Sally Bates

Sally Bates

Managing Associate

(02) 4038 1620
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Sally is a highly accomplished legal associate with experience across corporate, commercial, and regulatory practice areas. She specialises in advising start-ups and venture capital funds.

Building trusted relationships with her clients, Sally provides technical, considered advice, and delivers exceptional commercial outcomes and services, adding value to her clients’ operations, and the Morrissey law team.

Sally has vast experience in advising and establishing venture capital funds, in particular, early-stage venture capital limited partnerships (ESVCLPs).

She particularly enjoys helping emerging businesses navigate the often complex legal world around them, from the conception of an idea through to, and including, raising external funds. Having worked with some of Australia’s most prominent venture capital funds, Sally has the ability to provide start-ups with holistic, and realistic, advice.

She also has a wealth of general corporate expertise, having spent 7 years in the corporate and regulatory legal teams of a professional services firm. This experience exposed her to experts in different technical fields, allowing her to consider the needs of her clients beyond purely legal.

A few of Sally’s many highlights include:

  • Advising on and drafting documentation necessary to obtain unconditional registration of multiple ESVCLPs.
  • Drafting investment plans and complex documentation to reflect arrangements between partners of an ESVCLP.
  • * Acting for emerging companies seeking to raise external funding, including an emerging software company and a security company.
  • ** Advising on corporate compliance and corporate register rectification for a leading meat wholesaler.
  • Advising on, drafting, and negotiating shareholders agreements, including for an international carpark group.
  • Acting for companies in the sale of businesses, assets, and shares, including the sale of the majority ownership in a domestic beverage company and the purchase of multiple companies by a private investment organisation.
  • Advising clients on trust structures, documentation, and succession planning issues, including for a family-owned property company.
  • Advising clients, predominantly venture capital funds, on Australian Financial Services Licence obligations including advice on eligibility and applications.
  • Advising multiple businesses on their anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing programs, including a fintech joint venture between three major banks.

Sally is a netball fanatic and will play until her knees give out. She also enjoys cooking, reading, and all things funny (funny books, stand-up, comedy movies).

Trivia Night:

My specialty topic is 90s music and my go to pub meal/beer style/cocktail/wine is a light summer beer. Really enjoying Balter’s Captain Sensible at the moment!