The effective running of businesses and organisations will often require ongoing legal advice. Depending on the business, such advice may be required on a regular basis, or on an ad hoc basis as the need arises.
Either way, corporate advisory is a role undertaken not only legally to protect businesses, but in so doing to improve the efficiency of operations and add value.
Types of clients
Various types of clients make use of corporate advisory services, including:
- Senior management and executives;
- Company secretaries;
- Privately held and publicly listed companies;
- General counsel and in-house legal teams;
- Not-for-profit organisations;
- Financial institutions; and
- Government departments and entities
Corporate advisory largely addresses corporate matters in pre-litigation circumstances.
One of the primary aims of a corporate advisory role is to prevent or minimise risk of costly legal headaches further down the track.
Accordingly, the areas which are taken into account in corporate advisory are quite broad, and may include the following:
- Directors’ duties;
- Company constitutions;
- Investigations and inquiries;
- Dispute resolution;
- Anti-bribery and corruption;
- Annual reports;
- Shareholder meetings;
- Conflicts of interest;
- Legal risk assessment and management;
- Executive remuneration; and
- Industry-specific regulatory compliance
The exact nature of the corporate advisory role varies according to the business environment it relates to.
However, the following are some examples of what kinds of services may be undertaken in a corporate advisory capacity:
- Advising and preparing documentation in relation to corporate restructures;
- Setting out and advising as to a company’s governance obligations;
- Formulating strategies to improve executive and board performance;
- Reviewing, drafting and advising on various agreements, including agreement relating to services, employment, outsourcing, and other matters;
- Undertaking legal due diligence for either vendors or purchasers;
- Ensuring compliance with and advising as to the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth); and
- Advising as to ownership, management and operations structures in relation to joint ventures
If you believe your business can benefit from corporate advisory services, please do not hesitate to contact our office to discuss your options.