Stephens Lawyers are experienced in advising on international transactions, particularly in the Pacific Rim, UK and Europe. With China becoming one of the biggest trade partners of Australia and with the active promotion of foreign trade by the Chinese government, there has been increased investment by Australian businesses into China and by Chinese companies into Australia.
Stephens Lawyers have expertise and experience in assisting Australian and Chinese clients with their international expansion.
We believe that successful expansion into overseas markets requires good strategic planning and project management, satisfactory due diligence combined with an understanding of the target market and its regulatory system. Working closely with our clients and their other professional advisors, we provide our clients with a broad range of legal and consulting services in order to assist with their international business and investment, including:
- Intellectual property protection;
- Assessing market/investment opportunities;
- Advising on the best structural option for market entry into Australia;
- Advising on merger and acquisition transactions;
- Due diligence;
- Corporate structure analysis for business operation in and outside Australia;
- Assisting with regulatory compliance and obtaining government approvals;
- Import and export businesses; and
- Drafting legal documentation.
We are able to prepare bilingual (English/Chinese) legal documentation for our Chinese clients where necessary.
Stephens Lawyers have established connections with overseas legal and accounting firms, which facilitates a seamless provision of cross border legal and consulting services to our clients and thus ensures that our clients’ needs are well understood and addressed.
Stephens Lawyers are also retained to deal with commercial/contractual disputes including failing investment projects. We advise on legal and commercial strategies and resolve the commercial/contractual disputes cost effectively having regard to the client’s commercial objectives. Our lawyers are experienced in the mediation/arbitration process.
Links to publications for Australia China Business:
Doing Business in China: Developments in Intellectual Property, Tax and Labour & Employment Law- April 2010
Investing in China: A Guide for Australian Businesses
Protecting Intellectual Property Rights in China
Common Market Entry Options for Operating Business in China
Commercial Franchising in China
Intellectual Property Protection in China