Accounting Principles You Need to Know to Become an Effective Commercial Lawyer (On Demand)

Recorded Seminar 2 CPD Hrs
At your desk or on your portable device


Understanding accounting principles and financial statements is vital in effectively advising on M&A mandates. This On Demand seminar provides both legal and accounting insights that will assist you in identifying key risk areas for due diligence and better understanding the different purchase price mechanisms, completion adjustments and deferred purchase price considerations.

Learning Outcomes

  • Get to grips with valuation principles and practice.
  • Gain a better understanding about determining the key risk areas in order to be able to ask the right questions for due diligence.
  • Understand the nature and rationale for completion, completion adjustments and effective dispute mechanisms.
  • Learn about the meaning and use of deferred consideration and earnouts.

Who should view?

Commercial lawyers at all levels who wish to upskill and/or receive a refresher, and general practitioners who do commercial work.


Tom Logan
Senior Associate
Minter Ellison Rudd Watts

Tom returned to Minter Ellison Rudd Watts in 2014 after five years in the UK, practicing in the private equity team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and holding senior in-house legal positions.

Tom has expertise in private and public M&A, both domestic and international, and has acted for a range of corporate, private equity, and investment fund clients on acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and restructurings.

Tom has developed experience advising organisations at a range of sizes and lifecycles on commercial contracts.

Simon Peacocke
BDO Auckland

Simon is a BDO Partner and National Head of Corporate Finance based in the Auckland City office. He became a Partner in 2005 and had previously worked in Corporate Finance in Auckland and London. He advises companies on both the buy-side and sell-side of transactions, performing due diligence, valuation, advising on MBO’s and Private Equity transactions, IPO’s, arranging debt and equity funding and running sale processes. He provides advice on a range of matters during transactions including accounting and financial aspects of the legal documentation to assist legal advisors. He has acted as an independent expert in completion adjustment disputes.


Andrew Lewis
Andrew Lewis Law