This edition of Doing business in Asia Pacific,
edited by Michael Joyce, is the latest in a series which has
addressed business needs in the region over much of the past
decade. It reports on the business environment in Australia, China,
Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South
Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.
Doing business anywhere in the Asia Pacific region is
extraordinary. At times the challenges can be immense, but so too
the rewards. The region is dynamic, entrepreneurial and, now, fully
entitled to claim its place on the world stage as the principal
driver of global economic and business growth. There is nothing
than can compare with the excitement of concluding a successful
transaction in any one of the jurisdictions here. One deal leads to
another. Relationships accumulate layer upon layer of knowledge and
We have been active here for several decades now. Each year, for
the last five years, we have published a comprehensive guide to
doing business in the region. All the facts are here. We cover
visas and work permits, types of business entity, the business
environment, policy on foreign investment, government initiatives,
government incentives, taxation, the workplace, health and safety,
and the means to forestall or resolve a dispute.
This new edition of Doing business in Asia Pacific
bundles up our local market knowledge, our emphasis on quality and
our geographic reach to provide you with a key reference source. We
wish you great success in all your business dealings in Asia
A judgment recently handed down by Rares J of the Federal Court of Australia stemming from the myriad litigation involving Timbercorp Group and their agricultural managed investment schemes provides guidance in the interpretation of the legal effect of the statutory novation procedure contained in Chapter 5C of the Corporations Act 2001 (Act). The judgment also deals authoritatively with the issue of whether a party can conclusively determine the capacity in which that party enters into a contra
An actuarial review of the Invensys Australia Superannuation Fund showed it to be in surplus to the tune of $189.2 million. In mid 2003, the Invensys Group proposed to the trustee that the surplus be repatriated to the principal employer in the group.
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