Clea Cole Lawyer

Clea is a lawyer in our Corporate & Commercial team, having joined KHQ as a trainee lawyer in 2015.  She was admitted to practice in mid-2016.  Prior to joining KHQ, Clea worked at the Fair Work Commission as a legal research analyst in the Workplace and Economic Research Section.

Clea has a broad range of experience across:

  • mergers and acquisitions;
  • restructures;
  • fundraising activities;
  • corporate governance;
  • competition and consumer law;
  • financial services and licensing;
  • drafting and negotiating all forms of commercial agreements;
  • compliance advice (including in relation to privacy, food labelling, the Food Standards Code, and country of origin requirements); and
  • trade mark registration and the commercialisation and protection of intellectual property.

Her clients span diverse industries, including technology, energy and resources, financial and professional services, food and beverage, and marketing and advertising.

Clea has a post-graduate Juris Doctor degree, a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) and a Diploma in Modern Languages (Italian) from the University of Melbourne.

Latest News & Insights

Dover Financial – lessons for authorised representatives

Posted By on 25/06/18 at 10:44 AM

By Clea Cole (Lawyer) and Venn King (Special Counsel) Ongoing investigation by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (“ASIC”) into Dover Financial Advisers Pty Ltd (“Dover Financial”, one of Australia’s largest financial planning businesses) has highlighted the risks associated with financial planners becoming authorised representatives under another party’s Australian financial services licence (“AFSL”). An “authorised … Read more

GDPR – impact on Australian businesses

Posted By on 7/06/18 at 9:40 AM

On 25 May 2018, changes to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) came into effect requiring organisations all over the world (including businesses in Australia) to provide a high level of protection to the personal data of individuals in the EU, and allow those individuals to maintain better control over their personal data. … Read more

Director Identification Number to battle phoenixing activities

Posted By on 12/10/17 at 12:24 PM

By Clea Cole (Lawyer) and Darren Sommers (Principal Solicitor) Last month, the Honourable Kelly O’Dwyer MP announced that the Turnbull Government would be introducing new laws in a bid to crack down on illegal phoenixing activities that cost the Australian economy up to an estimated $3.2 billion per year. What are phoenixing activities? “Phoenixing” occurs … Read more

ASB in hot pursuit of Apple Music & Delta Goodrem for reckless advertising

Posted By on 24/07/17 at 9:52 AM

The Advertising Standards Board (“ASB”) has criticised an Apple Music television commercial featuring Australia singer and The Voice judge Delta Goodrem, and determined that it breached prevailing community standards about safe driving. What happened? The ad, broadcast during the finale of The Voice, features Goodrem in the passenger seat of a convertible BMW choosing an … Read more

ASIC publishes consultation papers for guidance on crowd-sourced funding

Posted By on 26/06/17 at 9:19 AM

By Clea Cole (Lawyer) and Kate Landells (Senior Associate) Last Thursday ASIC released two consultation papers which aim to assist: public companies; and crowd-sourced-funding (CSF) intermediaries (being CSF platform operators), to navigate the new CSF regime and their obligations under that regime, which is set to take effect at the end of September this year. … Read more

The 2017 Budget: a win for start-ups!

Posted By on 17/05/17 at 1:57 PM

By Clea Cole (Lawyer) and Kate Landells (Senior Associate) In last Tuesday’s budget papers, the Government committed to making it easier for start-up companies to raise capital by releasing draft legislation to extend the crowd-sourced equity funding regime (CSF) to proprietary companies in the form of the Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced Funding for Proprietary Companies) Bill … Read more