Foreign Investment into Australia

Foreign Investment into Australia

Foreign Investment into Australia

Australia is an exceptional place to do business. Our strong economy, skilled and multilingual workforce, competitive tax structure and stable political environment make us an ideal location for foreign investment.

Corrs is firmly focused on creating opportunities for our clients in a rapidly changing business landscape. Corrs’ Foreign Investment Team provides an integrated solution to those looking to invest in Australia, including entry point investment structures, tax efficiency, human capital management, intellectual property protection and mitigation and management of revenue risks. Our team provides simple, smart and seamless solutions tailored to meet your particular business needs and objectives.

Our Foreign Investment Team includes former Australian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, Dr Geoff Raby; former Australian Ambassador to Japan, Mr Peter Grey; and, our CEO John Denton, a recognised expert on global regulatory and international trade issues.  

In a world where relationships and connections are more important than ever, our team has the proven performance to make the deal happen. Click here to talk to a member of our team.

Our Thinking

We’re all in this together: some of us more than others

Hamburg shines further light on the divide in global politics.

More

Corrs High Vis: Episode 11 – Doing Business with Asia (Part Two: China)

Corrs High Vis is a series of podcasts, offering insight and analysis into the Australian construction industry.

More

Corrs High Vis: Episode 11 – Doing Business with Asia (Part One)

Corrs High Vis is a series of podcasts, offering insight and analysis into the Australian construction industry.

More

10 ways Japanese investors can enhance Australia’s transport sector

Corrs was a guest of the Embassy of Japan at the Second Japan-Australia Infrastructure Networking Meeting in Canberra in 2017. So, where can Japanese investors add value?

More

M&A Year in Review 2016

Our latest M&A Year in Review highlights five key considerations ranging from pre-bid strategy during these uncertain times, through to the tactics necessary to edge deals over the line.

More

Institutional investors and the Queensland resources sector: a new challenge to clean exit

Why institutional investors in Queensland could face serious issues when they realise their investment on a clean-exit basis

More

Doing Business in Australia

Australia is an exceptional place in which to do business. Find out how we can help you develop your business in Australia.

More Download

Delivering Impact for the Asia Pacific: Challenges for Trade and Investment

On 21 October 2016, Corrs Partner and CEO John W.H. Denton AO participated in a panel discussion at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Conference, Asia-Pacific: Transforming the Future. John is also the First Vice Chairman of the ICC.

More

Corrs CEO and ICC First Vice Chairman John W. H. Denton AO addresses B20 Summit in Hangzhou, China

Corrs CEO John Denton this week reinforced the importance of the international business community playing a part in shaping the G20 agenda ahead of the 2016 summit in Hangzhou.

More

Leaving nothing to the imagination

Discriminatory practices are outpacing liberalisation efforts by more than two-to-one around the globe. As world leaders gather for g20 in Hangzhou, Corrs CEO John Denton asks what role can business play in this landscape?

More

Doubling Australia’s trade with China will take a bold approach

Corrs CEO John Denton says this week’s Partnership for Change Report can maximise opportunities between Australia and China for the long term.

More

A stable Japan: Our largest source of productive investment in 2015

In 2015, Japan was the largest source of foreign direct investment into Australia - exceeding flows from the US, Europe and China. And a stable Japan will remain a crucial economic partner for Australia.

More

Protectionism on the rise as trade growth slows

As Australia grapples with the outcome of this weekend’s Federal election, it is worth considering how we continue to advocate for multilateral trade agreements and counter arguments against trade that threaten to take some ascendancy in our polity.

More

Hung or hung out to dry? What fewer than 76 seats could mean for Australian business

How would a minority government address the key issues for business? Ask Corrs CEO John Denton and Partner Andrew Lumsden.

More

Breaking Brexit Down: So what happens now? (VIDEO)

Corrs’ Breaking Brexit Down video series considers how the UK’s momentous decision will affect your business. Over the coming weeks we’ll bring you insight from Corrs Partners who’ll examine diverse areas ranging from international arbitration throug

More

Australia has to compete in the race for foreign investment

CEO John Denton's opinion piece on why Australia must compete to secure more foreign investment in today’s Financial Review

More

So what does Brexit really mean for Australia?

One thing seems certain following Brexit: economic uncertainty. But how long will it last and how will Australia be affected? Corrs’ CEO John Denton, Senior Adviser, International Business Engagement Peter Grey and Special Counsel James Shirbin consi

More

Plenty in reserve: Tapping into Iran’s true potential

With Federal Government lifting most sanctions against Iran, what does the country offer Australian business? Corrs partners Alan Churley and David Yates explore a nation which boasts the world’s largest gas reserves.

More

Growing Bilateral trade with China 一带一路

As China’s economic policy has evolved, Australia has constantly managed to keep pace. But are existing policy mechanisms sufficient to support Beijing’s latest transition?

More

Trump, Brexit and Protectionism: Navigating cross-border disputes and international arbitration in a more connected world

The rise in global protectionism will lead to more disputes in an increasingly connected world. As trust is eroded, businesses must adopt active mitigation strategies to navigate the risks of global trade and commerce.

More

The Brexit Vote: Potential implications for Australian businesses

This month’s referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership to the European Union – and the prospect it raises of a British exit (or “Brexit”) from the EU – has understandably attracted much attention worldwide.

More

Why trade matters: If jade is not carved, it doesn’t turn into jewellery 笑一笑,十年少

The powerful opportunities presented by Australia’s trade agreements.

More

The reports of coal’s death have been greatly exaggerated

Energy & Resources Partner Bruce Adkins discusses how the death of coal has been greatly exaggerated. Recent transactions in the Australian coal sector demonstrate that quality Australian coal assets continue to be in demand.

More

Will the year of the fire monkey burn corporate Australia’s ambitions in 2016?

Our key predictions on what Australia can expect from the Chinese year of the fire monkey.

More

It’s time to make good on the innovation nation and welcome foreign investment in agriculture

Treasury issued its report on Thursday 18 February 2016 - “Foreign Investment into Australia”.

More

Year of the Monkey – Riding the third wave

In 2015 China’s outbound M&A volume increased for the sixth consecutive year to a record high of $111.9 billion in 2015, breaching the $100 billion mark for the first time ever.

More

The challenge of building Australia’s gateway to the Indo-Pacific

The development of Northern Australia is attracting renewed investor interest and government support. What are the key challenges to developing Australia’s northern frontier?

More

The North's time has come: Why Business should be looking at Northern Australia for new opportunities

Food security concerns in Asia and the Middle East will drive demand for what the north can produce.

More

Dual listing of NZSX companies on ASX - Kiwi reforms may not fly

A technical snag may discourage NZX companies from taking advantage of ASX’s new dual listing rules.

More

Investing in the Australian mining industry: A focus on coal and iron ore

Australia is a country with vast mineral wealth. This fact, coupled with its stable political, legal and economic environment, a highly skilled workforce, and a welcoming attitude to foreign investment, makes Australia a favoured destination.

More Download

China’s One Belt One Road - A new opportunity for Australian expertise

Australia’s strengths in delivering large projects are clearly aligned with China’s new infrastructure vision.

More

The Treasurer is right to have pushed for Australia to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

There is a clear connection between infrastructure and trade opportunities for Australia.

More

Modernising the foreign investment regime - Conditional approvals and enforceable undertakings

The ability to attach conditions to foreign investment approvals has been highly successful in Australia, but the policy needs changing so that it can be better enforced.

More

From Facebook friends to tomorrow’s leaders: Understanding the impact of demographic change in Asia

A new generation of Asian leaders is presenting opportunities to Australian businesses.

More

Connectedness: The key to unlocking Asia?

There is more than one strategy for dealing and engaging with Asia.

More

Changes to the foreign investment framework

Will Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board’s new penalty and fee regime affect Australia’s attractiveness to foreign investors?

More

Australia's M&A market 2015 - Ten trends that are shaping the market

Conditions seem ripe for M&A in 2015. So, what’s driving the market and how can bidders and targets improve their prospects for deal success?

More

Free trade with China - What does this mean for Australian services firms?

Unprecedented market access to China puts Aussie businesses at a significant competitive advantage.

More

Is Australia still attractive to Chinese investors?

China’s investment appetite is changing, away from a focus on resources. What does this mean for Australia?

More

China’s hope to see the stars - CHAFTA the platform for collaboration

Under the Dome is a prime opportunity for Australian/Chinese collaboration and Australian business prospects.

More

M&A Review: 2014 mid-year update

As we pass the first half of the calendar year, we have checked in on the state of the public M&A market and here are our top ten findings.

More

Investing in the Australian petroleum industry

The Australian resources sector is moving into a new era, with the future of the industry marked by major emerging opportunities in the petroleum industry.

More Download

Australia’s infrastructure deficit and China’s investment appetite: The perfect match?

China can and should be as an important investor in Australian infrastructure.

More

Boost in Chinese buyers is good news for Australian companies, but understanding the drivers for this is key

There have been more Chinese bidders in the public M&A market in the last three months than for the whole of 2013.

More

POE investors - Travelling a thousand miles in one day

2014 looks to be the year Chinese privately-owned investors will emerge as a force in cross border M&A.

More

The new Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement is an open door for Korean investors, but not in agriculture

KAFTA is a clear signal Australia is open for business.

More

First you get the money

Recent announcements by the Chinese government confirm the importance of private Chinese investors to Australia.

More

Will disclosure rules about production targets drive junior resource companies out of Australia?

They're in a catch 22 when it comes to disclosure of production targets and prospective financial information.

More

State-owned enterprises offer vast opportunities…but some governments just don’t get it

While suspicion and fear is driving some governments’ responses to SOEs, Australia’s response has been measured.

More

Beyond the hubris - Why foreign investment matters

Foreign direct investment into Australia fell by 26% last year. What’s happened to Australia’s golden status as a preferred investment location?

More

Sow a character, reap a destiny

Canada’s new policy on investment by State Owned Enterprises is a timely reminder that there is no monopoly on securing Chinese capital.

More

Of mountains and mole hills: Is an agricultural land register worth the cost?

A register of foreign-owned agricultural land is unwarranted and will do nothing to diminish community concerns.

More

Chinese investment - A new, bolder approach

China’s private investment firms are emerging as a global investment force, but how does their investment approach compare to their state-owned cousins?

More

Is Australia’s foreign investment policy shifting and will state-owned enterprises need approval for every investment they make?

Foreign SOEs may soon need approval to make any investment in Australia - no matter how small.

More

Investing in Africa via Australia - Why it makes sense

Chinese investors are seeking out Australian mining companies with African operations as a simplified way to access Africa’s mineral wealth. Because Australian miners have a valuable asset, too - a good reputation.

More

Food glorious food

The fact is that without foreign investment in Australia’s agriculture sector, we can kiss goodbye the opportunity to become an important food bowl for Asia and the world.

More Download

Green Paper on Australia’s National Food Plan released - Ongoing foreign investment in food and agriculture is critical

On 17 July 2012, the Australian Government released the National Food Plan green paper. The message is clear: Australia needs to seize opportunities in the global food sector and foreign investment is integral to this.

More

What future for Australian manufacturing and why should you care?

Is Australian manufacturing really on a road of no return or is it merely going through a painful reshaping and why does it matter?

More

Foreign direct investment in India

In efforts to promote the competitiveness of India as an investment destination, and to attract increased foreign direct investment, the Government of India has recently eased the country’s FDI procedures.

More

Foreign investment in Australian agriculture - Where to from here?

Foreign investment in Australian agricultural land has become a hot button political issue. But there are a number of different factors at play.

More

High end products are the solution to Australia’s manufacturing woes, not more anti-dumping reforms

The Federal Government’s new legislation to strengthen the anti-dumping system, and Manufacturing Australia’s calls for reform, are misguided.

More

New SASAC rules signal greater transparency and accountability

There has been some suggestion that there is a “crackdown” by Chinese authorities on outbound foreign direct investment (OFDI) by Chinese State-owned Enterprises.

More

Crossing the river by feeling stones - China's internationalisation of the RMB

The currency swap agreement between Australia and China is a positive step forward in our relationship with our largest trading partner. But it’s about more than that…

More

Our Experience

BG Group’s takeover bid for Pure Energy

When global oil and gas giant, BG Group, trumped a bid from Arrow Energy to takeover Queensland coal seam gas producer Pure Energy, rapid and tactical pre-bid manoeuvres were essential to success. While BG Group prepared to spark the hotly-contested bidding war, Corrs assisted with pre-bid stake building.

Corrs then worked with BG Group to obtain a Pure Energy board recommendation and an acceptance announcement from major shareholders, as well as Foreign Investment Review Board approval ahead of statutory timetable. This allowed BG Group to make its unconditional winning $1 billion bid.

More

First Quantum’s acquisition of BHP Billiton’s Ravensthorpe nickel operation

FQM Australia Nickel Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Canadian mining company First Quantum Minerals Ltd, acquired Ravensthorpe Nickel mine in Western Australia from BHP Billiton for US$340 million in 2010. The acquisition was the first in Australia for Canadian owned First Quantum Minerals.

Corrs advised First Quantum on the acquisition, navigating all the relevant regulatory approvals including from the Australian Foreign Investment Review Board and the West Australian Minister for Mines and Petroleum.

The local economy benefited from this injection of funds and more importantly First Quantum’s long-term commitment to realising optimum nickel production with the employment and ancillary opportunities.

More

Largest ever Indian investment in Australia: Adani Group

India’s largest coal importer, Adani Group, turned to Corrs Chambers Westgarth to help it acquire the Carmichael Coal Project in Queensland’s Galilee Basin from Linc Energy, a transaction reported to be the largest-ever investment by an Indian company in the Australian resources sector.

Yanzhou Coal Mining Company’s $3.5 billion acquisition of Felix Resources

Yanzhou Coal became the first Chinese state-owned enterprise to acquire 100% of an Australian listed company through the A$3.5 billion acquisition of Felix Resources.

The deal featured an innovative undertaking whereby Yanzhou Coal would list Yancoal Australia on the Australian Securities Exchange by no later than the end of 2012, thereby guaranteeing public ownership.

Corrs advised Yanzhou Coal on what was the biggest ever Chinese deal in the Australian coal sector at the time.

The implementation of the transaction involved managing disclosures on three key stock exchanges - ASX, Shanghai and Hong Kong. A tight timeframe of only four months was met, even though all documents had to be translated and there were significant language and cultural differences that the team had to overcome.

More

Our Experts

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Alan Churley

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Andrew Chew

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Andrew Lumsden

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Brad Robinson

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Bruce Adkins

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Christian Owen

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Clare Corke

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Michael Chaaya

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Our Experience

BG Group’s takeover bid for Pure Energy

When global oil and gas giant, BG Group, trumped a bid from Arrow Energy to takeover Queensland coal seam gas producer Pure Energy, rapid and tactical pre-bid manoeuvres were essential to success. While BG Group prepared to spark the hotly-contested bidding war, Corrs assisted with pre-bid stake building.

Corrs then worked with BG Group to obtain a Pure Energy board recommendation and an acceptance announcement from major shareholders, as well as Foreign Investment Review Board approval ahead of statutory timetable. This allowed BG Group to make its unconditional winning $1 billion bid.

First Quantum’s acquisition of BHP Billiton’s Ravensthorpe nickel operation

FQM Australia Nickel Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Canadian mining company First Quantum Minerals Ltd, acquired Ravensthorpe Nickel mine in Western Australia from BHP Billiton for US$340 million in 2010. The acquisition was the first in Australia for Canadian owned First Quantum Minerals.

Corrs advised First Quantum on the acquisition, navigating all the relevant regulatory approvals including from the Australian Foreign Investment Review Board and the West Australian Minister for Mines and Petroleum.

The local economy benefited from this injection of funds and more importantly First Quantum’s long-term commitment to realising optimum nickel production with the employment and ancillary opportunities.

Largest ever Indian investment in Australia: Adani Group

India’s largest coal importer, Adani Group, turned to Corrs Chambers Westgarth to help it acquire the Carmichael Coal Project in Queensland’s Galilee Basin from Linc Energy, a transaction reported to be the largest-ever investment by an Indian company in the Australian resources sector.

Yanzhou Coal Mining Company’s $3.5 billion acquisition of Felix Resources

Yanzhou Coal became the first Chinese state-owned enterprise to acquire 100% of an Australian listed company through the A$3.5 billion acquisition of Felix Resources.

The deal featured an innovative undertaking whereby Yanzhou Coal would list Yancoal Australia on the Australian Securities Exchange by no later than the end of 2012, thereby guaranteeing public ownership.

Corrs advised Yanzhou Coal on what was the biggest ever Chinese deal in the Australian coal sector at the time.

The implementation of the transaction involved managing disclosures on three key stock exchanges - ASX, Shanghai and Hong Kong. A tight timeframe of only four months was met, even though all documents had to be translated and there were significant language and cultural differences that the team had to overcome.

Our Thinking

We’re all in this together: some of us more than others

Hamburg shines further light on the divide in global politics.

Corrs High Vis: Episode 11 – Doing Business with Asia (Part Two: China)

Corrs High Vis is a series of podcasts, offering insight and analysis into the Australian construction industry.

Corrs High Vis: Episode 11 – Doing Business with Asia (Part One)

Corrs High Vis is a series of podcasts, offering insight and analysis into the Australian construction industry.

10 ways Japanese investors can enhance Australia’s transport sector

Corrs was a guest of the Embassy of Japan at the Second Japan-Australia Infrastructure Networking Meeting in Canberra in 2017. So, where can Japanese investors add value?

M&A Year in Review 2016

Our latest M&A Year in Review highlights five key considerations ranging from pre-bid strategy during these uncertain times, through to the tactics necessary to edge deals over the line.

Institutional investors and the Queensland resources sector: a new challenge to clean exit

Why institutional investors in Queensland could face serious issues when they realise their investment on a clean-exit basis

Doing Business in Australia

Australia is an exceptional place in which to do business. Find out how we can help you develop your business in Australia.

Delivering Impact for the Asia Pacific: Challenges for Trade and Investment

On 21 October 2016, Corrs Partner and CEO John W.H. Denton AO participated in a panel discussion at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Conference, Asia-Pacific: Transforming the Future. John is also the First Vice Chairman of the ICC.

Corrs CEO and ICC First Vice Chairman John W. H. Denton AO addresses B20 Summit in Hangzhou, China

Corrs CEO John Denton this week reinforced the importance of the international business community playing a part in shaping the G20 agenda ahead of the 2016 summit in Hangzhou.

Leaving nothing to the imagination

Discriminatory practices are outpacing liberalisation efforts by more than two-to-one around the globe. As world leaders gather for g20 in Hangzhou, Corrs CEO John Denton asks what role can business play in this landscape?

Doubling Australia’s trade with China will take a bold approach

Corrs CEO John Denton says this week’s Partnership for Change Report can maximise opportunities between Australia and China for the long term.

A stable Japan: Our largest source of productive investment in 2015

In 2015, Japan was the largest source of foreign direct investment into Australia - exceeding flows from the US, Europe and China. And a stable Japan will remain a crucial economic partner for Australia.

Protectionism on the rise as trade growth slows

As Australia grapples with the outcome of this weekend’s Federal election, it is worth considering how we continue to advocate for multilateral trade agreements and counter arguments against trade that threaten to take some ascendancy in our polity.

Hung or hung out to dry? What fewer than 76 seats could mean for Australian business

How would a minority government address the key issues for business? Ask Corrs CEO John Denton and Partner Andrew Lumsden.

Breaking Brexit Down: So what happens now? (VIDEO)

Corrs’ Breaking Brexit Down video series considers how the UK’s momentous decision will affect your business. Over the coming weeks we’ll bring you insight from Corrs Partners who’ll examine diverse areas ranging from international arbitration throug

Australia has to compete in the race for foreign investment

CEO John Denton's opinion piece on why Australia must compete to secure more foreign investment in today’s Financial Review

So what does Brexit really mean for Australia?

One thing seems certain following Brexit: economic uncertainty. But how long will it last and how will Australia be affected? Corrs’ CEO John Denton, Senior Adviser, International Business Engagement Peter Grey and Special Counsel James Shirbin consi

Plenty in reserve: Tapping into Iran’s true potential

With Federal Government lifting most sanctions against Iran, what does the country offer Australian business? Corrs partners Alan Churley and David Yates explore a nation which boasts the world’s largest gas reserves.

Growing Bilateral trade with China 一带一路

As China’s economic policy has evolved, Australia has constantly managed to keep pace. But are existing policy mechanisms sufficient to support Beijing’s latest transition?

Trump, Brexit and Protectionism: Navigating cross-border disputes and international arbitration in a more connected world

The rise in global protectionism will lead to more disputes in an increasingly connected world. As trust is eroded, businesses must adopt active mitigation strategies to navigate the risks of global trade and commerce.

The Brexit Vote: Potential implications for Australian businesses

This month’s referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership to the European Union – and the prospect it raises of a British exit (or “Brexit”) from the EU – has understandably attracted much attention worldwide.

Why trade matters: If jade is not carved, it doesn’t turn into jewellery 笑一笑,十年少

The powerful opportunities presented by Australia’s trade agreements.

The reports of coal’s death have been greatly exaggerated

Energy & Resources Partner Bruce Adkins discusses how the death of coal has been greatly exaggerated. Recent transactions in the Australian coal sector demonstrate that quality Australian coal assets continue to be in demand.

Will the year of the fire monkey burn corporate Australia’s ambitions in 2016?

Our key predictions on what Australia can expect from the Chinese year of the fire monkey.

It’s time to make good on the innovation nation and welcome foreign investment in agriculture

Treasury issued its report on Thursday 18 February 2016 - “Foreign Investment into Australia”.

Year of the Monkey – Riding the third wave

In 2015 China’s outbound M&A volume increased for the sixth consecutive year to a record high of $111.9 billion in 2015, breaching the $100 billion mark for the first time ever.

The challenge of building Australia’s gateway to the Indo-Pacific

The development of Northern Australia is attracting renewed investor interest and government support. What are the key challenges to developing Australia’s northern frontier?

The North's time has come: Why Business should be looking at Northern Australia for new opportunities

Food security concerns in Asia and the Middle East will drive demand for what the north can produce.

Dual listing of NZSX companies on ASX - Kiwi reforms may not fly

A technical snag may discourage NZX companies from taking advantage of ASX’s new dual listing rules.

Investing in the Australian mining industry: A focus on coal and iron ore

Australia is a country with vast mineral wealth. This fact, coupled with its stable political, legal and economic environment, a highly skilled workforce, and a welcoming attitude to foreign investment, makes Australia a favoured destination.

China’s One Belt One Road - A new opportunity for Australian expertise

Australia’s strengths in delivering large projects are clearly aligned with China’s new infrastructure vision.

The Treasurer is right to have pushed for Australia to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

There is a clear connection between infrastructure and trade opportunities for Australia.

Modernising the foreign investment regime - Conditional approvals and enforceable undertakings

The ability to attach conditions to foreign investment approvals has been highly successful in Australia, but the policy needs changing so that it can be better enforced.

From Facebook friends to tomorrow’s leaders: Understanding the impact of demographic change in Asia

A new generation of Asian leaders is presenting opportunities to Australian businesses.

Connectedness: The key to unlocking Asia?

There is more than one strategy for dealing and engaging with Asia.

Changes to the foreign investment framework

Will Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board’s new penalty and fee regime affect Australia’s attractiveness to foreign investors?

Australia's M&A market 2015 - Ten trends that are shaping the market

Conditions seem ripe for M&A in 2015. So, what’s driving the market and how can bidders and targets improve their prospects for deal success?

Free trade with China - What does this mean for Australian services firms?

Unprecedented market access to China puts Aussie businesses at a significant competitive advantage.

Is Australia still attractive to Chinese investors?

China’s investment appetite is changing, away from a focus on resources. What does this mean for Australia?

China’s hope to see the stars - CHAFTA the platform for collaboration

Under the Dome is a prime opportunity for Australian/Chinese collaboration and Australian business prospects.

M&A Review: 2014 mid-year update

As we pass the first half of the calendar year, we have checked in on the state of the public M&A market and here are our top ten findings.

Investing in the Australian petroleum industry

The Australian resources sector is moving into a new era, with the future of the industry marked by major emerging opportunities in the petroleum industry.

Australia’s infrastructure deficit and China’s investment appetite: The perfect match?

China can and should be as an important investor in Australian infrastructure.

Boost in Chinese buyers is good news for Australian companies, but understanding the drivers for this is key

There have been more Chinese bidders in the public M&A market in the last three months than for the whole of 2013.

POE investors - Travelling a thousand miles in one day

2014 looks to be the year Chinese privately-owned investors will emerge as a force in cross border M&A.

The new Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement is an open door for Korean investors, but not in agriculture

KAFTA is a clear signal Australia is open for business.

First you get the money

Recent announcements by the Chinese government confirm the importance of private Chinese investors to Australia.

Will disclosure rules about production targets drive junior resource companies out of Australia?

They're in a catch 22 when it comes to disclosure of production targets and prospective financial information.

State-owned enterprises offer vast opportunities…but some governments just don’t get it

While suspicion and fear is driving some governments’ responses to SOEs, Australia’s response has been measured.

Beyond the hubris - Why foreign investment matters

Foreign direct investment into Australia fell by 26% last year. What’s happened to Australia’s golden status as a preferred investment location?

Sow a character, reap a destiny

Canada’s new policy on investment by State Owned Enterprises is a timely reminder that there is no monopoly on securing Chinese capital.

Of mountains and mole hills: Is an agricultural land register worth the cost?

A register of foreign-owned agricultural land is unwarranted and will do nothing to diminish community concerns.

Chinese investment - A new, bolder approach

China’s private investment firms are emerging as a global investment force, but how does their investment approach compare to their state-owned cousins?

Is Australia’s foreign investment policy shifting and will state-owned enterprises need approval for every investment they make?

Foreign SOEs may soon need approval to make any investment in Australia - no matter how small.

Investing in Africa via Australia - Why it makes sense

Chinese investors are seeking out Australian mining companies with African operations as a simplified way to access Africa’s mineral wealth. Because Australian miners have a valuable asset, too - a good reputation.

Food glorious food

The fact is that without foreign investment in Australia’s agriculture sector, we can kiss goodbye the opportunity to become an important food bowl for Asia and the world.

Green Paper on Australia’s National Food Plan released - Ongoing foreign investment in food and agriculture is critical

On 17 July 2012, the Australian Government released the National Food Plan green paper. The message is clear: Australia needs to seize opportunities in the global food sector and foreign investment is integral to this.

What future for Australian manufacturing and why should you care?

Is Australian manufacturing really on a road of no return or is it merely going through a painful reshaping and why does it matter?

Foreign direct investment in India

In efforts to promote the competitiveness of India as an investment destination, and to attract increased foreign direct investment, the Government of India has recently eased the country’s FDI procedures.

Foreign investment in Australian agriculture - Where to from here?

Foreign investment in Australian agricultural land has become a hot button political issue. But there are a number of different factors at play.

High end products are the solution to Australia’s manufacturing woes, not more anti-dumping reforms

The Federal Government’s new legislation to strengthen the anti-dumping system, and Manufacturing Australia’s calls for reform, are misguided.

New SASAC rules signal greater transparency and accountability

There has been some suggestion that there is a “crackdown” by Chinese authorities on outbound foreign direct investment (OFDI) by Chinese State-owned Enterprises.

Crossing the river by feeling stones - China's internationalisation of the RMB

The currency swap agreement between Australia and China is a positive step forward in our relationship with our largest trading partner. But it’s about more than that…

Our Experts

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Alan Churley

Partner Perth +61 8 9460 1660
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Andrew Chew

Partner Sydney +61 2 9210 6607
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Andrew Lumsden

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Brad Robinson

Partner Melbourne +61 3 9672 3550
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Bruce Adkins

Partner Brisbane + 61 7 3228 9431
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