Australia: Corrs teams up with Austrade to encourage European technology investment in Australia
Last Updated: 29 November 2014

The Corrs European Business Group continues to focus on opportunities for European companies to invest in Australia, with seminars in Munich, Germany and Madrid, Spain.

Corrs partners Stephen Stern and Jonathan Farrer highlighted the opportunities for investment in Australia and the importance of protection of technology at a series of events in Germany and Spain recently with Austrade.

Stephen and Jonathan emphasised that while many German companies had been established in Australia for some time, there was still opportunity for technological investment and M&A.

Similarly, Spanish inbound investment in the Australian market was increasing, particularly in the infrastructure sector and there were new opportunities available in Australia for Spanish construction firms and companies in related industries.


Austrade's inaugural Technology Forum was recently held in Germany's technology hub, Munich, for German companies, wishing to bring their technology to Australia or to develop their technology in Australia's world-class technological environment.

Representing Corrs' European Business Group, Stephen educated German businesses on the way in which Australia's IP laws can assist companies in protecting their technology in Australia, and Jonathan gave insight into Australian M&A activity, recent Australia/Germany cross-border M&A transactions and upcoming opportunities.

Australian Ambassador to Germany, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, His Excellency David Ritchie, AO opened the Forum. Mr Ritchie discussed the importance of trade relations between the two countries and stressed that while there were many German companies who had been operating in Australia for some time, there was still a great deal of scope to further develop and strengthen those ties. Jeff Connolly, Chairman and CEO of Siemens Australia & New Zealand gave the keynote address.

Corrs was delighted to partner with The German-Australian Business and Technology Forum as a sponsor.


In collaboration with Austrade and the Spanish law firm Uría Menéndez, Corrs discussed the future opportunities for investment in Australia, legal strategies for investments and the protection of technology at a Spanish Investment in the Asia-Pacific Seminar in Madrid.

Joining Partners Stephen Stern and Jonathan Farrer, the other presenters at the seminar were Her Excellency Jane Hardy, Australian Ambassador to Spain; David Campbell, Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner, Western Europe – Austrade; Auriol Seaton, Austrade Investment Manager; and Uría Menéndez partner Guillermo Canalejo.

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