Greg is a corporate and mergers and acquisitions lawyer who has extensive experience advising Australian manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers as well as international companies who export to Australia and the Asia Pacific region. He has unique expertise in planning and establishing business structures for the operation of channel distribution networks via trusts, companies, partnerships, joint ventures, franchises and other forms of licence arrangements. This includes advising in relation to pricing, supply and market conduct issues and intellectual property licensing and protection. He is regarded as one of Australia’s leading retail and franchise lawyers, holding more than 20 years of experience practising within the sector.
More broadly Greg acts in private equity transactions for both founders and investors, the raising of venture and expansion capital and assisting entrepreneurs and investors with exit strategies.
Greg’s clients include the owners of major brands within the automotive, telecommunications, fashion, cosmetics, hair and beauty, consumer finance and food and beverage industries. He has been recognised for Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Commercial Law and Franchise Law in Best Lawyers, Licensing and Franchising in Asia IP Experts and in the International Who's Who of Franchise Lawyers.
Founder exits and investment
Acting for the founders of Remedy Kombucha, Stratton Finance, Soar Aviation, Horizons Supply, Ventura Health, Hairhouse Group, Sushi Sushi and Birrell Motors on successful exits or partial sell down to private equity investment.
Advising on various bolt on acquisitions, including for its Fine Food Holdings/Max Foods business and Dutton Garage.
McDonald's Australia Limited
Providing strategic advice regarding franchisee exits and performance management, regulatory compliance (including compliance with the Franchising Code of Conduct), draft of franchise documentation and disclosure documents, and sale structures.
Advising in relation to performance management processes and drafting retail franchise agreements for the Optus national retail network.
Advising on the legal and regulatory issues in relation to the introduction and distribution of the EQC (Electric Vehicles) into the Australian market including drafting the necessary contracts to be entered into with various suppliers and the existing vehicle dealer network.
Providing strategic advice on expansion structures
Maddocks worked closely with Bailey Nelson to understand their business, operations and future plans
Partnering with growing businesses
We have worked closely with a leader in the Australian organic health food market
Maddocks advises Go-To Skincare on partnership with BWX
Maddocks has advised Zoë Foster Blake and co-founders of Go-To Skincare on their sale of 50.1% of their business to BWX.
Skin in the game: Maddocks advises on strategic laser clinic divestment
Maddocks has advised the Hair and Beauty Group on its sale of Australian Skin Clinics to Silk Laser Australia Ltd.
Misuse of marketing funds: Retail Food Group mounts its defence
The RFG proceedings are the latest in legal and regulatory activity focussed on franchisors misusing marketing funds.
Unconscionable conduct and the Quantum realm
Unconscionable conduct under the Australian Consumer Law vulnerability or disadvantage is not an essential elements