International Trade

MinterEllison’s International Trade group provides support across the full range of issues relating to the regulation of imports, exports and foreign investment together with advice on international issues relating to sanctions, anti-bribery and corruption. Our experience ranges from customs issues and anti-dumping through to support with matters arising under the rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Free Trade Agreements (FTAs). This highly-regarded team has been ranked by leading international legal directory Chambers Global as an Australian market leader and described as 'the foremost in the region for advice on international issues and trade policy'.

Our extensive expertise in international trade law includes advising government and private sector clients on a wide range of trade-related legal and policy issues and acting as legal counsel/adviser to governments (and affected industries) in WTO dispute settlement actions. Our specialist lawyers also have considerable experience providing advice in relation to foreign investment in Australia and in New Zealand. We have a strong track record in dealing with the Foreign Investment Review Board and the Overseas Investment Commission and offer practical advice to improve the success of investment applications.

A-REIT Foreign Investment Review Board clearance

Advised Ascendas Real Estate Investment Trust ("A-REIT") in obtaining clearance from the Australian Treasurer and Australia's foreign investment regulator, the Foreign Investment Review Board, for their purchase of a portfolio of 26 warehouses from a Singaporean sovereign wealth fund for $1.07 billion.

Re-regulation of the Queensland Sugar industry

Advised Wilmar Sugar in relation to whether the re-regulation of the Queensland Sugar industry breaches commitments under SAFTA.