Arj Puveendran is a Partner in the firm’s Corporate group in Sydney, working predominantly for the Gaming & Leisure sector providing broad legal services to the hospitality industry.

Having worked across several practice areas including commercial advisory, M&A, liquor and gaming licensing, property and disputes, Arj’s diverse experience enables him to assist both private and public companies in a broad range of matters, particularly in the hospitality and leisure sector.

Arj undertakes extensive work advising registered clubs servicing the team’s extensive client portfolio including sporting, RSL and workers clubs. He assists in corporate governance, commercial contracting, development projects, company meetings, amalgamations and other acquisitions, and compliance with gaming, liquor and clubs regulation informed by a strong understanding of the industry and its commercial needs.

His experience extends to advising various corporate clients in transactions including business acquisitions, joint ventures and capital raisings within the hospitality and ancillary industries including retail and manufacturing.

Arj regularly speaks at industry conferences and seminars on legal issues affecting the hospitality sector including for industry associations such as ClubsNSW and the RSL & Services Clubs Association.  In 2018, he was a finalist in the Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards.

Arj Puveendran’s recent experience includes:

  • Advising Mounties Group on the expansion and development of its healthcare brand Mounties Care business, including its acquisition of the Invitation to Health and Carers & Companions businesses;
  • Assisting major club hospitality group with diversification projects including the establishing an innovation and incubation hub, and facility for manufacture of pulp-based products, with international licensors and distribution channels.
  • Advising Sydney Roosters on the partnership deal that will see the reigning NRL premiers play home games and finals at the Allianz Sydney Football Stadium for at least the next 25 years when it opens in 2022.
  • Successfully defending Dee Why RSL Club which was the subject of a major disciplinary investigation into the conduct of gambling activities.
  • Acting on a joint venture between Hurricane’s Grill Group and Sydney-based Chinese investment groups to expand the Hurricane’s brand into China.
  • Assisting Guess Australia on the acquisition and subsequent divestment and licensing of the Australian Guess apparel retail and accessory retail businesses.
  • Assisting several registered clubs with amalgamations and other transactions including Mounties GroupBlacktown Workers ClubWindsor RSL and Campsie RSL.
  • Assisting Bankstown RSL Club on procuring tenders and anchor tenants for its $100 million mixed use development and ongoing advisory work with catering, licensing and tenancy operations.
  • Acting for Eden Fishermen’s Club in negotiating entry into a major joint venture development project involving the construction of a new clubhouse and establishing a lifestyle living community, creating a ‘destination’ for the NSW South Coast.