The investment opportunities and growth potential between Australia and Asia are significant.

For Australian businesses looking for growth it can mean exporting, outsourcing, re-locating operations, or finding new markets for their products and services. For Asian businesses, the stability of the Australian economy and opportunities from a broad range of Australian industries makes it a secure and attractive destination for investment.

Grant Thornton works with Asian businesses looking to invest in Australia, as well as advising Australian companies on their outbound investments into Asia.

By delivering a combination of technical excellence, with personalised advice that not only reflects a deep understanding of your business, your industry and ambitions but also an in-depth knowledge and connection with the jurisdiction in which you want to invest, we help set our clients up for success.

Doing business in Australia

Australia welcomes dynamic foreign investment and is one of the most attractive business locations in the world. With a relatively deregulated and open economy, Australia offers opportunities from a broad range of diverse industries, providing investors with a stable political and economic environment, as well as a skilled and multilingual workforce. Our guide provides the following insights for foreign investors looking at undertaking business in Australia:

  • Country profile
  • Legal overview
  • How to conduct business in Australia
  • Tax system
  • Labour
  • Audit
  • Trade
  • Finance
  • Infrastructure


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A localised solution on the ground

Our aligned global Grant Thornton network includes 85 regional offices throughout Asia. We are across all legislative and fiscal changes and upcoming trends in the countries in which our clients plan to operate or invest. We take a long-term view of your strategic goals and help develop the best path and structures for achieving your ambitions.

Our approach is unique and is focused on your success. We have experts who specifically understand the nature of doing business and investing in key markets such as China, Japan, Singapore and the ASEAN region, and India.

By engaging with our Grant Thornton team, you will have access to the expertise you need with a single point of contact. Our Asia experts provide you with a relationship leader who can bridge the gap, connecting you to the right people, teams and resources you need to make your international strategy a success. In addition, our Grant Thornton Australian leaders are closely aligned with the key regional financial centres of Hong Kong and Singapore, underpinned by financial investments and board and advisory support to our Grant Thornton firms in those locations.


Our growth gateway services

China practice

The investment opportunities between Australia and China are well established yet, in recent years, have also diversified.

Japan practice

The trading partnership between Japan and Australia is long-standing and increasingly important to both countries’ economies.

India practice

It’s an exciting time for Indian and Australian businesses looking to each jurisdiction as part of their growth ambitions.

Singapore practice

Our Singapore Practice works alongside Singaporean companies to achieve growth through investment and market expansion into Australia.

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Partner & National Head of Restructuring Advisory
Matt Byrnes
Matt Byrnes
Partner & National Head of Restructuring Advisory
Matt Byrnes
Matt Adam-Smith
Matt Adam-Smith

Restructuring solutions

An Australian subsidiary of a Chinese-owned group required an independent diagnostic review to consider their current financial status and options for the Company. The purpose of this review was to allow all parties to get a complete understanding of the subsidiary’s current financial position, but also to identify the different options available, and the implications of each course of action on the Company and its stakeholders. In addition, there was a need for our team to communicate and deliver our findings in both English and Mandarin.
The solution
Grant Thornton was engaged by the business to prepare this high-level diagnostic options review for the directors. The scope included consideration of financial, legal and strategic elements, as well outcomes that included both going concern and formal administration outcomes. The team at Grant Thornton – led by the firm’s restructuring and turnaround experts – took a whole-of-business approach to the analysis, bringing together our financial and turnaround expertise, alongside our Chinese practice. Identifying innovative solutions, and maximising value in the circumstances was the focus. Our recommendations also accounted for crucial non-financial factors for success, including cultural sensitivities, translation to Mandarin, and identifying and managing potential reputational issues for the Chinese directors.
The outcome
The Chinese-based owner decided to pursue one of the options identified by Grant Thornton. The solution helped protect the reputation of the locally based Chinese directors, and mitigated a large financial loss, with value preserved in the broader group and residual funds made available to reinvest or repatriate to the parent. “An innovative solution must go further than the numbers alone. Our approach considers both the financial and non-financial elements, whilst balancing the cultural, reputational and community expectations of a Company’s locally based Chinese directors and stakeholders.” - Matt Byrnes
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