Kate Gardner | Special Counsel | Sydney

  • Business Transactions
  • Corporate Transactions & Compliance
  • Financial Services
  • Intellectual Property
  • Media & Technology
  • Mining & Resources
Tel 61 2 8235 1211Mob 0407 583 850Email k.gardner@clarkekann.com.au

Kate provides advice across a variety of corporate and business transactions, including general corporate advisory, sales and purchases of business assets and companies, legal due diligence investigations, corporate restructures and intellectual property matters.

Kate has over 10 years' experience advising clients in a broad range of industries, including resources, bio-technology, manufacturing, information technology, retail and financial services. Clients say they value Kate's focus on providing practical commercial solutions in an efficient manner and she is often regarded as an in-house counsel/adviser.


Business Transactions

  • Boardroom Pty Limited

    Advising this Australian subsidiary of a Singapore listed company on the acquisition of CRA Plan Managers Pty Ltd, financial services law and various commercial agreements.

Corporate Transactions & Compliance

  • Anteo Diagnostics Limited (ASX:ADO)

    • Advising on corporate compliance obligations, capital raising and the commercialisation and licensing of its products and intellectual property to various international players in the bio-tech, diagnostic and pharmaceutical space.
    • Advising ADO in respect of its acquisition of a Belgium based global speciality diagnostics company, DIAsource ImmunoAssays S.A., of its capital raising activities to find the acquisition.
  • Columbus Copper Corporation (formerly Empire Mining Corporation) (CCU:TSX-V)

    Advising Columbus Copper Corporation, a Canadian precious metals exploration and development company active in Turkey and the Balkan region of Europe, on an offer to sophisticated and professional investors in Australia.
  • Listed and unlisted entities

    Advising on long term incentive plans for executives, corporate governance (eg directors' duties and liabilities, board composition and general board policies), continuous disclosure and insider trading obligations, shareholder communications, including corporate disclosure documents, as well as notices of meeting and general meeting procedures, and efficient handling of meetings.
  • Primero Mining Corp (TSX:P and NYSE:PPP)

    Assisting Primero Mining Corp, a Canadian company listed on TSX and NYSE, with its detailed legal due diligence investigations in connection with a proposed Plan of Arrangement with Northgate Minerals Corporation, specifically providing advice in relation to the two gold mines held by Northgate Minerals Corporation in Australia.

Financial Services

  • Epic Property Investments Limited

    AFSL requirements for operating a retail managed investment scheme.
  • Fixx Commercial Pty Ltd

    Drafting loan and security documentation for "caveat" lending.

Intellectual Property

  • Barbeques Galore (Aust) Pty Ltd

    Management of the Barbeques Galore trade mark portfolio and advising on arrangements with advertising agencies, trade practices, advertising clearances and trade promotions.
  • Pillow Talk Pty Ltd

    Advising on Pillow Talk trade mark portfolio.

Mining & resources

  • Australian Inspection Technologies Pty Ltd

    Licensing of its technology and intellectual property to a wholly owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto for use in the mining and resource sector.
  • China Steel

    Assisting Taiwan's largest steelmaker with its due diligence process for potential coal project investments in Australia.
  • United Queensland Resources Pty Ltd

    Assisting and advising this Singaporean and Australian headquartered mining company with its acquisition of a conventional coal business from Linc Energy Limited.



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