ANZARUT & Partners Lawyers

Our Story

Welcome to Anzarut and Partners: a boutique team of commercial lawyers with big firm experience and a bespoke approach to business. Established in 2005 by Charles Anzarut, we pride ourselves on working with people, not for them, developing close personal relationships with many of our clients. We make it our business to understand our clients’ needs and deliver innovative, contemporary legal solutions in a timely and practical manner. We enjoy working with people we like and respect.

Our People

We are a flexible and integrated team with an up to date awareness of the current issues and trends relevant to our clients both in the law and the industries we service.

Charles Anzarut Director LLB, MBA

Charles founded Anzarut & Partners in 2005 and prior to that he was a partner at Phillips Fox (now DLA Piper) for 12 years and a partner at Darvall McCutcheon for 5 years.

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Charles Anzarut

Charles Anzarut Director LLB, MBA

Charles founded Anzarut & Partners in 2005 and prior to that he was a partner at Phillips Fox (now DLA Piper) for 12 years and a partner at Darvall McCutcheon for 5 years.

Charles worked in the advertising industry for 4 years and was a board member of the Advertising Federation of Australia.

He acted for a number of institutions and medium to large companies for many years including banks, lending organisations, advertising agencies, trading corporations and listed entities.

He is also a director of Wellcom Group Limited, a company listed on the ASX.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Capital raising and related transactions
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Advertising and marketing law
  • Preparing and negotiating commercial agreements
  • Corporations Law
  • Leasing
  • Intellectual Property
  • Corporate Governance

Industry Experience:

  • Advertising/Marketing
  • Investment/Financial Institutions
  • Manufacturing
  • Trading Companies
  • Not for profit organisations
  • Renewable energy and resources enterprises

Recent Experience:

  • Sale of URSA Communications to Clemenger Group
  • Purchase of the U.S. based agency theLab by Wellcom London Limited
  • Acting for Millennium Services Group Limited to list on ASX
  • Acting for PS&C Ltd to list on ASX

Professional Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Melbourne, 1977
  • Master of Business Administration, University of Melbourne, 1983

Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia, 1978

Ian Coltman Consultant LLB, BEc

Ian has extensive corporate, commercial and financial services experience. He has been a practising lawyer since 1985.

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Ian Coltman

Ian Coltman Consultant LLB, BEc

Ian has practiced law since 1985. He has extensive corporate, commercial and financial services law experience. For the first 15 years of his career he practiced exclusively as a commercial litigator with leading law firms in Melbourne and London. Subsequently he worked in senior roles with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and later as Head of Legal for the Australian arm of a global fund manager.

He conducts litigation for a broad range of clients involving diverse corporate and commercial issues and represents clients facing regulatory investigations and action. He has worked on significant trials including the landmark Water Wheel and National Safety Council cases.

Separately, Ian advises participants in the financial services sector, on a broad range of issues including:

  • Licence applications and variations
  • Licensee’s duties
  • Managed investment schemes
  • Anti money laundering
  • Superannuation regulation
  • Offer documents and promotional material
  • Custody, prime broking and derivative trading agreements
  • Compliance and risk management arrangements

Professional Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Laws, Monash University, 1984
  • Bachelor of Economics, Monash University, 1983
  • Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, Mount Eliza Business School, 2004

Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia, 1985
  • High Court of England and Wales, 1991

Other:

  • Ian is on a number of voluntary boards

Kate McCardel Senior Associate LLB (Hons), BA, LLM

Kate’s principal areas of practice are mergers & acquisitions and general corporate and commercial law.

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Kate McCardel

Kate McCardel Senior Associate LLB (Hons), BA, LLM

Kate’s principal areas of practice are mergers & acquisitions and general corporate and commercial law. Kate provides advice to clients in relation to a wide range of matters including advice on the Corporations Act and ASX Listing rules (including compliance and governance issues). She has broad experience in business and share acquisitions and sales, joint ventures and shareholders agreements, capital raisings and regulatory work.

Kate has gained valuable in house experience during both a secondment to Medibank Private Limited and time working for GE Money.

Kate regularly advises in relation to:

  • Corporate due diligence investigations and reporting
  • Drafting, negotiating and advising on commercial contracts, including outsourcing and distribution agreements
  • General Corporations Act and ASX advisory work (including compliance and governance)
  • Capital reductions and buy backs
  • Advising foreign companies in relation to registration in Australia and licensing requirements
  • Preparing and negotiating licensing agreements including advising on confidentiality, branding, trademarks and other intellectual property issues
  • All aspects of advertising and marketing law, from promotions and packaging, to advertising contracts and campaigns

Professional Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Melbourne, 1999
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne, 1999
  • Master of Laws, University of Melbourne, 2015

Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia, 2000

James Anzarut Lawyer LLB, BA, LLM

James is a lawyer at Anzarut & Partners. He began his career as a paralegal in 2009, and was admitted as a lawyer to the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2012.

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James Anzarut

James Anzarut Lawyer LLB, BA, LLM

James is a lawyer at Anzarut & Partners. He began his career as a paralegal in 2009, and was admitted as a lawyer to the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2012.

James has honed his drafting skills on a wide variety of documents, including Employment Agreements, Shareholders Agreements, Sale of Shares and Sale of Business Agreements, Subleases, (Band) Booking Agreements and Loan Agreements.

James is frequently involved with the registration of companies, trademarks, business names and often deals with regulatory bodies such as IP Australia, ASIC, ASX and State Consumer Affair bodies on behalf of clients.

He has had significant exposure to due diligence, having worked extensively on transactions at both a national and international level.

James is also involved in drafting letters of advice and speaking to clients on numerous topics related to their businesses, and is involved in research of the different State and Federal legislation related to the firm’s various transactions.

Professional Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Laws, Monash University, 2011
  • Bachelor of Arts, Monash University, 2007
  • Master of Laws, University of Melbourne, 2015

Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia, 2012

Jesse Gordes Lawyer LLB, BSc

Jesse began his career with Anzarut & Partners in 2013 working as a paralegal. He is now a solicitor, having been admitted as an Australian lawyer in the Supreme Court of Victoria in July 2015.

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Jesse Gordes

Jesse Gordes Lawyer LLB, BSc

Jesse began his career with Anzarut & Partners in 2013 working as a paralegal. He is now a solicitor, having been admitted as an Australian lawyer in the Supreme Court of Victoria in July 2015.

Jesse works across a variety of commercial transactions and matters, with particular focus on due diligence, company acquisitions, IPOs and general advice. He also has a special interest in trade mark and intellectual property law.

With ongoing mentoring, Jesse has worked to perfect his drafting skills across a diverse range of legal documents and correspondence, including Sale Agreements, Loan Agreements, letters of advice and general correspondence.

Jesse is also an active member of the Darebin Community Legal Centre, having been a volunteer since 2012. In his role as Night Service Co-Ordinator, Jesse manages and oversees the Night Service program, working with legal volunteers, students, centre staff and clients. He is passionate about providing free legal assistance and advice to disadvantaged members of the community.

Professional Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Laws, La Trobe University, 2015
  • Bachelor of Science (Chemistry), La Trobe University, 2015
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Leo Cussen, 2015

Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia, 2015

Louise FalvoOffice Manager

As office manager and personal assistant to Charles Anzarut and Kate McCardel, Louise is the engine room of the firm. She is a skilled administrator, communicator and juggler. She may be contacted for all enquiries at info@anzarut.com.au

Lauren Guercio Trainee Lawyer LLB (Honours), BA

Lauren began her career with Anzarut & Partners in 2015 as a paralegal. She is currently a trainee lawyer and anticipates being admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria in June 2016.

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Lauren Guercio

Lauren Guercio Trainee Lawyer LLB (Honours), BA

Lauren began her career with Anzarut & Partners in 2015 as a paralegal. She is currently a trainee lawyer and anticipates being admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria in June 2016.

Lauren has been involved in a variety of commercial matters within the firm, including IPOs, commercial contracting and ASX matters. She previously worked at SAI Global Ltd, where she worked as a researcher across a number of commercial industries.

Lauren is also involved in the community legal sector, having worked pro-bono as a paralegal at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and Western Suburbs Legal Service.

Professional Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Monash University, 2015
  • Bachhelor of Arts (French), Monash University, 2014

Eva-Marii Duskevits Lawyer LLB, BA (Estonia), LLM

Eva joined Anzarut & Partners in October 2015. Her previous experience includes being legal assistant in a major projects team at a national law firm, focusing on national and international infrastructure and construction law.

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Eva-Marii Duskevits

Eva-Marii Duskevits Lawyer LLB, BA (Estonia), LLM

Eva joined Anzarut & Partners in October 2015. Her previous experience includes being legal assistant in a major projects team at a national law firm, focusing on national and international infrastructure and construction law. She also has in-house legal experience at a major energy retailer, working on a project to uplift all enterprise-wide policies. In addition, Eva has worked for a local council’s compliance administration team.

Eva obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Law degree from Estonia before moving to Australia and has a Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne, which focused on drafting major project construction contracts, project financing and infrastructure law. Having studied in Australia and abroad, Eva possesses knowledge of both civil law and common law jurisdictions.

Eva has been involved in a variety of commercial transactions at Anzarut & Partners, with a predominant focus on IPOs, due diligence, mergers & acquisitions, general advice, and other corporate and commercial matters.

Professional Qualifications:

  • Master of Laws, University of Melbourne, 2012
  • Bachelor of Laws, Victoria University, 2015
  • Bachelor of Arts in Law, University of Tartu, Estonia, 2010
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, College of Law, 2015

Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia, 2016

Languages:

  • Estonian
  • Russian

Stuart Weir Consultant LLB

Stuart is a senior commercial lawyer specialising in banking and finance transactions and related commercial work. He has been practising as a lawyer since 1988 and his experience includes extended periods working overseas in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

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Stuart Weir

Stuart Weir Consultant LLB

Stuart has over 27 years of commercial legal experience practising in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Australia. His experience includes 4 years working as a senior lawyer in two top-tier firms in London, 6 months working in-house at a multi-lateral development bank in London and 8 years as a partner in the Melbourne banking team of Allens Arthur Robinson. His most recent role was as a banking and finance partner in the Melbourne office of Maddocks.

Stuart advises clients on a wide range of banking and finance and commercial transactions in relation to matters involving property development and construction, infrastructure, mining, M&A, structured finance, restructures and work-outs. He has worked on significant transactions in those areas including the construction financing for Meteorite Group’s Starwood hotel and apartment development in Docklands, Melbourne, construction financing for the Wyndham Harbour Marina apartments project, the project financing of the MacArthur Wind Farm, ANZ’s acquisition of the Landmark Rural finance business and the workout and restructuring of the Centro Properties Group.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Acquisition finance including leveraged buy-outs
  • Corporate borrowings (bi-lateral loans, syndicated loans, club loans & US private placement transactions)
  • Project and infrastructure finance including PPPs
  • Property development and construction finance transactions
  • Structured finance and securitisations
  • Workouts and reconstructions

Industry Experience:

  • Toll roads & transport infrastructure
  • Power projects including windfarms
  • Property development including commercial, residential (large apartment and smaller high density projects) and land subdivision projects
  • Financial services
  • Mining Projects
  • Professional services firms

Recent Experience:

  • $110m securitisation of the fuel cards business of financial services company WEX Australia
  • Construction financing for The Quay, Haymarket Apartment project in Sydney for developer Ausbao
  • Construction financing for the Wyndham Harbour apartment and marina project
  • Refinancing of working capital facilities for the Grant Thornton partnership
  • Construction financing for the redevelopment of vacant lodge properties in Kew & Box Hill for Victorian Freemasons
  • Acquisition financing for Deluxe Entertainment Group’s acquisition of the Omnilab Group of companies

Professional Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 1988

Admissions:

  • High Court of New Zealand, 1988
  • Supreme Court of England and Wales, 1998
  • Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia, 2001

Our Services

In Australia’s competitive commercial marketplace, we are aware of the need to provide quality legal, commercial and strategic advice in a timely, easy to understand and cost-effective manner. Our service approach is to research, simplify and solve.

Our Services

Corporate & Commercial

Corporate law is the core of Anzarut & Partners’ work. Our strengths lie in our commercial acumen and responsive service which is reflected in our track record (see testimonials). We advise on all aspects of general corporate law providing expert and practical advice to business clients across a broad range of industry sectors.

Some of the most common areas on which we advise are:

  • Agency and distributorship
  • Supply of goods/services
  • Franchising
  • Joint ventures
  • Terms and conditions of sale

We prepare our contracts in plain English while focusing on the key commercial and legal issues.

Our Services

Corporate Advisory

We provide general corporate advice on a diverse range of issues relevant to businesses including:

  • Company formation and structuring
  • Company secretarial issues
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Corporate restructures

Our Services

Capital Raising

Our capital raising experience ranges from prospectus issues, ASX listings through to private equity fundraising.
We advise on:

  • Seed capital for start up companies
  • Development and expansion capital
  • Refinancings and restructurings
  • Management buyouts
  • Traditional borrowing mechanisms
  • Initial Public Offerings

Our Services

Corporate Governance

We advise boards, committees and both executive and non-executive directors in relation to a number of day-to-day business and corporate governance issues, including:

  • Directors' duties and liabilities
  • Remuneration
  • Discrimination
  • Recruitment

Our Services

Intellectual Property
& Information Technology
/ e-Commerce

We provide practical and commercially aware advice in relation to software licences, software development agreements and other arrangements. We also assist businesses who are investing in new technology and software to ensure that their objectives are achieved, while protecting their interests and minimising risk.
We advise on:

  • Ownership and exploitation of intellectual property
  • Legal protection for brands, business models and other intellectual property
  • Technology licensing, software and website development and support contracts
  • Legal compliance audits of websites
  • Terms of trade, including online terms
  • Sponsorship and advertising agreements
  • Online legal issues such as domain name disputes

Our Services

Corporate Health

We provide legal, corporate advisory and intellectual property advice to a variety of clients in the healthcare industry, including not-for-profits, hospitals and research organisations and operators in the medical aesthetics field. Our expertise and understanding of the issues facing the health sector enable us to provide clear and insightful advice to our clients.

Our areas of work include:

  • Corporate advice and commercial agreements
  • Mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures
  • Intellectual property and information technology issues
  • Employment agreements and policies
  • Privacy and confidentiality agreements
  • Fund raising, including establishment of foundations
  • Drafting and reviewing leases and licences

Our Services

Competition Law & Regulation

Anzarut & Partners’ staff have worked for competition regulators before entering private practice and therefore have extensive experience in all aspects of competition law (antitrust) and regulatory enforcement. This allows us to provide practical and strategic legal advice aimed at assisting our clients to achieve their commercial goals, while minimising regulatory risk.
The services we offer include:

  • Assisting clients to respond to Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) investigations
  • Advising on access to essential facilities and on economic regulatory issues
  • Obtaining ACCC clearance for acquisitions
  • Authorisation of potentially anti-competitive conduct
  • Product liability advices and assistance with product recalls
  • Compliance and compliance training.

Client & Industry Sectors

Our clients include listed companies, privately owned businesses and not for profit organisations.

Our clients expect us to have a detailed understanding of the way they work, their industry sector and the general business environment in which they operate. Bearing this in mind, we have developed specialist expertise in the following industry sectors:

  • Advertising
    & Marketing
  • Manufacturing
  • Technology
  • Not for Profit
    Organisations
  • Trade Organisations
  • Renewable
    Resources

Anzarut & Partners has acted for a number of publicly listed and high profile companies, including:

Testimonials

We value objective opinion; this is what our clients and peers say about us

It is with the greatest pleasure that I speak on behalf of Charles Anzarut. Charles is a very professional and reliable lawyer. But more importantly, Charles is a person of high repute due to his honesty, integrity and decency. Charles is an individual for whom I have the utmost respect as a business partner and dear friend.

Wayne SidwellChairman/Chief Executive Officer
Wellcom Group Limited

I and my colleagues at Thomas Eggar have known and worked with Charles and his firm for almost 10 years during which time we have had the pleasure of assisting Charles and his clients in relation to a number of corporate and commercial matters, and he and his firm have likewise assisted us in relation to similar matters for our clients. We have always found Charles and his firm to provide a prompt, practical and effective service; Charles cuts to the key issues, solves them, and moves the particular project to a conclusion in a practical and courteous manner. We have no hesitation in recommending Charles and his firm to our clients and contacts.

Neil HartPartner at Thomas Eggar

Charles Anzarut has been my legal counsel for over 10 years.

I greatly value his advice, his expertise and his friendship.

Charles has advised on everything from mergers and acquisitions to commercial contracts and dispute resolution.

It is testimony to the high standing Anzarut & Partners occupies in the marketing world that other marketing companies, small, large, local and international, also rely on their legal counsel.

Ted HortonPartner
Big Red Communications Group Pty. Ltd

I have had the pleasure of knowing Anzarut & Partners since its inception. During that time, I have had the experience of not only seeing first hand how wonderful their lawyers are in the practice of law, but I have on many occasions assisted the firm’s clients on dispute resolution matters that might arise. This has given me a unique insight into what many of the firm’s clients say about the firm. The common themes expressed by clients include genuine, honest, always pragmatic, and value focused and not just time clock focused. Clients also often comment on how they rely on Charles for his sound judgment, honed over many years of private practice in large national firms and whilst running his own successful legal business. This is a unique skill set and one I highly recommend to anyone wishing to use Anzarut & Partners.

Michael HazellPrincipal - Litigation, M+K Lawyers

For 22 years I have been both a client of, and a consultant to, Charles.

Any good working relationship is based on good personal chemistry, and I have found working with him equates to working together to address issues, such is his accessibility and clarity of communication. Charles gets to the point with minimal fuss, without the anxiety, and frankly, exploitation I have felt dealing with several large, recognised legal firms.

I have always felt Charles has worked closely with me as a team, rather than primarily working for his own interests. I would never ask, nor expect, any more than that.

Greg HarperFormer Director, GREY Worldwide

I have known Charles for over 30 years. His chosen career is commercial law. I have found him to be good at both roles for he is both commercial and a very good lawyer.

This combination is surprisingly and unfortunately rare in the legal fraternity, so it is with heartfelt sincerity that I recommend Charles to any person in need of a very competent lawyer.

Peter SidwellSidcorp Group of Companies

I have known Charles as a confidant, counsellor and friend for nearly fifteen years. Despite the fact that I don't give him nearly enough work, he continues to be a wonderful source of wise advice and strong friendship, based on a great deal of patience and experience.


He is, without a doubt, the only good thing about legal disputes...if you need to have one, use Charles.

Paul GardnerExecutive Chairman – Dig + Fish

Visit us

We are located at Level 13, 41 Exhibition St Melbourne
VIC 3000

Contact us

info@anzarut.com.au
To speak to one of our lawyers please call (03) 9660 5900

Mail us

Mail can be sent to
PO Box 24093
Melbourne VIC 3001