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Corporate & Commercial Law

Uncomplicated, Expert Advice.

The Hitch team understand what its means to be in business and are well versed on all areas of Corporate and Commercial Law. We take the time to understand your business, your industry and proactively advise you on legal issues and risks.

Corporate & 
Commercial Law

Corporate and Commercial Law

Our Business is to support Your Business

Hitch Advisory provides a full suite of services across all areas of Corporate and Commercial Law for businesses of all sizes, industries and growth phases. With specialist expertise in the Retail and Franchising, Pharmaceutical, Childcare, Hospitality, Manufacturing, Health and Technology sectors.

Commercial Agreements

Hitch Advisory are experts at drafting and negotiating all commercial contracts, across a variety of industries, including Supply and Procurement, Service Agreements, IT and SaaS Agreements, Shareholder and Ownership Agreements, Intellectual Property and Licensing, Banking, Lending and Finance Agreements, Hire and Purchase Agreements, Sale and Acquisition Contracts and more.
Commercial Agreements

Ownership and Structuring

From simple family business structures to complex asset protection strategies, Hitch Advisory are experts at implementing tailored business structures. Adept at negotiating both simple and complex Shareholders, Partnership, Trust and Joint Venture Agreements, Hitch ensure your business structure and documentation are fit for purpose.
Ownership and Structuring

Retail Law

The Hitch Advisory team are industry experts in Retail Law, including Competition and Consumer Law, branding, supply contracts, award compliance and general strategic advice.
Retail Law

Compliance and Governance

The Hitch Advisory team can advise on all areas of Corporate and Business Law compliance, including Corporations Act obligations, restructures and reorganisations, board procedures and the creation and implementation of governance documents, policies, procedures and risk assessments.
Compliance and Governance

Capital Raising and Employee Equity

Whether you’re raising capital, rewarding performance or securing key talent, we can develop equity solutions that suit your business.
Capital Raising and Employee Equity

Intellectual Property

Hitch Advisory are skilled at developing strategies to protect your intellectual property. With specific expertise in Trade Marks, IP Licensing, IP Ownership Structures, Design Registration, IP infringement and social media/internet law, the Hitch team can help you navigate the complex area of intellectual property both within Australia and in key overseas markets.
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Pharmacy

Corporate and Commercial Services

Commercial Agreements

Hitch Advisory are experts at drafting and negotiating all commercial contracts, across a variety of industries, including Supply and Procurement, Service Agreements, IT and SaaS Agreements, Shareholder and Ownership Agreements, Intellectual Property and Licensing, Banking, Lending and Finance Agreements, Hire and Purchase Agreements, Sale and Acquisition Contracts and more.

Ownership and Structuring

From simple family business structures to complex asset protection strategies, Hitch Advisory are experts at implementing tailored business structures. Adept at negotiating both simple and complex Shareholders, Partnership, Trust and Joint Venture Agreements, Hitch ensure your business structure and documentation are fit for purpose.

Retail Law

The Hitch Advisory team are industry experts in Retail Law, including Competition and Consumer Law, branding, supply contracts, award compliance and general strategic advice.

Compliance and Governance

The Hitch Advisory team can advise on all areas of Corporate and Business Law compliance, including Corporations Act obligations, restructures and reorganisations, board procedures and the creation and implementation of governance documents, policies, procedures and risk assessments.

Capital Raising and Employee Equity

Whether you’re raising capital, rewarding performance or securing key talent, we can develop equity solutions that suit your business.

Intellectual Property

Hitch Advisory are skilled at developing strategies to protect your intellectual property. With specific expertise in Trade Marks, IP Licensing, IP Ownership Structures, Design Registration, IP infringement and social media/internet law, the Hitch team can help you navigate the complex area of intellectual property both within Australia and in key overseas markets.

Recent Corporate and Commercial Law Activity

  • Kids Club

    Advising the vendor on the interdependent sale of 18 Kids Club Early Childhood Learning Centres to Affinity Group.

    Childcare
    Mergers and Acquisitions
  • BodyScience

    Acting for the founders of BodyScience on general legal matters including their ultimate sale to listed Humble Group, listed in Stockholm.

    Competition and Consumer Law
    Corporate and Commercial Law
    Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Cotton On Group

    Advising the Cotton On Group on various commercial legal matters, employment law and providing in-house secondment support.

    Corporate and Commercial Law
    Retail and Franchising
  • Foodco Group

    Ongoing legal advice to the Foodco Group of companies, including inhouse legal support, Franchising Law, Dispute Resolution and Leasing.

    Competition and Consumer Law
    Corporate and Commercial Law
    Dispute Resolution
    Property and Leasing
    Retail and Franchising
  • Gunlake Quarries and Concrete Group

    Advising the Gunlake Quarries and Concrete Group on various commercial legal matters including banking and financing.

    Corporate and Commercial Law
  • Guzman y Gomez

    Ongoing legal advice to Guzman y Gomez, including inhouse legal support, Franchising Law and general Corporate and Commercial advice.  

    Competition and Consumer Law
    Corporate and Commercial Law
    Retail and Franchising
  • LVLY

    Acting for the founders of LVLY from startup phase through to their exit to Limitless Technology for $35M+. LVLY is Australia’s leading online flower and gifting platform.  

    Corporate and Commercial Law
    Mergers and Acquisitions

Key Clients

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Meet Us

  • Nick Hitchens

    Nick Hitchens

    Principal

    Nick Hitchens

    Principals

    Nick Hitchens

    Principal

    BIOGRAPHY

    Nick Hitchens is the Founder and Managing Principal of Hitch Advisory.

    He is an expert in business structuring, mergers and  acquisitions and employee equity solutions.

    Nick founded Hitch Advisory to ensure legal advice is proactive, practical and precise. He believes that lawyers should facilitate and add value to personal and business relationships.

    Nick is now responsible for growing and managing the Hitch Advisory team.

    He makes time to ensure that client relationships are maintained and clients are achieving their goals with the assistance of the Hitch team.

    In his spare time, Nick enjoys spending time with his two daughters, travelling, running, Muay Thai and anything ocean related.

  • Paul Henry

    Paul Henry

    Principal

    Paul Henry

    Principals

    Paul Henry

    Principal

    BIOGRAPHY

    Paul Henry leads the Hitch Advisory Mergers and Acquisitions team.  He has circa 15 years’ of corporate and commercial experience advising clients across a variety of industries and deal sizes.  His transaction highlights include acting for Kids Club in the sale of 18 of its childcare centres to Affinity Education Group, acting for the founders of BodyScience on their sale to Humble Group, and for Link in the acquisition of PEXA by a consortium comprising Link, CBA and Morgan Stanley Infrastructure.  

     Paul also has an Executive MBA (AGSM) and experience working in-house (Qantas and Metcash) so he prides himself on understanding each business he works with to ensure that advice is both legally sound and commercially pragmatic. 

    Away from work, Paul can usually be found playing soccer or running around with his kids.

  • Joel Marshall

    Joel Marshall

    Principal

    Joel Marshall

    Principals

    Joel Marshall

    Principal

    BIOGRAPHY

    Joel Marshall leads the Hitch Advisory Franchising team at Hitch Advisory.

    Having commenced his practice in New Zealand, Joel is well versed in assisting businesses with international expansion, structuring and strategic business advice. 

    In his down time Joel likes surfing, fishing and exploring the great outdoors.

  • Lazar Krstic

    Lazar Krstic

    Principal

    Lazar Krstic

    Principals

    Lazar Krstic

    Principal

    BIOGRAPHY

    Lazar Krstic is a Principal in our Corporate and Commercial Law team. Lazar advises and acts on a range of matters, with a keen focus on mergers and acquisitions, childcare and retail law.

     Lazar also leads the Hitch Advisory Employment Law team and advises and acts on behalf of our clients on contentious and non-contentions matters in that area.

     In his downtime, you will find Lazar training Muay Thai, waking up in the wee hours to watch his beloved Chelsea FC or travelling the world.

  • Hayley Hewitt

    Hayley Hewitt

    Special Counsel

    Hayley Hewitt

    Principals

    Hayley Hewitt

    Special Counsel

    BIOGRAPHY

    Hayley Hewitt leads the Hitch Advisory Property team.   She acts for a diverse client base in a range of industries, including advising Australia’s largest travel retailers, childcare operators, and property developers.

    Hayley has extensive experience advising clients in a range of commercial transactions and is an expert in property related transactions including the sale and purchase of both residential and commercial properties, development projects, and commercial and retail leasing.

    Hayley prides herself on being practical, down-to-earth, and detail-oriented. She is committed to developing and maintaining strong relationships with her clients to understand and achieve their legal needs.

    Outside of work, Hayley enjoys relaxing at the beach, socialising, and spending time with her young family.

  • Benjamin Tran

    Benjamin Tran

    Senior Associate

    Benjamin Tran

    Principals

    Benjamin Tran

    Senior Associate

    BIOGRAPHY

    Benjamin Tran acts for an extensive range of individuals and corporations across different industries, with a particular focus on childcare.

    In addition to general commercial law, Benjamin is particularly skilled in facilitating complex commercial and property transactions and takes a pragmatic approach when managing client needs.

    In his spare time, Benjamin enjoys traversing around Australia and the rest of the world in search of excellent restaurants and bars and is particularly fond of Japan.

  • Jack Robertson

    Jack Robertson

    Senior Associate

    Jack Robertson

    Principals

    Jack Robertson

    Senior Associate

    BIOGRAPHY

    Jack is a Senior Associate in our Corporate and Commercial team, with a particular focus on healthcare (medical and pharmacy).

    Acting for a range of corporate clients, Jack has particular expertise dealing in healthcare (medical and pharmacy), M&A, and franchising.  

    Jack acts on both healthcare transactions as well as advising on regulatory matters in the healthcare space (e.g. Pharmacy Council applications).

    With extensive experience advising on transactions and general commercial law, Jack’s advice reflects a strong understanding of the commercial needs and realities of his clients.

    Out of the office you will often find Jack scuba diving, camping, and spending time with his family.

  • Joss McCay

    Joss McCay

    Associate

    Joss McCay

    Principals

    Joss McCay

    Associate

    BIOGRAPHY

    Joss is an Associate on the Hitch Advisory Property team who specialises in acquisitions and disposals, retail leasing, property development and property-related disputes. With a keen understanding of the diverse needs of his clientele, ranging from property trusts to some of Australia’s largest retailers, Joss is dedicated to providing clear, concise and timely legal advice.

    Joss is particularly adept at advising clients with real estate portfolios across multiple states and territories. His in-depth knowledge of the legal landscape in various states and territories allows him to provide comprehensive guidance that aligns with the nuanced requirements of his client’s diverse portfolios.

    Outside of work, you’ll find Joss freediving, ocean swimming, and generally taking advantage of all the incredible beaches that Sydney has to offer.

  • Mariah Jammal

    Mariah Jammal

    Associate

    Mariah Jammal

    Principals

    Mariah Jammal

    Associate

    BIOGRAPHY

    Mariah is a dynamic Associate in the Corporate and Commercial team at Hitch Advisory dedicated to assisting clients with all of their commercial needs.

    Mariah has a particularly keen interest in navigating the intricate landscapes of mergers and acquisitions and stands out for her enthusiasm, dedication and insight which extends across various sectors, with an emphasis on catering to the intricate needs of pharmacy and healthcare clients.

    Mariah has acted on a variety of commercial transactions with deal values of up to $40M+ and provides ongoing legal advice to businesses that range from small enterprises to international retailers.

    Beyond her professional commitments, you will usually find Mariah exploring new restaurants and bars with family and friends.

  • Marnie Preece

    Marnie Preece

    Lawyer

    Marnie Preece

    Principals

    Marnie Preece

    Lawyer

    BIOGRAPHY

    Marnie is a lawyer in the Corporate and Commercial team and assists in commercial disputes, terms of trade, corporate structuring, commercial leasing and general contractual matters. 

    Marnie has a particular interest in franchising and works with franchisors across various industries to assist with their ongoing legal needs. In particular she has assisted leading businesses clients such as Guzman y Gomez, Toni & Guy, Zeus Street Greek and Anytime Fitness with a broad range of franchising issues and disputes.

    Marnie takes a pragmatic approach to commercial matters and strives to achieve the best possible outcome for clients.

    In her spare time Marnie likes to knit and walk her greyhound, Peach.

  • Ruby Jackson

    Ruby Jackson

    Lawyer

    Ruby Jackson

    Principals

    Ruby Jackson

    Lawyer

    BIOGRAPHY

    Ruby is a highly motivated, junior lawyer who works across both our litigation and general commercial team. Ruby’s main areas of practice encompass litigation, Wills and Estates and employment law.

    Ruby is delivery-focused and detail oriented, providing a broad variety of clients with clear and effective advice.

    Outside of the office, Ruby is a keen football player and enjoys skiing with her family.

  • Caitlin Whalan

    Caitlin Whalan

    Associate

    Caitlin Whalan

    Principals

    Caitlin Whalan

    Associate

    BIOGRAPHY

    Caitlin is an Associate in the Hitch Advisory Property team. Caitlin brings a wealth of experience in various property-related transactions with a keen focus on commercial and retail leasing, the sale and purchase of residential and commercial properties, off-the-plan development projects and other general property related matters.

    In particular, Caitlin has assisted some of Australia’s leading retailers such as Muffin Break, Jamaica Blue, Zeus Street Greek, Anytime Fitness and CUE with a range of leasing matters. From navigating complex deals involving major retailers to facilitating seamless residential transactions, Caitlin consistently delivers excellence that speaks for itself. Her collaborative and practical approach ensures that clients receive comprehensive and timely legal support tailored to their needs.

    Outside the office, Caitlin indulges in her passion for discovering Sydney’s hidden coffee gems, enjoying quality time with loved ones, and staying active with coastal walks (typically with an iced latte in hand) and Pilates.

  • Nikola Radovic

    Nikola Radovic

    Associate

    Nikola Radovic

    Principals

    Nikola Radovic

    Associate

    BIOGRAPHY

    Nikola is an Associate in the Corporate and Commercial team, offering a general and comprehensive skill set spanning across mergers & acquisitions, commercial disputes, intellectual property, employment law, and general contractual matters.

    Nikola boasts a versatile and comprehensive skill set that encompasses various facets of legal practice. His expertise extends across mergers and acquisitions, where he navigates the complexities of corporate transactions with precision and acumen.

    Nikola brings together a range of skills to navigate various legal challenges. Whether it’s working on mergers and acquisitions, resolving commercial disputes, protecting intellectual property, managing employment disputes and issues, or handling general contracts, Nikola strives to provide comprehensive solutions. Nikola aims to provide clients with practical and well-rounded legal support in the diverse aspects of their business dealings.

    Beyond the confines of the office, Nikola finds solace in activities such as weightlifting, boxing, and strumming a few tunes on the guitar.

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