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Providing strategic advice on expansion structures November 16, 2018

Founded in Bondi Beach in 2012, Bailey Nelson has rapidly grown into a global eyewear retailer and service provider with boutiques in Australia, London, Canada and New Zealand. The strong demand for their products and … Continued

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Maddocks advises Atomos Limited on key UK acquisition October 28, 2019

Monday 28 October 2019 Maddocks has advised ASX-listed global video technology company Atomos Limited on its acquisition of UK-based Timecode Systems. Atomos will purchase 100% of Timecode Systems, which develops unique and patented IP for … Continued

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Has the ATO come knocking about your SMSF’s Investment Strategy? November 8, 2019

In August 2019, the Australian Tax Office (ATO) began contacting Self Managed Super Fund (SMSF) trustees and their auditors where ATO records indicated that more than 90% of an SMSF’s funds were held in one asset … Continued

Mick Garner Special Counsel


Mick is a Special Counsel specialising in the areas of financial services (funds management and superannuation), private equity, venture capital and off-market mergers and acquisitions.

He has advised a number of Australia’s prominent fund managers, private equity and venture capital operators on the establishment of wholesale and retail funds, crowd funding structures, capital raisings, Australian Financial Service licencing issues, investment mandates, information memoranda, marketing and disclosure material.

Mick has also acted in a wide range of off-market mergers and acquisitions, assisting clients with the acquisition of interests in, and divestments from, collective investment and other private equity structures.

Mick is a solution driven practitioner.  He has assisted superannuation fund trustees and fund managers in dealing with trustee corporate governance, risk management and other regulatory issues arising with the regulators, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) and the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC).

He has acted in a number of funds management and superannuation-related disputes and has significant experience in the areas of funds management and superannuation-related litigation.

Mick has been recognised as a leading lawyer in Superannuation by The Best Lawyers in Australia 2018 – 2019and he is ranked in the Australian Financial Review’s Best Lawyers in the category of Superannuation Law in 2018 – 2019.

Prior to joining Maddocks in 2012, Mick was at Allens for 13 years where he was a Special Counsel, and prior to that a partner in one of the largest law firms in South Africa.

Legal Expertise

  • Establishment and restructure of wholesale and retail managed investment schemes; private equity and venture capital funds, formation and restructure of superannuation funds; management of funds
  • Establishment of crowd funding platforms, and applications for applicable AFSL authorisations
  • Corporate governance, risk management and regulatory issues in the superannuation and managed funds spheres, arising with the regulators APRA and ASIC
  • Off-market acquisitions, disposals and divestments (equities, alternative investments, property, infrastructure) via special purpose vehicles, collective investment and other private equity structures.

Relevant Experience

Funds Management, Private Equity and Venture Capital

  • Acted for a number of fund managers, private equity and venture capital operators on the establishment, restructure and regulation of wholesale and retail managed funds, private equity and venture capital funds; Australian financial service licence (AFSL) and Innovation Australia related issues and disclosure documents.

Crowd funding

  • Acted for a number of fund managers, private equity and promoters in relation to the establishment of crowd funding platforms, and applicable AFSL authorisations.

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Acted for a range of institutional investors on the merger, acquisition, disposal and divestment of interests in collective investment, limited partnership and other private equity and corporate structures.


  • Acted for a number of Australian superannuation funds and fund managers in relation to investment mandates, custody, derivative hedge and currency overlay arrangements.
  • Acted for employer sponsors in relation to the establishment of defined benefit and accumulation style superannuation funds, and associated design of benefits.
  • Acted on the successful resolution of a major funds management related dispute before the Supreme Court of Victoria.