Agribusiness Valuations Australia has practised throughout Australasia on specialist assignments for major corporations, financial institutions, legal firms, private entities and government.
The following is a brief summary of the client base Sam Paton has developed.
Valuations and agricultural economic pre-lending reviews for most major banks including Westpac, Rabobank, Commonwealth & NAB.
Barristers & Solicitors
One major facet of the practice has traditionally included litigation support services in legal disputes. More recently, this includes working in the role of a single expert appointed by both solicitors in a family law settlement process.
Other legal clients have included:
DLA Piper, Freehills, Clayton Utz, Taussig Cherrie, Gadens, Russell Kennedy, Mills Oakley, Nedovic & Co, Tehan, George & Co.
Sam Paton is also a recognised expert witness in land acquisition matters involving rural property.
Sam Paton’s major accountancy clients include KPMG, Deloitte, Ernst & Young and McGrathNicol. Sam provides expertise to these firms across a range of disciplines, including valuations, taxation disputes involving ATO rulings, corporate tax compliance under international accounting standards and quantity surveying of depreciable allowances in property transactions. Sam Paton also assists court appointed auditors in legal disputes.
One notable case of such an assignment was the valuation of shares in the high profile Tipperary Station, comprising some 2 million acres across the top end of the Northern Territory.
Sam Paton has maintained longstanding relationships with both listed and private corporations such as Lion Nathan and De Bortoli Wines (wine sector asset assessment).
Sam Paton has traditionally supplied specialised consultancy services to insurance companies involving loss assessment, claims under public liability policies and advice regarding very specific areas of underwriting (such as tree and garden loss).
Sam has been involved in the property pre-purchase appraisal for investors in Australian primary production assets. Often these investors may be based off-shore and are looking to take advantage of opportunities to tax effectively acquire Australian farm holdings. The advice will typically be a combination of asset valuations and enterprise profitability analysis.
Sam Paton has periodically been called upon by Senate Select Committees and politicians across the spectrum to provide advice and feedback on the impacts of government legislation in the farm sector.
A notable example of this was Sam Paton’s regular contact with the previous Costello treasury officials regarding the shortcomings and consequences of the Howard Government’s Managed Investment Schemes.
Sam has also worked with other divisions of government including the Victorian State Government Solicitor’s Office and the Transport Accident Commission in cases involving loss and damages in the farm sector.