Stephen Giles

Stephen Giles is a corporate and commercial partner based in Melbourne and Sydney, but with extensive international experience.  He leads the Australian Consumer Markets Group, and is global leader of our International Franchising Business Group.

Stephen’s particular proficiency includes the drafting and negotiation of complex commercial agreements and the application of competition laws to product distribution, pricing and supply issues faced by manufacturers, franchisors and suppliers.  This includes recent amendments to the law in relation to good faith and unfair contract terms, where he has been intimately involved in the legislative process.  He also has extensive transactional experience in mergers, acquisitions and international commercial negotiations, and in providing legal and strategic advice for companies seeking to leverage their brands and expand internationally.

Stephen’s client list features many leading international brands, including 7-Eleven, ANZ Bank, Australia Post, BMW, Bounce, Caltex, Honda, Grill’d, helloworld, Kia, Luxottica, McDonald’s Australia, Nando’s, Nestle, Pandora, Quest, Retail Food Group, Steinhoff Asia Pacific, Stihl, Tempur Sealy International, Yum Brands. He has represented over 200 retailers and franchisors, and has pre-eminent connections into most major retail networks as well as at the highest levels with Government and regulators.

Stephen has served for almost 20 years on the board of the peak industry body, the Franchise Council of Australia, handling industry regulation and government relations and serving 5 terms as national chairman.  He has written numerous publications on franchising and competition and consumer law, including the authoritative text Franchising Law & Practice, and is a regular speaker at conferences in Australia, Asia and the US. In 2009 he was inducted into the Australian Franchising Hall of Fame, and was ranked in the top 10 most respected international franchise lawyers by the International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers. He is currently a member of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Small Business and Franchising Consultative Committee.

Practice:

Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm. We provide the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 4,000 lawyers and other legal staff based in Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.

Greg Hayes

Greg has a passion for a challenge.  He brings a wealth of practical experience, an astute commercial mind, and his knowledge of tax law to his work and leadership of the corporate finance team in Sydney.

Mostly, clients appreciate his genuine interest in their businesses and ability to quickly bring complex issues down to size.

Greg specialises in strategic planning techniques, working with enterprises going through a structured growth phase. He is an expert in SME business valuations and has significant experience in merger, acquisition, divestment and capital raising transactions.

He is a familiar face in the Australian media as an expert commentator on business and taxation issues.  He regularly appears in the Australian Financial Review and other business publications.  He is also a well known and regarded presenter in Australia and overseas.

Hayes Knight:

We offer everything that businesses, organisations and professionals need to grow, develop, sustain and capitalise on the opportunities available to them in Australia and internationally.

We know that nothing beats good local knowledge and representation to move things along and achieve the right results when you’re operating across borders.

Experience and knowledge are essential in international tax as often there are very few warning signs that you have a problem. Australian tax rules are particularly complex in their treatment of business and investors likely to move money across borders. We work with you to align your commercial needs with the regulatory requirements here and overseas.

Richard Abela

Richard Abela is an experienced Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director in both Australiain top 200 ASX listed organisations, as well as large family owned European multi nationals.

Firm Overview:

Established in 1916 Oldfields has been a trusted iconic Australian brand for 100 years. Traditionally a manufacturer of high quality hand crafted paint brushes, Oldfields is now an innovative marketer, importer and manufacturer of a range of products which include scaffolding and painting accessories. With manufacturing facilities in Sydney and China, the company is focused on creating quality products and customer focused growth strategies both domestically and internationally. Listed on the ASX, Oldfields Holdings Limited has embraced its 100 year old tradition of not compromising on quality, and are looking forward to another century of providing quality workmanship, innovation and service.

Paul Price

Price Sierakowski is a boutique corporate law firm established in 1999 in Perth, Western Australia.

Our expertise is in high level corporate work including capital raisings, merger and acquisitions, resources and energy, reconstruction and litigation.

Our corporate experience includes advice on Corporations Law and ASX Listing Rules, both debt and equity raisings, corporate restructuring, initial public offerings (IPOs), rights issues, placements, share purchase plans, employee share and option plans, due diligence, corporate governance, board and shareholder meetings: issues and documentation, tenure, land access and native title, preparation and negotiation of transaction documents (including acquisition and sale agreements), joint venture agreements, farm-in agreements, financing facilities, sales and off-take agreements, takeover bids and defences, schemes of arrangement, business acquisition and disposals, and corporate mergers including reverse takeovers, advice on structuring the transaction and negotiation of commercial terms from both the buy and sell sides, negotiation and preparation of reconstruction agreements, deeds of company arrangement and creditor’s trust deeds, and representation at creditor and shareholder meetings.

Our clients include Australian and international companies involved in a multitude of industries, including manufacturing, property, telecommunications, fashion, building materials, construction, mineral resources, oil and gas, exploration, both listed and unlisted companies, financial institutions, venture capitalists, accounting practices, underwriters, and we give advice to boards and individual directors on transactions, both domestically and abroad.

We are a law firm that provides better experiences through strong connections with clients and staff. Price Sierakowski is “Allied to your interests”.

“Allied to your interests”. To clients, this statement is a promise that an enduring relationship with Price Sierakowski will also achieve real commercial results. Why do we know this to be true? Because only a strong, on-going connection between lawyer and client can lead to the deep understanding needed to offer truly valuable counsel, counsel that delves beyond top-of-mind thinking into insightful, proactive advice.

“Allied to your interests”. To staff, this statement is a promise and challenge… it is a promise that the firm will act as a partner with them in their professional and personal development. The three directors, who work closely within the team, nurture and reward staff to assist them in reaching new career and life goals.

But is also a challenge to staff, in that they must personally invest in the outcomes to their clients. They must commit to hold the interests of the client in the same regard as their own individual and professional interests.

The firm has lived by its positioning statement, Allied to your interests, since inception.

Richard Deutsch

Richard Deutsch is responsible for leading and growing Deloitte’s well-established Audit & Assurance practice, with a particular focus on ASX-listed clients and financial services. As one of Australia’s most respected and talented professional services leaders, Richard has a passion for people and helping strengthen the accounting profession. He joined Deloitte in early 2015 from previous senior and influential professional services roles, held over more than two decades.

Firm Overview:

We believe that we’re only as good as the good we do.

All the facts and figures that talk to our size and diversity and years of history, as notable and important as they may be, are secondary to the truest measure of Deloitte: the impact we make in the world.

So, when people ask, “what’s different about Deloitte?” the answer resides in the many specific examples of where we have helped Deloitte member firm clients, our people, and sections of society to achieve remarkable goals, solve complex problems or make meaningful progress. Deeper still, it’s in the beliefs, behaviors and fundamental sense of purpose that underpin all that we do.

With over 150 years of hard work and commitment to making a real difference, our organization has grown in scale and diversity—approximately 245,000 people in 150 countries and territories, providing audit, tax, legal, financial advisory, risk advisory, and consulting services—yet our shared culture remains the same.

For us, good isn’t good enough. We aim to be the best at all that we do—to help clients realize their ambitions; to make a positive difference in society; and to maximize the success of our people. This drive fuels the commitment and humanity that run deep through our every action.

That’s what makes us truly different at Deloitte. Not how big we are, where we are, nor what services we offer. What really defines us is our drive to make an impact that matters in the world.

Deloitte is the brand under which tens of thousands of dedicated professionals in independent firms throughout the world collaborate to provide audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk advisory, tax and related services to select clients.

These firms are members of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, a UK private company limited by guarantee (“DTTL”). Each DTTL member firm provides services in particular geographic areas and is subject to the laws and professional regulations of the particular country or countries in which it operates. Each DTTL member firm is structured in accordance with national laws, regulations, customary practice, and other factors, and may secure the provision of professional services in its territory through subsidiaries, affiliates, and other related entities. Not every DTTL member firm provides all services, and certain services may not be available to attest clients under the rules and regulations of public accounting. DTTL and each DTTL member firm are legally separate and independent entities, which cannot obligate each other. DTTL and each DTTL member firm are liable only for their own acts and omissions, and not those of each other. DTTL (also referred to as “Deloitte Global”) does not provide services to clients.

Deloitte has more than 244,400 professionals at member firms delivering services in audit, tax, consulting, financial advisory, risk advisory, and related services in more than 150 countries and territories. Revenues for fiscal year 2016 were US$36.8 billion.

David Rennick

David Rennick is a Partner and Head of Pinsent Masons Australia.

Prior to joining Pinsent Masons in March 2014, David was CEO of an Australian law firm where he was responsible for leadership, client and people strategies and management.

David has more than 25 years experience in the property industry where he has been engaged by developers, institutions and retailers not only as principal legal advisor but also on property and business strategy. His areas of practice included master planned community projects, property development, corporate real estate, institutional property, and shopping centre developments and leasing.

David’s role is the development and management of Pinsent Masons’ Australian business, connecting clients into Asia Pacific.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Economics – Monash University
  • Bachelor of Laws – Monash University

Firm Overview:

Our lawyers in Sydney and Melbourne bring deep sector specialism, local knowledge and international experience to deliver highly pragmatic, commercial advice which fits to deliver your goals. The narrow commercial margins experienced in the infrastructure sector mean that managing, avoiding and resolving contractual and legal issues goes a long way to securing commercial success.

Whether seeking inbound international investment or doing business outside Australia, our knowledge of the global infrastructure market is unrivalled. We offer particularly strong knowledge in relation the People’s Republic of China, one of Australia’s most important trading partners, as well as having delivered extensive projects across Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan and other countries across Asia Pacific.

Our team of over 350 infrastructure specialists combined with our international reach means we can advise on infrastructure projects almost anywhere in the world. We have been trusted with many of the largest and most ambitious international projects with capital values from the tens of millions to the billions. This includes advising on more PPP construction projects than any other law firm.