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HWL Ebsworth acts for Coles Group on exclusive agreement with Ocado Group plc to bring its online grocery and automated home delivery solution to Australia

HWL Ebsworth has advised Coles Group Limited on an exclusive services agreement with Ocado Group plc to bring its leading online grocery platform, automated single pick fulfilment technology and home delivery solution to Australia before the end of the 2023 financial year. Under the agreement, Ocado will partner with Coles in Australia to launch an … Read more

HWL Ebsworth acts for Viridian Financial Services Group on its acquisition of part of Westpac’s personal advice business, BT Financial Advice

HWL Ebsworth recently acted for Viridian Financial Services Group (Viridian) in entering into a sale agreement to acquire part of Westpac Banking Group’s personal advice business, BT Financial Advice. The deal represents a significant expansion of Viridian’s financial planning business, with offers made to around 175 BT Financial Advice salaried advisers and other management and … Read more

HWLE gets to the nub of things in bolt-on acquisition

HWL Ebsworth has advised Coventry Group Ltd (ASX:CYG) on its $36 million 100% acquisition of Nubco.¬†Founded in 1982, Nubco is the largest independent Tasmanian hardware and industrial supplier in the industrial segment with seven locations across the State. The acquisition was in part funded via a successful $27.6 million pro-rata accelerated non-renounceable entitlement offer, on … Read more

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TMs for TLDs: Can descriptive domain names be registered as trade marks?

Earlier this year, the United States Court of Appeals ruled in the case of B.V. v US Patent & Trade Mark Office to find that the seemingly generic word mark “BOOKING.COM” was capable of trade mark registration. The decision has prompted commentary about descriptive domain names and whether they are capable of trade mark … Read more

Super Alert – 12 April 2019

This week’s Super Alert covers an AAT superannuation decision, ASIC’s latest enforcement report, the registration of the Protecting Your Super and AFCA Cooperation regulations and a letter from the regulators in relation to member fees. AAT judgement in relation to reviewable APRA decisions On 12 March 2019, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal handed down its decision … Read more

Treasury releases employee share schemes consultation paper

Background On 3 April 2019, Treasury released an employee share schemes (ESS) consultation paper1 on proposed changes to simplify and expand the ESS regulatory framework to assist small businesses seeking to offer shares to their employees via an ESS. The release follows the Government’s initial announcement on 13 November 2018 of its intention to simplify … Read more

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