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Commercial Transactions & Advice


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Commercial Transactions & Advice


The needs of investors, business and government to sensibly manage their risks in a financially-constrained environment has never been greater.  

We are the firm of choice whether you are a regional business looking to grow or a metropolitan or international business exploring opportunities in the regions.

Combining an unparalleled footprint across regional Victoria with a pedigree of excellence, Harwood Andrew’s corporate and commercial team has a reputation for supporting investment and growth in regional areas, offering a quality alternative to city firms and providing access to a network of connections that open up new opportunities.  

As well as great legal advice, we pride ourselves in offering a transparent fee structure, industry knowledge and innovative solutions to your most pressing challenges.

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Business Succession


Business Succession


Make sure the business you have built is passed to the next generation in great shape and in the most tax-effective manner.  We are entrusted by family businesses to provide guidance on management, ownership transfer, risk, tax and personal considerations during this important transition.

Talk to us about:

  • integrated family business planning;

  • minimising risks to your assets; and

  • limiting the potential liabilities associated with your business.

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Consumer Law


Consumer Law


Treating customers and suppliers fairly is good business, but ensuring your commercial model complies with the law can be confusing and difficult.

Talk to us about:

  • your obligations under the Australian Competition and Consumer Act;

  • advertising and marketing practices;

  • customer terms of trade and supply arrangements;

  • internal compliance regimes and dealing with the ACCC.

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Corporate Advisory


Corporate Advisory


Investors and businesses forming relationships and creating commercial opportunities create complexity and the need for strategic, sensible guidance.

Our corporate advisory team helps investors and businesses make better decisions and manage their investments by providing advice on Corporations Act, governance best practice, directors duties and capital raising options.

Talk to us about

  • raising debt and equity for your business, including crowd funding;

  • Corporations Act compliance for all corporate activities;

  • internal governance, director and shareholder relations;

  • compliance strategies that respond to new laws and provide a competitive advantage;

  • planning for industry-specific regulation and responding to regulatory challenges.

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Tax


Tax


Whether you’re are planning for a tax-effective outcome or responding to ATO audits our taxation team provides insightful and understandable commercial, tax advisory solutions.

Led by industry recognised tax professionals and technical tax commentators, we can navigate the increasingly complex and evolving State, Federal and international revenue laws as they apply to you.

Talk to us about:

  • Planning your affairs in a tax efficient manner;

  • What to do when audited or questioned by revenue authorities;

  • Tax disputes, objections and penalty remission applications;

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Technology, Cyber & IP


Technology, Cyber & IP


As technology and intellectual property become the key drivers of growth and risk for business, ensure you face into these opportunities well prepared.  The law in this area is rapidly developing and influenced by international developments

We can assist with technology procurement and product development, software development and distribution and all aspects of trademarks, designs, patents and copyright.  

Talk to us about:

  • Privacy, data security and strategies for protecting and capitalising on your business information, including data breach response;

  • Development, drafting, auditing and reviewing of ICT legal policy, procedures, standards, baselines and guidelines

  • Software development and licensing;

  • IT outsourcing and project management;

  • Protecting and leveraging your business intellectual property

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Business Structures


Business Structures


Perhaps the most important decision you will make is how you structure your business, but navigating through the thicket of possible options, selecting and documenting the most appropriate requires guidance.

Recognised as a leader in this field, we keep across developments in trust law and taxation to enable you to achieve your business goals while complying with your legal obligations.

Talk to us about:

  • Choosing between different business structures

  • How business structure can impact your personal and business succession plan

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Superannuation


Superannuation


Superannuation funds offer one of the most tax effective and important structures available to family groups.  However changes to the landscape of superannuation are frequent and require an understanding of the challenges and implications if obligations are not being met.

We offer a full range of superannuation advice and dispute services, taking an holistic approach to ensure funds are up-to-date, compliant and tax effective.

Talk to us about:

  • Advice for SMSF trustees, including managing compliance requirements;

  • Structuring of superannuation benefits to maximise wealth;

  • Property transfers into superannuation;

  • Dealing with revenue authorities and disputes;

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Commercial Contracts


Commercial Contracts


Putting the right deal in place - from large, strategic decisions or everyday business practices – is vitally important to you and your business.   

Talk to us about:

  • the end-to-end procurement process including tender, contract, probity and review

  • managing your commercial relationship with customers, suppliers, agents, manufacturers and regulators;

  • credit, data and privacy issues

  • industry-specific arrangements

  • dealing with disputes

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Franchise & Business Licensing


Franchise & Business Licensing


Participation in a franchise business brings both rewards and risks.  Ensuring you have the appropriate licensing for your business also avoids costly compliance issues.

We are trusted by franchisors, franchisees and clients in regulated industries to advise and guide through the process to deliver security to protect their commercial enterprise.

Talk to us about

  • how to turn regulation into a business differentiator;

  • the franchise code of conduct;

  • compliance for licenced premises and new licence applications

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Business Sale and Purchase


Business Sale and Purchase


Opportunities to grow and diversify your business through takeovers, mergers and acquisitions often arise as industry and the business landscape evolves.

We draw on our specialist expertise across taxation, property and commercial contracts to cover off the legal and commercial issues applicable to your transaction, from due diligence to implementation.

Talk to us about:

  • the importance of due diligence (including when you’re selling)

  • Warranty claims

  • Divesting or merging businesses

  • Ensuring you are buying or selling with your eyes open

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Government


Government


With practitioners experienced at local, state and federal government, we provide practical advice to our public sector clients and those engaging with government.

Our team has assisted with nationally significant projects, privatizations and procurements involving domestic and international parties and we appreciate government priorities can shift which requires us to be flexible and nimble in our approach.

Talk to us about:

  • how we can assist decision-making through legislative change

  • effective commercial arrangements that appreciate the subtlety of the role of government

  • simple procurement and governance frameworks;

  • access to government funding for business growth and acquisition;

  • the challenges of technology, data security and cybersecurity;