Germany is one of Australia’s most important and significant trade and investment markets and is one of the top ten sources of foreign direct investment into Australia over the last ten years. Our German team has broad experience in advising German speaking clients on aspects of doing business in Australia.

Expertise

Our aim is to provide excellent, cost effective and relevant legal and tax advice. We make it our business to understand your business. Our extensive expertise and experience across all key industries and sectors as well as our many years of experience in advising German-speaking clients ensures that we provide the best commercial service and advice to our clients.

Our German speaking team

Oliver Jankowsky is a Partner at our office in Melbourne and focuses on advising German speaking clients on all aspects of Australian business law. Mr Jankowsky is a very experienced fully qualified German lawyer and has a full local license to practise law in Australia.

Mr Jankowsky has broad experience in advising German-speaking clients on investments in Australia, acquisitions, mergers, starting a business in Australia, Distribution and Sale Agreements, Supply Agreements, Due Diligence, Shareholder Agreements, Foreign Investment Review approval advice, Deeds of Indemnity and corporate documents, IT contracts and restructures.

Mr Jankowsky is the current President of the European Business Inc. and a member of the German-Australian Chamber of Commerce, the Law Institute of Victoria and the Supervisory Board of the RMIT European Centre.

Mark Inston was born in England but completed his law studies in Germany and is a fully qualified German lawyer. He is also approved as Solicitor in England and Wales. After completing his legal degree at the University of Melbourne he is also approved to practise law in Victoria since 2003. Mr Inston has over 15 years of experience in advising in the international financial sector. He is also a member of the Law Society of England and Wales as well as the Law Institute of Victoria.

Paul O’Donnell is a partner in the Property & Projects section at our office in Sydney. He is specialised in the development of energy projects and acquisitions and energy trading and regulation, with a particular focus on renewable energy. He has acted for many large players in the energy sector in Australia. Besides his experiences as an Australian lawyer for many years, he also worked for three years in Karlsruhe (Germany) for the Novatec Solar GmbH as a General Counsel.

With their bi-lingual skills and German legal background, both Mr Jankowsky and Mr Inston have a unique comprehensive understanding of the challenges that German-speaking clients face in their business dealings in Australia.

The key practise areas of our firm are:

  • Corporate and commercial law, in particular accompanying the foundation or acquisition of an Australian company.
  • Tax law, including the application of the German-Australian double taxation agreement.
  • Employment law, including immigration law.
  • Intellectual Property law (trademarks, unfair competition and copyright law).
  • Banking, Finance and Capital Market law.
  • IT law.
  • Property, Planning and Construction.
  • Environmental law and Sustainability.
  • Financial Services and Insurance.
  • Private Clients.
  • Superannuation and Pensions.
  • Conducting litigation and arbitration, particularly in the law of damages.

We have acted in the following matters:

  • Acting for Sauber Motorsport AG in high-profile and very urgent proceedings brought by former driver Giedo van der Garde in the Victorian Supreme Court, and in appeal proceedings in the Court of Appeal, immediately prior to the 2015 Melbourne Grand Prix.
  • Advising WAGO Auslandsbeteiligungs-GmbH on the acquisition of The Kontact Group Pty Ltd.
  • Advising the Austrian Knill Group on the acquisition of Graph Solutions.
  • Assisting Einhell Germany AG with the acquisition of Ozito Group.
  • Advising Swiss Ronal AG on an investment in Australia.
  • Drafting and negotiating numerous IT contracts for Intershop Communications AG.
  • Advising Siemens Venture Capital on an investment in Australia.
  • Supporting Commerzbank AG in respect to various matters.
  • Advising BMW Finance on numerous matters.
  • Supporting medium-sized companies, such as Gollmann Kommissioniersysteme GmbH and Elementar Analysensysteme GmbH on their market launch in Australia.
  • Advising Papier Mettler and various other companies on their entry into the Australian market.