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Business Structuring

Grauf O'Brien Lawyers can create a structure for your family or your business that, maximise asset protection and minimises taxation expense.

We can work with your other advisors to ensure that the structure we propose best suits your needs and is managed appropriately moving forward.


In our experience, it is best to build for the future when creating a structure, so seek advice early in your business's or family's asset acquisition stage.

However, combined with our Insolvency & Bankruptcy experience, we can formally restructure your business or family asset position in the event they are exposed to risk.

Amongst other things, Grauf O'Brien Lawyers are experienced in:

  1. Partnership Arrangements;

  2. Joint Ventures;

  3. Special Purpose Vehicles;

  4. Family Trusts;

  5. Discretionary Trusts;

  6. Unit Trusts;

  7. Management Agreements;

  8. Deed's of Company Arrangement and Voluntary Administration;

  9. Asset leasing in compliance with the Personal Property Securities Act 2009; and

  10. Security Agreements.

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Business Sale and Purchasing

Acting for business owners and buyers is our bread and butter.

We have acted for business owner selling $5million health food business, a group of yoga business selling to a listed company, countless fitness industry businesses, and even buyers purchasing a $35,000 cafe.  There is no business to big or to small for our firm to tackle (though we find the ASX 100 don't seem to call us).

We have experience in negotiating business assets sales and share sale agreements.

We have advised buyers and sellers of a variety of franchise businesses and can provide advice to proposed franchisees on franchise disclosure material.

Lots of commercial law firms can assist in this area So why Grauf O'Brien Lawyers?

Well, here is a short (but very compelling) list of reasons why you should choose Grauf O'Brien Lawyers over our competitors:

  1. We have lower, flexible fees.  Other firms need to satisfy substantial overheads which are not necessary for Grauf O'Brien Lawyers to offer you our legal services. For this reason, Grauf O'Brien Lawyers can afford to offer you lower prices and more flexible payment arrangements.  Click here for our flexible options.

  2. You will deal with a director of the firm.  Often, other firms will delegate work to junior lawyers. With Grauf O'Brien Lawyers, you will always communicate with a director of the law firm with over 12 years of experience in commercial law.

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Grauf O'Brien Lawyers has considerable experience in advising client's when entering into a new Commercial Lease or a Retail Shop Lease. Quite often, our advise aligns with the purchase or sale of a business, which requires a new lease to be entered or an assignment of the current lease. Grauf O'Brien Lawyers can also assist at the time of renewal of a current lease.

However, if you are a start-up or simply moving premises, Grauf O'Brien Lawyers can assist to smooth out the real estate aspect of you venture.

Grauf O'Brien Lawyers offers fixed fee services for all aspects of leasing transaction.  Please get in touch for a written quote.

How we can assist:

  • Retail Shop Leases (Acting for Lessor or Lessee or Assignor or Assignee)

  • Commercial Leases (Acting for Lessor or Lessee or Assignor or Assignee)

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Small Business Advisory

Our business model is designed so that we can provide advice to small businesses on the legal aspects of their day-to-day operations.

Grauf O'Brien Lawyers relies on its experience in building businesses and aiding failing or struggling businesses and offers an "in-house counsel" service to organisations that may need the extra assistance, however cannot justify the cost of a full time in-house lawyer.

The small business advisory services offered by Grauf O'Brien Lawyers can be completely customised to your particular needs.

This service offering is ideal for:

  1. Implementing particular projects with a start and end date;

  2. Start-ups;

  3. Negotiations with key stakeholders, including landlords, banks, or key creditors;

  4. A sale or purchase of a business or key assets; or

  5. Business succession. 

Effectively, Grauf O'Brien Lawyers will work along side your business to provide it with the commercial legal support your business might require from time to time.

The commercial acumen of Grauf O'Brien Lawyers sets it apart from its competitors, with solicitors holding additional qualifications and experience in ISO 9001, tertiary business management and marketing qualifications and experience in business outside the legal profession. Grauf O'Brien Lawyers have a broad understanding of your operational environment and can communicate on terms that you understand.

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