Macpherson Kelley

As a hands-on national commercial law firm, we strive to work in partnership with business owners and professionals in commercial ventures of every shape and size.

In today’s globalized marketplace, companies face numerous challenges in understanding the legal, political, regulatory, and business nuances of establishing a new or subsidiary company or acquiring an existing Australian company. We know because we act for more than 120 foreign owned subsidiaries across a broad range of industries.

Representative Transactions / Clients

IEH Laboratories – acquisition by foreign owned subsidiary

Provided Australian corporate structure advice, which led to assisting in the acquisition of Australian laboratories, purchasing commercial property and Australian business assets.

Leading recruitment business – acquision by foreign owned subsidiary

Advised on the Australian and New Zealand aspects of a £37 million acquisition (including earn-out payments) of a global healthcare recruitment and managed services business which operates in the United Kingdom and five other countries.

Environmental services company – enterprise bargaining agreements

Advising in relation to the company’s enterprise bargaining strategy for the renewal of its various enterprise agreements on a national basis. This included successfully defending an application for a scope order by the CFMEU and advising in connection with foreshadowed good faith bargaining orders. All new enterprise agreements in each State were entered into on terms acceptable to the business with no industrial disruption.

Client Testimonials

“Our company is a subsidiary of a US Listed Corporation, and employs over 300 people here in Melbourne.

Macpherson Kelley were one of our law firms we used at the time I joined the company, and we have subsequently moved to a position where Macpherson Kelley are our sole provider of legal services in Australia. The success is based on not only meeting my entire portfolio of legal needs, but ensuring that in-house Corporate Counsel in the US is equally satisfied.

They have truly become our business partners and are completely integrated with our leadership team and staff. I cannot recommend the firm more highly.”

Carl Bizon, (former) President and Managing Director – TriMas Corporation Pty Ltd

“We were introduced to Macpherson Kelley over 10 years ago…Since then, we have dealt with them on acquisitions, breach of trademark, litigation, leasing, a whole range of employment issues from contracts to terminations and everything in between.

It’s great to have a bunch of Lawyers who you feel entirely comfortable picking up the phone and asking any business related question. There always seems to be someone within Macpherson Kelley who can help guide us.”

John Toouli, Managing Director – Bolle Australia Pty Ltd

“Macpherson Kelley was recommended to us by a colleague in Hong Kong and it did not take long to know we were in safe hands.

Macpherson Kelley have helped us from start to finish with the acquisition of Eliza Park International and navigating the Australian legal framework and Australian commercial expectations and customs of that transaction in very tight timelines. Without their help and support, the acquisition may not have completed. Their focus on getting good commercial outcomes was critical in making sure we were dealing with the key matters.

Since the acquisition we have used Macpherson Kelley for all of our Australian legal needs and view them as a partner in our business and an important piece in its ongoing success.”

Alvin Lui, CEO – Eliza Park International Pty Ltd


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Our Team

Ralph Praeger Principal - Property

Stephen Hughes Principal – Workplace Relations


Head office: Dandenong, Victoria, Australia Melbourne & Dandenong, Victoria Sydney, NSW and Brisbane, QLD

Ralph Praeger, Principal – Real Estate
+61 7 3235 0439

Stephen Hughes, Principal – Workplace Relations
+61 7 3235 0469
Contact via CGA (Andrea Gottschalk)

Tel: +86 10 6505 8370