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August 11, 2022 | 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM AEST

In-person event | 

Gilbert + Tobin

Level 25, 101 Collins Street

Melbourne VIC 3004

Members: $0
Non-members: Member Only Event
Non-members In-House Counsel: Member Only Event
Substantive Law

Overview (Program Summary)

The Victorian Supreme Court recently awarded record damages of $292.9 million in favour of Cargill against Viterra for false and misleading statements made by Viterra and Glencore relating to the $420 million sale of the Joe White malt business. Gilbert + Tobin acted for Cargill. The judgment shines a spotlight on the litigation risks that companies face if the disclosure made during a corporate transaction process is inaccurate, and the practices companies are taking to mitigate their liability once a corporate transaction has completed.

This session, presented by Gilbert + Tobin’s market leading M+A and Disputes + Investigations teams, will provide practical guidance for in-house counsel in respect of the risks associated with corporate transactions highlighted by the judgement in Cargill. It will explore how to prepare for a corporate transaction and identify the steps that can be taken to manage and mitigate these risks. 

Networking lunch: 12.30pm - 1pm AEST

Presentation: 1pm - 2pm AEST


Craig Sample

Craig Semple, Partner, Corporate Advisory / M+A

Craig specialises in general corporate law with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, schemes of arrangements and equity capital market transactions. He also regularly advises listed companies in relation to corporate governance and securities law issues, including meetings, directors' liabilities, insider trading and ASX and Corporations Law compliance. 

Craig is regarded as one of Australia’s leading Mergers + Acquisitions lawyers. Best Lawyers has recognised Craig since 2010 in 8 practice areas, including M+A, Equity Capital Markets, Corporate Law, Commercial Law, Corporate Governance and Practice and Private Equity. Craig has also been named by Best Lawyers as a Melbourne “Lawyer of the Year” in one of Mergers + Acquisitions, Corporate Law, Private Equity, Corporate Governance or Mining Law over the last ten years.


Stephanie Rowan

Stephanie Rowan, Senior Lawyer, Corporate Advisory / M+A 

Stephanie is a senior lawyer in Gilbert + Tobin’s Corporate Advisory / M+A group. 

Throughout her career, Stephanie has advised companies, private equity funds and investment banking firms in connection with a broad range of corporate transactions, including public and private M+A, equity capital markets, registered and unregistered debt capital markets (including high yield) and acquisition financing. 

Prior to joining Gilbert + Tobin in 2021, Stephanie was a senior associate at a top-tier law firm in New York, where she is also admitted to practice.


Janet Whiting

Janet Whiting, Partner, Disputes + Investigations

Janet is head of Gilbert + Tobin’s Disputes + Investigations practice in Melbourne.

Janet is one of the pre-eminent commercial litigators in Australia with extensive experience in the competition, corporate and regulatory areas of law. She has a reputation for excellence amongst clients and peers. Janet is highly regarded for providing strategic advice, detailed analysis and obtaining commercial solutions.

She is consistently recognised as a leading dispute resolution lawyer by the Australian Financial Review, Chambers Global, Chambers Asia-Pacific and Best Lawyers. 

Janet is the current President of the Council of Trustees of the National Gallery of Victoria, the first woman to hold the position in the Gallery’s 160 year history.  In 2015, Janet was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her significant service to the community through the arts, health and major events sectors and as a legal professional and was inducted onto the 2015 Victorian Honour Roll of Women by the Premier of Victoria.

Christiana McCudden

Christiana McCudden, Partner, Disputes + Investigations

Christiana is a partner in Gilbert + Tobin’s Disputes + Investigations group.

Christiana advises clients on their commercial and corporate disputes and is also engaged by a variety of public and private entities in respect of payments regulations and contractual arrangements.

Christiana has extensive experience acting in large proceedings in state and federal jurisdictions including appellate courts and statutory tribunals. These matters have involved a wide range of actions including breach of directors’ duties, contract disputes, negligence and tortious actions, unconscionable conduct and misrepresentation cases and regulatory or statutory investigations / applications.


*Competitor Exclusion – ACC Australia Partners may request that representative/s of a competitor organisation/s registered for the event be excluded, and ACC Australia reserves the right to make the final decision as to whether a registration is rejected. As a guide, a competitor organisation could be defined as a rival organisation of similar size to the host  Corporate Partner, with an established practice, product or service in the area being showcased by the Corporate Partners at the event. Please provide a brief statement as to why you have deemed an organisation to be a competitor, in support of any request to ACC Australia to reject a registration.

*Please note this is a members only event. 

*Please note that registrations are managed directly through Gilbert + Tobin. Please let ACC Australia know if you have not received your confirmation email within 24 hours, as this will affect your ability to access the event. 


Credits: 1 CPD Point
Category: Substantive Law

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