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Our team is dedicated to supporting clients through their business activities and seek to assist them to achieve their commercial goals.

Corporate Advisory and M&A

We provide a broad range of services across the full spectrum of corporate and commercial law.

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Equity Capital Markets

We act for issuers and investors across a range of Australian capital markets transactions.

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Banking and Finance

We have extensive experience in acting for borrowers across a range of financing transactions.

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Financial Services

We are experts in the space of financial services and funds management, having regularly acted for fund managers and corporate trustees.

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Dispute Resolution and Litigation

We advise our clients in relation to a number of commercial disputes ranging from litigation to negotiated outcomes.

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Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT)

Our team regularly advises on legal issues in connection with our client’s technology and telecommunications projects.

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Intellectual Property

We appreciate the importance of protecting our client’s intellectual property in today’s ever changing environment.

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Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

We act for a number of Australia's largest cryptocurrency providers.

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Employment

We advise our clients on a range employment issues by informing them of potential legal risks and developing strategies to minimise those threats.

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Insurance

We act for our clients on a range of insurance and insurance related disputes.

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People

Our principals lead an experienced legal team dedicated to assisting our clients to achieve their optimal commercial goals.

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Leath Nicholson

Leath practices extensively in commercial and corporate transactions, particularly for ASX Listed public companies.

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Shannon Ryan

Shannon heads the firm's financial services and corporate transactions section.

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Lee Mitchell

Lee is a highly experienced corporate and commercial lawyer. He has a passion for creating positive outcomes for his clients in a no-nonsense and down-to-earth way.

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Andrew Bini

Andrew practices extensively in mergers and acquisitions and corporate transactions.

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Veroshan Sripragasan

Veroshan is a Senior Associate within Nicholson Ryan’s corporate and commercial practice.

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Gerard Maxted

Gerard is an Associate with Nicholson Ryan's dispute resolution and litigation team.

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News

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Specialist expertise tailored to client needs

Boutique law firms with a specialist focus are an emerging trend in Australia. According to the Australia: State of the Legal Market white paper, published by Melbourne Law School and Thomson Reuters Peer Monitor in 2016, while many major law firms are facing multiple challenges including rising costs and uneven profitability, boutique law firms concentrating on a…

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Specialist expertise tailored to client needs

Boutique law firms with a specialist focus are an emerging trend in Australia. According to the Australia: State of the Legal Market white paper, published by Melbourne Law School and Thomson Reuters Peer Monitor in 2016, while many major law firms are facing multiple challenges including rising costs and uneven profitability, boutique law firms concentrating on a…

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Risks of issuing a creditor’s statutory demand

If you have money owed to you by a company (not an individual), issuing a creditor’s statutory demand can be a quick means of debt recovery. By serving a statutory demand, the debtor company has 21 days to either pay the debt, come to a satisfactory arrangement with the creditor, or make an application to…

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Lawyers Weekly 30 under 30 Awards – Congratulations Veroshan

Nicholson Ryan Lawyers are delighted to announce that associate, Veroshan Sripragasan, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Mergers & Acquisition category of this year’s Lawyers Weekly 30 under 30 Awards.  Lawyers weekly 30 Under 30 is Australia’s largest independent awards program that recognises excellence in young lawyers – those that are raising the bar on…

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Nicholson Ryan Lawyers hit the airwaves

Leath Nicholson (Principal) and Veroshan Sripragasan (Associate) were recently interviewed for the podcast Trench Talk hosted by Matt Reynolds.  On the podcast, they discussed a range of topics including the regulatory framework regarding blockchain and cryptocurrencies, mergers and acquisitions and the involvement of lawyers in pursuing business growth. You can listen to Leath and Veroshan chat all…

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Growth for Nicholson Ryan Lawyers

Leath Nicholson, Director

  Nicholson Ryan Lawyers is pleased to welcome new Director Lee Mitchell to the firm. Lee has over 22 years’ experience in corporate and commercial law gained with international, national and boutique law firms including 12 months as in-house counsel at ExxonMobil and 2 years as a Partner with Middletons (now K&L Gates LLP) Lee’s…

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Changes to Ipso Facto Termination Rights

Andrew Bini (Principal)

Many commercial contracts contain clauses which entitle a party to terminate the contract or exercise other contractual rights where the counterparty suffers an insolvency event (such as the appointment of a voluntary administrator or receiver or the entry into a scheme of arrangement with creditors). That is, by the mere fact itself (“ipso facto”) that…

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Unfair contract terms under the Australian Consumer Law

Andrew Bini (Principal)

Since 12 November 2016, the unfair consumer contracts terms regime in the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) has also regulated unfair terms in small business contracts.  In essence, if a term is found to be unfair it is void. In this article we describe how these laws apply to consumer and small business contracts. Consumer and…

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AMA’s unusual, but successful, takeover of 4WD

Leath Nicholson (Principal) and Andrew Bini (Principal)

On 19 January 2018 AMA Group Limited (ASX : AMA) announced the successful completion of its takeover of Automotive Solutions Group Limited (ASX : 4WD). The takeover was achieved by way of a conditional off-market bid for all of the shares in 4WD. The takeover was initially launched as on-market takeover bid, which was announced…

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Warranties and Indemnities in M&A

Leath Nicholson (Principal) and Veroshan Sripragasan (Solicitor)

With most mergers and acquisitions (M&A), there is a commercial risk that some fact, matter or circumstance might be uncovered once the deal has completed which, if known from the outset, would likely have caused one party to reconsider the terms on which the deal was to be consummated. As lawyers, we help manage this…

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Crowd sourced funding – A guide for public companies

Shannon Ryan (Principal) and Andrew Tsirikis (Solicitor)

Legislation governing the crowd-sourced funding (CSF) regime for public companies is now in full effect with the following checklist being designed to assist those companies navigate their way through this process. Eligible companies To engage in CSF, your company must: (1) be an unlisted public company limited by shares with assets and annual revenue caps…

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