Yearly Archives: 2014

Thomson Geer's Sydney Corporate team has advised private equity firm Adexum Capital Limited on its investment in Enviropacific Services Pty Ltd.

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Thomson Geer has advised Cobham in its negotiations to secure the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) contract to provide an airborne search and rescue capability in Australia for 12 years from 2016, with aircraft modification and mobilisation activity to commence later this year.

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Thomson Geer's Sydney M&A team recently concluded the acquisition of Austmel Pty Ltd by Swedish-based Getinge Group. Austmel supply healthcare providers, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers across Australia with products and services for quality assurance in the handling of sterile goods. The acquired company is based in Queensland and has about 25 employees.

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Welcome to Shifting Geer, Thomson Geer’s superannuation newsletter for the period 22 September 2014 – 24 October 2014

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Federal Small Business Minister, Bruce Billson MP, has confirmed that the highly anticipated new Franchising Code of Conduct will commence on 1 January 2015.

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Thomson Geer's Brisbane Banking & Finance team has acted for the National Storage REIT on its $46.5 million acquisition of a four-asset portfolio based around Canberra.

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Since the highly anticipated Building and Construction Industry Payments Amendment Bill 2014 was passed, there has been a large amount of information published on the basic, prescriptive changes that the bill implements. In this update, we look beyond the changes themselves and explore the strategic and practical issues and implications that the settled bill presents.

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In February 2014, we issued an alert concerning our clients' successful outcome in Australian Building Systems v Commissioner of Taxation [2014] FCA 116. That matter concerned important considerations around a liquidator's liability for a capital gain made during the liquidation. Today, the Full Federal Court unanimously dismissed an appeal brought by the Commissioner of Taxation (Commissioner of Taxation v Australian Building Systems Pty Ltd (in Iiq) [2014] FCAFC 133).

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On 4 December 2013, the Federal Government announced an inquiry into Australia’s Competition Law, which arises from the Federal Government’s 2013 pre-election pledge to conduct a “root and branch review” of Australia’s competition laws, policy and institutions. On 22 September 2014, the panel conducting the review (which has become known as the “Harper Review” after the review panel chair, Professor Ian Harper), issued its Draft Report.

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In the recent case of Alloura Waters Retirement Village Residents Committee v Living Choice Australia Pty Ltd [2014] NSWCATCD 68 the residents’ committee of Alloura Waters Retirement Village (Village) brought an action against the operator, Living Choice Australia Pty Ltd (Operator) seeking an order that certain recurrent charges be refunded to the residents on the basis that the operator had expended them otherwise than in accordance with the Retirement Villages Act 1999 (NSW) (Act).

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