Foreign Investment

Johnson Winter & Slattery provides specialist legal advice to foreign clients acquiring, managing or divesting Australian investments.

With our expert knowledge of Australia’s regulatory framework and experience with foreign investment proposals across a wide range of industry sectors we assist international clients with the management of their Australian investments.

We are privileged to be Australian counsel to leading overseas law firms and multinational clients on their Australian transactions and trading activities, as well the management of disputes arising in Australia. Regardless of time zones, our partners and lawyers are available to meet your requirements.

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Australia a guide for foreign investors  

With its relative economic stability, transparent legal and regulatory system, highly skilled workforce, natural resources and close proximity to Asia-Pacific markets, Australia has much to offer foreign investors.

Our partners have a wealth of experience in advising foreign investors across a variety of sectors including energy and resources, real estate, infrastructure, manufacturing, agribusiness and financial services.  

Whether assisting with applications to the Foreign Investment Review Board or the other areas of law applicable to foreign investment including tax, corporate and financial services regulation, we are familiar with the needs of Australia’s foreign investors and their counsel.

For more information on how we can assist you in relation to a foreign investment proposal, please view our foreign investment guides on the Overview page.

Johnson Winter & Slattery maintains non-exclusive relationships with law firms throughout the world.

We provide independent representation for referrer firms looking for high quality and dependable legal representation in Australia. We work closely with major foreign law firms to meet the needs of multinational corporations operating in Australia, as well as Australian enterprises with international operations.

Many of our partners have gained experience in major US or English law firms and are dual qualified in the US, UK or Hong Kong. We are therefore familiar with the expectations and conventions of major law firms operating in the US, Asian and European commercial and financial markets.

The below summary table provides an overview of all free trade agreements that are either in force, in negotiation or concluded between Australia and various foreign countries.

For further information on any of the points discussed in this table, and how this information may be of assistance to you, please contact Jeremy Davis.