25 June 2019

From Farm to Table: Guide to investing in Australian food & agribusiness

Food & agribusiness represents a key sector in Australia’s economy, with over 100 years of innovation and productivity gains underpinning its continuing strength as a major driver of economic activity.

In recent years, the sector has been one of the largest contributors to Australia’s national GDP growth and a major contributor to export income, and the gross value of farm production has been at record (or near record) levels.

Authored by a range of market-leading specialists with deep sectoral experience, the guide provide potential investors with an overview of key legal and regulatory issues that investors in the sector may encounter. The guide is broken down into the different stages of an investment in the sector as follows.:


An Introduction to Australian Food & Agribusiness

This section summarises:

the volume and composition of Australia’s food exports;

- Australian food and agribusiness policy and reform;

- and the features of the Australian food & agribusiness industry that present strategic value and opportunities for investors.


Structuring and Making an Investment

This section covers:

the main structures available for making an agribusiness investment in Australia;

- the options and issues surrounding the appointment of a manager to manage all or part of an investment;

- regulation, competition laws and government assistance relevant to Australian inbound foreign investment, including tax considerations; and

- different approaches to and methods of financing an investment.


Due diligence

This section discusses typical legal and regulatory issues that should be assessed during the due diligence process of an investment, relating to:

acquiring and using rural land;

- water rights;

- access to supporting infrastructure; and

- intellectual property, technology, research and development.


Operational matters

This section covers the key operational matters to be considered once an investment has been made, relating to:

food production, processing, marketing and potential product liability;

- international trade regimes and domestic export and import controls;

- workplace relations and safety; and

- foreign exchange, interest rate and commodity price hedging.

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