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About HopgoodGanim

Headquartered in Brisbane, Australia, HopgoodGanim is considered one of the largest independent law firms in Queensland, offering strategic support across the full range of corporate and commercial legal services.  The firm services the West Coast of Australia from its Perth office and on-the-ground representation in the People's Republic of China (China).

With award-winning expertise and a strong commitment to innovation and responsiveness, its people work together to deliver sophisticated legal solutions for clients, either through their investments into China and beyond, or assisting Chinese businesses invest or establish operations in Australia.

As a full service commercial law firm, HopgoodGanim works with local and international clients to deliver legal solutions on inbound and outbound investments between Australia, China and beyond.  The firm assists Chinese businesses to navigate Australia’s legal and regulatory regime to successfully invest in, and establish operations in Australia. HopgoodGanim has been a recommended supplier of legal services to the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Brisbane, Queensland, since 2012.  The firm is also an Asia Pacific Stock Exchange (APX) Sponsor, a securities exchange in Australia with a market licence granted by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC).

HopgoodGanim is committed to working closely with the region.  Our Australian-based lawyers visit China regularly to maintain strong ties, reinforced through alliances with the country's leading firms (Dacheng Law Offices and Zhejiang T&C) to ensure a seamless service.

For almost 40 years, HopgoodGanim has had a reputation for employing lawyers who are leaders in their fields. Guided by values of integrity, tenacity and an unwavering commitment to client service, the firm is resolute in its dedication to see clients succeed.

A trusted legal advisor to many Chinese-owned companies who invest or operate in Australia, the firm assists clients to successfully navigate Australia’s legal and regulatory regime and its business environment. With approximately 130 lawyers and 280 staff overall, they are able to mobilise the right resources whenever and wherever required.

Many HopgoodGanim lawyers have received recognition for their expertise from prestigious international legal directories, including Chambers, Best Lawyers and Legal 500. The firm also has Chinese lawyers who are fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese and travel throughout Australia, China and internationally as required.

As international investors increasingly look to Australia for potential investment opportunities and asset acquisitions, it is essential that they seek expert advice on opportunity assessment and obligations under Australia’s foreign investment laws and approvals processes. Some of the most attractive opportunities can now be found in Australia’s energy, resources, agribusiness, infrastructure and tourism sectors and both Australia’s federal and state governments continue to implement policy changes to encourage inbound investment. 

Areas of Expertise

We are able to work with Chinese clients across the full range of corporate and commercial legal services, including:

  • Agribusiness
  • Banking
  • Energy and resources
  • Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) approvals
  • Hospitality and tourism
  • Infrastructure
  • Litigation and arbitration
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Project finance
  • Third party access to infrastructure.
  • Advising private Chinese port operator, Landbridge Group Co., Ltd., on its $160 million takeover offer for prominent Queensland-based coal seam gas producer, WestSide Corporation.
  • Advising Norton Gold Fields, a producer and explorer of gold in Western Australia, on the raising of AUD$27.7 million at a 31 percent premium and the subsequent $229.4 million off-market takeover bid by Zijin Mining Group, Limited (through a wholly owned subsidiary) (Zijin) for all of the Norton shares not currently held by Zijin and its subsidiaries.
  • Advising ASX-listed Orion Metals Limited on their takeover by Australia Conglin International Investment Group Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Huachen, a major coking coal and iron ore supplier in China.
  • Advising Bow Energy on the AUD $535 million takeover bid by Arrow Energy, a subsidiary of Shell/PetroChina.
  • Advising on the acquisition of Northern Energy shares by New Hope for AUD$238 million.
  • Advising Proserpine Cooperative Sugar Milling Association, Australia’s fifth largest sugar mill, on corporate structuring and its AUD$120 million sale to Sucrogen, the Australian-based sugar subsidiary of Singapore’s Wilmar International.
  • Advising Arrow Energy on the purchase of ERM Power’s remaining interest in the Braemar 2 power station for AUD$66.1 million.
  • Advising ASX-listed mining company CuDeco on the placement of ordinary shares to two UK fund managers, raising AUD$32 million.
  • Advising ASX-listed MetroCoal on the placement of shares to Chinese coal group DADI Engineering Development, raising AUD$24 million.