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Michael McDonald

Founder & Managing Partner


+61 3 9620 9660
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I am a leading intellectual property and commercial lawyer who helps local entrepreneurs, established businesses and international operators position for growth, shelter from risk and structure for longevity.

As a successful owner and operator of local and international businesses for over 35 years, I understand the commitment required to build and maintain momentum as companies and markets become increasingly complex and competitive.

My significant personal experience in global expansion, cross-border, and multi-jurisdictional transactions as a business owner, Chairman and director has built a unique and invaluable skillset that I deliver to my clients.

I provide commercially driven legal as well as operational advice to high-tech startups, mid-cap companies, private-public joint ventures, and many of Australia’s prominent corporate leaders, institutions and industry bodies.

As an insightful business operator and advisor, I work in partnership with clients to ensure that their strategic objectives, from startup to maturity, inform my every perspective. I take an active role in developing and expanding clients’ businesses, with a particular focus on offshore protection, intellectual property commercialisation, and pre-sale restructures.

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Areas of Practice

  • Intellectual Property
  • Commercial
  • Cross-Border Expansion and Investment

Recent Matters

  • Advising on intellectual property protection strategies in Australia and to enable global expansion including registration and licensing arrangements.
  • Advising on Federal and Supreme Court intellectual property disputes, misleading and deceptive conduct disputes, and shareholder oppression disputes.
  • Advising international award-winning Australian designer of hotels and resorts on local and global expansion strategies.
  • Advising one of three recognised professional bodies for accountants in Australia on foreign market joint venture agreements.
  • Advising global fuel analytics and field technologies business on implementation of global licensing strategies to drive technology internationally.
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