Our Services

Automic Group Legal

We sought to create a firm with a set of core values dedicated to client service, legal excellence and personal integrity.

Our team specialise in IPOs, backdoor listings, raising capital, mergers and acquisitions, technology and online businesses, mining and resources, litigation and employment law.  It is our philosophy that exceeding expectations and going the extra mile to achieve the best result for the client will build long-term successful business partnerships.

We sought to create a firm with a set of core values dedicated to client service, legal excellence and personal integrity.

Equity Capital Markets

Automic Group Legal has deep expertise in equity capital markets work. We specialise in:

  • Restructuring organisations in preparation for an IPO
  • New listings
  • Reverse takeovers
  • Secondary capital raisings, including placements and rights issues
  • Debt raisings, including via hybrid securities
  • Listings on all markets – ASX, NSX, APX. We have even assisted clients with offshore listings (for example on the HKSE)

Both before and after listing, we can assist you with:

  • Implementing appropriate corporate governance
  • Resolving any equity or capital issues
  • Conducting due diligence
  • Navigating shareholder approvals
  • Guidance with advisors – including brokers, investment banks, corporate advisors, private equity, accountants and independent experts
  • Preparation of all documentation required, including prospectuses and other disclosure documents
  • Compliance with and preparation of all documentation required for ASX and ASIC

Please contact Andrew Whitten on andrew.whitten@automicgroup.com.au if you have any queries.

Compliance Advisory

Automic Group Legal can assist in advising both private and public entities on a wide range of corporate governance matters, including:

  • Board composition and structure
  • Director statutory and fiduciary duties
  • Management compensation and employee incentive programs
  • Governance-related disclosure
  • Related-party transactions
  • Avoidance of insider trading
  • Other regulatory matters, such as those involving ASIC, FIRB, APRA and stock exchange listing rule requirements

Our team works strategically with individual directors, full boards of directors, board committees, CEOs and other executive officers to facilitate effective and legally compliant management. We assist in all the day-to-day operations of running public companies, such as reporting requirements, managing disclosures and attending to lodgement of announcements and statutory filings.

Please contact Tania Zordan on tania.zordan@automicgroup.com.au if you have any queries.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Automic Group Legal are seasoned M&A practitioners. We have acted on a range of M&A transactions from private small family business acquisitions to international multi-billion dollar acquisitions, including complex private equity structures and management buy-outs.

With our ECM expertise, we are also experts at executing and defending takeover bids.

Our services are tailored to each individual client’s needs and include:

  • Preparation and negotiation of term sheets
  • Conducting legal due diligence (on a full or exceptions only basis)
  • Assisting with compliance issues (FIRB, ACCC, ASX)
  • Preparation and negotiation of all transaction documents (including share or business purchase/sale agreements)
  • Completion of transactions
  • Assisting with merger and integration issues post-completion

Please contact Andrew Whitten on andrew.whitten@automicgroup.com.au or Tania Zordan on tania.zordan@automicgroup.com.au if you have any queries.

Funds Management

Automic Group Legal has expertise acting for funds, fund managers, financial product issuers and financial markets participants. We specialise in:

  • Structuring advice for funds
  • Establishment and promotion of listed and unlisted funds
  • Regulatory and compliance advice
  • Fund formation
  • Dispute resolution and enforcement action by complaints resolution schemes and ASIC
  • Licensing and distribution of products

Please contact Tania Zordan on tania.zordan@automicgroup.com.au if you have any queries.

Technology & IP

Automic Group Legal is a specialist in technology, intellectual property and privacy law. We act for leading companies in the technology, software, telecommunications, media and e-commerce industries.

Our expertise includes:

  • Copyright and trademarks
  • Licensing
  • Formation of online contracts
  • Website terms and conditions
  • Privacy and data protection
  • Domain name registrations
  • IP disputes
  • Software As A Service agreements
  • Master service agreements
  • Development and implementation agreements
  • Transition agreements

Mining and Resources Law

Automic Group Legal has a wealth of domestic and international expertise in mining, energy and resources. Due to the numerous resources activities of our clients, the firm has acquired extensive expertise in both domestic and offshore transactions.

Our lawyers have a comprehensive understanding of the specific legal requirements of this sector, including the operating environment, commercial profit drivers and the social and political issues that face mining and resources companies.

Our legal team have clients based in Australia, Asia and Canada with resource interests in various global locations, including Australia, Papua New Guinea, Mongolia, Indonesia, Canada and Africa. Our extensive experience, practical industry knowledge and specialist legal skills in mining and resources law mean that we provide our clients with effective and relevant legal advice in all matters.

We handle the full range of issues that arise in resource exploration, development and production, providing legal services to assist with:

  • Capital raising and project financing
  • Conducting due diligence of tenements, approvals and agreements
  • Regulatory requirements
  • Contract negotiation and documentation including memoranda of understanding, joint venture agreements, strategic alliance agreements, farm-in agreements, sale and purchase agreements, option agreements, royalty agreements, access agreements and commodity agreements
  • Operational contracts including mining and construction contracts and other service, equipment and consumable supply, transport and handling contracts
  • Finance agreements with security over mining assets
  • Marketing, distribution, sales representation and off-take contracts
  • Infrastructure projects, access and construction agreements
  • Foreign Investment Review Board requirements
  • Liaising with relevant government departments in all necessary jurisdictions.

Litigation

Automic Group Legal is experienced, strategic and has a high success rate. We have a thorough understanding of how best to use commercial leverage and apply the law to meet your objectives. Our aim is always to give focused and practical advice that is cost effective, and to keep you in full control of the dispute.

While we prefer the speed, certainty and cost savings of negotiated outcomes, we recognise that sometimes litigation is the right tool for the job. When litigation is unavoidable, we uncompromisingly enforce or protect your interests with a view to minimising your financial exposure, and risk to your brand.

Our team has experience in handling some of Australia’s largest and most complex litigation, and regularly handles disputes in all major courts and tribunals. Contentious and challenging corporate and commercial disputes are our core business.

Our expertise includes litigation involving:

  • Corporate law and the Corporations Act
  • Regulatory investigations (including by ASIC, ACCC, ATO, EPA, WorkCover and for parties involved in commissions of inquiry, including ICAC and Royal Commissions)
  • Security-holder disputes
  • Security-holder class actions
  • Commercial and contract
  • Land, environment and planning
  • Employment and workplace relations
  • Administrative law and tax
  • Trusts
  • Intellectual property
  • Property

Our clients include some of Australia’s highest profile companies and business people. We are also engaged by litigation funders to advise them on prospects in cases they are considering funding.

Property Law

Automic Group Legal provides a complete solution for all property-related transactions, including legal requirements and planning advice.

Our clients include a range of property entities including developers, real estate investment trusts, property managers, substantial property holders and companies with significant leasing interests.

Property Acquisition Development and Sale

Our team has experience across the full range of industry segments including office, commercial, industrial, educational, retail, pubs, residential and mixed-use developments and are skilled in advising on every aspect of the development, acquisition and sale stages.

In addition to advising on development, acquisition and sale stages and producing the accompanying transaction documentation, we can further assist with due diligence, title subdivision, strata and community schemes and investment structures. We also handle listed and unlisted property trusts and joint venture arrangements.

Our knowledge and experience deliver commercially astute solutions tailored specifically to the respective interests of our clients.

Leasing

We act for lessees and lessors across a wide range of property types and different industry sectors, including those with special licensing conditions, such as child care centres, pubs, medical centres and pharmacies.

We can assist with commercial, industrial and shopping centre leases, as well as with licences for shared areas and car parks.

In addition to preparing and advising on leasing documents, our team can help with advice on tenant relations, relevant legislative regimes and preparation of collateral contracts, such as management agreements.

Employment

Automic Group Legal offers a comprehensive range of employment law services, including preparation of employment, executive and contractor agreements. We also prepare employee option share plans and other incentive packages.

We assist clients with exiting employees with minimum legal risk, whether it be by termination, on notice or by preparing a program of performance management.

We have extensive experience in contested litigation involving employment issues and we will act quickly and decisively including, if necessary, obtaining injunctions to protect your confidential information or to enforce restraints of trade.

In addition to conducting high value and urgent disputes in the Supreme Court, we regularly appear in the Fair Work Commission and provide advice and representation in matters involving unfair dismissal, bullying and harassment and investigations for breaches of the Fair Work Act. We also act against trade unions.

We are experts at crisis management and brand protection and have been involved in some of the most high-profile employment litigation cases in Australia. We act to protect clients’ interests across industry sectors, including software, engineering and construction, patent attorneys, television executives, accounting firms, schools, child care centres and some of Australia’s most senior public servants.

 

Automic Group Legal has deep expertise in equity capital markets work. We specialise in:

  • Restructuring organisations in preparation for an IPO
  • New listings
  • Reverse takeovers
  • Secondary capital raisings, including placements and rights issues
  • Debt raisings, including via hybrid securities
  • Listings on all markets – ASX, NSX, APX. We have even assisted clients with offshore listings (for example on the HKSE)

Both before and after listing, we can assist you with:

  • Implementing appropriate corporate governance
  • Resolving any equity or capital issues
  • Conducting due diligence
  • Navigating shareholder approvals
  • Guidance with advisors – including brokers, investment banks, corporate advisors, private equity, accountants and independent experts
  • Preparation of all documentation required, including prospectuses and other disclosure documents
  • Compliance with and preparation of all documentation required for ASX and ASIC

Please contact Andrew Whitten on andrew.whitten@automicgroup.com.au if you have any queries.

 

Automic Group Legal can assist in advising both private and public entities on a wide range of corporate governance matters, including:

  • Board composition and structure
  • Director statutory and fiduciary duties
  • Management compensation and employee incentive programs
  • Governance-related disclosure
  • Related-party transactions
  • Avoidance of insider trading
  • Other regulatory matters, such as those involving ASIC, FIRB, APRA and stock exchange listing rule requirements

Our team works strategically with individual directors, full boards of directors, board committees, CEOs and other executive officers to facilitate effective and legally compliant management. We assist in all the day-to-day operations of running public companies, such as reporting requirements, managing disclosures and attending to lodgement of announcements and statutory filings.

Please contact Tania Zordan on tania.zordan@automicgroup.com.au if you have any queries.

 

Automic Group Legal are seasoned M&A practitioners. We have acted on a range of M&A transactions from private small family business acquisitions to international multi-billion dollar acquisitions, including complex private equity structures and management buy-outs.

With our ECM expertise, we are also experts at executing and defending takeover bids.

Our services are tailored to each individual client’s needs and include:

  • Preparation and negotiation of term sheets
  • Conducting legal due diligence (on a full or exceptions only basis)
  • Assisting with compliance issues (FIRB, ACCC, ASX)
  • Preparation and negotiation of all transaction documents (including share or business purchase/sale agreements)
  • Completion of transactions
  • Assisting with merger and integration issues post-completion

Please contact Andrew Whitten on andrew.whitten@automicgroup.com.au or Tania Zordan on tania.zordan@automicgroup.com.au if you have any queries.

 

Automic Group Legal has expertise acting for funds, fund managers, financial product issuers and financial markets participants. We specialise in:

  • Structuring advice for funds
  • Establishment and promotion of listed and unlisted funds
  • Regulatory and compliance advice
  • Fund formation
  • Dispute resolution and enforcement action by complaints resolution schemes and ASIC
  • Licensing and distribution of products

Please contact Tania Zordan on tania.zordan@automicgroup.com.au if you have any queries.

 

Automic Group Legal is a specialist in technology, intellectual property and privacy law. We act for leading companies in the technology, software, telecommunications, media and e-commerce industries.

Our expertise includes:

  • Copyright and trademarks
  • Licensing
  • Formation of online contracts
  • Website terms and conditions
  • Privacy and data protection
  • Domain name registrations
  • IP disputes
  • Software As A Service agreements
  • Master service agreements
  • Development and implementation agreements
  • Transition agreements
 

Automic Group Legal has a wealth of domestic and international expertise in mining, energy and resources. Due to the numerous resources activities of our clients, the firm has acquired extensive expertise in both domestic and offshore transactions.

Our lawyers have a comprehensive understanding of the specific legal requirements of this sector, including the operating environment, commercial profit drivers and the social and political issues that face mining and resources companies.

Our legal team have clients based in Australia, Asia and Canada with resource interests in various global locations, including Australia, Papua New Guinea, Mongolia, Indonesia, Canada and Africa. Our extensive experience, practical industry knowledge and specialist legal skills in mining and resources law mean that we provide our clients with effective and relevant legal advice in all matters.

We handle the full range of issues that arise in resource exploration, development and production, providing legal services to assist with:

  • Capital raising and project financing
  • Conducting due diligence of tenements, approvals and agreements
  • Regulatory requirements
  • Contract negotiation and documentation including memoranda of understanding, joint venture agreements, strategic alliance agreements, farm-in agreements, sale and purchase agreements, option agreements, royalty agreements, access agreements and commodity agreements
  • Operational contracts including mining and construction contracts and other service, equipment and consumable supply, transport and handling contracts
  • Finance agreements with security over mining assets
  • Marketing, distribution, sales representation and off-take contracts
  • Infrastructure projects, access and construction agreements
  • Foreign Investment Review Board requirements
  • Liaising with relevant government departments in all necessary jurisdictions.
 

Automic Group Legal is experienced, strategic and has a high success rate. We have a thorough understanding of how best to use commercial leverage and apply the law to meet your objectives. Our aim is always to give focused and practical advice that is cost effective, and to keep you in full control of the dispute.

While we prefer the speed, certainty and cost savings of negotiated outcomes, we recognise that sometimes litigation is the right tool for the job. When litigation is unavoidable, we uncompromisingly enforce or protect your interests with a view to minimising your financial exposure, and risk to your brand.

Our team has experience in handling some of Australia’s largest and most complex litigation, and regularly handles disputes in all major courts and tribunals. Contentious and challenging corporate and commercial disputes are our core business.

Our expertise includes litigation involving:

  • Corporate law and the Corporations Act
  • Regulatory investigations (including by ASIC, ACCC, ATO, EPA, WorkCover and for parties involved in commissions of inquiry, including ICAC and Royal Commissions)
  • Security-holder disputes
  • Security-holder class actions
  • Commercial and contract
  • Land, environment and planning
  • Employment and workplace relations
  • Administrative law and tax
  • Trusts
  • Intellectual property
  • Property

Our clients include some of Australia’s highest profile companies and business people. We are also engaged by litigation funders to advise them on prospects in cases they are considering funding.

 

Automic Group Legal provides a complete solution for all property-related transactions, including legal requirements and planning advice.

Our clients include a range of property entities including developers, real estate investment trusts, property managers, substantial property holders and companies with significant leasing interests.

Property Acquisition Development and Sale

Our team has experience across the full range of industry segments including office, commercial, industrial, educational, retail, pubs, residential and mixed-use developments and are skilled in advising on every aspect of the development, acquisition and sale stages.

In addition to advising on development, acquisition and sale stages and producing the accompanying transaction documentation, we can further assist with due diligence, title subdivision, strata and community schemes and investment structures. We also handle listed and unlisted property trusts and joint venture arrangements.

Our knowledge and experience deliver commercially astute solutions tailored specifically to the respective interests of our clients.

Leasing

We act for lessees and lessors across a wide range of property types and different industry sectors, including those with special licensing conditions, such as child care centres, pubs, medical centres and pharmacies.

We can assist with commercial, industrial and shopping centre leases, as well as with licences for shared areas and car parks.

In addition to preparing and advising on leasing documents, our team can help with advice on tenant relations, relevant legislative regimes and preparation of collateral contracts, such as management agreements.

 

Automic Group Legal offers a comprehensive range of employment law services, including preparation of employment, executive and contractor agreements. We also prepare employee option share plans and other incentive packages.

We assist clients with exiting employees with minimum legal risk, whether it be by termination, on notice or by preparing a program of performance management.

We have extensive experience in contested litigation involving employment issues and we will act quickly and decisively including, if necessary, obtaining injunctions to protect your confidential information or to enforce restraints of trade.

In addition to conducting high value and urgent disputes in the Supreme Court, we regularly appear in the Fair Work Commission and provide advice and representation in matters involving unfair dismissal, bullying and harassment and investigations for breaches of the Fair Work Act. We also act against trade unions.

We are experts at crisis management and brand protection and have been involved in some of the most high-profile employment litigation cases in Australia. We act to protect clients’ interests across industry sectors, including software, engineering and construction, patent attorneys, television executives, accounting firms, schools, child care centres and some of Australia’s most senior public servants.

Our Legal Principals

Andrew Whitten

Andrew Whitten

Principal

  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • Over 20 years' experience
  • Specialising in backdoor listings on the ASX & NSX, IPOs and M&A

Andrew is a corporate lawyer with a particular focus on ASX listed companies. Over the past decade Andrew has been involved in dozens of transactions, including reverse takeovers and IPOs across a wide range of industry sectors, with an emphasis on technology, health & medical and mining companies. He is widely regarded as Sydney’s leading specialist in delivery of legal services to ASX listed companies and has steered dozens of them through listing, raising capital, mergers & acquisitions and disposals of business. Andrew has an excellent relationship with ASIC and ASX officers, as well as with Sydney’s leading bankers and brokers.

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Andrew Whitten

Andrew Whitten

Principal

  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • Over 20 years' experience
  • Specialising in backdoor listings on the ASX & NSX, IPOs and M&A
Andrew Whitten

Andrew Whitten

Principal

  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • Over 20 years' experience
  • Specialising in backdoor listings on the ASX & NSX, IPOs and M&A
Alistair McKeough

Alistair McKeough

Principal

  • Commercial Litigation and M&A
  • Over 15 years’ experience
  • Member of the NSW Law Advisory Council

Alistair specialises in complex commercial matters that require careful strategic planning. An experienced commercial litigator with an outstanding record of success in contested litigation, Alistair also applies his exceptional black letter knowledge and analytical skills in transactional work. Alistair is known for his ability to cut through to the real issues and for giving clear and concise advice. He is trusted by some of Australia’s most preeminent business people to handle their personal legal affairs. Alistair is regularly engaged in matters involving serious risk to personal and corporate reputations and he has extensive experience in media sensitive matters. Prior to founding Automic Legal in 2010, Alistair worked at Freehills and was an Associate to a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia. Alistair’s academic work has been quoted by the Court of Appeal of New South Wales and in leading Australian text books. Alistair has extensive experience advising ASX listed companies and their directors and is a member of the University of New South Wales Law Advisory Council.

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Alistair McKeough

Alistair McKeough

Principal

  • Commercial Litigation and M&A
  • Over 15 years’ experience
  • Member of the NSW Law Advisory Council
Alistair McKeough

Alistair McKeough

Principal

  • Commercial Litigation and M&A
  • Over 15 years’ experience
  • Member of the NSW Law Advisory Council
Tania Zordan

Tania Zordan

Principal

  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • Over 20 years' experience
  • Specialising in domestic and international M&A and assisting foreign companies expanding their business to Australia

Tania has over 20 years’ experience as a corporate and commercial lawyer, advising some of the largest Australian and international clients on international and domestic transactions. She has extensive experience in all aspects of merger & acquisition transactions in a broad range of industries and has been instrumental in the growth of some of Australia’s most successful technology companies. In addition to Tania’s transaction work she regularly advises clients on general corporate matters including corporate restructuring, fund raising (equity and debt), corporate governance, Corporations Act and ASX Listing Rule compliance, employee incentive schemes, joint ventures, business structures and company formations. Tania has developed a depth of experience that has earned her the role of trusted adviser to her long term clients. Tania’s clients say “we have been loyal to Tania for many years. We trust her, her advice, her expertise and her outstanding client service. She has helped to guide us through many complex M&A transactions and has always provided invaluable advice and service.”

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Tania Zordan

Tania Zordan

Principal

  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • Over 20 years' experience
  • Specialising in domestic and international M&A and assisting foreign companies expanding their business to Australia
Tania Zordan

Tania Zordan

Principal

  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • Over 20 years' experience
  • Specialising in domestic and international M&A and assisting foreign companies expanding their business to Australia
Andrew Crockett

Andrew Crockett

Special Counsel

  • Commercial Litigation and Employment Law
  • Over 15 years’ experience
  • Specialising in commercial and employment disputes as well as employment law within M&A

Andrew specialises in running medium to large-sized litigation matters in the State Supreme and Federal Courts (typically in relation to commercial or employment disputes), and development appeals in the Land and Environment Court. He is also experienced in drafting employment and executive services agreements and in handling termination of employment and restraints of trade. Prior to joining Automic Legal in January 2012, Andrew was a senior practitioner in a dispute resolution and litigation team at Morgan Lewis, working with Alistair McKeough. Before that he was Manager of Award Interpretation at Qantas. Since 2015, Andrew has been a Mentor to newly admitted lawyers through the Law Society of NSW’s Young Lawyers Mentoring Program.

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Andrew Crockett

Andrew Crockett

Special Counsel

  • Commercial Litigation and Employment Law
  • Over 15 years’ experience
  • Specialising in commercial and employment disputes as well as employment law within M&A
Andrew Crockett

Andrew Crockett

Special Counsel

  • Commercial Litigation and Employment Law
  • Over 15 years’ experience
  • Specialising in commercial and employment disputes as well as employment law within M&A
Jonathan Stephens

Jonathan Stephens

Senior Associate

  • Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Regulatory defence and commissions of inquiry
  • Specialising in misleading conduct, defamation and protection of reputation as well as copyright and trademarks

Jonathan is routinely trusted by his clients to handle their most mission critical work. He specialises in dispute resolution in a wide range of areas including commercial disputes, corporations matters, shareholder fights, class actions, regulatory defence and investigations, commissions of inquiry and enforcement of restraints of trade. He also applies his legal acumen to commercial matters. Jonathan has experience running matters in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Federal Court of Australia, Takeovers Panel and before Royal Commissions. After graduating with a Juris Doctor (Hons) from the University of New South Wales, Jonathan served as an Associate to a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia. Jonathan loves helping his clients navigate complex legal and commercial problems, applying his academically rigorous “black letter” legal knowledge with a thorough appreciation of underlying commercial issues and the ability to think outside the box.

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Jonathan Stephens

Jonathan Stephens

Senior Associate

  • Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Regulatory defence and commissions of inquiry
  • Specialising in misleading conduct, defamation and protection of reputation as well as copyright and trademarks
Jonathan Stephens

Jonathan Stephens

Senior Associate

  • Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Regulatory defence and commissions of inquiry
  • Specialising in misleading conduct, defamation and protection of reputation as well as copyright and trademarks
David Hwang

David Hwang

Senior Associate / Chief Compliance Officer

  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • IPOs, ECM, M&A and compliance advisory
  • CCO of Automic Group

David is the Chief Compliance Officer at Automic Group and a Senior Associate of Automic Legal. He is an experienced corporate lawyer specialising in listings on ASX (IPOs and reverse listings), equity capital markets, mergers & acquisitions and providing advice on corporate governance and compliance issues. He is sought out for his expertise and guidance across a range of legal, governance and compliance matters that are commonly considered by the Boards of unlisted and ASX listed entities at every stage of their growth, from listings, secondary raisings and strategic acquisitions or investments. David is a trusted adviser to dozens of boards and senior management across a range of industries, including technology, health care, industrials, e-commerce and mining. David is a leader within the company secretarial, governance and registry practices at Automic Group to ensure that it delivers the highest possible level of corporate compliance for its clients.

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David Hwang

David Hwang

Senior Associate / Chief Compliance Officer

  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • IPOs, ECM, M&A and compliance advisory
  • CCO of Automic Group
David Hwang

David Hwang

Senior Associate / Chief Compliance Officer

  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • IPOs, ECM, M&A and compliance advisory
  • CCO of Automic Group

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