources Limited acquiring all of the shares in TriAusMin. The merger provided the merged company with the resources to advance the Woodlawn Underground and Woodlawn Tailings Retreatment projects south of Goulburn. We advised TriAusMin on the scheme booklet as well as the scheme court process.
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Private equity investment in Bluestone Group
We advised diversified financial services company Bluestone Group on all of the Australian legal aspects of the sale of a significant stake in the company to private equity company LDC, which is part of the Lloyds Banking Group in the UK. This transaction was the latest handled by Addisons who have acted for Bluestone Group since 2007. Our team also advised on Bluestone Group’s move of its headquarters to the UK.
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NRMA's review of its Constitution
I worked closely with NRMA on an extensive review and redrafting of its corporate constitution, which was approved by its members. NRMA was seeking to modernise its constitution to reflect a more contemporary and relevant governance structure.
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Bega Cheese's takeover bid for Warrnambool Cheese & Butter
I was a key member of the Addisons team that acted for Bega Cheese on its off-market takeover bid for Warrnambool Cheese & Butter. This was a long running matter that involved a three way bidding war and Takeovers Panel proceedings. Based on the Bega Cheese bid, the value of this transaction was in the vicinity of $400 million. Addisons has also advised Bega Cheese on a number of other transactions.
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Countplus Limited’s ASX Listing
I was part of the team acting for Countplus Limited on its IPO and listing on ASX. The transaction also involved staged acquisitions by Countplus of 18 accounting and financial planning businesses in the lead-up to its IPO. We continue to advise Countplus on a range of transactions, including acquisitions of accounting and financial planning businesses by its subsidiaries.
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HNA Group's acquisition of the Allco Aviation business
HNA Group is a diversified transportation, logistics and hospitality group, which includes Hainan Airlines, the largest private airline in China. We acted for HNA Group on its acquisition of aviation assets with a portfolio value of US$3 billion from the receivers of Allco Finance Group.
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Qualifications

BComm LLB – The University of New South Wales

 

LLM – The University of Sydney

 

Member, Women Lawyers’ Association of NSW

Latest News
Addisons promote eight
30 June 2019
This week Addisons announced eight internal promotions, including one Partner, four Special Counsels and three Senior Associates across the firm.
MORE INFORMATION
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
Employment Law in Australia Overview
05 July 2019
In Australia, employment is primarily regulated by legislation at the Federal level. There are some areas, notably long service leave, which continue to be regulated at the State and Territory level.
MORE INFORMATION
Two big cases involving big name brands, Penfolds and Bega
08 May 2019
When you are strolling the aisles of a supermarket or bottle shop, what makes you instinctively reach for a familiar brand? Why do you choose one company’s product and ignore the other similar-looking products sitting next to them on the shelf? Brand recognition and brand loyalty are central to a product’s profitability.
MORE INFORMATION
Equity derivative positions back on the table - do you need to disclose your holdings? The Takeovers Panel considers revising its Guidance Note 20 on disclosure of equity derivatives
14/5/2019
The topic of disclosure of equity derivative positions is back on the table following the release by the Takeovers Panel of proposed revisions to its Guidance Note 20 (Equity Derivatives).
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4th edition of the ASX Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations - what you need to know
6/5/2019
In February this year, the ASX Corporate Governance Council (Council) released the 4th edition of the ASX Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations (4th Edition).
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Unlocking value and managing risk in buying or selling your business
25/10/2018
Risk can erode your hard-won purchase price. Take these steps to manage risk.
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Tips and traps in planning your company's IPO
25/5/2018
Dwight D. Eisenhower once said that plans are worthless, but planning is everything. The first step in your company’s initial public offering (IPO) is to plan for the journey.
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Overseas directors of foreign companies preparing for an IPO in Australia must inform themselves of the prospectus requirements and engage in the prospectus preparation process
25/10/2016
Companies preparing for an initial public offering (IPO) that have directors who do not understand English or are not familiar with the Australian regulatory requirements for a prospectus should take note of the Court's findings in ASIC v Sino Australia Oil and Gas Limited (in liq) (Sino case).
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3 things you need to know about how entering into a Shareholders Agreement may affect your rights under the Constitution and other documents
9/3/2016
Most companies have a Constitution setting out the rules governing its activities and the rights and obligations of its shareholders and directors. It is not uncommon for shareholders in a closely held or joint venture company to also decide to adopt a Shareholders Agreement to regulate their relationship.
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Takeovers Panel applications – A delay in making an application could be fatal
12/8/2014
One of the main objectives of the Takeovers Panel is to determine corporate control disputes in a speedy manner. Consistent with this objective, parties considering making an application to the Panel should bear in mind the need to act without delay. There have been instances where a delay in making an application has led to the Panel declining to conduct proceedings.
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Termination Benefits Policy: Does Your Company Need One?
1/7/2014
A termination benefits policy (TB Policy) is a shareholder approved policy for the payment of certain benefits to managers and executives on their retirement1 from the employ of a company or its related bodies corporate.
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Termination Benefits: How a Managing Director Got Stripped of Them
1/7/2014
This is the sorry tale of how Howard Renshaw (Mr Renshaw), managing director of Queensland Mining Corporation Limited (QMC), an ASX listed company, fell foul of the termination benefits provisions of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (Corporations Act) (section 200B) and was required to pay all his termination benefits back to QMC.
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Laying Your Cards on the Table – Equity Derivative Positions in Australia Exposed by Crown and Echo Entertainment - Do You Need to Disclose Your Equity Derivative Holdings?
5/4/2012
The issue of disclosure to the market of interests held through equity derivatives has been brought to the fore by the attention that the media has given to James Packer-backed Crown’s recent equity derivative holdings in Echo.
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Qualifications

BComm LLB – The University of New South Wales

 

LLM – The University of Sydney

 

Member, Women Lawyers’ Association of NSW

Latest News
Addisons promote eight
30 June 2019
This week Addisons announced eight internal promotions, including one Partner, four Special Counsels and three Senior Associates across the firm.
MORE INFORMATION
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
Employment Law in Australia Overview
05 July 2019
In Australia, employment is primarily regulated by legislation at the Federal level. There are some areas, notably long service leave, which continue to be regulated at the State and Territory level.
MORE INFORMATION
Two big cases involving big name brands, Penfolds and Bega
08 May 2019
When you are strolling the aisles of a supermarket or bottle shop, what makes you instinctively reach for a familiar brand? Why do you choose one company’s product and ignore the other similar-looking products sitting next to them on the shelf? Brand recognition and brand loyalty are central to a product’s profitability.
MORE INFORMATION