Jake Erman-Keogh

Associate

Melbourne

Legal Expertise

Expertise

Jake has broad-based skills in corporate and commercial law. He is capable of undertaking most types of regulated or private/unregulated corporate transactions and projects, including for ASX listed entities.

Jake has a strong understanding of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) and ASX Listing Rules, as well as ASIC Regulatory Guidance and various other relevant company laws.

Jake’s particular expertise lies in:

  • private mergers and acquisitions
  • public mergers and acquisitions (including for ASX listed companies), including takeovers and schemes of arrangement
  • capital markets transactions (initial public offerings, reverse takeovers and backdoor listings, and secondary capital raisings)
  • managed investment schemes
  • corporate governance
  • drafting, negotiating and advising on various commercial contracts and agreements

Experience

Jake’s experience includes:

Public M&A transactions

  • 5G Networks Limited (ASX:5GN) takeover of Webcentral Group Limited (ASX:WCG) by way of off-market takeover bid (scrip for scrip)

Capital markets

  • Environmental Clean Technologies Limited (ASX:ECT)–Rights Issue 2020
  • 5G Networks Limited (ASX:5GN)–Institutional Placement and Share Purchase Plan 2020
  • 5G Networks Limited (ASX:5GN)–Institutional Placement September 2020
  • Netccentric Limited (ASX:NCL)–Placement February 2021
  • Azure Health Technology Limited (NSX:VTL)–IPO and NSX Listing May 2021
  • Environmental Clean Technologies Limited (ASX:ECT)–Placement and Share Purchase Plan April 2021

Private M&A

Various private projects and transactions, including regular involvement in preparing, negotiating and drafting the following legal documents:

  • term sheets, heads of agreement and MOUs
  • subscription agreements
  • share purchase agreements
  • business and asset purchase agreements
  • deeds of company arrangement

He also undertakes legal due diligence in relation to M&A transactions.

General Commerical

Regular involvement in preparing, negotiating and drafting the following legal documents:

  • shareholder agreements
  • supply and distribution agreements
  • services agreements
  • joint venture agreements
  • confidentiality deeds and non-disclosure agreements
  • general corporate documents (constitutions, resolutions and officer engagements)
  • loan agreements
  • security agreements including general security deeds and guarantees.

Pro Bono & Community Work

Jake is actively involved in various fundraising activities for different charities including Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre and other charities supporting breast cancer.

Professional Recognition

  • Finalist – Mergers & Acquisitions category, Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards 2021

Memberships & Associations

  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Young Business People
  • Victoria Racing Club
  • Melbourne Cricket Club

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons) Deakin University
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) Deakin University
  • Australian Lawyer & Officer, Supreme Court of Victoria

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practise

  • Victoria

“I endeavour to meet and exceed the expectations of our clients by understanding their commercial drivers, key objectives and deadlines. This enables me to provide comprehensive, well-rounded legal advice and solutions for their issues and projects (big or small!).”

Corporate & Commercial