My stance on negotiating major transactions is to always be aware of our client’s objectives, while also recognising that such transactions are not a competition. The best result for any major transaction is one where both parties emerge from negotiations satisfied with the result which ensures a mutually agreeable relationship between both parties.
Careful judgement is critical here in identifying the issues of importance to our client, which are those issues that need to be argued strongly. In the event of a stalemate, we seek alternatives and compromises that enable the transaction to proceed while protecting our client’s interests and seeking to meet their objectives.
The result of such an approach is why clients want me sitting next to them during negotiations, as I provide insight into the law while understanding what they want to achieve out of the process.
My practice includes providing corporate and commercial advice to clients in the oil and gas industry, to listed public companies, Australian businesses and the Australian branches of multinational companies.
In addition to the oil and gas sectors, I also advise clients in the telecommunications, mining, waste management, motor vehicle, medical science, funeral, and technology industries.
Some of my clients include:
- Buildcorp Pty Limited
- CSL Australia Pty Limited
- CVC Limited
- DMX Corporation Limited
- InvoCare Limited
- Reliance Rail
- 3Q Holdings Limited
I joined Addisons in 2005 from Coudert Brothers.
BComm (Accounting Finance and Systems) LLB – University of New South Wales
LLM – University of Sydney
Member, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
“Michael gets to the point quicker and resolves issues faster, meaning that we receive better value for our legal spend.”
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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.
Gambling Law and Regulation Newsletter - August 2018
10 August 2018
Welcome to the August 2018 edition of the Addisons Gambling Law & Regulation Newsletter .
This is a bumper issue reflecting on many of the industry developments that have occurred this year in advance of the 2018 Australasian Gaming Expo.
Gambling as the new smoking
27 July 2018
Could gambling be the new smoking? With most of the western world now effectively banning smoking advertising, could gambling be targeted in a similar way?
With gambling advertising being banned in Italy, how likely is it that this could occur in Australia?
Jamie Nettleton, Partner of Addisons and President of the International Masters of Gaming Law, was pleased to be interviewed on ABC radio’s “More Than Just A Game” last night.