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Finlaysons Wine (Off) Roadshow 28

Across 2 days and this year free of charge

Fortifying your Business
Building Resilience by Learning from 2020

Registrations are now open

Register for Session 1: 16 September 2020 2:30pm - 4:00pm (CST)

Register for Session 2: 17 September 2020 2:30pm - 4:00pm (CST)

 

It has been a horrible year for the Australian wine sector.  We started with a devastating drought, were then hit by bushfires and the smoke taint impacts of those fires and then along came a Coronavirus and finally some serious geopolitical tensions affecting one of our major export markets.  The industry is renowned for its resilience, but have we ever been tested like this?

The important thing is that we learn from these experiences.  Disasters will come again, probably when we least expect it.  Next time, we should be better prepared.

Much has been written and spoken about crisis management in recent times, but not much of that has delved deeply into how to manage your employees at the moment disaster strikes or on the finer points of insurance law that have critical financial impacts.  Nor do many of the commentators know what is really happening in Australia’s key wine export markets.  Finally, what have we learnt at an industry level to make the Australian wine sector even more resilient?

Sadly, for the first time in 28 years, Finlaysons will not be visiting Australia’s leading wine regions, to impart their wine law knowledge, in person.  However, the show must go on!  Please join Finlaysons’ workplace, insurance and commercial lawyers, and the CEO’s of Wine Australia and Australian Grape & Wine, for a webinar that tackles these issues.

Attend Finlaysons’ Wine (Off) Roadshow 28 with a view to “fortifying your business.”

Hear from the following speakers

Andreas Clark, Chief Executive Officer, Wine Australia

Topic: The state of the sector and of our key export markets

Andreas has led Wine Australia since its inception on 1 July 2014. Prior to that, he held a number of senior management roles with the former Wine Australia Corporation. Before joining the wine sector, Andreas served as a diplomat with the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade in Canberra and Brunei, and has also worked as a lawyer in private practice and in-house with an ASX-listed company.

He holds a Master of Laws from the Australian National University and Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from Flinders University and is admitted to practice in South Australia. He has also completed a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia and the Authentic Leadership Program at Harvard University.


Will Taylor, Wine Partner, Finlaysons

Topic: Protecting yourself contractually against the effects of a disaster

Will leads Finlaysons’ Wine Group.  His practice has, for well over 25 years now, been focused virtually solely on the wine industry.  He has extensive experience acting for large and small participants in the wine industry, in relation to joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, business structures, capital raising, succession planning and their general commercial activities such as entering into supply, processing and distribution contracts.  Much of Will’s work in the last 12 months has related to the effects of natural disaster.


Ralph Bönig, Insurance & Litigation Special Counsel, Finlaysons

Topic: Catastrophes: the Aftermath (insurance, Royal Commission, inquiries etc) Part 1

Ralph is part of the highly distinguished Insurance and Dispute Resolution & Litigation teams at Finlaysons. He specialises in risk management, dispute resolution and claims.  His client base is diverse and includes corporate entities, individuals, wineries, insurers and a variety of Government departments and instrumentalities.

He has acted in many high-profile matters including Royal Commissions, Parliamentary inquiries, Commissions of Inquiry and inquests  and is acutely aware of the impact that catastrophic events  can have on your wine business.  His sympathetic, considered and pragmatic approach aims to protect his clients’ reputation at all times and achieve cost effective outcomes, which is particularly important to the wine sector.


Q&A

Ralph Bönig, Insurance & Litigation Special Counsel, Finlaysons

Topic: Catastrophes: the Aftermath (insurance, Royal Commission, inquiries etc) Part 2

Ralph is part of the highly distinguished Insurance and Dispute Resolution & Litigation teams at Finlaysons. He specialises in risk management, dispute resolution and claims.  His client base is diverse and includes corporate entities, individuals, wineries, insurers and a variety of Government departments and instrumentalities.

He has acted in many high-profile matters including Royal Commissions, Parliamentary inquiries, Commissions of Inquiry and inquests  and is acutely aware of the impact that catastrophic events  can have on your wine business.  His sympathetic, considered and pragmatic approach aims to protect his clients’ reputation at all times and achieve cost effective outcomes, which is particularly important to the wine sector.


Will Snow, Employment and Workplace Safety Partner, Finlaysons

Topic: Managing employees in the event of a disaster

Will is recognised as the go-to IR and employment lawyer for the Australian wine industry. He advises on managing workforce and union disputes and how a wine business should respond, investigate and deal with reputational and legal risks arising from employee and contractor issues.

He has deep knowledge of the industry and its opportunities and challenges, enabling him to give wine industry clients rapid and clear advice that cuts through the legal complexity.

He tailors his advice across employment contracts, policies and dismissal considerations and for the largest and smallest wine businesses throughout the country.


Tony Battaglene, Chief Executive, Australian Grape & Wine

Topic: What have we learnt at an industry level?

Tony joined Australian Grape & Wine (formerly Winemakers’ Federation of Australia) in 1999, to drive strategy for the sector, developing and implementing a comprehensive market access strategy, overseeing biosecurity, research and development and industry policy and strategy. He has developed key networks with competitors and other industries to further the interests of the Australian wine sector.

This has brought international recognition of his activities and provided opportunities with trade negotiations and international representative roles in the OECD and APEC. He has also played a key strategic role in restructuring the Australian wine sector, with the creation of Wine Australia and Australian Grape & Wine, both through merger of pre‑existing entities.


Q&A

If you have a question, that fits within the overall theme of the webinar, that you would like addressed by the panellists, please email it to us here and we will pass it to the panel.  The panel cannot guarantee that they will have time to answer all questions, but will cover as many as they can, that are “on topic”, within the available timeframe.

 

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