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Multinational organisations need legal advisors who can assist with day-to-day activities, as well as corporate life events across many jurisdictions. Deloitte Legal practitioners use leading technologies to deliver efficient and transparent support for the legal activities companies manage.

<p>Deloitte Legal’s experienced practitioners bring a practical focus to commercial law solutions that help clients manage the increasingly complex legal and regulatory environment. Our lawyers work as part of multi-disciplinary teams, with colleagues in disciplines such as tax, consulting, risk and financial advisory and professionals focusing on key sectors and industries. This cross-functional approach helps Deloitte Legal offer clients a holistic perspective. We assist throughout the corporate lifecycle from establishment of structures, day-to-day operational activities, restructuring, once-off events and transactions through to winding up.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p><strong>Our services include:</strong></p><p><br></p><p><strong>Corporate</strong></p><p><br></p><ul><li>Legal advice regarding inbound foreign investment, including in relation to regulatory approvals and assistance with approval processes</li><li>Assistance with establishing corporate structures or new entities/branches within an existing structure and obtaining required registrations</li><li>Advising on and implementing corporate restructures and group rationalisations</li><li>Advising on and implementing debt and capital restructures or cash repatriation, including dividends, returns of capital, share issuances and transfers, debt capitalisation and financing arrangements</li><li>Preparing entity management documents including company constitutions, board minutes, director and member resolutions, shareholders’ agreements, and powers of attorney</li><li>Preparing structuring and succession agreements for partners, shareholders and unit holders</li><li>Advising on corporation laws and corporate governance requirements</li><li>Advising on, preparing and negotiating various transactions</li><li>Advising on financial reporting obligations including the availability of financial reporting relief and preparing ASIC notifications</li><li>Preparing documents required to effect a voluntary deregistration and restructures in advance of members’ voluntary liquidations.</li></ul><p><br></p><p><strong>Commercial</strong></p><p><br></p><ul><li>Commercial advisory</li><li>Preparing and reviewing business agreements, including joint venture arrangements, service agreements, contractor agreements and distribution and supply contracts</li><li>Preparing finance agreements including loans, guarantees, general security deeds and debt assignment, forgiveness and set-off documents</li><li>Assisting with intra-group contracting</li><li>Preparing documents relating to the development, protection, registration and transfer of intellectual property in conjunction with Deloitte Legal intellectual property experts</li><li>Preparing and updating trust documents</li><li>e-Commerce, including privacy and data protection kind of like parts of this for corporate law.</li></ul><br/> <table width="25%" border="0" cellpadding="15"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img src="/content/dam/Deloitte/au/Images/promo_images/au-profiles/au-heidi armin-grimm-1x1.jpg" alt="Heidi Armin-Grimm"><br/> <p><a href="/au/en/profiles/heidi-armin-grimm.html" target="_blank">Heidi Armin-Grimm</a></p> <small>Partner, Deloitte Legal</small><br/> <small><a href="mailto:harmingrimm@deloitte.com.au">Email</a> </small></td> </tr> </tbody> </table>
<p>IP is a critical business asset that can significantly increase corporate value. To help clients manage that value effectively, we are here to assist with the creation, capture, protection, and management and commercialisation of IP assets. </p><p><br></p><p><strong>Our services include:</strong></p><p><br></p><ul><li>IP reviews and assessments</li><li>IP strategy and IP structuring</li><li>Research and development arrangements, including grants agreements, clinical trial arrangements</li><li>IP transactions and commercial agreements</li><li>IP protection and clearance searches</li><li>Confidential information and trade secrets</li><li>Copyright advice</li><li>Advertising and marketing: clearance, disputes, and complaints</li><li>IP transaction support and due diligence</li><li>Intercompany agreements</li><li>Rights in data</li><li>Trading and website terms and conditions</li><li>Supply, distribution, manufacturing, services, consultancy and management arrangements</li><li>Privacy</li></ul><br/> <table width="25%" border="0" cellpadding="15"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img src="/content/dam/Deloitte/au/Images/promo_images/au-profiles/au-rachel-sciascia-1x1.jpg" alt="Rachel Sciascia"><br/> <p><a href="/au/en/profiles/rachel-sciascia.html" target="_blank">Rachel Sciascia</a></p> <small>Legal Practitioner Director</small><br/> <small><a href="mailto:rsciascia@deloitte.com.au">Email</a> </small></td> </tr> </tbody> </table>
<p>Big data, the cloud, robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things and 3D printing – this is just a small sample of the technologies that are evolving rapidly and organisations large and small, private and public, are fundamentally rethinking how they operate.</p><p><br></p><p>Deloitte Legal tailors its technology and digital law offering for each client; it combines its Legal and Regulatory capabilities with other Deloitte capability including in the areas of analytics, finance, tax, consulting, forensics, remediation and risk, to create an integrated, scaled, efficient, technology enabled and holistic approach.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>We focus on</strong>:</p><p><br></p><ul><li><strong>Contract law</strong>– everything to do with technology, from traditional service supply agreements to multi-vendor collaboration projects, sourcing, licensing, intercompany agreements and transition agreements.</li><li><strong>Laws and regulations</strong> – everything that impacts your digital assets and business - cyber, e-commerce, consumer, and e-commerce.</li><li><strong>IP laws &amp; trade secrets</strong> relating to data, cyber, IT and e-commerce and cloud, e.g. copyright, patent and trade mark laws, legal aspects of IP ownership including chain of title assessments and brand strategy.</li><li><strong>Corporate due diligence </strong>– everything required for tech due diligence,&nbsp; including pre-due diligence assessments and open source licensing analysis; chain of title assessment; complete due diligence on technology and IP aspects associated with the transaction, contract negotiations and transaction warranty advice and drafting, negotiation, implementation and management of transitional services agreements.&nbsp;&nbsp;</li></ul><p><br></p><p>All of these services are provided with the ability to tap into deep digital and technology experts who deliver small and large scale projects for a living as part of our billion dollar consulting practice. We don’t just theorise over what needs to be protected from a legal perspective, we <em>know</em> technology.</p><p><br></p><p>Support can range from expert advice to legal project management and automated solutions.</p><br/> <table width="25%" border="0" cellpadding="15"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img src="/content/dam/Deloitte/au/Images/promo_images/au-donna-bartlett-250x250.jpg" alt="Donna Bartlett"><br/> <p><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/donnabartlett1/" target="_blank">Donna Bartlett</a></p> <small>Partner & Legal Practitioner Director</small><br/> <small><a href="mailto:dbartlett@deloitte.com.au">Email</a> </small></td> </tr> </tbody> </table>
<p>Deloitte Legal’s integrated global network of lawyers help clients resolve their most complex issues.&nbsp;Our dispute resolution professionals aim to help clients avoid litigation or, when it is unavoidable, represent clients in court to achieve excellent outcomes.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>Areas of focus include</strong>:</p><p><br></p><ul><li>Employment dispute resolution</li><li>IP dispute resolution</li><li>Tax controversy</li></ul><br/> <table width="25%" border="0" cellpadding="15"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img src="/content/dam/Deloitte/au/Images/promo_images/au-profiles/au-james-fabijancic-1x1.jpg" alt="James Fabijancic"><br/> <p><a href="/au/en/profiles/james-fabijancic.html" target="_blank">James Fabijancic</a></p> <small>National Leader, Tax Controversy, Deloitte Legal</small><br/> <small><a href="mailto:jfabijancic@deloitte.com.au">Email</a> </small></td> </tr> </tbody> </table>
<p><strong>Representing tomorrow</strong></p><p><br></p><p>Deloitte Legal and Deloitte tax professionals assist domestic and multinational companies to resolve their most complex tax disputes.</p><p><br></p><p>Multinational organisations continue to spend time and resources managing tax controversies and disputes in both headquarter and foreign jurisdictions. Tax authorities are sharing information about companies and focusing increasingly on purpose and motive, not just pure tax technical merit or analysis.</p><p><br></p><p>Lawyers from Deloitte Legal routinely work closely with other Deloitte tax professionals. It is this combination of legal, business, tax, and compliance knowledge that enables Deloitte to provide businesses with a cohesive perspective, enabling companies to make informed business decisions at any stage of the tax controversy cycle.</p><p> </p><p>Deloitte Legal’s tax controversy and dispute resolution practices include former tax authority officials and alternative dispute resolution specialists to help multinational companies consistently control and manage tax controversies across multiple jurisdictions. This approach streamlines and accelerates the gathering and processing of data and information needed to make informed business decisions.</p><p></br> </p><p><strong>Review and audit strategy and consulting</strong></p><p><br></p><p>With an in-depth understanding of the processes and procedures of regulators and authorities, Deloitte Legal lawyers and tax controversy specialists are adept at delivering an informed and practical perspective on tax and statutory requirements.</p><p><br></p><p>Deloitte Legal assists businesses to prepare for and manage ATO reviews.&nbsp;Our services include helping companies respond to requests for information, assist in liaising with the ATO and assist in stakeholder management to drive optimum outcomes. We also regularly assist clients review reportable tax position disclosures, prepare and lodge requests for rulings and make voluntary disclosures. Deloitte Legal has a strong reputation for its progressive insight into the key current trends in tax policy and tax audit procedures.</p><p><br/> </p><p><strong>Tax controversy lifecycle management</strong></p><p><br/> </p><p>Businesses are facing an increasing number of tax and regulatory requirements imposed by the countries in which they operate. Tax authorities are becoming more sophisticated in how they target high profile, high risk areas and are enhancing cross-border cooperation with other authorities, including coordination of joint tax audits. The worldwide tax controversy practices of Deloitte and Deloitte Legal include lawyers and tax specialists who provide strategic advice and tactical support to businesses in all facets of the tax controversy lifecycle.</p><p> </p><p>We focus on efficiently and cost effectively helping companies address their individual tax audit needs in multiple jurisdictions. Our approach to tax audit management helps businesses enhance access to essential data, expedite responses to information requests and proposed tax adjustments, utilise in-house resources more efficiently, and build greater consistency in the information provided to tax authorities.</p><p> <br/></p><p><strong>Dispute resolution</strong></p><p><br></p><p>When controversies or disputes arise, Deloitte Legal professionals provide assistance with:</p><p> </p><ul><li>Appeals</li><li>Developing technical arguments and drafting advisory opinions</li><li>Reporting obligations</li><li>Representation and litigation with authorities</li><li>Mediation</li><li>Arbitration</li><li>Settlement&nbsp;</li></ul><p><br></p><p>Deloitte Legal prides itself on its practical approach to negotiation, drawing on our significant experience across industries and jurisdictions to help clients avoid litigation wherever possible.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><br/> <table width="25%" border="0" cellpadding="15"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img src="/content/dam/Deloitte/au/Images/promo_images/au-profiles/au-chris-atkinson-1x1.jpg" alt="Chris Atkinson"><br/> <p><a href="/au/en/profiles/chris-atkinson.html" target="_blank">Chris Atkinson</a></p> <small>Legal Practitioner Director</small><br/> <small><a href="mailto:chatkinson@deloitte.com.au">Email</a> </small></td> </tr> </tbody> </table>
<p>Now more than ever, people are critical to a company’s success and long-term sustainability.  Given that a wide range of workforce issues can impact a company’s ability to attract, retain and excite talent, or even damage its reputation and market value in an instant, companies need trusted and practical employment law solutions.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>Deloitte Legal helps companies with</strong>:</p><p><br></p><ul><li><strong>Compliance: </strong>monitoring at all stages of the employment life cycle, from recruitment to termination with advice on contracts of employment, policies and procedures, modern awards, enterprise agreements and legislative obligations</li><li><strong>Workplace culture: </strong>reducing the risk of, and responding to, issues of workplace discrimination, harassment and bullying, including the delivery of workplace training</li><li><strong>Looking inwards: </strong>advising on role creation and new organisational design, models of engagement, implementation of workplace transformation, consultation obligations and employee communications&nbsp;</li><li><strong>Looking outwards:</strong> advising on transfer of business issues and obligations, employment related due diligence for purchasers and vendors and employee integration matters post completion</li><li><strong>Support for employees: </strong>where the boundaries between work and home have blurred, it is important for companies to be able to respond to and support the workforce on a range of issues including mental health, diversity and inclusion, ageing and family and domestic violence</li><li><strong>Responding to issues: </strong>conducting workplace investigations, responding to privacy or whistle-blower complaints and managing post-employment obligations</li><li><strong>Global mobility</strong>: managing the growing complexity of an internationally mobile workforce who want to work from anywhere and advising companies who are seeking to expand their operations in Australia</li><li><strong>Incentivising for performance</strong>: advising on global stock plans, LTI and STI plans and commission and bonus arrangements.</li></ul><br/> <table width="25%" border="0" cellpadding="15"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img src="/content/dam/Deloitte/au/Images/promo_images/au-helene-lee-1x1.jpg" alt="Helene Lee"><br/> <p><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/helene-lee-1577b09a/" target="_blank">Helene Lee</a></p> <small>Legal Practitioner Director</small> <small><a href="mailto:helenelee@deloitte.com.au">Email</a> </small></td> </tr> </tbody> </table>

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James Fabijancic

James Fabijancic

National Leader, Tax Controversy, Deloitte Legal

James is Deloitte Legal’s National Leader based in Melbourne, Victoria. James specialises in commercial/corporate transactions and tax controversy services. James acts for a number of high profile cli... More