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Arnold Bloch Leibler is a premier Australian commercial law firm that has earned a reputation for its passion, results and its innovative and commercially focused advice.

The firm is regularly involved in some of the most important landmark transactions in the country and assists its clients with their most important or difficult legal matters - when their reputation is at risk, in crisis situations or when embarking on key initiatives.

The firm provides strategic legal and commercial advice nationally to a diverse range of leading Australian corporations, high-net-worth individuals and large family businesses as well as international corporations.

ATO panel discussion with David Koch


Senior Partner at Arnold Bloch Leibler, Mark Leibler AC, recently participated in an ATO panel discussion with David Koch in relation to
the latest ATO Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative (OVDI). Other panellists include:
  • Michael Cranston, Deputy Commissioner of Private Groups and High Wealth Individuals, ATO
  • Greg Williams, Deputy Commissioner of Serious Non-Compliance, ATO
  • Michael Bersten, Senior Partner, PwC


 
Recent media
Arnold Bloch Leibler acts for Ekornes ASA in its successful acquisition of IMG
Arnold Bloch Leibler has acted as Australian legal adviser to listed Norwegian company Ekornes ASA in its successful acquisition of furniture production company International Mobel Group (IMG) for consideration of up to NOK 550 million (approximately AUD 94 million). To read more, click here.

Arnold Bloch Leibler acts on behalf of Charter Hall Group and Host Plus in joint acquisition of $600 million property portfolio
Arnold Bloch Leibler has acted on behalf of the Charter Hall Group and Host Plus in its joint acquisition of a $603 million property portfolio from the Woolworths-owned ALH Group. To read more, click here.

Arnold Bloch Leibler recognises Deakin Law School's international success
This week Arnold Bloch Leibler Taxation partner, Paul Sokolowski, was pleased to host Deakin Law School and its law students at a special luncheon. The students took out first place in the 21st annual Willem C Vis International Commercial Mooting Competition earlier this year. To read more, click here.

Arnold Bloch Leibler acts on behalf of carsales in its $60.1 million acquisition of 50.1% of Stratton Finance
Arnold Bloch Leibler has acted on behalf of carsales.com Ltd in its acquisition of a 50.1% interest in Stratton Finance Pty Ltd, an innovative vehicle finance business. carsales will acquire its interest in Stratton Finance for a consideration of $60.1 million. To read more, click here.

Appointment announcement
The partners of Arnold Bloch Leibler are delighted to announce that on 1 July 2014, Susanna Ford and Tyrone McCarthy will become partners of the firm. Also effective on 1 July, John Kim, Eva Vicic, Tanya Bastick, Katharine McPherson, Are Watne, Albert Ounapuu, Emily Simmons, Liam Thomson, Jason van Grieken, Elyse Hilton and Amelia Smith will become senior associates. To read more, click here.

Arnold Bloch Leibler M&A lawyer wins award at the 2014 Lawyers Weekly ‘30 Under 30 Awards’
Arnold Bloch Leibler's M&A lawyer, Jason van Grieken, was one of three lawyers to win the Open Universities Australia M&A Award at the 2014 Lawyers Weekly '30 Under 30 Awards'. To read more, click here.

Latest publications & news
Taxation Bulletin: Offshore voluntary disclosure initiative - further details on wind-up, repatriation and distributions
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) today published seven 'scenarios' on its website discussing specific tax issues relating to wind-up, repatriation and distributions from offshore entities disclosed as part of Project DO IT. Arnold Bloch Leibler worked with the ATO on 'road testing' the seven 'scenarios' with Mark Leibler AC,Senior Partner, extensively consulted by the ATO. To read more, click here.

Submission in response to Competition Policy Review
This submission was made on behalf of Arnold Bloch Leibler’s competition practice in response to the Competition Policy Review Draft Report dated 22 September 2014. The submission follows on from our previous submission dated 10 June 2014 in response to the Review’s Issues Paper. To read more, click here.

Case note: Balance favours continuing restraint of funds in company under investigation
Australian Securities and Investments Commission v Sino Australia Oil & Gas Ltd FCA 565; BC201404654 (30 May 2014, Davies J)
This case note was written by Arnold Bloch Leibler’s partner, Andrew Silberberg, and lawyer, Alexandra King, and featured in Butterworths Corporation Law Bulletin, August 2014. To read more, click here.

Case note: Liquidator unable to access employee's confidential information
Matthews (as liquidator of ACN 007 940 936 IWH Pty Ltd (recs and mgrs. appointed) (in liq) (ACN 007 940 936)) v Clifton (as recs and mgrs. of ACN 007 940 936 IWH Pty Ltd (recs and mgrs. appointed) (in liq) (ACN 007 940 936) [2014] FCA 415; BC201403026 (15 November 2013, 30 April 2014, White J)
This case note was written by Arnold Bloch Leibler’s partner, Andrew Silberberg, and law graduate, Phillip Huynh, and featured in Butterworths Corporation Law Bulletin, August 2014. To read more, click here.

Case note: Mirabela Noteholders' Debt for Equity Swap Approved
Mirabela Nickel Ltd (subject to Deed of Company Arrangement) [2014] NSWSC 836; BC201404000 (23 June 2014, Black J)
This case note was written by Arnold Bloch Leibler’s partner, Andrew Silberberg, and lawyer, Alexandra King, and featured in Butterworths Corporation Law Bulletin, September 2014. To read more, click here.

Case note: No basis for rectification of share register or relief for oppressive conduct - register reflected agreement between brothers and other shareholders
Monster Tyson Pty Ltd v Harbinson [2014] VSC 278; BC201404761 (18 June 2014, Ferguson J)
This case note was written by Arnold Bloch Leibler’s partner, Andrew Silberberg, and lawyer, Gavin Hammerschlag, and featured in Butterworths Corporation Law Bulletin, September 2014. To read more, click here.

Case note: Extension of time to bring proceedings to recover voidable tansactions not justified
AAMAC Warehousing and Transport Pty Ltd (in liquidation) ACN 100 947 091 [2014] NSWSC 834; BC201404966 (23 June 2014, Brereton J)
This case note was written by Arnold Bloch Leibler’s partner, Andrew Silberberg, and lawyer, Gavin Hammerschlag, and featured in Butterworths Corporation Law Bulletin, August 2014. To read more, click here.

Case note: Interest payable to creditors under deed of company arrangement
Bestcare Foods Ltd (subject to Deed of Company Arrangement) [2014] NSWSC 645; BC201404699 (15 November 2013, 30 April 2014, White J)
This case note was written by Arnold Bloch Leibler’s partner, Andrew Silberberg, and law graduate, Phillip Huynh, and featured in Butterworths Corporation Law Bulletin, September 2014. To read more, click here.

Taxation bulletin: Project DO IT – offshore voluntary disclosure initiative – amendment
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) today amended an important aspect of its offshore voluntary disclosure initiative – Project DO IT – and provided further details on another. Arnold Bloch Leibler worked closely with the ATO on these items with Mark Leibler AC, Senior Partner, extensively consulted by the ATO. To read more, click here.

Competition bulletin: Competition Review releases draft report
Australia’s competition laws are currently undergoing their first major review in 20 years. Yesterday, the so-called 'root and branch' Competition Policy Review, led by Prof Ian Harper, released its Draft Report. The Draft Report recommends a number of important changes, including changes recommended by Arnold Bloch Leibler, in its submission to the Review earlier this year. To read more, click here.

Property & development bulletin: Sale of Land Amendment Act 2014 (Vic)
The Sale of Land Amendment Act 2014 (Vic) (Amending Act) was assented to on 13 May 2014 and comes into full effect on 1 October 2014. The Amending Act makes changes to the vendor disclosure obligations of the Sale of Land Act 1962 (Vic) (SLA).

The main change is the introduction of a new requirement called a due diligence checklist. This checklist is a document that must be made available to potential purchasers when land on which there is a residence, or vacant land on which the building of a residence is permitted, is offered for sale and is intended to assist purchasers to identify issues and information that it may be pertinent for them to investigate further before deciding to proceed with their purchase.

The Amending Act also re-enacts many of the existing provisions of section 32 of the SLA and makes several amendments to the nature and extent of the vendor disclosures. The re-enacted provisions are clearer and the content and language have been modernised. To read more, click here.

ABL Private bulletin: Dramatic changes to family provision legislation tabled in Victorian parliament
Proposed changes to Victoria’s succession laws have the potential to make Victoria the most restrictive state in Australia for making family provision claims. The changes, outlined in the Justice Legislation Amendment (Succession and Surrogacy) Bill 2014, introduced into the Victorian parliament on 20 August 2014, will significantly limit who can make a claim for family provision. As a result, claims by non-dependent friends, neighbours and extended family members will be classes of people excluded by legislation. It will also eliminate almost all claims by adult children. To read more, click here.

Taxation bulletin: Property developers to face increased tax scrutiny
The ATO recently warned property developers using trusts to conduct development activities about the risks of incorrectly treating profits from those activities as capital gains and that the consequences of making such mistakes can be severe. Our bulletin examines the ATO’s views and the consequences for taxpayers including how to deal with arrangements which have already been implemented. To read more, click here.

Article: The taxation of non-residents
This article was written by Arnold Bloch Leibler partner, Clint Harding and featured in The Taxation Institute’s Tax Specialist Journal, June 2014. To read more, click here.

Workplace advisory bulletin: The risks of sham contracting
This bulletin looks at the sham contracting provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009, including the commercial and legal risks for employers, and how such risks can be best minimised. To read more, click here.

Taxation bulletin: US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) update
This bulletin looks at the effect of the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) for those US citizens, who live and earn their income in Australia. To read more, click here.

Article: The rise of shareholder activism – issues for incumbent board members
This article was written by Arnold Bloch Leibler's partner, Andrew Silberberg, senior associate, David Speiser, and lawyer, Alexandra King, and featured in Butterworths Corporation Law Bulletin, June 2014 To read more, click here.

Submission in response to Competition Policy Review Issues Paper
This submission was made on behalf of Arnold Bloch Leibler's competition practice in response to the Competition Policy Review Issues Paper dated 14 April 2014. To read more, click here.

Case note: Recovery of termination payments given to executives in breach of s 200B of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth)
Queensland Mining Corporation Ltd v Howard Victor Renshaw & Ors [2014] FCA 365; BC201402500 (10 April 2014, Perry J)
This case note was written by Arnold Bloch Leibler’s partner, Andrew Silberberg, and lawyer, Brad Joffe, and featured in Butterworths Corporation Law Bulletin, May 2014. To read more, click here.

ABL Private Bulletin: Succession Laws Reform - adjusting to changing community expectations
Transformation of Victoria's family succession laws has been recommended to prevent the making of opportunistic and non-genuine claims on deceased estates, following a recent review by the Victorian Law Reform Commission. A submission by Arnold Bloch Leibler in favour of significant changes to protect the wishes of will-makers, safeguard the rights of their beneficiaries and protect estates from needless costs, was strongly supported by the review and many of the 46 groups, law firms and community organisations providing written submissions. To read more, click here.

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