Foreign Investment

Foreign investment in Australia is highly responsive to global and local economic market trends. Our foreign investment team advises helps you manage your obligations and risks with investing into Australia and navigating Australia’s foreign investment regime.

We have assisted a diverse range of businesses on investing and establishing operations in Australia involving countries across the globe, including China, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Iceland, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, UK and the USA. John Toigo, who leads our Foreign Investment team, has developed the leading Taiwanese project investment legal practice in Australia and is Vice Chairman of the Australia-Taiwan Business Council.

Drawing on experts from across the firm, we assist with the spectrum of client needs, from investment protection and investment structuringto acquisitions and disposals.


  • Acquisitions and sales
  • Agribusiness
  • Business structuring
  • Due diligence investigations
  • Energy and resources
  • Foreign Investment Review Board applications
  • Intellectual property


Iron Bridge Iron Ore Project

Advising Formosa Plastics Group of Taiwan on its USD1.15 billion investment in the acquisition and establishment of the Iron Bridge Joint Venture with Fortescue Metals Group, in respect of 4.7 billion tonne magnetite resource. Concluded in 2013, this transaction represents the largest ever single investment from Taiwan into Australia.

Ithmaar Bank BSC

Advising the Bank on theformation of an incorporated joint venture for the acquisition of cane farms in Australia.

Lenton Coal Joint Venture

Advised Formosa Plastics Group on establishment of the Lenton Joint Venture with New Hope Corporation, including due diligence investigations, joint venture agreement, sale and purchase agreement and full suite of project documentation to establish the Joint Venture and operations.

Primero Mining Corp

Advising Primero on the acquisition, via scrip based scheme of arrangement, of Cerro Resources NL, a company listed on the ASX for an implied value of circa $120 million.

Royal Duke Group

Development of residential apartments in Fortitude Valley and South Brisbane.

Sonoma Coal Joint Venture

Advising China Steel Corporation, Taiwan's largest steel maker, on the acquisition (including FIRB approval)and establishment of the joint venture for the $260 million Sonoma Coal Project in Central Queensland.

Wee Hur Holdings Limited(Singapore Listed Company)

Acquisition of a large development siteinvolving up to eight residential/commercial mixed use buildings and related infrastructure.

Foreign owned Australian Operations

Advising on the establishment of foreign owned Australian operations such as:

  • CSC Steel Australia Holdings Pty Ltd – for China Steel Corporation (Taiwan)
  • Elbicon Pacific Pty Ltd – for Elibicon NV (Belgium)
  • Formosa Steel IB Pty Ltd – for Formosa Plastics Group (Taiwan)
  • Marel Australia Pty Ltd – for Marel hf (Iceland)
  • Richmond Dairies Pty Ltd – for Fast Freeze International Ltd (UK)
  • Ulma Packaging (Australia) Pty Ltd – for Ulma Cye, S Coop (Spain)

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ClarkeKann has received the Australia-Taiwan Business Excellence Award for our efforts promoting and advising on most of the major investments from Taiwan into Australia over the last 20 years. Click below for more details about Foreign InvestmentVIEW MORE


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