Cooper Grace Ward has a dedicated agribusiness team with specialist expertise and a genuine understanding of the unique needs of businesses in this sector and its supply chain, from the farm to production, marketing and sales.

We are experienced in a broad range of industries including cotton, sugar, horticulture, poultry, dairy and beef. We have acted for many large organisations including processors, transporters, exporters, industry representative bodies, research and development organisations and government bodies. We also provide a range of advice to the state’s leading agribusiness organisations in relation to capital raisings, trade documentation and agreements.

Clients we have represented include OBE Beef Limited, Queensland Dairy Authority, Sugar Research and Development Corporation, Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority, Bioglobal, Tableland Canegrowers and Suncoast Gold Macadamia. We have also acted for many buyers and sellers of grazing and cropping properties across northern and central Australia.

We have been involved in the privatisation and corporatisation of several industry sectors including cotton and horticultural industries, and with post-privatisation issues in the egg industry. Our corporatisation involvement extends from large manufacturers to cooperative enterprises and from processors to growers and producers.

We understand the unique legal issues facing organisations in the agribusiness sector, and clients benefit from our ability to establish mutually beneficial contacts within their sector, which adds value to their business.

We provide legal services to clients in agribusiness and primary production in relation to:

  • trade agreements for distribution, marketing and licensing, including preparing terms of trade and distribution for exporters and domestic use, advising in relation to Incoterms and preparing agreements for use in Australia and overseas, including anti-corruption provisions
  • capital raisings and initial public offerings (IPOs)
  • commercial advice and agreements
  • conduct and compensation agreements with coal seam gas companies
  • cooperatives
  • directors’ duties
  • workplace relations and safety
  • industry restructuring
  • intellectual property, including in relation to Australian and international trade marks
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • revenue, tax and superannuation
  • rural property acquisitions and sales
  • system audits for legal compliance, including addressing anti-money laundering, counter-terrorism financing and foreign corruption legislative requirements
  • estate planning
  • stakeholder agreements
  • share farming and agistment agreements
  • litigation and dispute resolution.

To seek advice about an agribusiness matter, call (07) 3231 2444.