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Chris Nikou

Fax +61.3.9205.2055

Mr. Nikou has acted for major Australian and international companies and works closely with his clients, taking the time to understand their businesses and provide them with sound guidance and advice.

Mr. Nikou has acted in numerous merger and acquisition matters from detailed due diligence enquiries, asset and share sale agreements, joint ventures and contract negotiations. He also provides commercial advice on franchising and intellectual property issues and has been involved in expanding a number of Australia’s best known brand names both locally and overseas. He also has considerable experience in the automotive industry having acted for numerous dealers and suppliers.


  • Recognised in Legal 500 Asia Pacific for Corporate and M&A, 2017
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers for Private Equity Law (2014 – 2016), Franchising Law (2013 – 2016) and Intellectual Property Law (2016 - 2016). 
  • Named the Best Lawyers ® 2016 Franchising Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Melbourne.
  • Harvard Business School course in leadership in professional service firms, 2012.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Director, Football Federation Australia (FFA)
  • Melbourne Renegades T20 Cricket Director

Additional Information

  • Buying out your Competitor, 2008
  • "Australia" International Franchising, Centre for International Legal Studies, 2010-2017
  • Representing New York Stock Exchange listed company Wabtec in it its acquisition of Trackside Intelligence and Relay Monitoring Systems.
  • Acting for global engineering company ABB Group on its Australian acquisitions.
  • Acting for Capitol Health Limited on numerous acquisitions including Southern Radiology and Imaging@Olympic Park
  • Representing Japara Healthcare Ltd on M&A transactions including Whelan Health Care and Profke Health.
  • Acting for leading Agribusiness Landmark in numerous JV shareholdings.
  • Representing Kalari Pty Ltd (part of the Swire group) on its acquisition of facilities at Port Hedland.
  • Acting in the sale of Tamar Valley Dairy to Fonterra.
  • Advising United Petroleum on numerous acquisitions.
  • Representing ThyssenKrupp on its acquisition of Australian Maritime Technologies.
  • Acting on the sale of American and Australian technology provider Spatial Info Systems Inc to Synchronoss. 
  • Acting for Advent Private Equity in its acquisition of the UGM Group concerning provision of engineering services to the underground coal mining industry. 
  • Acting for Advent Private Equity in its disposal of TR Rentals.
  • Acting in the sale of Bulk Handling Australia to Hawksbridge Private Equity including preparation of sale agreements, shareholder agreements and subordination deeds. 
  • Acting on acquisitions conducted by Traffic Technologies Limited including the acquisition of Aldridge Traffic Systems. 
  • Acting on the acquisition by Werner Inc of Bailey Ladders.
  • Representing the shareholders of Technika appliances in their 100% sale to Glen Dimplex UK
  • Acting for the Spotless Group in the disposal of businesses.
  • Acting for Nexcen brands on its sale of Athlete's Foot master rights in Australia.
  • Acting on the sale of the Pizza Haven network in New Zealand to Dominos Pizza and in Australia to Eagle Boys Pizza.
  • Advising the Mitre 10 Group on its acquisition of independent hardware chains.
  • Acting for the receivers of the Solar Shop group of companies.
  • Advising on the restructure of the Australian Music Group.
  • Advising Bakers Delight on its franchising operations Australia wide. Also acting on behalf of Bakers Delight in clearing its name in relation to an ACCC investigation.
  • Preparing best practice franchise system documentation for Bing Lee, Godfreys, Red Rooster and Telstra Business Systems as well as advising on intellectual property matters.