German desk


Germany is one of Australia’s most important and significant trade and investment markets and is one of the top ten sources of foreign direct investment into Australia over the last ten years. Our German team has broad experience in advising German speaking clients on aspects of doing business in Australia.


Our aim is to provide excellent, cost effective and relevant legal and tax advice. We make it our business to understand your business. Our extensive expertise and experience across all key industries and sectors as well as our many years of experience in advising German-speaking clients ensures that we provide the best commercial service and advice to our clients.

Our German speaking team

Oliver Jankowsky is a Partner at our office in Melbourne and focuses on advising German speaking clients on all aspects of Australian business law. Mr Jankowsky is a very experienced fully qualified German lawyer and has a full local license to practise law in Australia.

Mr Jankowsky has broad experience in advising German-speaking clients on investments in Australia, acquisitions, mergers, starting a business in Australia, Distribution and Sale Agreements, Supply Agreements, Due Diligence, Shareholder Agreements, Foreign Investment Review approval advice, Deeds of Indemnity and corporate documents, IT contracts and restructures.

Mr Jankowsky is the current President of the European Business Inc. and a member of the German-Australian Chamber of Commerce, the Law Institute of Victoria and the Supervisory Board of the RMIT European Centre.

Paul O’Donnell is a partner in the Property & Projects section at our office in Sydney. He is specialised in the development of energy projects and acquisitions and energy trading and regulation, with a particular focus on renewable energy. He has acted for many large players in the energy sector in Australia. Besides his experiences as an Australian lawyer for many years, he also worked for three years in Karlsruhe (Germany) for the Novatec Solar GmbH as a General Counsel.

With their bi-lingual skills and German legal background Mr Jankowsky, Dr. Babeck and Mr Inston have a unique comprehensive understanding of the challenges that German-speaking clients face in their business dealings in Australia.

Dr Wolfgang Babeck has more than 20 years of experience as a corporate and commercial lawyer and is admitted as a lawyer in New South Wales, England & Wales and as a “Rechtsanwalt” in Germany. Mr Babeck is a European Council to the firm and co-heads our European desk. Mr Babeck’s clients are in particular medium-sized enterprises and ‘hidden champions’ from a great range of industries including manufacturing and transport, infrastructure and energy, technology, FMCG and health. He has specific expertise related to tender processes, mergers & acquisitions and employment law, as well as to cross border disputes including arbitration.

Clients describe Mr Babeck as solution orientated, industry savvy and as an excellent negotiator. Mr Babeck regularly serves on boards of subsidiary companies in Australia and has served on supervisory and management boards in Europe. He is a facilitator of the Australian Institute of company directors (AICD) and the former chairman and long term director of the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce. Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Babeck has been an honorary adjunct professor of law at Bond University since 2010, is chairman of the International Law Section of the Law Council of Australia and authored a number of books on Australian law.

Mark Inston was born in England but completed his law studies in Germany and is a fully qualified German lawyer. He is also approved as Solicitor in England and Wales. After completing his legal degree at the University of Melbourne he is also approved to practise law in Victoria since 2003. Mr Inston has over 15 years of experience in advising in the international financial sector. He is also a member of the Law Society of England and Wales as well as the Law Institute of Victoria.

Key practice areas

  • Corporate and commercial law, in particular accompanying the foundation or acquisition of an
  • Australian company.
  • Tax law, including the application of the German-Australian double taxation agreement.
  • Employment law, including immigration law.
  • Intellectual Property law (trademarks, unfair competition and copyright law).
  • Banking, Finance and Capital Market law.
  • IT law.
  • Property, Planning and Construction.
  • Environmental law and Sustainability.
  • Financial Services and Insurance.
  • Private Clients.
  • Superannuation and Pensions.
  • Conducting litigation and arbitration, particularly in the law of damages.

Key contact

Oliver Jankowsky
Partner & Head of International Practice
  • Fluent in German - Native speaker

Oliver is a corporate partner, whose practice focuses on mergers & acquisitions, corporate advisory, divestments, foreign investments and start-up capital raising.

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    Fluent in French | German | Russian | Spanish

Dr Wolfgang Babeck has more than 20 years’ experience as a corporate and commercial lawyer and is admitted in New South Wales, England & Wales and as Rechtsanwalt in Germany. Wolfgang is a consultant to the firm and co-heads our European desk.

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    Fluent in French - Conversational | German - Native speaker

Alicia focuses on mergers & acquisitions, corporate advisory and structuringmarket-entry, foreign investments, and divestments, Alicia manages the German Desk of Hall & Wilcox. Being a native German speaker and having extensive international experience, especially with European companies in Southeast Asia, she regularly advises foreign clients.

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