Alicia Haesslein

Senior Associate

Qualifications: Juris Doctor, BA, BComm

Fluent in: French - Conversational | German - Native speaker


Alicia has a broad range of commercial experience, particularly in the areas of cross-border mergers and acquisitions, restructures and business succession, and compliance with Australian corporate law. She has particular experience in advising international clients on the acquisition and establishment of Australian businesses as well as compliance with Australia’s foreign investments regime.

Alicia advises clients in a variety of industries over a wide range of matters relevant to their day-to-day operations including business, asset and share acquisitions and disposals, shareholder agreements, the documentation of operational arrangements (for example supply and distribution agreements) as well as managing complex and sensitive matters involving multiple practice areas.

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. She has worked and lived internationally (Germany, USA, Philippines, South Africa). She has correspondingly diverse language capabilities. Prior to commencing at Hall & Wilcox, Alicia was a foreign lawyer in Singapore.

She has been recognised by the firm for her ongoing pro bono work.


  • Advising Kaufland on its Australian market entry, operations and withdrawal from the Australian market
  • Advising Getzner Werkstoffe GmbH on its share acquisition in an Australian company
  • Advising the Sto Group on its acquisition of Unitex and ongoing operational advice
  • Advising the Erber Group on operations in Australia
  • Advising an Asian airline on establishment in Australia
  • Advising a French management consultant organisation on their market entry and ongoing operations in Australia
  • Advising European luxury brand on share acquisition and joint venture in Australia
  • Advising various Australian family-owned business on corporate group structuring and restructuring
  • Advising Vapiano SE & Co. Kg on Australian market entry, investment and corporate restructure
  • Assisting Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE: SEE) in relation to the Australian aspects of the sale of Sealed Air's Diversey Care division and the food hygiene and cleaning business to global private investment firm, Bain Capital Private Equity
  • Advising a German car manufacturer on various commercial matters


Professional Membership

  • Vice President, European Business Inc
  • Premium Partner and Young Executive Committee member, German Australia Chamber of Industry and Commerce
  • Committee member, Scholarships for the Australian German Student Exchange

Latest thinking

Corporate & Commercial | 22 Jul 2019

Merkblatt: Regulierung von ausländischen Investitionen in Australien

Ausländische Investitionen in Australien, die bestimmte Schwellenwerte überschreiten, müssen bei der zuständigen australischen Behörde, der Foreign Investments Review Board (FIRB), angemeldet werden.