The Sign Up Process

You can sign up to obtain IMF’s funding by completing the online Funding Agreement and Solicitor Retainer in 6 quick steps:

Provide Contact Information
1. Email   2. Contact details
Complete Claim Information
3. Claimant Details   4. Trade Details
Accept Agreements
5. Funding Agreement   6. Lawyer Retainer
  • We recommend you complete the 6 steps in one sitting. However, if you are unable to do so, we will email a link to you so you can continue the process at a later time.
  • Once you have completed the Funding Agreement online, you will be able to access your details at any time via your personal account in IMF's client portal, myIMF.


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Shareholders who acquired Retail Food Group shares in the period from 18 April 2017 to 28 February 2018 (inclusive) are invited to sign-up their claim with IMF. 
Generally, the claim details and Funding Agreement should be completed by the registered holder of the Retail Food Group shares. IMF will, however, accept a Funding Agreement completed and signed by the beneficial owner of the shares if the custodian or nominee company that is the registered owner of those shares is unwilling or unable to complete and sign the Funding Agreement.  
To sign-up online it's a good idea to have your transaction records on hand as you will be asked to provide details of the claimant's purchases, sales (and any other transactions) of Retail Food Group shares in the period from 1 January 2017 to 28 February 2018 (inclusive). Although this is longer than the period for eligibility, there is a possibility that the claim period will be expanded and we are asking you to provide data from 1 January 2017 in order to allow IMF and the Lawyers to assess any additional losses if it becomes appropriate to include these losses in the class action. You will also be asked to provide the name of the person or entity that purchased the shares, and how many shares they held as at close of trade on 31 December 2016 (opening balance). 
The class action is being run on a no win - no fee basis, with all costs fully underwritten by IMF. If you sign a Funding Agreement with IMF, you will not have to pay any fees unless the claims are successfully resolved. IMF will pay the other side's costs if the class action is unsuccessful. 
Phi Finney McDonald are the lawyers conducting the proceedings in the proposed Retail Food Group class action. 
Both IMF's Retail Food Group Shareholder Class Action Funding Agreement and Phi Finney McDonald’s Conditional Legal Costs Agreement are subject to a 21-day cooling off period in which time you may terminate either agreement by following the notice requirements set out in each agreement. You may use this cooling off period to obtain legal advice about the agreements you have entered into if you wish to do so.  
MyIMF is a client portal where you can log in and see details of the IMF funded claims you have signed-up to participate in. You can update your contact details and access information that is related to your claims.  
If the class action proceeds, it could be structured in a number of ways. 

First, the class (that is, the group members) could be limited to only those people who have signed a Funding Agreement. This is known as a "closed" class. 

Alternatively, the class action could proceed on an "open" basis in which all persons who acquired an interest in Retail Food Group shares during the Relevant Period will be included, irrespective of whether they have signed a Funding Agreement or not. 

A third option could see the class action commenced as a "closed class" but later be "opened" by order of the Court, so that shareholders with claims who did not sign a Funding Agreement are permitted to join the class. 

Although the decision is yet to be made, IMF expects the proposed class action will proceed on an "open" basis. 

IMF is asking all current and former Retail Food Group shareholders who acquired an interest in shares in Retail Food Group in the Relevant Period to sign a Funding Agreement. If insufficient people sign a Funding Agreement, IMF may decide not to proceed with funding the proposed class action. There are a number of further reasons why signing a funding agreement should be considered, which IMF set out in the Answers to Questions document which is available once you commence the online sign-up process or you can contact the Client Liaison Team on 1800 016 464 or email [email protected]  to find out more.  
You can email the IMF Client Liaison Team on [email protected] and request more information or free call 1800 016 464.