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Addisons recently hosted an informative presentation by Belinda Gibson, Deputy Chair of ASIC. In the following video clips three Addisons partners briefly discuss key elements of this presentation. Michael Ryan examines the issue of disclosure, Jeff Mansfield looks at where directors now stand following the decisions in James Hardie, Fortescue and Centro and Laura Hartley discusses insider trading.
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Michael Ryan
“I guide my clients through doors, not into walls”

 

Telephone +61 2 8915 1015
Facsimile +61 2 8916 2015
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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
  • PETRONAS
  • Reliance Rail
  • 3Q Holdings Limited

 

I joined Addisons in 2005 from Coudert Brothers.

 

Qualifications

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.”
Andrew Smith
CEO and Managing Director
InvoCare Limited
Latest Knowledge
Are Loot Boxes Gambling? The War over Loot Boxes Continues – Australia Joins the Battlefield
23 July 2018
The Australian Senate has joined the international battlefield over whether “loot boxes” in video games constitutes gambling. On 28 June 2018, following a motion proposed by Greens Senator Jordon Steele-John, the Australian Senate agreed to refer an inquiry into the use of loot boxes in video games to the Senate Environment and Communications References Committee (the Senate Committee).
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eSports: Gambling in the Digital Age
28 June 2018
While still in its early stages, the Australian esports industry is growing at a rapid rate, with popular and respected tournaments such as the Intel Extreme Masters being held in Sydney annually, to the delight of thousands of Australian fans. At this year’s Australasian Casino and Gaming Regulators’ Conference, Jamie Nettleton gave a presentation on the development of esports and the current issues (including legal issues) that surround this growing industry.
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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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My work involves:

 

  • Corporate advisory

  • Mergers and acquisitions

  • Listed corporations ( takeovers, IPOs, schemes of arrangement)

  • Joint ventures.

 

Qualifications

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.”
Andrew Smith
CEO and Managing Director
InvoCare Limited
Latest Knowledge
Are Loot Boxes Gambling? The War over Loot Boxes Continues – Australia Joins the Battlefield
23 July 2018
The Australian Senate has joined the international battlefield over whether “loot boxes” in video games constitutes gambling. On 28 June 2018, following a motion proposed by Greens Senator Jordon Steele-John, the Australian Senate agreed to refer an inquiry into the use of loot boxes in video games to the Senate Environment and Communications References Committee (the Senate Committee).
MORE INFORMATION
eSports: Gambling in the Digital Age
28 June 2018
While still in its early stages, the Australian esports industry is growing at a rapid rate, with popular and respected tournaments such as the Intel Extreme Masters being held in Sydney annually, to the delight of thousands of Australian fans. At this year’s Australasian Casino and Gaming Regulators’ Conference, Jamie Nettleton gave a presentation on the development of esports and the current issues (including legal issues) that surround this growing industry.
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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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Novogen $32.4 million Fundraising
Acted for Novogen, a rapidly expanding drug discovery company listed on the ASX and NASDAQ, in a series of debt and equity capital raisings since 2013. Most recently, our team advised Novogen in the raising of $15.5 million pursuant to a placement to US institutional investors and the simultaneous conduct of a rights issue offer to existing shareholders to raise a further $16.9 million.
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Multi-Option Facility for International Software and Service Provider
Advised an international software and service provider in relation to its refinancing of a secured multi-option facility agreement involving both revolving and non-revolving loan facilities. Due to the global reach of our client’s business, it was necessary that the facilities be available and repayable in multiple different currencies, with the ability to change between currencies at any time. The new debt facility also provided funding for our client to explore new acquisition opportunities.
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Hostile takeover of junior gold explorer
Takeover bid involving two ASX-listed gold junior explorers, whose fates were intertwined by a longstanding farm-in and joint venture agreement. The complexity of the takeover bid reached new heights with the commencement of Takeovers Panel proceedings in relation to a myriad of legal issues arising from the takeovers provisions of the Corporations Act.
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Petronas
I have represented PETRONAS in Australia for over 10 years.
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InvoCare Limited
Advising on more than 20 acquisitions over twenty years including the completion in June 2011 of the acquisition of Bledisloe, its largest competitor for $114 million.
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Qualifications

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.”
Andrew Smith
CEO and Managing Director
InvoCare Limited
Latest Knowledge
Are Loot Boxes Gambling? The War over Loot Boxes Continues – Australia Joins the Battlefield
23 July 2018
The Australian Senate has joined the international battlefield over whether “loot boxes” in video games constitutes gambling. On 28 June 2018, following a motion proposed by Greens Senator Jordon Steele-John, the Australian Senate agreed to refer an inquiry into the use of loot boxes in video games to the Senate Environment and Communications References Committee (the Senate Committee).
MORE INFORMATION
eSports: Gambling in the Digital Age
28 June 2018
While still in its early stages, the Australian esports industry is growing at a rapid rate, with popular and respected tournaments such as the Intel Extreme Masters being held in Sydney annually, to the delight of thousands of Australian fans. At this year’s Australasian Casino and Gaming Regulators’ Conference, Jamie Nettleton gave a presentation on the development of esports and the current issues (including legal issues) that surround this growing industry.
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.
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'The Paperless Office' - How Much Paper is Enough for Your Company?
21/11/2011
In Australia, there is no general requirement that records of correspondence and documents must be retained nor is there any general requirement that records must be kept in paper form.
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Qualifications

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.”
Andrew Smith
CEO and Managing Director
InvoCare Limited
Latest Knowledge
Are Loot Boxes Gambling? The War over Loot Boxes Continues – Australia Joins the Battlefield
23 July 2018
The Australian Senate has joined the international battlefield over whether “loot boxes” in video games constitutes gambling. On 28 June 2018, following a motion proposed by Greens Senator Jordon Steele-John, the Australian Senate agreed to refer an inquiry into the use of loot boxes in video games to the Senate Environment and Communications References Committee (the Senate Committee).
MORE INFORMATION
eSports: Gambling in the Digital Age
28 June 2018
While still in its early stages, the Australian esports industry is growing at a rapid rate, with popular and respected tournaments such as the Intel Extreme Masters being held in Sydney annually, to the delight of thousands of Australian fans. At this year’s Australasian Casino and Gaming Regulators’ Conference, Jamie Nettleton gave a presentation on the development of esports and the current issues (including legal issues) that surround this growing industry.
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