Dean’s experience lies in corporate and commercial law, specialising in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and capital raising. Dean’s practice also involves drafting and negotiating a wide range of contracts, and advising on the legal aspects of corporate governance and general corporate matters. In M&A, his transactional work typically involves deals between $5 million and $200 million and cuts across a range of industries, including energy and resources, extractive industry, telecommunications, transport and logistics, manufacturing, retail, wholesale and technology.
The various contracts and agreements that Dean handles on a day to day basis include:
• Term sheets, heads of agreement and MOUs • Subscription agreements
• Share purchase agreements
• Business and asset purchase agreements
• Shareholder agreements
• Supply and distribution agreements
• Services agreements and ongoing maintenance contracts
• Joint venture agreements
• Licence agreements
• Confidentiality deeds and non-disclosure agreements
• Loan agreements
• Terms and conditions
In addition, Dean has a keen focus on laws that affect the extractive industry and associated sectors, representing multinational extractive/quarry operators and also independently owned businesses in the acquisition, establishment and development of quarry sites in Victoria.
Dean possesses a sound understanding of environmental laws and considerations relating to planning and the extractive industry in Victoria, including the:
• Planning and Environment Act 1987
• Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990
• Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
• Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988
• Local Government Act 1989
In 2013, Dean was honoured to be selected as a finalist in the Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards in the Planning & Environment category.
- a leading national wholesaler and retailer of fashion footwear on a series of strategic business acquisitions, followed by a $150 million merger with a substantial footwear business to form one of Australia’s largest footwear wholesaler/retailers in the country; the transactions involved substantial due diligence across multiple jurisdictions, the negotiation of purchase documentation (including a share purchase agreement, shareholder agreement and other ancillary documents) and dealing with institutional landlords and other third parties;
- a private consortium successful in bidding for a licence to enter the A-League football competition, involving capital raising, contracts with various third parties and a public private partnership of state significance with local council;
- an ASX listed telecommunications company on its IPO and subsequent string of acquisitions of IT businesses, taking its revenue to over $60 million;
- the founder of one of Australia’s largest coffee roasting and wholesale businesses in a circa $30 million sale to a European listed coffee conglomerate – a transaction involving the transfer of hundreds of customer contracts, employees and other assets, together with structuring advice, an earn arrangement and complex issues relating to the Personal Property Securities Act 2009;
- private investors on the acquisition of a majority stake in an agtech business that holds numerous proprietary formulations, including due diligence, various documents and negotiations on the acquisition and ongoing shareholder arrangements;
- a global company within the manufacturing industry on a $60 million divestment of its distribution business in Australia and New Zealand to a multinational US-based distributor;
- one of Australia’s largest quarrying companies on the strategic acquisition of various quarry businesses (including due diligence on all planning and environmental matters);
- a multinational quarry operator regarding proceedings brought in VCAT seeking declaratory relief and review of a decision by a responsible authority, including advice on the commencement of use/development, existing use rights, special charge schemes and compensation issues; and
- a multinational quarry operator in substantial and complex negotiations with numerous government agencies and referral authorities, ultimately reaching a suitable settlement arrangement through a formal VCAT mediation process.
Pro Bono & Community Work
Involvement in fundraising for and a supporter of various charities, including the Commando Welfare Trust, the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and a number of hospitals in Victoria