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Ryan Doherty
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Since joining Addisons in 2012, I have acted for Australian and international clients on a diverse range of corporate and commercial matters, including mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, financial services regulation, and public and private fundraising.


My work on a daily basis includes advising clients on significant investments and acquisitions, establishing fund and trust structures for clients’ investment and business activities, acting for borrowers and lenders on debt financing matters and conducting general reviews of clients’ ongoing contractual arrangements.


I also have experience and expertise in a number of specialised technical areas such as crowd-sourced equity funding (crowdfunding), foreign investment regulation, personal property securities and franchising. I have written extensively on crowdfunding in Australia, publishing articles about crowdfunding and its implications for start-ups and small businesses in the Law Society Journal and online.
 

 

Qualifications

LLB (Hons) - The University of Sydney

 

BA (Hons) - The University of Sydney

Latest Knowledge
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.
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Australia - Parallel imports and exhaustion of trade mark rights
21 September 2018
The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Act 2018 (Cth) (Act) was assented to on 24 August 2018. Among other changes, it amends the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (Copyright Act) and the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth) (Trade Marks Act) to clarify the circumstances in which the parallel importation of trade marked goods does not infringe a registered trade mark.
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Interim Heritage Orders - when can they be made and what effect do they have on development
21 August 2018
Landowners, developers and purchasers of property need to be aware of the increased use by many Sydney councils of their power to make an interim heritage order (IHO) over an item that the council considers may, on further inquiry or investigation, be found to be of local heritage significance, and is being or is likely to be harmed. The effect of the making of an IHO over a property can and often does restrict and limit development plans for the property.3
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My expertise includes:

 

  • Corporate and commercial
  • Banking and finance
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Funds and financial services
  • Crowdfunding
  • Foreign investment regulation
 

Qualifications

LLB (Hons) - The University of Sydney

 

BA (Hons) - The University of Sydney

Latest Knowledge
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.
MORE INFORMATION
Australia - Parallel imports and exhaustion of trade mark rights
21 September 2018
The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Act 2018 (Cth) (Act) was assented to on 24 August 2018. Among other changes, it amends the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (Copyright Act) and the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth) (Trade Marks Act) to clarify the circumstances in which the parallel importation of trade marked goods does not infringe a registered trade mark.
MORE INFORMATION
Interim Heritage Orders - when can they be made and what effect do they have on development
21 August 2018
Landowners, developers and purchasers of property need to be aware of the increased use by many Sydney councils of their power to make an interim heritage order (IHO) over an item that the council considers may, on further inquiry or investigation, be found to be of local heritage significance, and is being or is likely to be harmed. The effect of the making of an IHO over a property can and often does restrict and limit development plans for the property.3
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Bega Cheese - financing for Vegemite acquisition
We acted for Bega Cheese in relation to the financing of its 2017 acquisition of Vegemite and associated Mondelez brands. The matter involved negotiating a $500 million acquisition financing facility as part of Bega Cheese’s syndicated banking arrangements, allowing Bega Cheese to successfully complete its historic acquisition of an iconic brand.
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SprintQuip – UK acquisition financing
I advised SprintQuip in relation to an acquisition facility obtained from a big four bank to finance the purchase of a key target in the United Kingdom and for general working capital purposes. This transaction involved dealing and negotiating with international counterparties and their advisers, significant multi-jurisdictional complexity and a challenging timeframe.
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Anacacia Capital – investment in Force Fire
We acted for private equity firm Anacacia Capital on their investment in the Force Fire group. This transaction involved the drafting and negotiation of complex transaction documents, including bespoke shareholder arrangements and preference shareholding structures.
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Trov – implementation of key strategic alliance
We acted for US insurance technology company Trov in relation to the establishment of a key strategic alliance relationship with a leading Australian insurer. This matter involved complex intellectual property and financial services regulatory issues.
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Duxton Asset Management - investment in Ceres Agricultural Company
We advised Duxton Asset Management and its clients on this cross-border investment and financing transaction, relating to a major Australian pastoral and cropping business. It entailed the negotiation of convertible security relationship and acquisition documentation, intercreditor arrangements with the senior lender, restructure documentation and service arrangements. The transaction was successfully completed within an aggressive timetable.
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Foreign investment approvals
I regularly advise international clients in relation to Australia’s foreign investment framework, including assisting clients to obtain approvals for high value acquisitions or acquisition programmes in Australia. These matters generally require technical expertise in Australia’s complex foreign investment legislation.
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Qualifications

LLB (Hons) - The University of Sydney

 

BA (Hons) - The University of Sydney

Latest Knowledge
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.
MORE INFORMATION
Australia - Parallel imports and exhaustion of trade mark rights
21 September 2018
The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Act 2018 (Cth) (Act) was assented to on 24 August 2018. Among other changes, it amends the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (Copyright Act) and the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth) (Trade Marks Act) to clarify the circumstances in which the parallel importation of trade marked goods does not infringe a registered trade mark.
MORE INFORMATION
Interim Heritage Orders - when can they be made and what effect do they have on development
21 August 2018
Landowners, developers and purchasers of property need to be aware of the increased use by many Sydney councils of their power to make an interim heritage order (IHO) over an item that the council considers may, on further inquiry or investigation, be found to be of local heritage significance, and is being or is likely to be harmed. The effect of the making of an IHO over a property can and often does restrict and limit development plans for the property.3
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Crowd-sourced Funding Platforms and Market Licensing - ASIC's New Approach
12/9/2017
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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Australia's New Crowd-sourced Funding Regime – Key Points for Punters (Part 3: Investors)
1/5/2017
In this final paper of our crowd-sourced funding (CSF) series, we set out some of the key points to be aware of if you’re thinking of participating in Australia’s new CSF regime as an investor.
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Australia’s New Crowd-sourced Funding Regime – Key Points for Punters (Part 2: Intermediaries)
18/4/2017
If you caught Part 1 of this series (which related to fundraisers), you’ll know that Australia’s crowd-sourced funding (CSF) regime is set to come into force later this year. In this paper, we set out some of the key points to be aware of if you’re thinking of participating in the CSF regime as an intermediary.
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Australia’s New Crowd-sourced Funding Regime – Key Points for Punters (Part 1: Fundraisers)
3/4/2017
At long last, Australia is set to have its own crowd-sourced funding (CSF) regime. The Bill to establish the regime passed the House of Representatives on 8 February 2017 and the Senate on 22 March 2017, meaning that the regime should come into force in about 6 months.
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CAMAC's swan song - what does it mean for crowdfunding in Australia?
11/6/2014
Depending on the Government’s response to CAMAC’s long-awaited report on crowd sourced equity funding, Australian start-ups and entrepreneurs may be set to benefit from a legislative regime that, within limits, facilitates CSEF in a way Australian law does not currently allow.
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Qualifications

LLB (Hons) - The University of Sydney

 

BA (Hons) - The University of Sydney

Latest Knowledge
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.
MORE INFORMATION
Australia - Parallel imports and exhaustion of trade mark rights
21 September 2018
The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Act 2018 (Cth) (Act) was assented to on 24 August 2018. Among other changes, it amends the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (Copyright Act) and the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth) (Trade Marks Act) to clarify the circumstances in which the parallel importation of trade marked goods does not infringe a registered trade mark.
MORE INFORMATION
Interim Heritage Orders - when can they be made and what effect do they have on development
21 August 2018
Landowners, developers and purchasers of property need to be aware of the increased use by many Sydney councils of their power to make an interim heritage order (IHO) over an item that the council considers may, on further inquiry or investigation, be found to be of local heritage significance, and is being or is likely to be harmed. The effect of the making of an IHO over a property can and often does restrict and limit development plans for the property.3
MORE INFORMATION