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Mergers and acquisitions are frequent corporate procedures to enable businesses to reach their strategic goals. Business ambitions and objectives can include greater growth, both market and fiscal, business diversification, access to synergies and new technologies or expansion of company geographical footprint. 

Mergers and acquisitions consist of transactions between two companies that decide to combine in some form. These can include stock or asset purchases. The terms mergers and acquisitions are typically used interchangeably, but they have different legal meanings. 

When two companies of similar size combine and form a new single entity, it is referred to as a ‘ merger’. Meanwhile, acquisition of a business occurs when a larger company acquires a smaller entity and in turn obtains the business of the smaller company in the process. 

The different types of mergers and acquisitions transactions are horizontal, vertical and conglomerate. On the other hand, various forms of integration are statutory, subsidiary and consolidation.

Although mergers and acquisitions can create huge opportunities, they also pose challenges that require company mergers to get legal advice and services. 

At Madison Marcus, our expert team have an acute understanding of the corporate world and recognise the considerable time constraints and demands of the mergers, acquisitions and corporate landscape.

Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, we can help you craft the details of your purchase agreement, negotiate on your behalf, and guide you with the appropriate legal actions, whilst ensuring you and your company comply with the governing law. We can further assist you through identifying legal issues, determine potential tax implications and advise if special structuring or requirements are needed, as well as offer advice on deals and negotiating tactics.

We take the time to immerse and understand your business to ensure we meet and exceed your expectations. We can advise on all matters relating but not limited to:

  • Mergers, acquisitions and disposals, including share sales and asset purchases
  • Sale of business
  • Due diligence
  • Corporative advisory, including advising shareholders and directors on rights and obligations
  • Tax and structuring advice
  • Business restructure with a focus on asset protection and tax minimisation
  • Joint ventures, shareholder agreements and unit holder agreements
  • Corporate secretarial services
  • Corporate governance advice, strategies and recommendations
  • General commercial drafting and contracts
  • General legal advice to start-ups.

For all enquiries in relation to mergers, acquisitions or corporate law, or for a free 15-minute consultation, please contact our expert team today via the form on this page.


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Benoir Bayssari

As the Division Leader of the Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Division at Madison Marcus, Benoir acts for many high net-worth individuals, small- and medium-sized enterprises and large corporations on numerous legal transactional and advisory matters. He has practised in corporate and commercial matters relating to mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance advice, asset protection and extensive commercial drafting. Among the notable matters Benoir has acted on is the completion of a restructure of material sale transaction to an ASX listed corporation with a net value exceeding $100 million and the sale of interests in NSW landholding entities with sale values ranging between $50 million and $200 million.

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Ramy Qutami

With over 25 years of experience across all ranges of land and property-related dealings, Ramy has gained highly specialised legal expertise in this area. This enables him to advise major corporations in relation to complex property dealings, developments, local government and planning laws, building and construction projects, retail leasing and acquisitions. Currently, Ramy works with major building and construction developers in matters related to major real estate development projects and acquisitions. These dealings often involve international consortiums, and Ramy gives advice in relation to legal and commercial negotiations and highly complex agreements. Such dealings and acquisitions have values ranging from $10m to $500m.

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Bechara Shamieh

Our Managing Director, Bechara Shamieh, specialises in property, dispute resolution and negotiation, banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions, commercial and corporate law. He has an excess of 25+ years experience and has assisted major corporations and individuals find solutions to their legal affairs. He has acted for large and reputable developers and builders that had matters relating to land dealings, such as acquisitions, PDAs, local government and planning, leasing and building constructions. Bechara is also a valuable and trusted consultant to many private companies and international joint ventures. He has been recognised in various awards, including the Australasian Law Awards and the Australian Law Awards. He is also a seasoned dealmaker and has acted as the legal advisor on large property developments and joint ventures in New South Wales.


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