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Foreign Investment


As a key advisor to international companies investing in Australia, King & Wood Mallesons guides clients through Australia’s foreign investment regime and approvals process. At the forefront of developments in foreign investment laws and regulations, our Foreign Investment team has a strong track record in securing approvals for complex and sensitive investments across a range of industries.

The demand for Australia’s raw resources from countries including China, India and the Middle East looks set to continue, and with it, interest in acquiring and investing in Australian energy and resources projects. King & Wood Mallesons has advised on some of the largest and most high profile foreign investments in recent times.

Our long established Foreign Investment team consists of experts from our Government, Mergers & Acquisition, Banking & Finance and Tax practices. With a deep understanding of the full range of legislation relevant to foreign investment, we structure each element of a transaction to ensure that all foreign investment requirements are smoothly and efficiently addressed.

With key team members based in Canberra, clients rely on our long established working relationships with the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB), Federal Treasury and other government departments and agencies. Applying the insights and relationships we have forged over many years of working in this area, we are focused on helping our clients to deliver on their strategic objectives.

Many of the most recent high profile applications have involved Chinese companies, and our role on behalf of Chinalco, Hunan Valin and APAC on different investments gives us a good understanding of the specific issues that Chinese investors face and the current approach of the Australian Government and FIRB.