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We work collaboratively with our clients to build strong, sustainable relationships. Our team is committed to delivering consistent high standards of service, and we understand the importance of accessibility. Working with us, you'll enjoy open communication, meaning well scoped, properly resourced and effectively managed matters.

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Latest Case

Advising on major deals in the technology sector March 21, 2017

The National Broadband Network (nbn) is one of the largest infrastructure projects ever undertaken in Australia. The nbn will connect Australian homes and businesses to a faster broadband landline and internet network by 2020. Maddocks … Continued

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Maddocks advises Swinburne University of Technology on $118 million online education deal March 21, 2017

Tuesday 21 March 2017 Maddocks has advised Swinburne University of Technology (Swinburne) on a deal that will see SEEK (ASX:SEK) purchase a greater stake in Online Education Services, a joint venture between the university and … Continued

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For want of a comma, the case was lost…or when style becomes substance March 27, 2017

The United States case of O’Connor v Oakhurst Dairy handed down on 13 March 2017, dubbed the ‘$10 million comma case’, highlights the importance of punctuation and the legal consequences that can flow on from … Continued

Global Networks

“There is no such thing as a local business anymore. The integration of global finance and investment means the only borders that exist reside in the ambitions of the people we work with.”

— Bruce Heddle, head of the Maddocks international practice

COVER - Doing Business in Australia (September 2016)

 

Maddocks has produced Doing Business in Australia, a publication for organisations and individuals looking to invest in Australia. Doing Business in Australia is a straightforward and informative guide that outlines the main legal and commercial issues that you need to be aware of when investing in Australia. Download an electronic copy of the publication by clicking on the cover image.

The growth in the Australian economy over the past 20 years has seen it become an increasingly  popular destination for foreign investment. While much of the investment has been in mining and resources, the Australian economy has also been driven by investment in property and development, agribusiness, health and education services, professional services, and major infrastructure projects.

Maddocks works with global clients wanting to invest into Australia, as well as Australian clients investing in opportunities overseas. To this end, we have formed strategic alliances with Australian and international law firms to expand our business across international borders.

This means our partners regularly work with lawyers around the world on cross-border transactions and disputes and are well attuned to working co-operatively and cohesively in such situations. As a consequence, many of our lawyers have off-shore legal experience.

That is why we have a 130-year track record of working with our clients to help them navigate the ever-changing road ahead.

Our recent global experience

United States

USA

  • Advising a United States multinational on competition and franchising issues in Australia.
  • Acting for a United State-listed corporation in exploration and mining joint ventures and farm-in/farm-out arrangements in respect of local tenements, including dealings with the Foreign Investment Review Board.

Canada

Canada

  • Acting for a Canadian company on an A$50 million takeover offer of a leading Australian food manufacturer.

Japan

Japan

  • Acting for a leading Japanese trading company in its acquisition of a leading Australian grain trading company.
  • Advising the Australian subsidiary of a global medical products and services company on the global divestment of one of its services to a Japan-based medical devices manufacturer.

Singapore

Singapore

  • Advising a Singapore-based company on the acquisition and subsequent disposal of a New South Wales mining interest.

Malaysia

Malaysia

  • Acting for a Malaysian property and financial services company on its purchase of a major international in Melbourne’s central business district.
  • Advising a Malaysian property company on a development at Little Bay in Sydney.

France

France

  • Advised a French company on the acquisition of an electrical wholesale business based in New Zealand.

Hong Kong

Hong-Kong

  • Acting for a dual Hong Kong and Singapore listed group on its acquisition of the target group of companies that own a major international hotel in Sydney.

China

China

  • Advising a Chinese development company on a major residential and retail development in the Melbourne central business district.
  • Advising a leading Chinese property group on the off-the-plan sale of more than 400 apartments in Sydney’s central business district.