Hall & Wilcox advises Caraniche on sale to WISE Employment


Hall & Wilcox has advised the owners of psychological and behavioural health services provider Caraniche on its sale to WISE Employment Ltd.

The sale is a great outcome for the Caraniche shareholders and will allow WISE Employment to significantly extend the services it offers.

The Hall & Wilcox team was led by Partner Deborah Chew, supported by Special Counsel James Bull and Lawyer Michael Henderson. Partner Karl Rozenbergs and Senior Associate Alexandra Gallagher led the employment aspects of the transaction.

The team provided legal support to Caraniche through all aspects of the sale process, including advising on the sale agreement, employment arrangements, IP issues, customer consents and various arrangements between the shareholders.

Hall & Wilcox worked closely with corporate advisor, EM Advisory, led by Natasha Mandie, who ensured that the Caraniche shareholders received collaborative, effective and seamless transaction advice.

Partner Deborah Chew said the deal was a great example of clients wanting to work with a legal firm that genuinely shared its values.

‘Our firm’s purpose “to enable our clients, our people and our communities to thrive” almost mirrors Caraniche’s commitment to building “connections that better lives”,’ she said.

‘Sharing an overarching objective between our teams and with our clients beyond the mechanics of a transaction is what sets us apart and enables us to build lasting relationships while delivering quality advice and excellent outcomes.’

Caraniche was founded 30 years ago by women with a focus on improving mental health outcomes for at-risk and disadvantaged clients with their community. Caraniche has grown to a national team of over 150 psychologists, social workers and allied health professionals. The Caraniche team delivers mental-health, EAP and substance treatment services to individuals, workplaces and organisations of all sizes, including prisons and community groups.

Hall & Wilcox is a leading independent law firm. We have more than 1000 people, including 120+ partners, working across eight offices. We build partnerships with and service corporate, public sector and private clients, both Australian-based and those offshore doing business in Australia.


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