Doing business overseas

Doing business overseas can be an effective way to grow your business, spread risk, increase productivity and reduce your dependence on the Australian market.

When you're entering new overseas markets, we work with you to support your expansion strategy – helping you to understand the country’s culture, customs, and laws, and the unspoken rules that will ultimately help you better tailor your business for that market.

We provide solutions across the full risk spectrum and the full lifecycle of entering a new overseas market:

  • Market and risk analysis
  • Export and expansion financing
  • WTO law, multilateral regulation, free trade agreements and bilateral investment treaties
  • Contracts with customers, distributors, supply chain and logistics providers
  • Intellectual property protection
  • Tax structuring, BEPs, transfer pricing and tax treaties
  • Sanctions, export controls, trade remedies, customs and trade barrier matters
  • Employee and industrial relations
  • Anti-bribery and corruption, anti-money laundering and other extraterritorial regulatory issues
  • Migration and special investor visas
  • Public international law, WTO dispute settlement and investor state dispute settlement
  • Private disputes, international arbitration and enforcement of judgements.

Our overseas networks

MinterEllison operates in every capital city in mainland Australia, as well as New Zealand, Hong Kong SAR, China and the UK through a network of integrated and affiliated offices.

We also have an unrivalled global network of independent and leading law firms located in most of the world's major commercial markets. This network enable us to provide a full global and seamless reach and the best possible legal advice wherever we are needed.

Doing a Deal

Our transactional specialists have experience assisting Australian companies doing deals overseas. Our overseas offices and international networks understand foreign legal, regulatory and commercial environments and will work with you to ensure successful outcomes for growth overseas.

Read about our Doing a deal solutions.


Our specialists can help you access the right finance options to help you export, enter new markets, expand operations and make investments overseas.

Read about our financing solutions

Foreign desks


Desk Lead: Adam Handley


Desk Lead: Geraldine Johns-Putra
Team: Ben Smith


Desk Lead: David Inglis
Team: Peter Bartlett


Desk Lead: Brendan Clark

United Kingdom

Desk Lead: Mike Hales,
Michael Wallin, Nicola Marley



Desk Lead: Elisabeth Ellis

Gulf States

Desk Lead: Cameron Charlton
Team: Wissam Abwi, Darren Sumich

Recent developments