Sam is a partner in Cooper Grace Ward’s corporate and commercial advisory team.

Sam has developed a broad range of experience working as a lawyer in Australia and the United Kingdom, and as a board director, general counsel and CEO.

Sam has specialised expertise in the sports, wagering / gaming, technology, real estate and aviation industries, with extensive experience in drafting and negotiating high value contracts, and working with clients to identify legal and commercial solutions that bring value to their business.

Drawing on his broad business experience, Sam is regarded as a strategic business adviser to many of our clients’ boards and senior management teams, helping them to grow, assess opportunities and protect their businesses.

Sam has practical experience in dealing with regulators and government agencies, and has acted for a wide range of clients including the State Government, sporting bodies, technology companies, local government agencies, banks, airlines, developers and property funds on commercial law matters.

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Corporate and commercial

  • Providing strategic and legal advice to boards on legal issues affecting businesses.
  • Drafting and negotiating broadcast rights agreements.
  • Drafting and negotiating wagering agreements (including developing race information fee structures and the conditions that apply to wagering operators).
  • Developing sports integrity structures.
  • Providing corporate governance training and advice.
  • Responding to government initiated inquiries.
  • Drafting licensing schemes and organisational policies.
  • Developing risk identification and management strategies.
  • Undertaking due diligence investigations and providing advice for merger and acquisition transactions.

Technology

  • Cyber security
  • Advising businesses on data breach protocols and privacy law requirements
  • Providing advice about the implications under Australian law for initial coin offerings
  • Preparing and providing advice on initial coin offering documentation

Real estate

  • Drafting transaction documentation for the sale or leasing of property.
  • Advising on property development structures.
  • Undertaking due diligence investigations and providing advice for real estate transactions.
  • Advising on land resumption matters.

Aviation and project finance

  • Drafting transaction documentation for the sale, leasing or financing of aircraft.
  • Acting for banks and aircraft owning entities on aircraft securitisation transactions.
  • Undertaking due diligence investigations for the sale or purchase of airline businesses, infrastructure and major assets.

Bachelor of Laws (Honours) – Griffith University

Bachelor of Commerce (Accountancy, Banking and Finance) – Griffith University

Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice – Griffith University

Solicitor – Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia

Solicitor – England and Wales

Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors