From the smallest deal to the largest, M&A by its nature involves entire businesses and is always complex.
In this On Demand session, Cameron Taylor and Ben Jacobs will draw on their combined four decades of experience buying and selling businesses to draw out where they have seen transactions go wrong, what can be learned from those experiences and how to avoid similar issues recurring on your own deals.
General practitioners as well as junior to intermediate commercial lawyers seeking to develop further their core skills. Accountants and financial advisers seeking to better understand the legal dimension to M&A may also benefit from viewing.
Why do lawyers need to worry about company valuations and fair value? Isn’t it something for expert accountants and financial analysts to sort out at the relevant time?
Focusing on private companies, this On Demand session explores when the need for company/share valuations arises in practice (other than the sale and purchase of a business), how the issues are usually dealt with (or not dealt with), key terms and methodologies, and how having a greater understanding of these matters will help you instruct (or provide for referral to) an expert to determine valuation.
Commercial/corporate lawyers and general practitioners. Litigators may also find this topic valuable.
A company constitution is often considered to be a standard template document, but the type of document which is suitable to a particular company can differ significantly and will be influenced by factors like:
This On Demand session covers the key variables which will be influenced by these factors, including issues like:
Corporate/Commercial lawyers and general practitioners. Accountants and directors may also benefit from viewing.
Taking a product to overseas markets might be an attractive proposition for a business client but it carries varied and multiple risks.There are numerous considerations such as freight, customs and jurisdiction; and country-specific factors to add to the matrix.
This On Demand session provides guidance on how your clients can safely and successfully sell their products to the world, and in turn offer you an opportunity to enhance your relationships with them.
Commercial lawyers of all levels of experience and general practitioners who do some commercial work.
Business development managers and sales managers would also find this On Demand webinar valuable.
Could you take on a takeover? Would you be able to advise a company with close to 50 shareholders of the implications of the Takeovers Code? Are you aware of the Takeovers Panels attitude to schemes and amalgamations?
This On Demand session will equip you with information about key takeover issues.
Intermediate to senior commercial lawyers, and in-house counsel. Investment bankers, accountants and company directors may also benefit from attending.
It may not always be readily apparent that you are advising on a major transaction.
If you are, what are the relevant legal and accounting matters that need to be considered?
Intermediate to senior commercial lawyers and in-house counsel, as well as commercial lawyers who practise some commercial law. Accountants may also benefit from viewing.
Understanding litigation risk when dealing with shareholder disputes is essential. Getting it right at the negotiation stage can save your client time, money and other adverse fallout.
This On Demand session covers the statutory remedies available to shareholders and developments in recent case law.
Intermediate to senior commercial lawyers and in-house counsel. Accountants, especially those who provide services for smaller companies, may also benefit from this webinar.
Raising sufficient investment capital can be critical - but also challenging for a company wishing to start up or take off.
What does the law proscribe and permit? What investment options are available? What issues should be addressed during the negotiation phase? What course should the investment process follow? What should the paperwork look like? When might nominee companies be used?
Those acting for investment-seekers and investors alike will be able to upgrade their advice after viewing this On Demand session.
General practitioners as well as intermediate to senior commercial lawyers seeking to further develop their core skills. Accountants and financial advisers would also benefit from viewing.
Importing goods is vital to the New Zealand economy and to the existence and success of thousands of businesses here. But it also carries risk and expense, and there are many legal requirements and restrictions. Getting it wrong can be costly, in many ways.
This On Demand session helps practitioners to better advise and assist their clients.
General practitioners, commercial lawyers and litigators at junior to intermediate level or those more senior seeking an update/refresher on this area.
Most lawyers will be familiar with the Sale of Goods Act 1908. But that Act doesn't even exist anymore! Apart from its name, what has changed - and what has stayed the same - in respect of the law about a contract which is entered into thousands of times a day in New Zealand?
Presented by the author of Sale of Goods in New Zealand, this On Demand session covers key content (but without mention of carbolic smoke balls!) to assist lawyers whose clients buy or sell goods.
General practitioners and commercial lawyers at junior to intermediate level or those more senior seeking an update/refresher on this area.
Actions can be brought against Directors personally by one or more of the following persons:
This On Demand session outlines these actions, the consequences, and the practical and legal steps a Director can take to reduce the likelihood of a claim being brought, to improve the chances of successfully defending it and to mitigate its impact on their personal assets if the action is successful..
Benefit from a greater understanding of:
Corporate/Commercial Lawyers and General Practitioners at all levels, as well as those who provide advice to Directors and owners are likely to find this topic of interest. Accountants, Insolvency Practitioners and Financial Advisers will also benefit from viewing.
Although not mandatory for New Zealand companies, constitutions are commonplace - and for small businesses are often the sole governance document. But are they crafted and drafted as well as they should be to meet the particular needs and wishes of the client?
Looking at key (but perhaps not obvious) clauses to consider including in a constitution, as well as the interface with the Companies Act and with any shareholders' agreement, this On Demand session assists practitioners to design constitutions that suit small-business clients rather than trying to fit those clients into standard configurations and the risks that course may entail.
Junior corporate/commercial lawyers, general practitioners at all levels, and those who provide governance advice to companies and shareholders, are likely to find this topic of interest. Accountants and directors may also benefit from attending.
Unlike the vast majority of the specific provisions contained in the Income Tax Act, Parliament has left the general anti-avoidance provision deliberately general, where the Supreme Court in the leading case on tax avoidance (Ben Nevis) stated that the courts should not strive to create greater certainty than Parliament has chosen to provide. That means that it is often a process of drawing a line in order to distinguish between a permissible tax advantage that has been contemplated by Parliament and one which falls foul of the legislature.
The presenters provide insights into answering the Supreme Court's ultimate question - whether the impugned arrangement, viewed in a commercially and economically realistic way, makes use of the specific provision in a manner that is consistent with Parliament's purpose. This involves an examination of both an arrangement's legal form and its economic and commercial substance.
Commercial lawyers and general practitioners.
Marshalling is a long-standing equitable doctrine. For the informed practitioner, the doctrine may offer tactical and legal opportunities not necessarily apparent to the unwary. Authorities on marshalling are sparse but recent decisions in the UK and New Zealand evidence that the doctrine could be applied more vigorously to great effect.
As equity textbooks mostly state bare principles, this On Demand session focuses on the practical application of marshalling by reference to authorities and hypothetical examples. The aim is to help practitioners to identify circumstances where the doctrine can secure a better commercial outcome for clients.
Any lawyer advising clients on secured commercial transactions will benefit from attending, particularly banking and finance lawyers, commercial lawyers, property lawyers and litigators. Lenders and insolvency practitioners may also benefit from viewing.
There are over 15 exclusions to the full regulated offer regime under the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 (FMCA) that allow your clients to make offers with limited or no disclosure. How many do you know? The transitional period is now over, so compliance with the FMCA is mandatory.
This On Demand session provides practical guidance as to how, and when, to apply some of the most common exclusions under the FMCA, as well as providing an overview of the types of offers that fall within, or outside, the scope of the FMCA.
Corporate/commercial lawyers and general practitioners at all levels, as well as those who provide advice to companies and shareholders on capital raising, are likely to find this topic of interest. Accountants and financial advisers may also benefit from viewing.
The administrative obligations of companies under the Companies Act are often overlooked, and likewise the need for obtaining and properly documenting board and shareholder decisions. Avoid these potential pitfalls by refreshing your understanding of some of the ongoing compliance and decision-making obligations for companies under the Companies Act.
The panel discusses shareholder disputes, including remedies which a disgruntled shareholder may seek to pursue under the Companies Act and some of the common mechanisms used in shareholder's agreements to protect the rights of shareholders in the event of a dispute.
Junior and intermediate corporate lawyers who wish to upskill and/or receive a refresher, and general practitioners who do corporate work.
Competition law is not always intuitive. Potential and alleged breaches of the Commerce Act 1986 are frequently missed by clients - and sometimes by legal advisers.
Particularly in the wake of legal developments in this area, lawyers need to be provide accurate, proactive advice and if necessary be able to advise a client about how to deal with a breach.
Commercial lawyers at all levels who wish to upskill and/or receive a refresher, general practitioners who do some commercial work and in-house counsel for distributors, franchisors etc.
The Limited Partnerships Act 2008 provides commercial clients with another option for structuring an entity - but its suitability in each situation should be well considered in advance.
This On Demand session covers key topics from the legal and financial perspectives.
Commercial lawyers at all levels who wish to upskill and/or receive a refresher, and general practitioners who do commercial work. Accountants and receivers may also benefit from viewing.
With franchising having ballooned in popularity as a method of business growth, so too have the number of franchise disputes. All too often complaints and disputes arise due to franchisees not realising what they have actually signed up for.
This On Demand webinar covers the lawyer's input at various stages of the franchise lifecycle:
and how best to resolve these.
General practitioners and commercial lawyers advising franchisees or franchisors; lawyers with an interest in franchising. Accountants and business brokers with an interest in franchising may also benefit from viewing.
Take advantage of this opportunity to gain a practical understanding of the corporate financing process. Appreciating the banks' legal, risk and credit requirements ensure you are better placed to advise borrower clients and meet your own practitioner obligations.
Watch our experienced panel discuss common documentary and negotiation pitfalls together with outlining practical steps to take in concluding a successful bank funding transaction.
Lawyers with clients with transactions involving commercial lending or borrowing.
The current hot topic in lending circles is peer-to-peer (or person-to-person or P2P) lending. However, there is some lack of knowledge and even misunderstanding about what it is, how it works, what it offers, the parties involved and differences that exist between providers.
Presented by an experienced lawyer and the managing director of one of the few licensed providers, this On Demand session equips you with knowledge to assist you to advise both potential investors and borrowers.
Commercial lawyers, in-house counsel and general practitioners who do some commercial work. Accountants, financiers, receivers and liquidators may also benefit from attending.
Shareholders' agreements are not a one-size-fits-all document. Each shareholders' agreement needs to be crafted to reflect the company's shareholding structure and growth aspirations. The agreement that might work well for a joint venture between two corporates will not meet the needs of a small company with founder shareholders or of a growth company that has taken on external investment.
This On Demand session compares and contrasts the different types of shareholders' agreements and focuses on what you should include in a shareholders' agreement to make it fit for purpose.
Corporate/commercial lawyers. General practitioners, as well as those who provide structuring advice to companies and shareholders, are likely to find this topic of interest. Accountants, directors and shareholders may also benefit from viewing.