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Introducing The Australian Corporate Law Academy         

The latest Bootmakers, Boards and Rogues initiative: The Australian Corporate Law Academy.  

Providing you with the knowledge and insights required to navigate the ever-evolving corporate law landscape in Australia.

Our mission is to share with our clients and our network, as well as the broader legal community, a better understanding of the Australian corporate law landscape. 

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ESG and its impact on corporate law 

This engaging webinar will cover why ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) has become a top priority for companies and directors, how corporate law intersects with ESG objectives, and the regulatory perspective regarding ESG issues in Australia.

Joining our Australian Lead for ESG, Tim Stutt (Partner, Sydney), our panel will feature Senior Associates Amy Henderson (Melbourne) and Bianca Marcocci (Sydney) to discuss the future of ESG, including global trends towards ESG diligence, anti-ESG pushback, the growth of business and human rights and the increasing focus on nature risk and capital.

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"Are you executing your documents properly?” 

Businesses and their legal teams spend considerable time and effort negotiating agreements and other instruments – but that can all be put at risk if the documents are not executed correctly.

Join Partner Stephen Dobbs (Sydney) for an overview of the rules in the various Australian jurisdictions in relation to the execution of deeds and simple contracts, including why they differ, when digital execution is permitted (and when it is not), and the scenarios that give rise to the most confusion.

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The Modern Approach to Capital Maintenance

Join us for our webinar on "The Modern Approach to Capital Maintenance", presented by Partner Nicole Pedler (Sydney) and Associate Raul Vellani (London).  

Chief Financial Officers, General Counsels and Company Secretaries are routinely asked to sign-off that their companies can undertake capital reductions and share buy-backs and pay dividends, yet the law in this area is rooted in doctrines which seem far removed from their application today. This session covers the most practical and modern approaches for those types of actions and is a must for any practitioner who encounters them. This session will also focus how demergers use those mechanisms as a flexible and effective way to split significant businesses.

Stay tuned for further details about the Australian Corporate Law Academy's curriculum. We firmly believe that by investing in your knowledge and skills, we can collectively shape a prosperous future for corporate law in Australia.

At Herbert Smith Freehills, we remain steadfast in our commitment to provide you with the insights, resources, and diverse perspectives essential for thriving in today's complex business environment.

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Timothy Stutt

Partner, Sydney

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Nicole Pedler

Partner, Sydney

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Stephen Dobbs

Partner, Sydney

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Bianca Marcocci

Senior Associate, Sydney

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Raul Vellani

Associate (Australia), London

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Exploring the issues in corporate law

Technical and political disruption, regulations that have remained stagnant, alongside businesses faced with increased complexity. The domain of corporate Australia’s regulation finds itself at a crossroads.

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Tony Damian

Partner, Sydney

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Partner, Sydney

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