Koula Politis Senior Associate

Koula is a Senior Associate in our Corporate & Commercial team.  She has extensive experience spanning a range of corporate and commercial matters, with particular expertise in mergers and acquisitions, capital raisings, stakeholder agreements, restructurings and corporate governance. Koula has experience across a broad range of commercial matters with a particular interest in competition and consumer law, including restrictive trade practices, privacy law and GDPR compliance, procurement and technology agreements and the health services sector. Koula also works across our industry focussed Technology and Food & Beverage teams.

Koula’s clients include privately owned businesses, large corporate firms, technology companies and superannuation funds.

Her recent experience includes:

  • Advising Rome2Rio Pty Ltd, a travel planning search engine developer, and its majority shareholders on their sale to a global competitor, Omio, a Berlin-based travel booking platform.
  • Advising a software company in relation to a series of capital raisings by way of convertible notes (debt) and equity raising.
  • Assisting the majority shareholders of a technology business to exit in the face of opposition from minority shareholders, including implementing and carrying out the prescriptive pre-emptive and drag along right procedures in the company’s shareholders’ deed.
  • Assisting a lead manager with its engagements in relation to a number of pre-IPO private placements, including undertaking legal due diligence on the issuers and undertaking a legal review of the placement documentation including subscription agreements and investor presentations.
  • Assisting a privately held Australian pharmaceutical and complementary medicine manufacturer in the sale of 75% of the business with associated intellectual property and licensing agreements to a Hong Kong listed entity.
  • Assisting the purchaser and the licensee (a major financial product provider) in respect of the purchase of financial services businesses within the larger group.
  • Advised an Australian based ASX-listed software company as the target of a takeover by a Canadian listed software company.
  • Acted for a closely held national group in the food and grocery sector in a complicated restructure and merger with a large national retailer/wholesaler.
  • Advised a State-based disability support service provider to advise on implementation of its merger with a national provider of disability services.
  • Advised a privately held health service provider in the sale of a practice to a national corporate chain of health care centres.

Koula holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Communications & Media Studies from Monash University.  She is also involved with the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association as a committee member and former national Secretary.

Latest News & Insights

Thinking of exiting? Check your shareholders agreement

Posted By and on 12/02/20 at 12:09 PM

If you are considering exiting your shareholding in a private company, experience tells us that having a well drafted shareholders’ agreement paves the way for a more certain exit. A shareholders’ agreement is a binding contractual document that regulates the rights and responsibilities of shareholders. But, one size does not fit all! Shareholders’ agreements, like … Read more

Google fined €50m by French personal data regulator

Posted By on 7/02/19 at 4:01 PM

By Adrian Faelli (Lawyer) and Koula Politis (Senior Associate). On 21 January 2019, the French independent data protection agency, CNIL, fined US-based Google €50m (AUD $79.8m) for failing to provide users with transparent information concerning its data processing purposes, storage periods and ad personalisation. This marks the largest fine imposed under the EU’s General Data … Read more

Gluten free(ish): 1 in 40 “gluten free” foods fail to meet Australian standards

Posted By on 28/11/18 at 3:44 PM

By Chrystie Siapkas (Lawyer) and Koula Politis (Senior Associate) A study published earlier this month in the Medical Journal of Australia revealed a concerning truth. Melbourne researchers tested 256 commonly-bought manufactured “gluten free”-labelled products and reported that almost 3% of these products actually contained small amounts of gluten, meaning that these products did not comply … Read more

CoOL challenge to “Australian-made” claims

Posted By on 14/11/18 at 5:06 PM

There’s been a lot of coverage about country of origin labelling (CoOL) rules relating to labelling of food.  But what about complementary healthcare products? Claims about where complementary healthcare products are made or manufactured need to comply with the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).  Of course, compliance with the ACL is in addition to sponsors’ compliance … Read more

Fake honey products – producers in a sticky situation

Posted By on 17/09/18 at 2:41 PM

By Stephanie Koumbarakos (Trainee Lawyer) and Koula Politis (Senior Associate) Australia’s largest honey company, Capilano, is one of the retail brands stung for producing adulterated honey products sold in Australian retail outlets.  The complaints arose after 28 samples of various brands tested by a leading international laboratory were found to contain ingredients other than honey. … 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