ABOUT US

More Emphasis On What Matters.

We started this firm with a very defined goal: to achieve the best possible outcome for you, our clients. That means pinpoint focus on your business goals and a dedication to going on the journey with you.

Our first step is to provide and understand your environment and commercial objectives. We provide direct, concise and commercial advice that is easily understood and to the point. Our specialist industry understanding, years of experience and innovative problem-solving approach provides us with the capacity to offer highly tailored solutions that meet your requirements. We focus on the things we do best and we help you to do the same.

The next step is to establish cost certainty for your business in these challenging market conditions. GrilloHiggins achieves this by placing greater emphasis on value pricing and risk sharing arrangements rather than traditional time-based billing.

Finally, we see our solutions through to completion. We take pride in seeing your goals achieved. If obstacles arise, we are prepared with solutions to ensure that you get to where you want to go. We also provide you with the updates, support and information that matter to you.

In the words of our founding partners, Alfonso Grillo and Garrick Higgins:

Feedback from our existing network has been overwhelmingly positive about our business model. Clients are becoming increasingly sophisticated in the manner in which they engage legal services. They expect cost certainty, ease of access to key legal decision makers, a commercial approach to advice and in many cases a willingness for their lawyers to share risk and have some skin in the game. The traditional law firm structure and cost of overheads limits most firms from being able to work within this model which can end up at the expense of their clients.

We recognised that fundamental changes were occurring in the legal industry and this together with ever increasing expectations of clients provided us with a unique opportunity to start a firm with a blank canvas that could be designed to adapt to clients and their needs.

Our founding partners are joined by an experienced and capable team including Senior Associates, Tony Petani and Adam Goldner. This team works closely, collaboratively and communicatively to ensure that every aspect of your work is dealt with professionally and cost-effectively.

As a client of this boutique firm you will benefit from a team that is as invested in your business as you are.

OUR PEOPLE

Alfonso Grillo

Phone: (03) 8621 8881

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Areas of Work

  • Equity Capital Markets
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Corporate Structuring
  • Corporate Governance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Energy & Resources
  • Due Diligence Assessments

Short Intro

Alfonso Grillo has had extensive experience in various aspects of commercial law. Alfonso was also selected for inclusion in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2009/10, 2010/11, 2012/13 and 2013/2014) for Corporate/M&A and has been mentioned for his M&A expertise in the 2014 IFLR1000 Guide for financial and corporate firms. He is also listed in the Best Lawyers of Australia 2019 Edition for Equity Capital Markets.

About Me

Alfonso is an avid Hawthorn supporter who enjoys running and keeping fit. Alfonso has also completed various trail runs and marathons.

Board Positions

Alfonso is a Director of ASX listed resources company, Nagambie Resources Limited.

Garrick Higgins

Phone: (03) 8621 8880

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Areas of work

  • Equity Capital Markets
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Capital Raising
  • Project Finance
  • Energy & Resources
  • Joint Ventures & Structuring
  • Corporate Governance

Short Intro

Garrick Higgins practices in corporate and securities law. He also has an extensive general corporate practice having been a commercial lawyer for more than 30 years. Garrick was also selected for inclusion in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2009/10 and 2010/11) for Energy and Resources and (2012/13) for Corporate M/A.

About me

Garrick’s interests include watching dancing and show jumping competitions, travel, sailing and sport generally.

Board Positions

Garrick currently holds a board position as Director of Escala Partners Limited.

Tony Petani

Phone: (03) 8621 8882

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Areas of Work

  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Corporate Structuring
  • General Commercial Advice
  • Corporate Governance & Compliance
  • Intellectual Property Licencing and Enforcement
  • Trademarks
  • Defamation

Short Intro

Tony advises on a range of matters relating to corporate and commercial law and intellectual property law. Whilst Tony has broad commercial understanding, he has particularly assisted clients in the fields of Information and Communication Technology, Media and Entertainment, Health and Finance.

About Me

Tony is a movie buff and loves a good trivia night. He enjoys running and playing indoor soccer and is a proud and passionate support of the Liverpool Football Club and the West Coast Eagles.

Positions

Tony is currently a director of the Australian Film Institute and Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AFI/AACTA)

Adam Goldner

Phone: (03) 8621 8884

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Areas of Work

  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Business Structuring & Restructuring
  • Corporate Governance
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Regulatory Compliance

Short Intro

Adam advises on a range of corporate and commercial law areas with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, company structuring and restructuring, corporate governance, commercial transactions and regulatory compliance. He has worked with multi-nationals, professional service firms, listed companies, incorporated associations, family-owned businesses and not-for-profits.

Adam has spent time working in Tanzania and has a unique insight into the African legal system and business as well as valuable on-the-ground experience.

About Me

Adam is a long suffering Melbourne supporter who enjoys food, hiking, fly fishing and keeping fit.

Board Positions

Committee member of the Australia Africa Chamber of Commerce.

Significant Work

Adam’s experience before joining GrilloHiggins includes:

  • Various acquisitions and dispositions of large aged care and retirement village portfolios with a value of up to $270m
  • Acting for a patent attorney firm in relation to its listing on the ASX
  • Acting for an ASX listed healthcare provider on strategic business acquisitions
  • Providing restructuring advice to a national accounting firm
  • Acting for a church on the merger and consolidation of 22 agencies, including health care services operations
  • Due diligence on a large (24,000 plus employees) security and emergency response business operating in 8 African countries
  • Advising a global video-sharing website in relation establishing business in Tanzania
  • Secondment to a large aged care provider
  • Drafting and negotiating commercial agreements for clients operating in a range of industries, including manufacturing, retail, health/care services, waste management and professional services

Genesis Soong

Phone: (03) 8621 8883

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Areas of Work

  • Equity Capital Markets
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • ASX Listing Rules
  • Debt finance transactions including Secured Loans & Working Capital
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  • Corporate Governance & Compliance
  • General Commercial Advice

Short Intro

Genesis is a qualified practitioner in Australia and in Malaysia. Her practice focuses on equity capital markets transactions, ASX compliance, debt finance, shareholders & joint venture arrangements, corporate law, and general commercial law.

Genesis regularly advises public and private companies from a broad range of industries including mining & exploration, retail, financial services, manufacturing, technology, and building & construction.

Genesis is fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Malay.

About Me

Genesis’ interests include traveling, pilates and fitness generally.

Significant Work

Advised top 200 ASX-listed technology company in relation to its multi-currency debt finance facility.

Paul Collins

Phone: (03) 8621 8879

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Areas of Work

  • Equity Capital Markets
  • Debt Capital Markets
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Corporate Governance & Compliance
  • Regulated Financial Services & Compliance

Short Intro

Paul advises on a range of matters relating to corporate and commercial law, with a specific focus on regulation and compliance. Paul has considerable regulatory experience in the corporate finance space, including the review of takeovers, schemes of arrangement, IPOs, secondary capital raisings, traditional and non-traditional rights issues, note issues, and bank hybrid issues. Paul also has significant compliance experience within the regulated financial services space, the consumer credit space, and corporate governance and directors’ duties.

About Me

In his spare time Paul enjoys socialising with friends, reading philosophy, the occasional round of golf and watching sports.

Significant Work

Notable highlights in Paul’s regulatory experience have included the review and ongoing monitoring of large scale bank hybrid issues, a $1.6 billion hostile takeover of an ASX listed entity and a PAITREO style accelerated rights issue to raise over $1 billion.

Harry Pratt

Phone: (03) 8621 8885

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Areas of Work

  • Equity Capital Markets
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Corporate Structuring
  • General Commercial Advice
  • Corporate Governance & Compliance

Short Intro

Harry was admitted to practice in Victoria in June 2016, and has worked in a wide range of commercial transactions and company secretarial support for corporations in a variety of industries including mining and resources, telecommunications, whisky, and information technology. Harry has worked on a number of capital raisings, initial public offerings and takeovers, as well as in regulatory compliance and on commercial matters such as share and assets sales.

About Me

Harry spends his free time pursuing his passion as guitarist and vocalist for punk rock band Spectral Fires. Harry is an avid supporter of the Melbourne Football Club, and in addition to watching the Demons, enjoys playing social football, going to the gym, and dining out.

Significant Work

  • Freehill Mining Limited – IPO and admission to ASX.
  • Laguna Gold Limited – acquisition of El Toqui mine assets in Chile.
  • Australian Whisky Holdings Limited – acquisition of Nant whisky business and assets.
  • Heemskirk Consolidated Limited – takeover of Heemskirk Consolidated by Canadian arm of Taurus Resources.
  • Freehill Mining Limited – worked on 2017/18 convertible note fund raising.