HDY's startup practice provides expert advice and support to startups and investors at each stage of a startup's lifecycle, from establishment, to seed and series A fundraising rounds through to IPO and beyond.

We have the right lawyers with broad expertise and depth of experience to deliver solutions to you with our famous client service and relationships. Startups and investors alike seek out our lawyers to advise on their matters.


Our lawyers are experts in the fields which are vital to ensuring your startup's success and, most importantly, they understand that the needs of startups are varied and distinct from those of traditional businesses.

We advise startups on a comprehensive range of matters including:

  • Establishment
  • Fundraising
  • IP, IT and data protection
  • Tax.


We assist investors in navigating all stages of the investment process, from structuring your investment vehicle through to completion, integration and ultimately beyond to your investment exit.

Our lawyers have a range of experience assisting investors including by advising on:

  • Structuring your investment
  • Transaction/investment documents
  • Due diligence
  • Exits and liquidity events.
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Our Startups Experience

Big 4 Australian Bank

Our client sought to enter into a strategically important arrangement with a New York Stock Exchange listed fintech start-up which provides online loans. We advised our client on all aspects of structuring and documenting the transaction, including drafting the relevant complex documentation for the transaction.

Big 4 Australian Bank

Advising a Big 4 Bank on its legal due diligence and all aspects of negotiating and documenting the establishment of a fintech start up in Australia, the transfer of IP and other assets from the US and our client's investment, including drafting subscription and convertible note documentation and a shareholders agreement to be entered into by multiple shareholders with differing interests.


Acted for Fleet on their $5m Series A fundraising round. This involved negotiating the suite of AVCAL documents with lead investor, Blackbird Ventures, and Grok Ventures.


Acted for a start-up, on its collaboration with, and investment by, ANZ to build and market co-branded content on Honcho (an online platform where customers are able to fast-track their business registrations, and access tools to help their business grow) to facilitate ANZ's business banking services in a seamless online environment.


Voztec is an innovative Australian company that has developed a revolutionary motorcycle helmet that doesn't need a chinstrap. We've assisted Voztec with its capital raising and corporate legal requirements through its development phase and the commercial launch of its helmets in 2017.

Advice Connect

Advising Advice Connect (an independent roboadvice solutions provider) on a range of transaction documents with Ignition Wealth, as a pre-cursor to a series of capital raisings, including advising on an asset sale agreement, source code licence agreement and call option deed.