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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.



Mark Leibler AC delivers opening address at AICC lunch with the Treasurer

Joe Hockey with Mark Leibler AC


Arnold Bloch Leibler Senior partner Mark Leibler AC introduced the Treasurer, the Hon Joe Hockey MP, who delivered his
pre-budget address to members and guests of the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce in Melbourne on Wednesday
22 April 2015 (both pictured above). In his opening address, Mark made comments on GST reform, multinational tax-dodgers,
and superannuation changes, which were covered in the press.

Click the links to read articles from The Age and The Australian online.


 
The lawyers’ lawyers: Multi-disciplinary ABL team advises Slater & Gordon on $1.2 billion UK acquisition


Arnold Bloch Leibler has acted for Australia’s largest ASX listed law firm, Slater & Gordon, on its $1.2 billion acquisition of the
Professional Services Division of Quindell Plc - a British, AIM-listed company and one of the largest providers of personal injury
claims services in the UK. The acquisition will be funded by an $890 million rights issue and a circa.$400 million debt facility.
To read more, click here

 
Arnold Bloch Leibler acts for Icon Co on sale of majority stake to Japanese building giant Kajima Corporation


Arnold Bloch Leibler has acted for its longstanding client Icon Co, an Australian property construction and development company,
on its sale of a majority stake to one of Japan's largest builders, Kajima Corporation. To read more, click here

 
Recent media
Article: Let's get indigenous constitutional recognition right with consultations and consensus-building
Mark Leibler AC comments on recent debate sparked by Noel Pearson around both constitutional and symbolic recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. To read more, click here.

Arnold Bloch Leibler acts for Mesoblast on $58.5m agreement with US based Celgene Corporation
Arnold Bloch Leibler has acted for ASX listed Mesoblast Limited (MSB) on its agreement with US-based biopharmaceutical company, Celgene Corporation. The agreement will see Celgene will purchase 15.3 million ordinary shares in Mesoblast for a consideration of A$58.5m. To read more, click here.

Majority of Arnold Bloch Leibler partners recognised by peers in 2015 Best Lawyers® list
Over half of Arnold Bloch Leibler partners have been listed in the 2015 Best Lawyers® International list for Australia, across 29 areas of law. A total of 18 partners - an increase of five from 2014 - have been recognised in this year’s list, which is based on tens of thousands of professional peer reviews compiled and assessed by the American-based company Best Lawyers®. To read more, click here.

Australian competition law reform: Arnold Bloch Leibler’s recommendations included in Harper Review’s final report
We welcome the release of the Harper Review’s final report, which recommends a number of important changes advocated by Arnold Bloch Leibler to provide businesses with certainty. Those changes include simplifying the convoluted cartel laws and confining the cartel offence to firms that are actual or likely competitors, not firms that might “possibly compete”. To read more, click here.

Arnold Bloch Leibler acts for RCG on $200m acquisition of Accent Group
Arnold Bloch Leibler has acted for ASX listed RCG Corporation Limited on its agreement to acquire New Zealand company, Accent Group Limited, the owner of the retail chain Platypus Shoes and the distributor and retailer of global brands such as Vans, Skechers, Dr Martens and Timberland. To read more, click here.

Arnold Bloch Leibler advises GMK as it joins Deloitte’s private client team
Arnold Bloch Leibler has advised professional services firm, GMK Partners, as their team accepted an offer to join Deloitte Private. GMK will join Deloitte Private to form one of the strongest private client offerings within the accounting sector in Melbourne. To read more, click here.

Arnold Bloch Leibler advises carsales.com and Stratton Finance on investment in peer-to-peer lender RateSetter
Arnold Bloch Leibler has advised online classifieds company carsales.com and its majority-owned affiliate Stratton Finance on their combined $10 million equity stake in peer-to-peer lender, Ratesetter, in a move intended to create disruption in the traditional lending market. To read more, click here.

Arnold Bloch Leibler acts as Australian legal adviser to The Middelby Corporation in its acquisition of Goldstein Eswood
Arnold Bloch Leibler has acted as Australian legal adviser to the NASDAQ listed The Middleby Corporation in its successful acquisition of Goldstein Eswood, one of Australia’s leading commercial kitchen equipment manufacturers. To read more, click here.

Catapult Group successfully listed on the ASX
Arnold Bloch Leibler has acted for Catapult Group International Ltd in its successful listing on the ASX, with a market capitalisation of $66 million, after receiving strong support from investors. To read more, click here.

Long running Great Southern class actions settled with a twist
Lawyers for former Great Southern executive directors, Cameron Rhodes and Philip Butlin, today welcomed judgment approving the $23.8 million settlement reached in one of the longest running trials in the history of the Supreme Court of Victoria. To read more, click here.

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.

Latest publications
Taxation bulletin: Scrip-for-scrip amendments: complicated rules just got harder
On 29 April 2015, Treasury released Exposure Draft legislation to amend the scrip-for-scrip roll over rules. The former Government previously announced the amendments in the 2012 Budget. If enacted, the amendments will apply from 8 May 2012 and will further complicate an already complex set of rules. The amendments are intended to make it harder for companies and trusts to avoid capital gains tax when selling subsidiary companies other than as part of a 'genuine' merger or restructure. While most of the amendments are narrowly focused, the amendment restricting the use of external debt finance in downstream acquisitions will potentially have wider implications in relation to cash and scrip bids. Once enacted people should seek proper advice before any restructure that contemplates scrip-for-scrip roll-over relief. To read more, click here.

Taxation Bulletin: Managed Investment Trusts: A new taxation regime
The long-awaited draft legislation for a new standalone taxation regime applying to managed investment trusts (MITs) was released by Treasury on 9 April 2015. The new rules should provide increased certainty and greater flexibility to the Australian funds industry. To read more, click here.

Article: Inside the deal: Scrip secures perfect fit for footwear retailer
This article about RCG’s acquisition of Accent Group by Sue Mitchell features comments by partner Jeremy Leibler. It was published in the Australian Financial Review on Saturday 11 April 2015 and has been reproduced with the permission of the publishers via Copyright Agency Limited (License No: RP 000001963). To read more, click here.

Commercial & corporate bulletin: Alert: Foreign Purchasers of Agricultural Land
The Federal Government recently announced that greater scrutiny and reporting requirements will apply to foreign investment in agricultural land. Agricultural land is rural land which is used wholly and exclusively for carrying on a business of "primary production". In particular, revised screening thresholds took effect from 1 March 2015. To read more, click here.

Taxation bulletin: Back to the future: Inspector-General of Taxation recommends an independent appeals group in the ATO
On 27 February 2015, the Government released the Inspector-General of Taxation’s (IGT) report concerning how the Australian Taxation Office manages disputes with large businesses and high wealth individuals (Tax Disputes Report). The IGT’s report was prepared as part of the Government’s broader Parliamentary inquiry into tax disputes that was announced on 2 June 2014.

Arnold Bloch Leibler was pleased to be involved in the IGT’s review process by making submissions to the IGT (as well as making submissions to the Parliamentary inquiry). To read more, click here.

Taxation Bulletin: Public Ancillary Fund Update
On 1 January 2012, the Public Ancillary Fund Guidelines 2011 (Guidelines) took effect. Existing public ancillary funds became subject to transitional rules to allow them to transition into the new regime. The grace period is almost over – by 1 July 2015 the governing rules of all public ancillary funds must comply with the Guidelines and trustees must in all cases meet minimum distribution requirements. To read more, click here.

Article: Changes to Succession Laws
Succession laws in Victoria have been comprehensively reformed. Read senior associate Nancy Collins’ article about the changes in the March 2015 edition of the Law Institute Journal. To read more, click here.

Preliminary Submission to the Productivity Commission
Corporate Law Reform: Rehabilitation -v- Debtor’s Prison. In a changing Australian economy is it time to radically alter and re-brand voluntary administration to help stimulate business activity? ABL submits it is. ABL also advocates for the establishment of an Insolvency Panel (like the Takeovers Panel) to speedily commercially and cost effectively manage insolvencies.

This submission has been prepared by ABL in relation to the Productivity Commission's public inquiry into 'Business Set-up, transfer and Closure' and is based on oral submissions made by Leon Zwier to the Commission at its round table discussion in Sydney on Monday 9 February 2015. To read more, click here.

Article: Who cares about pro bono?
Arnold Bloch Leibler partner, Paul Rubenstein, believes that the law is a tool for good. He tells Ben&Co. why pro bono is in the firm's DNA To read more, click here.

Workplace advisory bulletin: Federal Court decision forces employers to take another look at their workplace policies
A surprising Federal Court decision ruling that an employer's workplace harassment and discrimination policy was incorporated into an employee's employment contract - creating legal obligations between the parties - will have far reaching implications for employers. To read more, click here.

Taxation bulletin: Employee Share Schemes: welcome reform, but complexity remains
The Government announced proposed reforms to the taxation treatment of employee share schemes (ESS) on 14 January 2015. Although welcome, if enacted, the proposed measures will not resolve the inherent complexities of establishing an ESS. To read more, click here.

Article: Keeping corporate boards on their toes
Written by Arnold Bloch Leibler partner, Jeremy Leibler, this article was published in the Australian Financial Review on Tuesday 2 December 2014 and looks at the rise in shareholder activism within Australian boardrooms. To read more, click here.

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: 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.

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.

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