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Asia Guide

International Trade/WTO — Australia

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第一等

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Andrew Korbel
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Prominent international trade team with impressive region-wide capabilities, advising clients from both the public and private sectors. Particularly adept at advising overseas companies on anti-dumping investigations, and has noteworthy expertise in China-related cases.

Strengths Clients attest to the firm "doing very good work in the WTO space."  

Work highlights Acted for the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Renesolar Jiangsu in a dumping investigation requested by the Australian government concerning solar panels exported from China.

Representing Pacific Aluminium in connection with an application to the Anti-Dumping Review Panel concerning the importation of silicon from China to Australia.

Significant clients CHINT Electric, PT CG Power Systems, Rio Tinto, Shihlin Electric & Engineering.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Korbel leads the practice, and is best known for his anti-dumping investigation and contentious trade expertise. He recently acted for Resolute Forest Products in an anti-dumping matter concerning the exports of Korean newsprints. One client reports: "He is efficient, smart and runs an impressive team. He has considerable knowledge and experience in judicial review applications."

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: David Inglis 
- 8 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Leading firm for international trade advice, particularly in relation to anti-dumping disputes under WTO and FTA rules. Also offers comprehensive expertise in areas such as sanctions, export controls and anti-bribery. Offers additional strength in treaty advisory and FDI work.

Strengths The team is highly praised for its prowess in this sphere: "They're outstanding; I'd recommend Minter Ellison highly. We've never had any problems."

Another source enthuses that they are "very good operators, they have a solid reputation and know what they're doing."

Work highlights Successfully advised UPM Kymmene in anti-dumping investigations into its newsprint manufacturers in China and France.

Advised Wilmar Sugar on whether or not the re-regulation of the Queensland sugar industry is in violation of South Asia Free Trade Area commitments.

Significant clients Arrium Mining & Minerals, Dole International, ESCO, Hyundai Heavy Industries, Valbruna Australia.

Notable practitioners  

Trade measures and customs head John Cosgrave is known for his experience and expertise in trade matters stemming from his time working in government. Recently, he advised Hyundai Heavy Industries on an anti-dumping investigation concerning imported transformers. Clients say: "He has encyclopaedic knowledge of WTO law and an impressive ability to identify and understand the key issues."

David Morfesi focuses on WTO, FTA and bilateral agreement matters. He recently advised Wilmar Sugar on SAFTA commitments relating to the re-regulation of Queensland's sugar industry. One peer commented that he is "well connected to the government and highly capable on trade matters."

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Daniel Moulis
- 1 partner
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded boutique with extensive experience handling trade matters in a broad range of sectors. Routinely undertakes substantial anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations. Also skilled at taking on safeguards, customs and sanctions-related work.

Strengths Sources confirm the firm has a reputation for "running an efficient operation and giving sound advice."

The team is also noted for its market visibility: "A very good operator, regularly involved in Australian trade investigations."

Work highlights Successfully represented Essar Steel India in an anti-dumping investigation concerning imported galvanised steel.

Advised POSCO on an anti-dumping investigation concerning its exports of hot-rolled plate steel.

Significant clients ABB Group, Celsa Group, Hyundai Steel, Steelforce Group, Ministry of Commerce of China.

Notable practitioners  

Daniel Moulis maintains an exceptional reputation for his work on international trade. Clients say: "He is unquestionably the standout. He is extremely experienced, insightful and tenacious." Recently, he successfully represented Essar Steel India in an anti-dumping investigation concerning galvanised steel imported from India.

Associate Alistair Bridges is experienced in safeguards, anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations, as well as customs matters. He is well liked by peers, and he recently assisted POSCO with an anti-dumping investigation concerning its exporting of hot-rolled plate steel.

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Moulis Legal

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Daniel Moulis maintains an exceptional reputation for his work on international trade. Clients say: "He is unquestionably the standout. He is extremely experienced, insightful and tenacious." Recently, he successfully represented Essar Steel India in an anti-dumping investigation concerning galvanised steel imported from India.

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Percival Legal

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Andrew Percival of Percival Legal enjoys an excellent reputation in the market for international trade matters, including anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations.

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Band 2

MinterEllison

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Trade measures and customs head John Cosgrave is known for his experience and expertise in trade matters stemming from his time working in government. Recently, he advised Hyundai Heavy Industries on an anti-dumping investigation concerning imported transformers. Clients say: "He has encyclopaedic knowledge of WTO law and an impressive ability to identify and understand the key issues."

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Corrs Chambers Westgarth

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Andrew Korbel leads the practice, and is best known for his anti-dumping investigation and contentious trade expertise. He recently acted for Resolute Forest Products in an anti-dumping matter concerning the exports of Korean newsprints. One client reports: "He is efficient, smart and runs an impressive team. He has considerable knowledge and experience in judicial review applications."

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Band 3

MinterEllison

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

David Morfesi focuses on WTO, FTA and bilateral agreement matters. He recently advised Wilmar Sugar on SAFTA commitments relating to the re-regulation of Queensland's sugar industry. One peer commented that he is "well connected to the government and highly capable on trade matters."

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Band 3

Clyde & Co

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Clients praise Maurice Thompson of Clyde & Co for his ability to provide "technically correct and commercially relevant advice in a timely manner." He heads the trade and commodities department at the firm.

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Associates to watch

Moulis Legal

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Associate Alistair Bridges is experienced in safeguards, anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations, as well as customs matters. He is well liked by peers, and he recently assisted POSCO with an anti-dumping investigation concerning its exporting of hot-rolled plate steel.

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