Exhibit 5.1

 

 

 

Mills Oakley

ABN: 51 493 069 734

 

Our ref: DDSS/JYKS/3479574

 

All correspondence to:

PO Box H316

AUSTRALIA SQUARE NSW 1215

DX 13025 Sydney Market Street

 

Contact

Danny Simmons +61 2 9121 9073

Email: dsimmons@millsoakley.com.au

 

Partner

Danny Simmons +61 2 9121 9073

Email: dsimmons@millsoakley.com.au

19 October 2020
 
 

The Directors

Naked Brand Group Limited

Building 7C, 2 Huntley Street

Alexandria NSW 2015

Australia

 
 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

Dear Sirs

 

Naked Brand Group Limited – Registration Statement

 

1. Our role

 

We have been requested to provide an Australian legal opinion to Naked Brand Group Limited (ACN 619 054 938) (Company) in connection with the Company’s registration statement on Form F-3 (such registration statement as amended or supplemented from time to time) (Registration Statement) filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, relating to:

 

  (a) the proposed offering, issuance and sale, in one or more public offerings by the Company, of up to US$200,000,000 of the Company’s ordinary shares (Ordinary Shares), preference shares (Preference Shares), warrants, debt securities, and units; and
     
  (b) the proposed offering, issuance and sale by the Company of up to US$50,000,000 of the Company’s Ordinary Shares (ATM Ordinary Shares) that may be issued and sold, from time to time, under a sales agreement (Equity Distribution Agreement) with Maxim Group, LLC, acting as the Company’s exclusive sales agent.

 

2. Documents

 

We have examined and relied on copies, drafts or conformed copies of the following documents:

 

  (a) a draft of the Registration Statement (excluding exhibits);
     
  (b) a draft of the Equity Distribution Agreement;
     
  (c) a current company extract obtained as at 7:03am AEST on 19 October 2020, from the records of the Company which are available to the public on a database maintained by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC);

 

 

 
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  (d) the Certificate of Registration dated 11 May 2017, which certifies that the Company is a registered company under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (Corporations Act) and is taken to be registered in the State of New South Wales in Australia;
     
  (e) the Certificate of Registration on Change of Name dated 13 June 2018, which certifies that the Company changed its name to Naked Brand Group Limited on the date of such certificate;
     
  (f) the Constitution of the Company (Constitution);
     
  (g) a special resolution of the sole shareholder of the Company dated 19 June 2018 whereby the Company adopted the Constitution; and
     
  (h) such corporate documents and records of the Company and such other instruments, certificates and documents as we have deemed necessary or appropriate as a basis for the opinions hereinafter expressed.

 

3. Opinion

 

On the basis of the assumptions, qualifications and terms set out in this opinion, we are of the opinion that:

 

  (a) (Incorporation) the Company is a corporation incorporated and existing under the laws of the Commonwealth of Australia, taken to be registered in New South Wales and is capable of suing and being sued in its corporate name;
     
  (b) (Ordinary Shares validly issued) when the Ordinary Shares have been duly authorised by the Company and, are issued, sold and paid for as contemplated in the Registration Statement, the Ordinary Shares will be validly issued and fully paid;
     
  (c) (Preference Shares validly issued) when the Preference Shares have been duly authorised by the Company and, are issued, sold and paid for as contemplated in the Registration Statement, the Preference Shares will be validly issued and fully paid; and
     
  (d) (ATM Ordinary Shares validly issued) when the ATM Ordinary Shares are issued, sold and paid for as contemplated in the Equity Distribution Agreement, the ATM Ordinary Shares will be validly issued and fully paid.

 

4. Assumptions

 

We have assumed without investigation:

 

  (a) the authenticity of all signatures, seals, duty stamps and markings;
     
  (b) the completeness, and conformity to originals, of all non-original or incomplete documents submitted to us;
     
  (c) the rights attaching to the Preference Shares in relation to dividends, repayment of capital, participation in surplus assets and profits, voting, redeemability and convertibility have been validly determined prior to their issue in accordance with the Constitution and the Corporations Act;
     
  (d) the board of directors of the Company will approve the allotment and issue of the Ordinary Shares, Preference Shares and ATM Ordinary Shares in accordance with the Constitution and the Corporations Act and such shares will otherwise be issued in compliance with the Constitution and the Corporations Act;

 

 
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  (e) upon issue, each holder of the Ordinary Shares will have fully paid the amount payable to the Company for their Ordinary Shares;
     
  (f) upon issue, each holder of the Preference Shares will have fully paid the amount payable to the Company for their Preference Shares;
     
  (g) upon issue, each holder of the ATM Ordinary Shares will have fully paid the amount payable to the Company for their ATM Ordinary Shares;
     
  (h) that any document recording the authorisation of the transactions contemplated by the Registration Statement and the Equity Distribution Agreement, including the issue of the Ordinary Shares, Preference Shares and ATM Ordinary Shares, is a true, complete and accurate record of an authorisation which is valid in all respects;
     
  (i) that all authorisations, approvals or licences required under any law (including any Relevant Law (as defined below)) for any party (other than the Company) to enter into or to perform any of its obligations under a transaction contemplated by the Registration Statement and the Equity Distribution Agreement have been obtained, remain valid and subsisting and have been complied with;
     
  (j) that no law or official directive of any jurisdiction, other than a Relevant Jurisdiction (as defined below), affects any of the opinions expressed;
     
  (k) that the implementation of the transactions or matters contemplated by the Registration Statement and the Equity Distribution Agreement will not involve an illegal or improper purpose under any law, including any Relevant Law (as defined below);
     
  (l) upon issue, the Ordinary Shares will be, duly registered, and will continue to be registered, in the Company’s Register of Members;
     
  (m) upon issue, the Preference Shares will be, duly registered, and will continue to be registered, in the Company’s Register of Members;
     
  (n) upon issue, the ATM Ordinary Shares will be, duly registered, and will continue to be registered, in the Company’s Register of Members;
     
  (o) the details revealed by our search of public registers maintained by governmental or other regulatory authorities are true and correct and up to date at the date of our search and have been properly and accurately recorded in those registers by those authorities. We note that ASIC expressly disclaims any liability arising from the use of its service;
     
  (p) that the Registration Statement has not been amended in any material respect to the draft provided to us and that it was duly filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission;
     
  (q) that the Equity Distribution Statement has not been amended in any material respect to the draft provided to us;
     
  (r) insofar as any obligation under any document examined is to be performed in any jurisdiction other than a Relevant Jurisdiction (as defined below), its performance will not be illegal or unenforceable under the law of that jurisdiction; and
     
  (s) that the formalities for execution required by the law of the place of execution of each document examined have or will be complied with.

 

 
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5. Qualifications

 

This opinion is subject to the following qualifications:

 

  (a) this opinion is given only in respect to the laws of the Commonwealth of Australia in force as at 9:00am (AEDT) on the date of this opinion (Relevant Jurisdiction); and
     
  (b) we express no opinion as to:

 

  (i) the laws of any jurisdictions other than the laws of the Relevant Jurisdiction (Relevant Law);
     
  (ii) the implications of any pending or foreshadowed legislative amendment or proposal in the Relevant Jurisdiction;
     
  (iii) factual or commercial matters; or
     
  (iv) taxation, including the effect of any Relevant Laws relating to taxation (including, without limitation, the imposition or payment of any stamp duty in connection with the transactions contemplated in the Registration Statement and the Equity Distribution Agreement).

 

6. Benefit and reliance

 

  (a) This opinion is issued to the Company only for the Company’s sole benefit and may not, without our prior written consent, be:

 

  (i) used or relied on by another person or used or relied upon for any other purpose. We expressly exclude any duty to any person other than the addressee in relation to this opinion, unless otherwise agreed by us in writing;
     
  (ii) transmitted or disclosed to another person, except:

 

  (A) to persons who in the ordinary course of the Company’s business have access to the Company’s papers and records on the basis that they will make no further disclosure;
     
  (B) if required by law or in accordance with an official directive; or
     
  (C) in connection with any litigation in relation to the documents mentioned in this document; or

 

  (iii) filed with a government or other agency or quoted or referred to in a public document.

 

  (b) This opinion is strictly limited to the matters stated in it and does not apply by implication to other matters.
     
  (c) No assumption or qualification in this opinion limits any other assumption or qualification in it.
     
  (d) We have not provided, and are not required to provide, advice on the legal effect of any of the assumptions or qualifications in this opinion. Persons entitled to rely on this opinion should obtain their own legal advice on the effect, completeness and extent of application of those assumptions and qualifications.

 

This opinion is governed by the laws of New South Wales, Australia. We are under, and assume, no obligation to inform you of, or advise you on, any future changes to these or any other laws.

 

 
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We hereby consent to the use of this opinion as an exhibit to the Registration Statement, to the use of our name as your counsel, and to all references made to us in the Registration Statement and in the Prospectuses forming a part thereof. In giving this consent, we do not hereby admit that we are “experts” within the meaning of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 or the rules and regulations of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission promulgated thereunder with respect to any part of the Registration Statement.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

DANIEL SIMMONS

PARTNER