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Robert Kerr
“Clients trust me with their strategic M&A projects, commercial negotiations, and corporate and governance issues”
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Clients trust me with their strategic projects in the areas of M&A (including private share and asset sales and acquisitions, private equity transactions, public mergers & acquisitions, debt and equity funding and capital markets transactions), commercial negotiations, and advising on corporate and governance issues.

 

I work across a spectrum of industries, including technology, media, infrastructure, real estate, financial services and insurance, government, mining and resources, sport, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, consumer goods and food manufacturing.

 

Clients value me for being accessible, efficient, commercial, giving them ongoing visibility on costs, and being easy to work with.  

 

Given that cyber security is now mission-critical for all businesses, I established and lead the Addisons cyber and data security practice. Addisons participates in an innovative alliance with technical and crisis management experts to deliver a holistic cyber security solution, suitable for businesses of all sizes.

 

Qualifications

LLB (Hon) - University of Sydney

 

BEcon/BSoSc - University of Sydney

 

Latest News
Addisons helps Bega win battle over peanut butter packaging
03 May 2019
On 1 May 2019 the Federal Court of Australia confirmed Bega Cheese’s right to continue to use the packaging get-up or trade dress associated with the peanut butter products that it acquired as part of its purchase of the Mondelez Grocery Business in 2017. Importantly, this gives Bega Cheese the right to continue to use the current packaging of its Smooth and Crunchy Peanut Butter products.
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Latest Knowledge
Employment Law in Australia Overview
05 July 2019
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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Know your audience: New Design & Distribution Obligations on Issuers & Distributors of Financial Products
04 July 2019
In April this year, ASIC was granted wide-reaching product intervention powers under the Treasury Laws Amendment (Design and Distribution Obligations and Product Intervention Powers) Act 2019 (Cth) (the Act).1 In a further push to align financial products with consumers’ needs, the Act also introduced a new set of design and distribution obligations (DDOs), which all issuers and distributors of financial products to retail customers must comply with from April 2021.
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No comment? Potential liability for third party Facebook comments following the "Voller" judgment
01 July 2019
In its recent decision in Voller the Supreme Court of New South Wales has established that media organisations may be liable as publishers of defamatory comments made by third parties on their public Facebook pages.
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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 News
Addisons helps Bega win battle over peanut butter packaging
03 May 2019
On 1 May 2019 the Federal Court of Australia confirmed Bega Cheese’s right to continue to use the packaging get-up or trade dress associated with the peanut butter products that it acquired as part of its purchase of the Mondelez Grocery Business in 2017. Importantly, this gives Bega Cheese the right to continue to use the current packaging of its Smooth and Crunchy Peanut Butter products.
MORE INFORMATION
See More
Latest Knowledge
Employment Law in Australia Overview
05 July 2019
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
Know your audience: New Design & Distribution Obligations on Issuers & Distributors of Financial Products
04 July 2019
In April this year, ASIC was granted wide-reaching product intervention powers under the Treasury Laws Amendment (Design and Distribution Obligations and Product Intervention Powers) Act 2019 (Cth) (the Act).1 In a further push to align financial products with consumers’ needs, the Act also introduced a new set of design and distribution obligations (DDOs), which all issuers and distributors of financial products to retail customers must comply with from April 2021.
MORE INFORMATION
No comment? Potential liability for third party Facebook comments following the "Voller" judgment
01 July 2019
In its recent decision in Voller the Supreme Court of New South Wales has established that media organisations may be liable as publishers of defamatory comments made by third parties on their public Facebook pages.
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 News
Addisons helps Bega win battle over peanut butter packaging
03 May 2019
On 1 May 2019 the Federal Court of Australia confirmed Bega Cheese’s right to continue to use the packaging get-up or trade dress associated with the peanut butter products that it acquired as part of its purchase of the Mondelez Grocery Business in 2017. Importantly, this gives Bega Cheese the right to continue to use the current packaging of its Smooth and Crunchy Peanut Butter products.
MORE INFORMATION
See More
Latest Knowledge
Employment Law in Australia Overview
05 July 2019
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
Know your audience: New Design & Distribution Obligations on Issuers & Distributors of Financial Products
04 July 2019
In April this year, ASIC was granted wide-reaching product intervention powers under the Treasury Laws Amendment (Design and Distribution Obligations and Product Intervention Powers) Act 2019 (Cth) (the Act).1 In a further push to align financial products with consumers’ needs, the Act also introduced a new set of design and distribution obligations (DDOs), which all issuers and distributors of financial products to retail customers must comply with from April 2021.
MORE INFORMATION
No comment? Potential liability for third party Facebook comments following the "Voller" judgment
01 July 2019
In its recent decision in Voller the Supreme Court of New South Wales has established that media organisations may be liable as publishers of defamatory comments made by third parties on their public Facebook pages.
MORE INFORMATION
Spending money on cyber security? A filing cabinet could bring your business undone.
1/2/2018
Cyber security strategies are, of course, focused on digital information. However, a recent discovery of government filing cabinets by a second-hand purchaser emphasises the need for a holistic approach to information security.
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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 News
Addisons helps Bega win battle over peanut butter packaging
03 May 2019
On 1 May 2019 the Federal Court of Australia confirmed Bega Cheese’s right to continue to use the packaging get-up or trade dress associated with the peanut butter products that it acquired as part of its purchase of the Mondelez Grocery Business in 2017. Importantly, this gives Bega Cheese the right to continue to use the current packaging of its Smooth and Crunchy Peanut Butter products.
MORE INFORMATION
See More
Latest Knowledge
Employment Law in Australia Overview
05 July 2019
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
Know your audience: New Design & Distribution Obligations on Issuers & Distributors of Financial Products
04 July 2019
In April this year, ASIC was granted wide-reaching product intervention powers under the Treasury Laws Amendment (Design and Distribution Obligations and Product Intervention Powers) Act 2019 (Cth) (the Act).1 In a further push to align financial products with consumers’ needs, the Act also introduced a new set of design and distribution obligations (DDOs), which all issuers and distributors of financial products to retail customers must comply with from April 2021.
MORE INFORMATION
No comment? Potential liability for third party Facebook comments following the "Voller" judgment
01 July 2019
In its recent decision in Voller the Supreme Court of New South Wales has established that media organisations may be liable as publishers of defamatory comments made by third parties on their public Facebook pages.
MORE INFORMATION