Business Acquisitions: Key Essentials for the Purchaser in Getting the Deal Done – a Live Online Conference
Wednesday 17th October 2018
Live Online from: 1.30 – 5.00 pm AEDT
-125 DAYS
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Dealing with the demands of commercial practice can make it difficult to find time to attend professional development events. We realise that not everyone can spare two days out of the office.  So we’re offering you a new way to access the experts online – a half-day online conference, focused on key essentials for getting the deal done.

You can put your staff in the boardroom and watch it there.  You can watch it on your computer or on your portable electronic device.  All for the same low price.

The conference will be based on our highly successful video webinar technology: there’ll be a chairperson, a panel of experts, presentations and discussion – and you’ll have an opportunity to ask questions.

Session 1:  Choosing the Appropriate Structure for an Acquisition

When you are effecting an acquisition, it’s very important to have the correct entity make the acquisition.  What is correct very much depends on who you are– a family or a not for profit or a commercial enterprise.    In this regard, both tax and asset protection are key considerations.

  • Single family acquirer – no existing business:
    • discretionary trust vs company with discretionary trust holding shares
  • Group of unrelated parties join together to make acquisition:
    • unit trust with discretionary subtrusts vs company with subtrusts holding shares
  • Existing business makes the acquisition
    • do you keep the businesses in separate entities or do you integrate them?
    • acquiring existing companies – do you consolidate?
  • Acquisitions by public companies and large proprietary companies – different considerations

Session 2: Understanding the Structure and Nature of the Due Diligence Process

To the legal adviser, due diligence means legal and regulatory due diligence.  But that is only a small part of a much larger picture.  In this presentation, we’ll be explaining the overall due diligence framework and the respective elements and how they fit together.

  • General principles of due diligence:
    • overall planning
    • determining benchmarks
    • industry practice and norms and their role in due diligence
    • procedural issues including data rooms
  • Common types of due diligence:
    • financial due diligence
    • tax due diligence
    • regulatory and legal due diligence
    • people and culture
    • commercial
  • Due diligence reporting:
    • preparing reports on outcomes
    • sorting minor problems from significant issues
    • resolving due diligence problems
  • Common errors in due diligence

Session 3: Practical Aspects of Managing Employee Transfers and Entitlements in a Business Acquisitions

There are a whole bunch of issues in the employment space when the ownership of a business changes.  Things like entitlements, redundancy, different enterprise bargaining agreements, applicability of modern awards, not to mention the business transmission provisions of the Fair Work Act.  This presentation will examine these issues in detail.

  • Employee entitlements – what is the purchaser up for?
  • Differences in treatment of entitlements depending on whether assets or shares were acquired:
    • sick and carer’s leave
    • annual leave
    • long service leave
  • An alternative – terminate the employees at changeover and pay out all entitlements, then reemploy
  • Applicability of business transmission provisions in the FWA
  • Making changes to existing employment arrangements:
    • making existing employees redundant – redundancy
    • dealing with legacy EBAs
    • liability for underpayments before changeover

Alicia Hill, Principal MST Lawyers, Mt Waverley, Vic (Chairperson)

Shah Rusiti, Partner, Accredited Specialist, Business Law, Teece Hodgson and Ward Solicitors, Sydney

Peter Mills, Special Council, Thynne & Macartney, Brisbane

Stephen Hughes, Principal Lawyer, Workplace Relations, Macpherson Kelley, Brisbane


TEN has been running live webinars since 2012 at the forefront of online CPD in Australia.

In 2017 we took the next step in the evolution of online CPD and introduced half-day online conferences to provide a platform that bridged the gap between attending a live webinar focused on one topic and attending a face to face conference.

And, we’ve had some great feedback to this new concept:

  • It was just like being at a well run conference but in many ways better. 
  • This option is of great assistance to country practitioners.
  • The live online conference format worked well and made the speakers more engaging than a recording.
  • Our team used the boardroom.  We could talk and discuss the presentation without feeling we were imposing on others and you could submit a question, which we did.  All from the comfort of our own office.
  • The conference was well organised and the email links very useful.

Delegates registered to attend this live online conference will receive a CPD certificate for attendance.  Lawyers can claim up to 3 CPD units – substantive law.

If you need assistance or have an enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact our Event Coordinator, Lisa Tran on (03) 8601 7709 or email:
Product Code: OBAOCT18
 Price:   $550.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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