International Trade

Minter Ellison’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.

18 July 2014

After launching the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone nine months ago, the Shanghai government has released the Special Administrative Measures on Foreign Investment Access to the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone (Negative List) (the 2014 Revision). The list seeks to reinforce the requirements set out in 2013 and to further relax controls on foreign investments into China.

14 July 2014

The People's Bank of China has released the Administrative Measures for the Foreign Exchange Purchase and Sale Business Provided by Banks which will come into force on 1 August 2014. The Measures will clarify the definition of Business and adjust the supervision and management model to provide banks with greater autonomy and a simplified process to market entry and exit.

11 July 2014

Last month the Chinese Ministry of Commerce published the Notice of Improvements on Foreign Investment Examination Management, introducing the capital subscription system into the registration of foreign invested enterprises. The Notice is specifically targeted at eliminating the statutory registered capital requirements previously imposed on FIEs.

29 May 2014

On 17 May 2014, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China issued the Administrative Measures for the Verification and Approval and Filing of Foreign Investment Projects, which will become effective from 17 June 2014.

29 May 2014

On 12 May 2014, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) issued the Rules on the Foreign Exchange Administration for Cross-border Guarantee (Hui Fa [2014] No. 29) (the Rules), which will become effective as of 1 June 2014.