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What SPAC sponsors can learn from college football

February 8, 2023

They say the day you sign a client is the day you start losing them. Two great examples of this truism of recruiting are found in coaching a college football team and sponsoring a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) deal. What sports fans see on the field is just a tiny fraction of the effort…

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Is it easier to enforce patents in China or in the US?

January 26, 2023

A lot of our clients look at me sideways when I tell them China has become a good place for foreign companies to enforce their patents. I often go further and point out that, in some ways, China’s enforcement potential is now better than in the US. Generally, most people assume China’s intellectual property courts…

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Q3 2022 M&A Activity – Food and Beverage

December 21, 2022

This quarterly report summarises the M&A (“mergers and acquisition”) trends in the Food & Beverage sector across Australia, New Zealand and the US for the 12 months between Q3-2021 to Q3-2022. Click here to view the report: Q3 2022 Food and Beverage M&A Update    

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Terroir: The ultimate blend of tangible and intangible

December 21, 2022

By Kevin Mays Like a fine wine, every company is bursting with unique qualities once you get past the labels and sniff out its intangible assets. In the world of winegrowers, the flavor and value of wine are distinguished by the French term “terroir,” which refers to how a region’s climate, soil and terrain affect…

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Data isn’t the New Oil: It’s always been valuable

December 20, 2022

By Bryce Turner You’ve probably heard of Clubcard, the world’s first serious loyalty programme. But you probably haven’t heard of Clive Humby, the British mathematician who launched it. Humby is a smart guy. He was shoulder-tapped in 1995 by supermarket chain Tesco to help build its loyalty card programme. Humby’s efforts revealed such deep insights…

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FIFA’s brand bottleneck is becoming a huge risk

December 7, 2022

By Ben Lenihan and Joel Hanrahan When a brand has had zero competition for 30 years, it can make strange decisions. Back in May the football governing body FIFA and the gaming studio EA Sports announced they would be parting ways and no longer creating fresh versions of the enormously popular football game franchise “FIFA.”…

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NZ has fallen behind its peer nations. Here’s why

December 5, 2022

By Paul Adams Landing in Singapore last month, after two years of enforced Covid exile, was a stark reminder of just how far New Zealand has slipped behind its peers in the region. Unfortunately, the roots of New Zealand’s under-performance failures go back decades and can’t all be blamed on the pandemic. Is it fair…

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Digital Darwinism: Using Intangible Assets to measure digital transformation

November 29, 2022

By Richard Teo If your company has been spending inordinate amounts of money and time desperately upgrading its technology suite, don’t worry, you’re not alone. While Covid-19 stalked the earth, the normally calm marathon of “digital transformation” projects quickly turned into a sprint as companies tried to survive the rapidly changing market conditions. The global…

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Calm down, Chicken Little – New IP laws won’t punish creativity

November 25, 2022

By Caitlin Burnett and Ben Lenihan Last week, we met with a client who was anxious to learn if the rumours about a change to the Commerce Act were about to ruin their market position. Apparently, they heard from other lawyers that the removal of exceptions for intellectual property (IP) rights in the Act would…

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Get wise on data or Medibank could happen to you

November 18, 2022

By Joel Hanrahan In a series of dark web blog posts, the REvil cybercrime gang this month began leaking thousands of private records stolen from Australia’s largest private health insurer Medibank. The data dump was the result of Medibank’s refusal to pay a ransom demanded by the gang last month when 9.7 million of its…

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