International Trade

Our lawyers have experience in international trading transactions, involving UK, the United States and countries in Europe and Asia-Pacific region.  Stephens Lawyers & Consultants has assisted overseas corporations with successful entry into the Australian market, and local companies with export and import strategies. The firm also provides legal and consultative services on import and export business.

Katarina Klaric, Director, participated in the Australian Government, Woman In Global Business (“WIGB”) program, mentoring businesswomen with expansion of their business into overseas markets.

Companies considering international expansion have a number of structural options to consider:

  • Establish a branch office or subsidiary company
  • Acquire or merge with a local company or business
  • Enter into a joint venture agreement, partnership, management or agency agreement with a local company or business
  • Enter into an area development, master licence, franchise or distribution agreement  for a territory
  • Enter into technology transfer agreements

The vehicle ultimately chosen for expansion of a company’s operations will be influenced by factors such as:

  • Financial resources and personnel levels
  • Refinements required to products or systems to suit the local market
  • Economic or financial incentives offered by local governments
  • The taxation system
  • Local laws and regulations
  • Required returns on investment and potential risks
  • Exit opportunities or strategies.