Our team provides the expertise, experience and support for Asian clients’ needs in this rapidly evolving Australian business environment. We are known for our close relationships with foreign commercial partners and our strategic approach to accessing the Australian market.

About Asia

Our team helps our Asian clients access the Australian commercial sphere. We are experienced in assisting clients with all aspects of commercial law – in particular with successful IPOs and ASX listings – and we also help Asian companies enter the Australian market.

We operate with efficiency and competitiveness to deliver real value to our clients. Our team draws on extensive expertise and utilises our unique position in the market to ensure that we are always the best at what we do. We aim to keep processes simple and streamlined for our clients.

Our team have strong relationships with key people in the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and the ASX. We are also known for our close relationships with foreign commercial partners, and we have strong ties with prominent accounting and fund management firms with presence and capability in China, India, and Vietnam.

We work closely with our clients and regulatory bodies to ensure that we always provide the best outcome for our clients. We guide our Asian clients through the process of operating and transacting in Australian jurisdictions, and we have the experience to support them through all aspects of corporate and commercial transactions.

As a member of ALFA International and Andersen Global, we are able to utilise our foreign affiliates to ensure that we are always available to our clients – including for any outbound transactions into Asia.

We are highly skilled in a broad range of expertise that’s critical to our clients’ success, and we have advised on a range of cross-border transactions.

In addition, we provide professional services in the following languages: Cantonese, Malay, Malayalam, Mandarin, Shanghainese, Tamil and Vietnamese.


  • Banking and finance (fund and fintech)
  • Body corporate
  • Capital raisings
  • Construction
  • Corporate and structure advice
  • Dispute resolution
  • Employment and industrial relations
  • FIRB
  • IP
  • Litigation
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Migration
  • Property development and acquisitions
  • Tax


Recent work includes: 

  • advising a Forbes-listed high-net-worth individual who has invested A$1.5 billion in many large-scale, iconic commercial and residential property development projects in Victoria and Queensland;
  • advising a client who owns the largest glass processing business in his home country with aspirations to establish a business that will invest A$2-10 million in innovative glass technology in Australia;
  • advising a client expanding his professional ICT business and setting up the Australian company as the new global headquarters of a group of companies providing end-to-end integrated and adaptable business management applications for medium enterprises; total investment: A$5-15 million;
  • advising a client investing A$5-10 million to build a platform that offers a variety of solutions for Vietnamese-Australian business communities, from flexible workspaces to concierge and professional services, with the long-term vision of fostering Australian and Vietnamese economic interests;
  • a client setting up a business that provides a range of services centred around financing and project management of non-residential construction projects, to facilitate a competitive advantage to the small to medium sized developersa client who aims to connect Vietnamese investors with suitable non-residential property acquisitions/developments in Australia through an independent, online platform that primarily offers a buyer’s agent suite of services, with added regulatory, compliance, marketing and financing service capabilities;
  • advising on internal asset protection for a high net worth Chinese family based in the Gold Coast;
  • advising one of the biggest computer retailers in Australia;
  • advising the developer and owner on a $100 million luxury inner city Brisbane residential development;
  • advising Gold Coast developer for a new luxury townhouse development;
  • advising the biggest global supplier of PV mounting systems for solar panels with headquarters based in Xiamen, China, working with the Australian office on IP enforcement to secure their brand in Australia;
  • advising a Chinese group in obtaining a controlling stake of an ASX-listed company (works performed include due diligence negotiation, legal documentation, Chapter 6 advice and ASX Listing Rules implications);
  • advising a large meat manufacturer from China in the acquisition of a series of cattle farms (due diligence, negotiations, structure advice for tax and FIRB purposes, FIRB advice and approval, legal documentation);
  • assisting a large Chinese development company in the acquisition and disposal of a development site in South Melbourne (size around 55m)
  • advising various Chinese entities in their proposals for ASX listing / backdoor listing; and
  • advising various Asian entities in their acquisitions of businesses and assets across various industries such as education, information technology, medical technology, agriculture, childcare and aged care, healthcare, and energy and resources.

Our Experts

Levent Shevki

CEO / Partner, Melbourne

Leon Yang

Partner, Melbourne

Mayank Gupta

Partner, Sydney

Eddie Leong

Special Counsel, Brisbane

Sponsorships and Associations

Cornwalls is a proud sponsor of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association, which embraces diversity within the legal industry and encourages the building of close relationships between Asian and Australian economies.