Corporate & Commercial

Our advice is informed by years of firsthand experience in operating successful businesses locally and internationally.

We can identify the key considerations that arise at every stage of the business life cycle, which is why so many forward-thinking Australian and international companies rely on our commercial acumen and assistance.

We have particular expertise in implementing effective strategies for business establishment, growth and succession planning, utilising business structuring to enhance asset protection, capital raising and growth opportunities. We also have extensive experience in negotiating complex exits and mergers.

Compared to overseas markets, the Australian market can be modest. We have extensive experience in commercialising entrepreneurial businesses to grow and succeed in international markets, including establishing international entities, capital and fundraising and entering into cross-border transactions and licence arrangements.

“mdp has helped our clients with a range of commercial issues, including structuring and broader commercial advice. Michael, Sarah and the team are thoughtful, diligent and very commercial in their approach to the issues they help us solve.”

Sam Cimino, Director of Boss Private Clients

Our Work

BAR Studio

Assisted with negotiating the settlement of contracts for the design of numerous hotels, including Rosewood Hangzhou in mainland China.
*mdp Managing Director Michael McDonald is the Chairman of BAR Studio.

Emergency Warning Systems

Advised on EWS' recent AUD $2 million capital raising and information memorandum via convertible note.
*mdp Managing Director Michael McDonald is the Chairman of EWS.

Fibre optics supplier

Advised the owners of a leading Australian fibre optics supplier with subsidiaries in Singapore and New Zealand on the $15 million sale of all shares in the head company to a US purchaser, including negotiation of all key sale contracts, management of the due diligence process, and succession planning for key business personnel.

Our Services

mdp offers a comprehensive and integrated suite of corporate and commercial services including:

  • Business mergers, sales and acquisitions
  • Corporate structuring and restructuring for tax efficiency, risk management and investment
  • Fundraising and capital raising
  • Directors’ duties advice
  • Trusts establishment and management
  • Exit and succession planning
  • Dissolution of professional practices and partnerships
  • Restraints of trade
  • Employment law
  • Trade and foreign investment
  • Competition and trade practices
  • Corporate governance and compliance issues
  • Corporations law and directors duties
  • Commercial and strategic advisory
  • Board directorship advice
  • Negotiating and drafting commercial agreements, including:
    • contracts for the merger or acquisition of businesses;
    • distribution agreements;
    • complex intellectual property licence agreements;
    • publishing agreements;
    • executive employment contracts;
    • shareholder agreements;
    • partnership agreements;
    • franchise agreements; and
    • performance-based contracts.
  • Commercial and strategic advisory
  • Strategic advice on business growth and foreign market entry
  • Cross-border transactions
  • International structuring and incorporation
  • Property purchasing and leasing
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