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.

18 May 2016

The first international Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) decision involving Australia was handed down in The Hague on Monday. Having decided in Australia's favour in this landmark case, the Tribunal issued detailed reasons for its decision on Philip Morris Asia's challenge to Australia's tobacco plain packaging legislation

18 March 2016

The Treasurer today announced that on and from 31 March 2016, the foreign investment rules will be amended so that all foreign investors need to seek and obtain prior Foreign Investment Review Board clearance before acquiring critical state-owned infrastructure.

9 February 2015

In this edition of Trade Law Focus, we look at "Navigating a minefield - Australia's defence export controls and sanctions regimes on products"

25 July 2014

China's State Administration of Foreign Exchange has announced reforms to its foreign exchange administration in order to make it easier for Chinese individuals and companies to invest abroad.

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.