Australia & New Zealand Business Report 2017

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HFW helps investors navigate international trade

Global law firm with more than 450 lawyers working in Australia, the Middle East, Europe, the Americas and Asia focuses on its clients’ commercial objectives

PUBLISHED : Friday, 22 September, 2017, 5:15pm
UPDATED : Friday, 22 September, 2017, 5:15pm

Global trade is projected to more than double by 2030, principally driven by continuing growth in exports to Asia and China, which is moving from investment-focused growth towards a consumption-fuelled economy. While it may be the best time for businesses to break into new investments in the region, the volatile international economic and political landscape makes for an uncertain, challenging pursuit.

Those who have navigated regional and international markets before, however, know that there is no better partner than global law firm HFW.

“HFW focuses on our clients’ commercial objectives and identifying solutions, and is able to underpin our advice with a solid foundation of extensive industry knowledge and legal expertise,” says partner Gavin Vallely. “Across our chosen sectors, we advise on the corporate deals, creation of projects, flow and financing of goods and services, management of risk, competition and regulatory landscape, restructuring and insolvency of businesses, and disputes, accidents and disruptions our clients face from time to time.”

With a long history in international shipping and trade that traces back to the 19th century, HFW has grown its business to specialise in all aspects of the global supply of goods and commodities – including aviation, infrastructure construction, commodities, energy, insurance and reinsurance, shipping, logistics and offshore.

Today, HFW provides seamless service around the clock across its network of offices and has more than 450 lawyers working in Australia, the Middle East, Europe, the Americas and Asia, where the firm foresees robust growth.

“There continue to be huge opportunities for HFW in Asia, especially China and emerging economies such as Vietnam, which we aim to develop with like-minded partners,” Vallely says. “We have had a strong presence in Asia over 30 years and have a strong appreciation of how important relationships and trust are in the region. That is why we are the firm of choice for many businesses in the region, but we are not complacent about that. We always work on building relationships and work harder on nurturing them.”