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About Emily

Emily Simmons is a Special Counsel (effective July 2020) in the firm’s commercial and corporate and private client practices in Melbourne. With a particular focus on private clients, she predominantly advises high-net-worth individuals, entrepreneurs, family groups and private corporations.

Emily provides strategic commercial advice on structuring, business acquisitions and sales, partnerships and joint ventures. She also works with private clients in relation to business restructuring and succession planning, estate planning, as well as philanthropy and charitable giving.

Emily joined Arnold Bloch Leibler as a law graduate in 2009 after graduating from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws with first class honours. Emily was admitted to practice in 2010 and was appointed a senior associate of the firm in July 2014.

“Emily’s commitment to her clients is first class. She is commercially-savvy and provides creative solutions to complex legal issues.”

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Practice focus

Emily’s practice focuses on the following areas:
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • stakeholder agreements, including shareholder, unitholder, partnership and joint venture agreements
  • business restructuring and succession planning, including family and governance agreements
  • commercial and corporate advice
  • private clients and wealth management, including asset protection and estate planning, and
  • philanthropy and charitable giving, including the establishment and endorsement of private ancillary funds and other special purpose philanthropic entities.


Emily has acted for high-net-wealth individuals, family groups and corporations in a range of matters, including:

  • Van Haandel family: in relation to the sale of the iconic Byron Bay Beach Hotel to Moelis Australia
  • Probe Group: in relation to the restructure and sale of its business process outsourcing business to Five V Capital
  • Caprice Australia: in relation to the purchase of the brand Mambo from SB Lifestyle Brands LLC
  • Cash Resources Australia: in relation to the sale of its invoice discounting business to finance company, Thorn Group Ltd
  • RPM Group: in relation to the sale of its Pro-Ex Automotive and Opposite Lock businesses to Automotive Brands Group
  • Castello Group: in relation to the acquisition of various licensed hotel businesses
  • Alan Eskander: in relation to the sale of his online bookmaker business, Betstar to UK-based Ladbrokes
  • Tasman Market Fresh Meats: in relation to the sale of a majority stake of its meat retail business to private equity firm, Equity Partners
  • various private clients: in relation to acquisitions, sales and restructuring of Australian and international businesses in a range of sectors, including retail, manufacturing, property, property development, hospitality, gaming and professional services
  • Michael Coppel: in relation to the sale of his Australia and New Zealand-based concert promoter business, Michael Coppel Presents to Live Nation
  • medical groups and allied health professionals: in relation to structuring, acquisitions and sales
  • accounting and financial advisory firms: in relation to restructuring and stakeholder agreements
  • high-net-worth individuals and family groups: in relation to wealth management, business succession planning, family agreements, estate planning and complex family disputes
  • AFL and other sporting clubs and associations: in relation to structuring, fundraising and the establishment of community foundations
  • social enterprises: in relation to structuring, governance and a broad range of commercial issues, including funding, licence, auspice and collaboration agreements, and
  • tax deductible and other charitable foundations: in relation to the establishment and endorsement of public and private ancillary funds and other special purpose philanthropic entities.

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