Business Sale & Acquisition Lawyers Melbourne

Whether you're looking to purchase or sell a business, engaging an experienced lawyer is crucial to protect your legal rights, minimise risks, navigate complex legal requirements, and ensure a smooth and successful transaction. These legal considerations encompass due diligence, drafting and negotiating terms, ensuring compliance with relevant laws and regulations, and assessing the potential impact on employees.

Goldsmiths Lawyers are experts in business ownership and transfer laws. We guide our clients through the complex legal landscape, ensuring their interests are protected and helping them navigate potential challenges. Together with our expert team  in Property and Conveyancing and Litigation and Dispute Resolution, our Commercial lawyers provide comprehensive support throughout the sale and purchase process.

Our Approach to Business Acquisitions and Disposal

Goldsmith Lawyers is an established boutique law firm that has been a part of the Melbourne legal landscape for over sixty years. We value forming relationships with those we work with and take a client-centric approach to all cases. In thecase of business acquisitions, our approach, known as SAFE (Seek, Assist, Find,Enhance), encompasses the following:

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We begin by seeking to understand your goals and needs in acquiring the business. Whether you are a venture capitalist, seeking expansion, seeking to acquire talents and know-how, or seeking to fulfil visa conditions, we tailor each contract conditions to suit your unique requirements. Our aim is to align the terms of the acquisition with your specific objectives.


We assist you in making an informed assessment through due diligence, identifying potential legal issues, and mitigating existing risks. Our due diligence process strategically focuses on your goals. For instance, if your objective is branding and talent, we prioritize aspects such as trademark and business registration, licenses, employment contracts, and non-disclosure agreements.


We are dedicated to finding and negotiating solutions that are commercially practicable for all parties involved. Recognising that not all issues carry equal importance, we strive to achieve win-win solutions. Our objective is to identify opportunities where each party can gain something positive. Throughout the negotiation process, we ensure that these solutions are clearly documented to prevent misunderstandings and provide a solid foundation for the future operation of the business.


Our commitment doesn't end with the acquisition. We understand the importance of enhancing and complementing your business even after the acquisition is complete. Our Commercial Team will continue to provide ongoing legal guidance and support as you embark on your business journey, ensuring that you have the necessary legal assistance to navigate any challenges or opportunities that arise.

Why You Need a Lawyer When Buying or Selling a Business

Whether you are considering buying, selling, or merging a business, a lawyer experienced in business conveyancing and transfers can help you understand the intricacies of the process, anticipate potential issues, and ensure your actions align with current legal requirements and Victoria-specific jurisdiction.

A business lawyeris necessary when buying or selling a business. In this circumstance especially in mitigating risks and ensuring thesmooth execution of the transaction. A lawyer will assist you by:

How We Can Help

As experienced professionals in the commercial law space, the team at Goldsmiths Lawyers is equipped to help you navigate the complex field of acquisitions and disposal. We assist our clients by conducting all of the above duties and helping you to navigate the entire acquisition or disposal process. We ensure all legal requirements are met and potential pitfalls are avoided.

Our team provides clients with comprehensive support and always prioritises their interests. Whether buying, selling, or merging a business, Goldsmiths Lawyers can make your journey through acquisition law smoother and more secure.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Considering purchasing, selling, or merging a business? These are some of our most commonly asked questions pertaining to acquisition law.

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Are all business contracts the same?

Just as all businesses are unique, all business contracts are not the same. Business contracts can vary significantly depending on the nature of an acquisition, the parties involved, the industry, and the specific terms and conditions negotiated between the parties.

Seemingly inconsequential differences such as, for example, partnerships, trusts or corporate structure may have significant consequences on risks, obligations, and taxes of parties.  

When Should I Engage a Business Lawyer When Buying or Selling a Business?

Ideally it should be as early as possible in the process.  Lawyers can provide essential guidance right from the start, including evaluating the deal's feasibility, understanding legal aspects, and identifying potential issues.

They can help with the initial stages, such as non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) and letters of intent (LOIs), all the way to transfer of employees and the closing process.

What Should I Expect in My Initial Consultation?

During your initial consultation with Goldsmiths Lawyers, you can expect an open and focused discussion about your business conveyancing intentions and any specific concerns you may have.

This consultation typically involves our preliminary SAFE approach where we will:

They can also provide guidance on mergers and acquisitions, helping you understand the legal complexities of these transactions and ensure that your interests are protected.

A commercial lawyer can help your business identify and mitigate legal risks, ensuring that your business is operating in compliance with the law and well-protected from potential legal pitfalls. They can also help you develop and implement effective risk management strategies to protect your business in the short, medium, and long term.

By working with a commercial lawyer, you can ensure that your business is well-positioned to achieve your business objectives while operating in compliance with the law.

We believe in open communication, transparency, and a commitment to achieving the best possible outcome for our clients. Contact our team to learn more about how we can help you. 

  1. Seek to understand your goals and needs:
    Our lawyers will aim to understand your objectives, the nature of the business you intend to acquire/dispose, and your expectations from the acquisition/disposal.
  2. Assist you in making a preliminary assessment:
    We will conduct a preliminary review of the situation based     on the information you provide, which can help us to identify potential     legal issues or challenges that may arise. We will explain the typical     steps involved in a business sale/purchase, from disclosure statement, selling     of goodwill, due diligence to negotiation, drafting of agreements, and     post-acquisition integration.
  3. Findings:
    Based on the preliminary assessment, we'll provide you with our initial findings and legal advice and possible strategies     tailored to your situation.
  4. Engage or Exit:
    We'll discuss what comes next, including the scope of our services, potential timelines, and our fee structure.

Please note that every consultation is unique, and the specifics may vary depending on your individual circumstances. Regardless, our focus is always on understanding your needs and how we can best assist you.

What Legal Risks Are There in Buying a Business?

Buying a businesscomes with several potential legal risks, some of which include:

  1. Incomplete or inaccurate due diligence
  2. Misrepresentation or non-disclosure
  3. Regulatory compliance
  4. Intellectual property issues
  5. Employment law issues
  6. Tax liabilities - working with your tax advisors
  7. Contractual obligations

Each of these factors have the capacity to introduce legal complexities during the acquisition process. Engaging a knowledgeable business acquisition lawyer can help you identify and mitigate these potential risks.

At Goldsmiths Lawyers, we represent businesses, as well as individuals. Our lawyers are experienced in all courts and jurisdiction systems and are qualified to oversee and guide clients throughout the entire acquisition process.

If you are considering buying, selling, or merging a business, we can assist you. Enquire with us today.

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Get in Touch

Goldsmiths Lawyers is conveniently located close to Melbourne's Court precinct at:
52-54 Rosslyn Street,
West Melbourne VIC 3003