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Christine  Fleer

About Christine

Christine is a Partner of the firm’s commercial and private clients practice. She provides strategic commercial advice predominantly to high-net-worth individuals, entrepreneurs, family groups and professional services practices (including accounting, law and financial advisory firms).

Christine has particular expertise in the sale and acquisition of retail businesses and a thorough understanding of the issues particular to those businesses, including lease assignment issues, stock valuation, brand importance and employment issues.  She also works with private clients in relation to succession planning for themselves and their businesses and provides expert commercial advice in relation to complex family disputes. Christine is a member of the corporate and commercial group that won ‘Transaction Team of the Year’ at the 2015 Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards.

Christine graduated from The University of Melbourne with a first class honours degree in law and a degree in commerce.  She joined Arnold Bloch Leibler as an articled clerk in 2005, was appointed a senior associate in 2010, and promoted to partner in 2016.

Practice focus

Christine’s practice focuses on the following areas:
  • commercial and corporate advice;
  • mergers and acquisitions;
  • stakeholder agreements, including partnership, shareholder and joint venture agreements;
  • business and corporate restructuring and succession planning, including family agreements; and
  • wealth management, including asset protection, estate planning and family law disputes.

Experience

Christine has acted for individuals, family groups and companies in a broad range of transactions, including:

  • the owners of Milan Direct: in relation to its pre-IPO sale to Temple & Webster;
  • Keybridge Capital: in relation to its acquisition of listed funds management vehicle Aurora;
  • the Grenda Family: in relation to the sale of:
    • the Grenda bus transit business; and
    • its majority shareholding in the Volgren bus manufacturing business.
  • Slater & Gordon: in relation to:
    • the acquisition of numerous legal practices, including Trilby Misso and Keddies, and
    • its landmark listing on the ASX – the first law firm in the world to offer shares to the public and list on a recognised exchange;
  • SEEK Limited: in relation to its $206 million acquisition of a 60 per cent stake in Jobs DB, an online employment company operations throughout South-East Asia;
  • Daniel Besen: in relation to the acquisition and disposal of various private equity investments in a range of businesses, including Boost Juice;
  • Lew Family Investments: in relation to:
    • the sale of fashion retailer Witchery to Gresham Private Equity, and
    • the acquisition of the House retail business;
  • GMK: in relation to its merger with Centric to form GMK Centric and the subsequent reacquisition of the accounting practice back from Centric, and the subsequent move by the GMK principals to Deloitte Private;
  • Fordham: in relation to the sale of Fordham Business Advisors to Perpetual;
  • The Royal Society (UK): in relation to a dispute concerning the largest bequest received by the Society in its 350-year history and its ongoing presence in Australia;
  • the Gerry Ryan family: in relation to their acquisition of Mitchelton Wines; and
  • some of Australia’s wealthiest individuals and family groups: in relation to estate planning, business succession planning, family agreements and complex family disputes.

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