Media Release | 25 July 2014

Hall & Wilcox sponsors European Business launch

​Leading independent Australian business law firm Hall & Wilcox sponsored and hosted a recent launch event for European Business, an international business networking organisation which seeks to promote trade and investment between Europe and Australia.

European Business is part of the international ABIE Network, with around 1,500 members drawn from Australian companies with business interests and connections in Europe, and a wide range of European companies with reciprocal interests in Australia.

It provides a forum for companies and individuals to forge business opportunities, contacts and exchange information, according to Oliver Jankowsky, Hall & Wilcox Special Counsel and President of European Business. “The association is unique in its ability to offer business connections with the whole of Europe.

“It is strongly represented in larger European countries such as Germany, France and Britain but one of its strengths is the ability to connect with smaller European nations as well.”

European Business has a broad membership base, bringing together Australian and European business people from a variety of industries including banking, insurance, finance, manufacturing, legal, technology and service industries.

Hall & Wilcox Managing Partner, Tony Macvean, said the firm was proud to support European Business. “A strength of the European Business organisation is its business focus.

“Hall & Wilcox, via Oliver and his colleagues, has established a strong track record of advising European companies looking to do business in Australia and vice versa, including M&As and establishing subsidiaries.

“There is much to be shared between Australia and Europe when it comes to business knowledge and innovation”, Tony said.

The launch event was well attended by representatives from several European chambers of commerce and from various companies including Accenture, Ernst & Young, Seek Limited, Mercedes Benz, BMW and Sabco Australia.

Distinguished guests included Dr Mark Higgie, Senior Adviser to the Prime Minister and Australian Ambassador-designate to the EU, Belgium, Luxemburg and NATO.


Oliver Jankowsky

Partner & Head of International Practice

Ed Paton

Partner & Head of SE Asia Practice

Eugene Chen

Partner & Head of China Practice

Melanie Smith

Director - Business Development, Marketing and Communications

Natalie Bannister

Partner & Commercial National Practice Leader

Rhett Slocombe

Partner & Insurance National Practice Leader

Katie McKenzie


James Bull

Special Counsel and Head of Frank

Melanie James

People & Culture Manager

Jacqui Barrett

Partner & Head of US Practice

Paul O’Donnell

Consultant & Head of Energy

Christopher Brown

Partner & Head of UK Practice

Lauren Parrant

Senior People & Culture Advisor, as at 1 July 2022

Melinda Woledge

Marketing & Communications Manager

Jasmine Koh

Senior Associate and Head of Frank

Alison Choy Flannigan

Partner & Leader, Health & Community

Billie Kerkez

Manager – Smarter Recovery Solutions

Peter Jones

Senior Commercial Counsel

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