Believe.

When business people believe, they do amazing things. We give our clients the confidence to do so. We want them to fly.

Our Firm

We are business law specialists focused on the smaller end of town – Queensland based SME, private and family companies only. We help business people start, grow and exit businesses and resolve business disputes. Kafrouni Lawyers is not for public listed companies or companies where our relationship will not be with the founders or majority shareholders personally. We also won’t get on with companies that don’t want to play fair in business or with the people they deal with.

You’ll love Kafrouni Lawyers if:

  • Your current lawyer does not “get” you or your business, only does the basics, is reactive, isn’t up with technology or doesn’t respond quickly.
  • Your current business lawyer is great, but charges an arm and a leg or is always palming your work off to the junior staff (and sometimes many of them);
  • You want a business and company law specialist that gets smaller businesses;
  • You want a law firm that will talk to you in plain English, do what they say they will do and return your calls.
  • You want a lawyer who will tell you upfront what it will cost, before you are charged a cent – so you can budget for what you need or decide upfront it’s not for you.
  • You’ve been sued or have had to sue someone and want a firm that will help you proactively address legal risks before they cause you problems.
  • You want a lawyer that will come to you.
  • You want a lawyer that will roll up his sleeves and get down into the trenches with you.

Since 1999, we’ve helped many business owners on their journey. We’re recognised for it.

Kafrouni Lawyers will help you successfully:

  • Start a business;
  • Grow a business;
  • Exit a business;
  • Manage your legal risks;
  • Comply with the law;
  • Negotiate and draft contracts;
  • Resolve contract disputes or shareholder disputes;
  • Go about your business with confidence.

By using Kafrouni Lawyers you will benefit from our:

  • Support – we will be standing right behind you, all the way.
  • Knowledge and experience we’ll help you capitalise on opportunities or avoid risks that you may not see. We’ve been around for 15 years and have seen a thing or two. We’ll help you stay on the right path and not go down the wrong one.
  • Collaboration – we appreciate the law is only a small piece of a big puzzle. We collaborate with your other professional advisors.
  • Networks – law is only one need of a small company. We know good accountants, financial advisors, management consultants, migration agents, insurance brokers, business brokers, venture capitalists, incubators and will share them with you.
  • Mentoring – knowledge is power. We want you to understand what we do and why we do it. We do not work in a vacuum and your company will be better for it.
  • LawCare risk management programme – our award winning risk management programme.

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LawCare ® – Our Award Winning Risk Management Program

We are the creators of LawCare. LawCare helps business owners to proactively manage their legal risks and obligations in a holistic way. We develop an intimate understanding of your business, and together, we plan a framework for managing foreseeable risk managment strategies going forward.

The benefit to you of risk management is that we largely remove the associated cost, stress and distraction of your needing to instruct us on a reactive basis, allowing you to focus on what’s important – your own business success.

Testimonials

Alistair Roberts

“I have huge amounts of respect and trust for Kafrouni Lawyers and I promote them to anyone who is dedicated to their business. Kafrouni Lawyers have assisted me with company structure, shareholder agreements, employment agreements, intellectual property and regular advice to provide protection and a solid foundation for my business. I simply wouldn’t go to anyone else and I look forward to working with Joe and Rob for many years to come”

News & Publications

Australian Company Law – Small Business Guide

  The laws applying to Australian companies are substantial and complex. The key to Australian company law is the  Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), as amended from time to time. It is a delight that a recent amendment created a “plain English” guide to company...

A Practical Legal Guide to Starting a Business

This Guide is designed for use by business people and professional advisers when starting a business. The purpose of the Guide is to explain some of the key issues, specific risks and the potential for getting things wrong and some opportunities where professional...

A Practical Legal Guide to Buying A Business

This Guide is designed for use by buyers of businesses, business brokers and professional advisers when buying a business. The purpose of the Guide is to explain some of the key issues, specific risks and the potential for getting things wrong and some opportunities...

AIBB Guide – Vendor Finance and Business Sales

The popularity of vendor finance is often cyclical. In tougher economic times, like the current state of the economy, when banks are limiting lending to business buyers, vendor financing becomes a viable if not a key selling point for a business sale. This Guide by...

Build Your Business To Sell

Owners of growing businesses should build to sell, whether they intend to or not. They must see their business through the eyes of a potential buyer; warts and all. A potential buyer (i.e. their professional advisors) will lock onto risks and opportunities to determine the question: what is this business worth to us?

Having time to manage those risks and take those opportunities will create a more valuable business. Even if the business owner decides to hold on to the business, they will have a better business as a result. This, in itself, is often the reward.

But if they do actually intend to sell, the reality is that no business owner knows when it will actually happen. It may take months, and more likely years, to maximise value this way. Life is unpredictable. Buyers appear out of the blue with an offer too good to refuse. An anticipated buyer at the anticipated time can pull out unexpectedly for many genuine reasons. When a business owner builds to sell, they will at least be ready to get the best outcome on exit, whenever it may be, and avoid leaving money on the table.

But how is this done? To start with, business owners engage their accountant and lawyer to conduct a vendor due diligence (“VDD”). These advisors will scrutinise the business; just like the potential buyer’s solicitor and accountant will. The business owner will receive a VDD report highlighting the risks and opportunities identified and recommendations on how to address them. Now the business owner sees the business through the eyes of the buyer. The business owner will then have time to do something about the issues raised.

Later, the advisors provide a final report confirming what has or has not been done. Armed with these reports, a business owner can be confident that they are ready and have maximised value. They can also provide these reports to a potential buyer. This is likely to ease the buyer’s due diligence requirements and the significant impact on the business owner (i.e. time and money). It could also mean the difference between a sale or not. A loss of momentum caused by due diligence or a potential buyer’s frustration from a business owner disorganisation can bring things to an abrupt end. Business owner, don’t let that happen to you.

Author

Joe Kafrouni
Legal Practitioner Director
Kafrouni Lawyers

Disclaimer

The information provided by Kafrouni Lawyers is intended to provide general information and is not legal advice or a substitute for it. Business people should always consult their own legal advisors to discuss their particular circumstances. Kafrouni Lawyers makes no warranties or representations regarding the information and exclude any liability which may arise as a result of the use of this information. This information is the copyright of Kafrouni Lawyers.

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Due Diligence. The Best Investment

Some aspects of a business are more valuable than others. There are some aspects that you simply can’t live without. For example, whilst an owner of a café can easily replace a coffee machine if it fails, it may not be as easy to replace the taste of their particular coffee blend, which their particular clients are fond of, if they have a fall out with their supplier. Similarly, to replace the barista whom the customers share a quick laugh with every morning when they grab their daily dose might also be problematic. As a result, buyers need to ensure that the key aspects of the business are sound when they are buying a business. They need to make sure they are getting value for money. read more…

JV Agreements – What you should know

A joint venture agreement applies when two or more parties come together to do business as one entity. The parties each contribute equity, resources and other skills to the venture and they share the control, expenses and profit of the venture. read more…

Leadership

Our firm is led by Joe Kafrouni, with over twenty years' experience in law. Joe is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in business law. “I am driven to help my clients achieve.

Expertise

We are business law specialists focused on the smaller end of town - SME, private and family companies only. We help business people start, buy, grow and exit businesses and solve business disputes.

Where We See Our Clients

  • Level 36 Riparian Plaza
  • 71 Eagle Street,
  • Brisbane Qld 4000
  • Phone: +61 7 3121 3177
  • Email: [email protected]

Our office is only one option – we are not attached to it. Here is how we regularly meet our clients. Don’t be afraid to tell us what suits you.

Kafrouni Lawyers

Kafrouni Lawyers Level 36 Riparian Plaza 71 Eagle Street, Brisbane, Qld 4000 Phone (07) 3121 3177 Fax: (07) 3121 3157