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Robert Kerr
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My expertise spans commercial negotiations, private share and asset sales and acquisitions, private equity transactions, public mergers & acquisitions, debt and equity funding and capital markets transactions, and advising on corporate and governance issues.

 

Given the potential impact of breaches of cyber security on any business, but particularly on the directors of public companies, my practice includes a focus on cyber security and governance issues. To this end, I have been the driving force in creating a cyber alliance between my firm, Addisons, and technical and crisis management experts. The result is a holistic cyber security solution, aimed particularly at corporations.

 

Qualifications

LLB (Hon) - University of Sydney

 

BEcon/BSoSc - University of Sydney

 

Latest Knowledge
Crowd-sourced Funding Platforms and Market Licensing - ASIC's New Approach
12 September 2017
In our recent crowd-sourced funding (CSF) series, we outlined the implications of the Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced Funding) Act 2017 (CSF Act) for 3 types of CSF participants – fundraisers, intermediaries (i.e. crowdfunding platforms) and investors.
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Uber's crash course in the new unfair contracts regime
30 August 2017
Uber is the latest target of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) campaign to enforce compliance with the new unfair contract terms regime to protect small businesses. In a sign of a shift in attitude of the ACCC since the beginning of 2017, the ACCC has moved from taking an educative approach to taking an enforcement approach.
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Employment Law in Australia Overview
14 August 2017
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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My experience includes:

 

  • investment analysis and structuring, including developing ownership, investment and divestment structures, long term lease structures, partnerships, joint ventures and investment consortium structures;
  • private business and asset sales and acquisitions, IPO and capital restructures of listed entities, schemes of arrangement and takeovers, debt and equity funding;
  • competitive bid and auction processes;
  • management of large-scale due diligence and business review exercises;
  • interacting with regulators and obtaining regulatory approvals;
  • contributing to policy debates;
  • conducting cross-border transactions;
  • corporate issues for companies and company groups; and
  • general commercial contracts, including media and sports rights, commercial supply and outsourcing arrangements.
 

Qualifications

LLB (Hon) - University of Sydney

 

BEcon/BSoSc - University of Sydney

 

Latest Knowledge
Crowd-sourced Funding Platforms and Market Licensing - ASIC's New Approach
12 September 2017
In our recent crowd-sourced funding (CSF) series, we outlined the implications of the Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced Funding) Act 2017 (CSF Act) for 3 types of CSF participants – fundraisers, intermediaries (i.e. crowdfunding platforms) and investors.
MORE INFORMATION
Uber's crash course in the new unfair contracts regime
30 August 2017
Uber is the latest target of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) campaign to enforce compliance with the new unfair contract terms regime to protect small businesses. In a sign of a shift in attitude of the ACCC since the beginning of 2017, the ACCC has moved from taking an educative approach to taking an enforcement approach.
MORE INFORMATION
Employment Law in Australia Overview
14 August 2017
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
Foxtel
Acting as Foxtel’s key legal adviser on the 2011 AFL deal. Robert worked closely with Foxtel in formulating its bidding and negotiating strategy and played a central role in drafting and negotiating the transaction documents.
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Association of Surfing Professionals
Acting for the Association of Surfing Professionals (now known as the World Surf League) for a number of years. Robert negotiated various rights deals and led multi-party negotiations between the ASP and Nike, Billabong, Quicksilver and Rip Curl regarding the structuring of event licences and grants of media rights for the World Surfing Tour for 2009 – 2018.
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Foxtel
Advising Foxtel on its $2.4 billion acquisition of Austar, including successfully negotiating Foxtel’s section 87B undertakings to the ACCC. This involved extensive drafting of content distribution rights and negotiating those rights with the ACCC for more than a year.
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Foxtel
As a trusted adviser to Foxtel, Robert worked closely with Foxtel's leadership team on an ongoing basis, regularly acting as part of teams working on commercial and corporate projects.
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Qualifications

LLB (Hon) - University of Sydney

 

BEcon/BSoSc - University of Sydney

 

Latest Knowledge
Crowd-sourced Funding Platforms and Market Licensing - ASIC's New Approach
12 September 2017
In our recent crowd-sourced funding (CSF) series, we outlined the implications of the Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced Funding) Act 2017 (CSF Act) for 3 types of CSF participants – fundraisers, intermediaries (i.e. crowdfunding platforms) and investors.
MORE INFORMATION
Uber's crash course in the new unfair contracts regime
30 August 2017
Uber is the latest target of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) campaign to enforce compliance with the new unfair contract terms regime to protect small businesses. In a sign of a shift in attitude of the ACCC since the beginning of 2017, the ACCC has moved from taking an educative approach to taking an enforcement approach.
MORE INFORMATION
Employment Law in Australia Overview
14 August 2017
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
Everyone is talking about cyber security but what should I actually do?
20/4/2017
The ASX released its much anticipated ASX 100 Cyber Health Check Report today, 20 April 2017.
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Data Breach Notification to become Mandatory in Australia
13/2/2017
Australia’s long-awaited data breach notification legislation has today been passed by the Senate. To date in Australia, it has not been mandatory to give notice about data breaches to individuals affected by the breach or to the Australian Information Commissioner.
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Cyber security: Directors have a crucial role to play
8/12/2016
Cyber risk poses an unprecedented threat to businesses. The multitude of issues facing boards in the cyber security space is growing, and ignorance is no longer an excuse.
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Mariner Decision Will Not Affect Takeover Bid Funding Strategy
6/7/2015
Australian Securities and Investments Commission vs Mariner Corporation Limited [2015] FCA 589. This case relates to a hostile takeover bid in 2012 that was ultimately withdrawn during proceedings before the Takeovers Panel.
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Qualifications

LLB (Hon) - University of Sydney

 

BEcon/BSoSc - University of Sydney

 

Latest Knowledge
Crowd-sourced Funding Platforms and Market Licensing - ASIC's New Approach
12 September 2017
In our recent crowd-sourced funding (CSF) series, we outlined the implications of the Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced Funding) Act 2017 (CSF Act) for 3 types of CSF participants – fundraisers, intermediaries (i.e. crowdfunding platforms) and investors.
MORE INFORMATION
Uber's crash course in the new unfair contracts regime
30 August 2017
Uber is the latest target of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) campaign to enforce compliance with the new unfair contract terms regime to protect small businesses. In a sign of a shift in attitude of the ACCC since the beginning of 2017, the ACCC has moved from taking an educative approach to taking an enforcement approach.
MORE INFORMATION
Employment Law in Australia Overview
14 August 2017
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