Monthly Archives: October 2017

The purpose of this newsletter is to provide government lawyers with a digestible and relevant snapshot of current news, case law and legislation. We welcome feedback or suggestions for areas of interest at any time. This edition includes the High Court decision on the ‘Citizenship Seven’ saga that found five MPs, including Barnaby Joyce, ineligible to sit in Parliament, and […]

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Thomson Geer has advised theme park owner, cinema operator and movie distributor Village Roadshow, on the sale of its stake in Singapore movie theatres to partner Orange Sky Golden Harvest Entertainment Holdings, for approximately A$164 million. The Thomson Geer team was led by consultant Peter Nankivell, with support from partner Peta Thompson, senior associate Lisa […]

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In September 2017, the Commonwealth Government released a consultation paper proposing various amendments to Corporations Act (Act) which aim to increase the ability of liquidators and regulators to investigate illegal phoenixing. This Alert provides an overview of the key proposed reforms. What is illegal phoenixing? Illegal phoenixing involves the directors of a company deliberately avoiding paying that […]

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In breaking news, the Queensland State Parliament has debated and passed the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Bill 2017 (BIF Bill).  For further information on the BIF Bill, please see our previous Construction Alerts dated 24 August 2017 and 13 October 2017. Amendments The BIF Bill has been passed with 144 amendments.  We briefly discuss […]

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The past fortnight was relatively quiet. Perhaps it was because the most newsworthy story, Victoria’s assisted dying laws, is yet to land. However, IBAC published responses following several investigations into a range of public sector agencies on 16 October and, on the same day, the Victorian Ombudsman released its annual report which revealed the Ombudsman […]

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Thomson Geer advised Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Limited (Domino’s) on its minority share acquisition of Bain Capital Domino Hong Kong Limited’s (Bain Capital) shares in Domino’s Pizza Japan. Domino’s entered the Japan market in a joint venture with Bain Capital in 2013. In FY’17, the Japan market achieved its highest ever level of carry out sales […]

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It is common practice for certificates of practical completion to certify a date of practical completion a short period before the date that the certificate is issued.  In other words, the actual date of practical completion is back-dated in the certificate. In a recent judgment in Abergeldie Contractors Pty Ltd v Fairfield City Council [2017] […]

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Thomson Geer welcomes new partner Adam Wallwork, who has recently joined the firm and is reunited with his colleagues, partners Brett Hawkins and Justin Madden and Consultant Michael Allen – all of whom joined us in July this year. Adam, who is based in our Sydney office, specialises in procurement and construction law, with particular […]

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Last week the Commonwealth Government introduced a Bill to reduce the period of bankruptcy from 3 years to 1 year. On 19 October 2017, the Bankruptcy Amendment (Enterprise Incentives) Bill 2017 (Bill) was introduced into the Senate. The Bill is for the Bankruptcy Amendment (Enterprise Incentives) Act 2017 (Amending Act) which, if enacted, will amend the Bankruptcy Act 1966 (Act). […]

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Thomson Geer advised Domino’s Pizza Enterprises (DPE) on its entry into the German market in 2015 including joint venture arrangements with Domino’s UK and the acquisition of Joey’s Pizza, the then largest pizza delivery chain in Germany for €79 million. Thomson Geer also advised DPE on the 2015 acquisition of Pizza Sprint which had 89 stores […]

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