Live Webinar: Protecting the Purchaser in a Business Acquisition: Getting Your Due Diligence and Sale Agreement Right

Date:  Wednesday 6th September 2017 – Online:
Vic, NSW, Qld, ACT, Tas: 11am to 1pm 
SA & NT:  10:30am to 12:30pm 
WA: 9am to 11am 

This session gives a structural overview of business acquisition which enables a more strategic focus and provides a good risk management profile. It includes:

Preconditions and deliverables

  • Business or share sale considerations
  • Conditions precedent – shares and consents
  • Assigned or novated leases to buyer – working it out in advance
  • Financing arrangements – are they all in place?
  • Type of sale documentation and inclusions
  • Assessing the employment pool and transition options
  • FIRB matters that need investigating

Investigation searches, warranties and their limitations

  • Access rights and transparency on IP and accounts
  • Searches including PPS and knowing what to look for
  • Proof of title and verifications
  • Negotiating warranties and indemnities
  • Status of representations and contract finalization

Completion, post completion and restraints

  • Covenants for period between signing and completion
  • The period from completion to payment – what needs to be done?
  • Asset transfers – getting the documentation in place
  • Post completion arrangements
  • Materiality qualifiers
  • Seller availability
  • Restraints – what’s reasonable?
Our presenter

Ron Smooker, Partner, Maddocks Lawyers, Melbourne 

Ron has over 20 years’ experience of corporate, commercial and financing law. He has been involved in many of Australia’s largest and most complex merger and acquisitions, and is recognised as a leading adviser on transactions involving complex structuring.

Ron has acted on various commercial matters for a range of listed and unlisted companies in connection with joint ventures, long-term contracting and other commercial arrangements. He has also acted for borrowers in relation to the financing of a number of projects.

Prior to joining Maddocks, Ron was a partner at Clayton Utz for 14 years. He has advised clients from a wide range of industries including transport and logistics, mining, consulting, energy and resources, property, and media and entertainment.


This webinar is suitable for lawyers practising in business law – Australia wide. This webinar is for practitioners with some knowledge in this area and looking to improve their knowledge.


Live webinar delegates will receive a CPD certificate for attendance at this webinar.  Lawyers can claim up to 2 CPD [CLE] units/points – substantive law.  This webinar has been designed to run for 2 hours, however, webinar lengths can vary depending on the level of questions and discussion, and the minimum length of the webinar is 1.5 hours.

If you need assistance or have an enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact our Webinar Coordinator, Lisa Tran on (03) 8601 7709 or email:

Attending a TEN webinar couldn’t be easier. Basically it’s just like attending a seminar except that you don’t have to leave the comfort of your office or home. You just need to be available at the appointed date and time with your computer and internet connection.

Once you’ve registered for the webinar, we send you a link so that you can login to the webinar from your computer. The speaker delivers the session from their computer in real time. Just like a live seminar, you can ask questions of the speaker. You simply type your question into the question box and the speaker responds to it during question time.
At the end of the webinar session we send you a certificate to confirm your attendance and the number of CPD hours you earned.

You will need a computer with sound, an internet connection and earphones if you need to participate in the webinar in an open office environment (so you don’t disrupt those around you).

Product Code: RBCSEP17
 Price:   $253.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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