Conrad has a broad range of commercial experience, particularly in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, restructures and business succession, insolvency, and Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) compliance.
Conrad has particular experience in advising international clients on the acquisition and establishment of Australian businesses (including compliance with Australia’s foreign investments regime).
Conrad’s experience and technical expertise in commercial law also enables him to provide advice to clients in a variety of industries over a broad range of matters relevant to their day to day operations including business, asset and share acquisitions and disposals, shareholder agreements, joint venturing, and the documentation of operational arrangement such as supply and distribution agreements.
Conrad enjoys working closely with clients and their other advisors to find the most commercial means of achieving the client’s business objectives.
In 2005, Conrad received the Victorian Law Foundation’s Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award for his work in the pro-bono legal sector. He is also recognised by Justice Connect for his ongoing pro bono work.
Prior to commencing at Hall & Wilcox, Conrad was a lawyer with a boutique Melbourne commercial firm and worked with a number of community legal sector organisations.
- Regularly advising SIV Fund managers and Chinese investors (both individuals and corporations) in relation to foreign investment compliance and obtaining FIRB approval for direct and indirect investments in Australian commercial and agricultural land as well as residential developments.
- Acting for the Dyson Group of Companies in relation to the acquisition of a number of transport businesses.
- Acting for a family company in the ownership succession from the founder to two sons and then the next generation.
- Acting for Baxters Foods Australia (and its UK parent company) in its acquisition of a number of food manufacturing businesses.
- Acting for a large multinational pharmaceutical group in a series of restructures and in the refinancing of its Australian business.
- Acting for the vendors in the sale of a large data networking and network security solutions and services company.
- Acting for the vendors in the sale of a large after-market auto parts trade and retail supplier.
- Advising Cytopia Limited, a biotech company that was formerly ASX listed, on its proposal to remove all directors of Progen Pharmaceuticals Limited and appoint three new directors pursuant to a member-requisitioned general meeting.
- Advising a large national trade and industrial tool seller in relation to its corporate restructure from a cooperative to a franchise model.