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Critical steps for Food and Agribusinesses to raise capital

Australian based food and agribusinesses are in desperate need for capital. Succession planning, investment in new technologies and infrastructure and the continued pursuit of sustainable growth and improved productivity mean that the demand for alternative capital is as strong as ever. And that demand is only going to get stronger. The Government’s Agricultural Competitiveness White… Read more


Without Prejudice – the key to confident negotiations

The stats show most disputes will be resolved by negotiation, rather than trial, but how do you genuinely pursue negotiations without damaging your position if you ultimately need to go to trial? The secret is two words – “without prejudice.” The use of these words means that you can say things in negotiations but they… Read more


Love the law! But don’t forget the people.

Gerry Cawson, a Director in our Transactions Team, explains why his forthcoming trip to Uganda with the Kain Foundation fits Kain Lawyers’ purpose of creating opportunities for its clients, team and the community and asks you to make a donation! I love being a lawyer! I love the law. Not for the nuts and bolts… Read more


Six simple steps to selling your business

With Entrepreneurs Week fast approaching, I have been thinking about how entrepreneurs measure their success. For you, it may be about building or growing something. A team, a brand or a legacy perhaps. Or, it may be the cold hard reality of banking a cheque on the sale of your business. This validates your passion,… Read more


No sacred cows at the ACCC

Hot on the heels of his inaugural appointment as the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s agricultural commissioner, Mick Keogh has announced a cattle and beef market study (‘Study’). The appointment of the agricultural commissioner and the Study signal that the agriculture sector, long left to its own devices, can expect increased attention. The purpose of… Read more


Let’s see South Australia as others do

When I pick up the paper or tune into the radio or television these days, I’m disappointed by the general gloom that seems to pervade reporting on our South Australian economy. I’m disappointed because from where I sit as a lawyer in the mergers and acquisitions space, the message is very positive. So positive, in fact,… Read more


Small wineries aren’t toasting the new wine tax reforms

Everyone is in furious agreement of the need for immediate reform of the current system of wine taxation and rebates but it seems that nobody can agree on the nature of that reform. The Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee of the Senate (‘Committee’) recently recommended that the Wine Equalisation Tax (‘WET’) rebate… Read more


In the News: Australian Grape & Wine Industry Report

In 2015 the Federal Government responded to consistent calls by stakeholders in the grape and wine industry for the government to investigate how to make the industry more profitable. The Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport (‘the Committee’) was charged with the investigation and on 12 February 2016 the Committee released… Read more