Monthly Archives: August 2017

Commercial arbitrations are held between parties to a contract exclusively, meaning non-parties cannot be joined to arbitration proceedings.  This article considers the circumstances that may arise where a contract has an arbitration clause, and a party outside of the contract is partially liable for a claimant’s loss.  There are a number of questions that arise […]

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Without doubt the biggest story of the past fortnight is the appointment of the Honourable Justice Ferguson to replace the retiring Chief Justice Warren as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria. We congratulate Her Honour, a solicitor before her appointment to the court, on her elevation. IBAC has been active over the past […]

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Thomson Geer and Fangda Partners are advising International High Grade Fund B, L.P. (Cinda) on its underwriting commitments for Yancoal Australia’s capital raising, this year’s biggest equity raising. As underwriter, Cinda has agreed to underwrite up to US$750 million of an entitlement offer to Yancoal’s shareholders, which is seeking to raise approximately $US2.35 billion. The […]

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In June 2017, AGL Energy Limited (AGL) announced that it had received the development permit from the Queensland Government for AGL’s proposed $500 million Coopers Gap wind farm. The proposed windfarm, once constructed, will be the largest in Queensland.  With 115 turbines it will be capable of generating up to 460MW of electricity and potentially […]

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We are acting for Sydney-based Chinese investment firm Celestial Group, who have been appointed to expand the Hurricane’s Grill Australian Steakhouse restaurants brand into China. The Thomson Geer team was led by Partner, Jason Marcus and included Senior Associate Arjunan Puveendran and Law Graduate Hansel Tsang. Celestial and Hurricane’s have plans for 300 or more restaurants in China, […]

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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 covers ICAC’s recently released findings in relation to allegations of corrupt conduct against former NSW Minister for Infrastructure, Andrew Kelly, and former members […]

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Below is a list of various Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) developments which we consider are important for charities to consider: Crowdfunding by charities The ACNC has released a Charities and crowdfunding guide to assist charities, donors and fundraisers.  Crowdfunding usually involves an individual or an organisation setting a fundraising target online and then […]

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Introduction It is commonplace that a development will require some form of access through neighbouring properties during the course of construction. This might take the form of permanent access, such as easements for driveways or underpinning.  It may also take the form of temporary access, such as a licence granting construction access to the site, […]

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