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Welcome to Corporate Matters, your online resource for all things Corporate & Commercial.

On this page you will find our latest thinking in the form of alerts, publications, articles, opinions and podcasts.  With our insights all in the one place, we aim to make it as easy as possible to find what you are looking for to support you in how you do business every day. 

23 June 2022 | Working wonders in agribusiness and hospitality transactions

Sparke Helmore's Newcastle and Upper Hunter Corporate and Commercial team led by Partners, Julien Castaldi, Andrew Knight and Lawyer Richard Howard have been involved in some interesting transactions with strong connections to our regional economy during this financial year.
16 June 2022 | Sparkes shine with excellence in leadership

We are pleased to announce that three of our Partners, Catherine Wilkinson, Dalvin Chien and Katherine Whittemore have been recognised as finalists for the Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards in their respective categories.
07 June 2022 | The rise of the anti-phoenix-first Australian decision to consider illegal phoenixing following 2020 reforms

We explore a recent decision, the first to consider the 588FDB creditor-defeating disposition provision in the Corporations Act 2001.
25 May 2022 | Serious harm-a serious element to commencing a defamation claim

What do you need to know about "serious harm" as an essential element of a defamation claim?
20 May 2022 | Changes to Duties Act-State Revenue and Fines Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous) Bill 2022

The State Revenue and Fines Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous) Bill 2022 was introduced into NSW State Parliament on 23 March 2022 and was passed by both houses on 11 May 2022.
11 May 2022 | Risk Radar 2022 - Key insurance issues to watch out for across 23 countries including Australia

Global Insurance Law Connect (GILC) this week launched its fourth annual Risk Radar.
10 May 2022 | AFS Licensees on notice-cyber risks are taken seriously by ASIC and the courts

Many were caught by surprise when the cyber incidents giving rise to an ASIC prosecution were not committed against the AFS Licensee itself but against the Licensee's AR.
26 April 2022 | The ATO debt collection holiday is over-be prepared!

We consider what a more intensive debt recovery approach from the ATO means including around the increasing use of Director's Penalty Notices.
21 April 2022 | John Toigo recognised as Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year"

Congratulations to John Toigo, Partner in our Brisbane office who has been recognised as a Best Lawyers "2023 Lawyer of the Year" in Commercial Law (Brisbane).
21 April 2022 | 70 Sparke Helmore Lawyers make 2023 Best Lawyers list

We would like to congratulate our 70 lawyers who have been included on the Best Lawyers' list for 2023.


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