Michael Hinchcliffe Michael Hinchcliffe

Michael Hinchcliffe

Senior Associate Corporate & Commercial | Brisbane
07 3231 0436 mhinchcliffe@mcw.com.au Download vCard

Prior to joining the legal profession, Michael complemented his studies in Law and Banking and Finance with experience as corporate tax adviser with Ernst & Young. Michael’s past experiences uniquely place him to understand revenue matters affecting his clients in pursuing their commercial objectives.


Michael works with a variety of clients including high net worth individuals and family groups, primary producers, property developers, corporates, accountants, insolvency practitioners, financial planners and other professionals. He prides himself on the close relationships he has formed with other professional advisers in delivering strong and beneficial outcomes for mutual clients.

Michael provides reliable, focused advice and is committed to obtaining the best results for his clients.

Michael's Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Business (Economics and Banking and Finance), Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Laws, Queensland University of Technology
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland

Michael's Expertise

  • Transactional tax - direct and indirect taxes
  • M&A transactions
  • Corporate and commercial advisory
  • Project financing
  • Corporate governance

Michael's Leadership

  • Member, The Tax Institute
  • Member, Queensland Law Society

Michael's Recent Experience

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

Transactional tax

Work Undertaken

Michael provides the firm’s clients with transactional tax advice to assist with structuring and compliance issues. Michael’s recent experience includes advising agricultural producers on use of roll-overs and transfer duty concessions and exemptions, considering the state and federal tax consequences on the restructure of a family group and assisting parties to business sales transactions determine whether the supplies are GST Free.

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

M&A transactions

Work Undertaken

Michael advises on the planning and implementation of M&A transactions. This includes advising on appropriate structures for sale or purchase, due diligence issues, financing issues and appropriate warranties and indemnities. Recently, Michael has acted on the sale of an aviation training provider to a syndicate of international investors.

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

Corporate and commercial advisory

Work Undertaken

Michael advises the firm’s clients on a broad range of corporate and commercial issues, including regulatory compliance for capital raising and the application of the Personal Property Securities Act.

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

Project financing

Work Undertaken

Michael advises lenders and borrowers on debt and equity structures for project financing. This includes preparation of security documents and securities and advising on the securities involved.

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

Corporate governance

Work Undertaken

Michael advises closely held private groups in respect of securityholder issues. This includes documenting governance agreements and advising on disputes between securityholders and director’s duties.

Michael's recent publications

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  1. PPSA and PPSR – 7 years on and the regime is still causing headaches for business

    12 Mar 2019

    While it may have seemed like an ordinary day for most, 30 January 2019 marked a significant milestone for many commercial and insolvency lawyers, being 7 years since the Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) went live. The 7th anniversary of the...

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  2. GST withholding regime - what you need to know

    05 Dec 2018

    Sellers and buyers of ‘new residential premises’ and ‘potential residential land’ must be aware of their obligations under the new GST withholding rules. These changes came into effect on 1 July 2018 and brought new and additional...

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  3. Reducing the compliance burden for proprietary companies

    29 Nov 2018

    Welcome news for many companies required by law to prepare and lodge with ASIC audited financials, or who are relying on class order or discretionary relief. On 16 November 2018, the Government announced plans to increase the relevant thresholds for...

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