Monthly Archives: October 2015

Thomson Geer's Gaming & Leisure team has acted for The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) in its cross border commingling arrangements with the Tabcorp Group in respect of its NSW tote operations.

Read More

The construction of Aurora Melbourne Central is set to begin on LaTrobe Street, Melbourne. The 92-level tower will include more than 900 apartments. This project is the maiden Australian property development for Malaysian developer, UEM Sunrise. Our Melbourne Property team has provided due diligence and legal advisory services to UEM Sunrise throughout the course of the project, which began in August 2013.

Read More

In the recent decision of Surfstone Pty Ltd & Anor v Morgan Consulting Engineers Pty Ltd [2015] QSC 290 the Supreme Court of Queensland held that an onerous limitation of action clause was incorporated by reference into a contract, notwithstanding that the incorporated document was unsigned and not provided to the party against which it was applied.

Read More

Our Brisbane Corporate team is advising Domino's Pizza on its acquisition of Pizza Sprint, a leading independent pizza chain operating in France. The acquisition is valued at $A55 million.

Read More

Even in the new era of 'capped' infrastructure charges on development approvals, difficulties still arise in achieving accurate and fair calculations of infrastructure charges.

Read More

Thomson Geer has advised Track IQ on the acquisition of its assets by Wabtec Corporation (NYSE:WAB). Track IQ is an Australian based manufacturer of wayside sensor systems for the global rail industry, and Wabtec is a US based global provider of value added, technology based products and services for rail and other industrial markets.

Read More

New legislation to govern residential communities in New South Wales On 1 November 2015 the Residential (Land Lease) Communities Act 2013 (NSW) (Act) will commence, along with the Residential (Land Lease) Communities Regulation 2015 (NSW) (Regulations). These laws replace the Residential Parks Act 1998 (NSW) (Residential Parks Act) and its corresponding regulations. The shift in terminology from 'parks' to 'communities' is by no means the only change introduced by the Act. The new legislation is significantly more consumer friendly than its predecessor, with operators of residential communities subject to stricter obligations in respect of their relations with residents than was previously the case. We have outlined some of the more significant changes below.

Read More

Our Sydney Corporate team are advising engineering services company Tetra Tech Inc, as it launches a $109 million takeover bid for all of the shares in ASX listed Coffey International Ltd. US-based Tetra Tech has offered 42.5c per share for all outstanding shares for the geotechnical services provider, representing a significant premium to its recent share price. The Tetra Tech offer has been recommended to Coffey shareholders by the Coffey Board. Tetra Tech is a leading provider of consulting and engineering services, which supports commercial and government clients focused on water, environment, infrastructure, resource management and energy, and has around 13,000 staff worldwide.

Read More

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC), the body responsible for overseeing compliance with federal privacy law, has released a series of draft guidelines (Guidelines) aimed at assisting private health service providers comply with their obligations under the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) and the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act). Comments on the new health-focused Guidelines, which consist of 11 factsheets examining different parts of the APPs, are due by 20 October 2015.

Read More

Our Sydney Corporate team has advised ASX-listed Mobile Embrace as the company continues its string of acquisitions.

Read More