Michael is a Director of Bennett & Philp and heads the Business & Commercial Team. He practises in corporate advisory matters, capital raising, structuring transactions and company operations, mergers, acquisitions and sales of businesses and companies, contract matters of all types, intellectual property protection and forward business and succession planning.
Michael has an in-depth knowledge of the Corporations Act (Cth) 2001 and the ASIC and APRA guidelines. His corporate law work involves advising on shareholder agreements, contractual disputes and rights, enforcing and restructuring company constitutions, board / meeting procedures, capital raisings including IPOs, employee share participation and corporate governance in relation to directors’ duties and rights.
His commercial experience involves acting for national and international businesses in relation to contractual disputes, manufacture and supply agreements, outsourcing and service agreements, loan agreements, all types of financing and granting of security interests, real property and chattel leasing and many different types of commercial contracts.
Michael also acts in relation to the sale and acquisition, re-structuring and establishment of both large and small businesses as well as mergers and demergers.
Frequently, Michael is called on to act in matters involving complex trust structures and the disposition of trust assets. He has worked with unit and discretionary trusts, as well as advised on express, implied and constructive trusts. He has a comprehensive knowledge of the statutory provisions, common law and equitable principles governing the creation and execution of trust deeds and the taxation implications associated with trusts, as well as the operation and winding up of trust entities.
Michael’s work in succession planning involves complex planning and structuring and the administration of complicated testamentary instruments - particularly as they relate to commercial structures.
With more than 27 years with Bennett & Philp, Michael represents many of the firm's high-profile clients across a wide range of industries and commercial businesses.