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Renee Shipp
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As a corporate and commercial lawyer, my philosophy at work is straightforward.  It is of the utmost importance that I provide advice that is technically correct.  However, it is of equal importance that I bring a commercial and common-sense approach to solving legal problems.  These objectives are at the forefront of everything I do.


Assisting clients to achieve their goals gives me great satisfaction and I consider that their success is my success.  Working as part of a client’s team and building an understanding of the dynamics within which they work allows me to successfully navigate them through complex transactions.


My expertise is in corporate and commercial law, with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and large scale commercial contracts.  I have advised both public and private clients across a broad range of industries, but I have a particular interest in the food and beverage sector. 


I joined Addisons in 2004 and was appointed to Special Counsel in 2016.
 

 

Qualifications

BComm LLB (Hons) - University of Wollongong

 

Member, Australian Corporate Lawyers Association
 

Member, Women Lawyers' Association of NSW

Latest Knowledge
Directors’ Duties - "Should we?" - the High Court says "NO" in ASIC v Lewski
06 February 2019
APRA’s 2018 review into CBA’s corporate governance practices recommended injecting into CBA’s DNA a “should we?” question in relation to all dealings with and decisions on customers. The High Court expressed a similar sentiment in its recent decision in ASIC v Lewski, reminding company boards of the high standard expected of directors in making decisions when the stakes are high, the amounts involved are significant and there are potential conflicts of interest involved. The court at first instance also made some helpful observations in relation to when a director can or should rely on professional advice in making a determination, which is summarised in the article.
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Gambling Law & Regulation Newsletter - December 2018
21 December 2018
Welcome to the December 2018 edition of the Addisons Gambling Law & Regulation Newsletter. This newsletter contains Focus Papers published recently by Addisons concerning various issues relating to gambling regulation in Australia and recent developments that are likely to have an impact on the gambling sector during 2019.
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Commercialisation of Intellectual Property
14 November 2018
In this edition of BenchTV, Partner, Donna Short and Special Counsel, Hazel McDwyer discuss the phases of a commercialisation project, the types of intellectual property in commercialisation agreements, and the need for the protection of intellectual property both on a domestic and global scale.
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My work involves:

 

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Joint ventures and shareholder agreements
  • Corporate and commercial


 

 

Qualifications

BComm LLB (Hons) - University of Wollongong

 

Member, Australian Corporate Lawyers Association
 

Member, Women Lawyers' Association of NSW

Latest Knowledge
Directors’ Duties - "Should we?" - the High Court says "NO" in ASIC v Lewski
06 February 2019
APRA’s 2018 review into CBA’s corporate governance practices recommended injecting into CBA’s DNA a “should we?” question in relation to all dealings with and decisions on customers. The High Court expressed a similar sentiment in its recent decision in ASIC v Lewski, reminding company boards of the high standard expected of directors in making decisions when the stakes are high, the amounts involved are significant and there are potential conflicts of interest involved. The court at first instance also made some helpful observations in relation to when a director can or should rely on professional advice in making a determination, which is summarised in the article.
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Gambling Law & Regulation Newsletter - December 2018
21 December 2018
Welcome to the December 2018 edition of the Addisons Gambling Law & Regulation Newsletter. This newsletter contains Focus Papers published recently by Addisons concerning various issues relating to gambling regulation in Australia and recent developments that are likely to have an impact on the gambling sector during 2019.
MORE INFORMATION
Commercialisation of Intellectual Property
14 November 2018
In this edition of BenchTV, Partner, Donna Short and Special Counsel, Hazel McDwyer discuss the phases of a commercialisation project, the types of intellectual property in commercialisation agreements, and the need for the protection of intellectual property both on a domestic and global scale.
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The Coca Cola Company
I was a key member of the team that advised The Coca-Cola Company and Coca-Cola South Pacific on a joint venture with Coca-Cola Amatil with respect to their Australian water businesses.
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Mitsubishi Electric
I have advised Mitsubishi Electric on a variety of major equipment supply agreements, including an agreement with UGL with respect to the NSW Tangara train upgrade.
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Belgiovane Williams Mackay
We acted on behalf of the founding shareholders of Belgiovane Williams Mackay in the sale of 51% of the shares to Dentsu Aegis.
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Bioxyne Limited
I was a member of the team that acted on the back-door listing of Probiomics Limited (renamed Bioxyne Limited), including the simultaneous acquisition of Hunter Immunology Limited by takeover and a capital raising.
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Belgiovane Williams Mackay Pty Limited
We acted on behalf of the founding shareholders of Belgiovane Williams Mackay Pty Limited (BWM) in buying-back a 51% stake in BWM from Enero Group Limited to give them back 100% ownership of BWM.
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InvoCare Australia Pty Limited
This project was an extremely interesting one for me when I advised on the acquisition of the funeral business of WN Bull Pty Limited, which had 3 locations in Sydney.
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Petronas
An extremely large and complex matter where we acted for PETRONAS in its acquisition of a 40% interest in Santos’ Gladstone LNG project, including, petroleum leases, pipeline licenses and authorities to prospect. This project was valued in the order of US$2.5 billion.
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HNA Group
Our team advised the HNA Group of China in its acquisition of the Allco Aviation business, involving a portfolio of 68 commercial aircraft valued at US$3.0 billion while Corrs Chambers Westgarth acted for the Receiver.
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Mulpha Australia
In June 2010 we advised Mulpha on the refinancing of the group’s Australian syndicated loan facilities which was valued at around $250 million.
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Qualifications

BComm LLB (Hons) - University of Wollongong

 

Member, Australian Corporate Lawyers Association
 

Member, Women Lawyers' Association of NSW

Latest Knowledge
Directors’ Duties - "Should we?" - the High Court says "NO" in ASIC v Lewski
06 February 2019
APRA’s 2018 review into CBA’s corporate governance practices recommended injecting into CBA’s DNA a “should we?” question in relation to all dealings with and decisions on customers. The High Court expressed a similar sentiment in its recent decision in ASIC v Lewski, reminding company boards of the high standard expected of directors in making decisions when the stakes are high, the amounts involved are significant and there are potential conflicts of interest involved. The court at first instance also made some helpful observations in relation to when a director can or should rely on professional advice in making a determination, which is summarised in the article.
MORE INFORMATION
Gambling Law & Regulation Newsletter - December 2018
21 December 2018
Welcome to the December 2018 edition of the Addisons Gambling Law & Regulation Newsletter. This newsletter contains Focus Papers published recently by Addisons concerning various issues relating to gambling regulation in Australia and recent developments that are likely to have an impact on the gambling sector during 2019.
MORE INFORMATION
Commercialisation of Intellectual Property
14 November 2018
In this edition of BenchTV, Partner, Donna Short and Special Counsel, Hazel McDwyer discuss the phases of a commercialisation project, the types of intellectual property in commercialisation agreements, and the need for the protection of intellectual property both on a domestic and global scale.
MORE INFORMATION
Penalties looming for unfair small business contracts
23/10/2018
On 14 October 2018, the ACCC’s Deputy Chair, Mick Keogh, again reiterated the ACCC’s view that major changes are required to unfair contract laws for small businesses at the Franchise Council of Australia Law Symposium on Sunday, 14 October 2018. This speech follows similar comments from the ACCC Chair, Rod Sims, at his address to the Council of Small Business Organisations Australia in August of this year.
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Do you invite or submit tenders for the supply of goods or services? If so, you may have obligations that you are not aware of …
1/6/2016
If you invite or submit tenders for the supply of goods or services, there are some important considerations in relation to confidentiality that you need to bear in mind.
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Heads of Agreement: Some Handy Tips and Important Considerations
31/3/2015
Heads of agreement are commonly used in a variety of corporate transactions as a precursor to formal binding documentation. The preliminary documents used for this purpose go by many names – letter of intent, term sheet, memorandum of understanding and so on. Regardless of the name that is used, all of these documents share some common legal issues and have potential pitfalls that need to be avoided
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Addisons Contractual Interpretation Series - an update on "reasonable endeavours"
13/3/2015
In an earlier article in this series we reviewed the judicial interpretation of the phrase “best endeavours”. The following article updates this through a review of the High Court’s decision in Electricity Generation Corporation v Woodside Energy Limited [2014] 251 CLR 640 (Verve Energy case), in which the Court analysed the meaning of the term “reasonable endeavours” in the context of a contract.
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Issuing Employee Shares - the rocky path that can follow
7/10/2014
A recent decision of the Federal Court of Australia in MG Corrosion Consultants Pty Ltd v Gilmour [2014] FCA 990 highlights the difficulties that can arise when a privately owned company issues shares to an employee.
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Continuous Disclosure: $1.2 million penalty imposed for breach by Newcrest
12/8/2014
A breach of continuous disclosure obligations has cost Newcrest Mining Limited $1.2 million following a recent decision of the Federal Court.
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New Debt Collection Guidelines: are you and your debt collectors complying with the law?
21/7/2014
The new “Debt Collection Guidelines: For Collectors and Creditors” were released jointly by ASIC and the ACCC on 8 July 2014 (Guidelines). The Guidelines are applicable to those involved in the collection of debt. Companies need to ensure that appropriate policies and procedures are in place to ensure compliance with the Guidelines by their in-house collection departments and any external debt collection agency they appoint. The terms of engagement of any external debt collection agency need to be drafted having regard to the Guidelines and should include an indemnification regime which will compensate your company in the event it is liable for the conduct of its agent. Failure to comply with these Guidelines may result in considerable penalties for companies, including fines of up to $1,700,000 per offence.
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The Takeovers Panel proposes changes to Guidance Note 12: Frustrating Action
9/1/2014
The Takeovers Panel proposes changes to Guidance Note 12: Frustrating Action On 6 January 2014, the Takeovers Panel released a consultation paper (Consultation Paper) seeking public comment in relation to proposed amendments to Guidance Note 12: Frustrating Action (GN12). The Consultation Paper proposes the addition of new matters that the Panel will have regard to in considering whether a target company has engaged in frustrating action that constitutes “unacceptable circumstances”.
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Qualifications

BComm LLB (Hons) - University of Wollongong

 

Member, Australian Corporate Lawyers Association
 

Member, Women Lawyers' Association of NSW

Latest Knowledge
Directors’ Duties - "Should we?" - the High Court says "NO" in ASIC v Lewski
06 February 2019
APRA’s 2018 review into CBA’s corporate governance practices recommended injecting into CBA’s DNA a “should we?” question in relation to all dealings with and decisions on customers. The High Court expressed a similar sentiment in its recent decision in ASIC v Lewski, reminding company boards of the high standard expected of directors in making decisions when the stakes are high, the amounts involved are significant and there are potential conflicts of interest involved. The court at first instance also made some helpful observations in relation to when a director can or should rely on professional advice in making a determination, which is summarised in the article.
MORE INFORMATION
Gambling Law & Regulation Newsletter - December 2018
21 December 2018
Welcome to the December 2018 edition of the Addisons Gambling Law & Regulation Newsletter. This newsletter contains Focus Papers published recently by Addisons concerning various issues relating to gambling regulation in Australia and recent developments that are likely to have an impact on the gambling sector during 2019.
MORE INFORMATION
Commercialisation of Intellectual Property
14 November 2018
In this edition of BenchTV, Partner, Donna Short and Special Counsel, Hazel McDwyer discuss the phases of a commercialisation project, the types of intellectual property in commercialisation agreements, and the need for the protection of intellectual property both on a domestic and global scale.
MORE INFORMATION