Tuesday, 28 February 2017

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 Knowledge
Ready Player One – Is Australia ready for the next big thing in gaming: eSports?
30 January 2017
With the growing popularity of video gaming globally, the video gaming industry is fast becoming an industry of business opportunities, not only for game developers and players, but for businesses looking for sponsorship opportunities and even gambling operators. One key feature driving this interest is eSports.
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Gambling Law & Regulation Newsletter January 2017
23 December 2016
Welcome to the January 2017 Addisons’ Gambling Law & Regulation Newsletter.
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Poor Relationships with Colleagues Leads to Dismissal
03 September 2015
BRR Media interview with Martin O'Connor, Partner on Thursday 3 September 2015 at 4:00pm.
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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 Knowledge
Ready Player One – Is Australia ready for the next big thing in gaming: eSports?
30 January 2017
With the growing popularity of video gaming globally, the video gaming industry is fast becoming an industry of business opportunities, not only for game developers and players, but for businesses looking for sponsorship opportunities and even gambling operators. One key feature driving this interest is eSports.
MORE INFORMATION
Gambling Law & Regulation Newsletter January 2017
23 December 2016
Welcome to the January 2017 Addisons’ Gambling Law & Regulation Newsletter.
MORE INFORMATION
Poor Relationships with Colleagues Leads to Dismissal
03 September 2015
BRR Media interview with Martin O'Connor, Partner on Thursday 3 September 2015 at 4:00pm.
MORE INFORMATION
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 Knowledge
Ready Player One – Is Australia ready for the next big thing in gaming: eSports?
30 January 2017
With the growing popularity of video gaming globally, the video gaming industry is fast becoming an industry of business opportunities, not only for game developers and players, but for businesses looking for sponsorship opportunities and even gambling operators. One key feature driving this interest is eSports.
MORE INFORMATION
Gambling Law & Regulation Newsletter January 2017
23 December 2016
Welcome to the January 2017 Addisons’ Gambling Law & Regulation Newsletter.
MORE INFORMATION
Poor Relationships with Colleagues Leads to Dismissal
03 September 2015
BRR Media interview with Martin O'Connor, Partner on Thursday 3 September 2015 at 4:00pm.
MORE INFORMATION
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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Unlocking value and managing risk in an exit of a privately held business
28/4/2016
Before embarking on a sale of a privately held business, a business owner should understand the strategic and legal considerations involved in the process. Understanding the process can increase the owner’s control and leverage, manage transaction risk and unlock value.
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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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ASX Proposes Changes to the Listing Rules to Increase the Capital Raising Limit for Small-To-Mid Cap Companies
23/4/2012
On 2 April 2012, the Australian Securities Exchange released a consultation paper – Strengthening Australia’s equity capital markets: ASX proposals and consultation. According to ASX, this is the first phase of listing initiatives it is rolling out in 2012 to strengthen Australia’s equity capital markets.
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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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Continuous Disclosure - What obligations do Directors have?
25/11/2011
Listed Australian companies have an obligation to keep the market continuously informed, subject to certain limitations, about any information that a reasonable person would expect to have a material effect on the price or value of their securities. Failure to do so may put the company in contravention of section 674(2) of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (Corporations Act).
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ASIC Finalises Guidance on Prospectus Disclosure - Regulatory Guide 228
18/11/2011
Following industry consultation on Consultation Paper 155 (CP 155) which was published by ASIC on 12 April 2011, ASIC released its finalised guidance on prospectus disclosure in the form of Regulatory Guide 228 (RG 228) on 10 November 2011.
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Proposed Changes to the ASX Listing Rules – How the Changes Will Affect New Listings and Disclosure for Mining and Oil & Gas Companies
17/11/2011
ASX has recently issued two releases that may result in amendments to the ASX Listing Rules:
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Is recovery by directors of defence costs under D&O policies on the rocks? - Implications of Steigrad v Bridgecorp
4/11/2011
The recent decision of the High Court of New Zealand in Steigrad v Bridgecorp1. (Bridgecorp decision) has caused a stir amongst directors. It raises concerns over the recoverability by directors under traditional directors and officers insurance policies (D&O policies) for their legal costs in defending a claim against them.
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Schemes of Arrangement – How Many Classes of Shareholders Do You Have for Your Scheme Meeting?
9/8/2011
A scheme of arrangement to acquire shares in a company must be approved by the requisite majorities set out in the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), at a meeting or meetings of the shareholders or “class” of shareholders of the target.
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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 Knowledge
Ready Player One – Is Australia ready for the next big thing in gaming: eSports?
30 January 2017
With the growing popularity of video gaming globally, the video gaming industry is fast becoming an industry of business opportunities, not only for game developers and players, but for businesses looking for sponsorship opportunities and even gambling operators. One key feature driving this interest is eSports.
MORE INFORMATION
Gambling Law & Regulation Newsletter January 2017
23 December 2016
Welcome to the January 2017 Addisons’ Gambling Law & Regulation Newsletter.
MORE INFORMATION
Poor Relationships with Colleagues Leads to Dismissal
03 September 2015
BRR Media interview with Martin O'Connor, Partner on Thursday 3 September 2015 at 4:00pm.
MORE INFORMATION