Eric is a corporate and commercial lawyer with substantial Australian and overseas experience. He has acted for both local and multinational clients, and has been practising for over fifteen years. He also speaks fluent Cantonese.
From experience gained in-house at BMW Group Australia and secondments – together with private practice experience at top-tier firm Minter Ellison and Clyde & Co LLP in the Middle East – Eric can deliver the value his clients and their in-house legal teams seek. He has also worked in tax consulting and has post graduate qualifications in law and finance. His broad experience helps his clients develop solutions to achieve growth ambitions and meet challenges in a changing world.
Eric’s expertise includes corporate and commercial law, mergers and acquisitions (public and private), and franchising. He also has a high level of understanding of the automotive/manufacturing sectors, the Australian Consumer Law and dealing with regulators in investigatory and enforcement activities. In addition, Eric has a keen interest in the use of e-commerce, online marketing and social media platforms for business, especially their ability to create opportunities and provide new customer insights while also giving rise to brand protection risks.
Eric’s clients consider him to be a trusted advisor and appreciate his willingness to consider and adapt to new methods or means to help them achieve their objectives. His clients also value his efficient, well-considered approach, and his understanding of the challenges they face in the evolving local and global economy.
Eric’s experience includes:
dealings and negotiations with the ACCC, including participation in industry consultation groups relating to recall notices, strategic planning, implementation and monitoring of compulsory recall notice obligations
advising in connection with the demolition and redevelopment of a flagship automotive dealership site in Sydney
advising in connection with the disposal of a major dealership business to an ASX-listed automotive group
advising on strategic business projects regarding future product and technology offerings, HR&IR matters and the revision of network-wide franchise agreements
involvement in intellectual property law matters regarding infringements by third parties, counterfeit product interception activities and Federal Court actions for a multinational automotive company.
During his career, Eric has also acted for:
a branch of a sovereign wealth fund in its acquisition of a regional military transport vehicle design and construction business
interests associated with a prominent family in the Middle East regarding the restructure, recapitalisation and anticipated disposal of various business interests in the Middle East, West Africa and the Indian Subcontinent in the telecommunications and banking sectors
a US-based industrial conglomerate in various matters including: restructure of ownership of companies within its infrastructure division; proposed expansion of and entry into export markets by its regional metals smelting division; and establishment in the UAE of its railway construction division for significant projects in the Middle East and Africa
a European aerospace and defence company in the establishment of a joint venture in the Middle East to supply and manufacture hardware, systems and ongoing services to a national defence force
UGL Limited in the establishment of business operations in Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE by way of joint ventures
a Dubai-listed property developer regarding issues associated with the accounting treatment of real estate sales and its impact on declared dividends and directors/officers remuneration and liability considerations for the company arising from regulator investigations and self-disclosure
two major European banks in the acquisition and financing by a UAE based transport investment company of two LPG tankers
Vision Systems Limited in its takeover by Danaher Corporation, contested by Ventana Medical Systems and Cytyc Corporation
Zenyth Therapeutics Limited in its takeover by CSL Limited by way of schemes of arrangement
Repco Corporation Limited in its takeover by private equity funds advised by CCMP Capital Asia by way of scheme of arrangement
Primelife Corporation Limited in its reorganisation into a stapled structure (Babcock Brown Communities Group) by way of a scheme of arrangement and capital raising via the issue of new listed stapled securities
AGL Energy Limited in an acquisition of a partially constructed wind generated electricity business.
Memberships and Associations
Law Institute of Victoria – member
Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (the University of Melbourne)
Bachelor of Commerce (the University of Melbourne)
Master of Laws (University of Melbourne)
Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment (FINSIA, now Kaplan Professional)
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
The High Court of Australia