David Olsson

David Olsson

David Olsson is a lawyer specialising in Sino–foreign cross-border investments, China market-entry strategies, regional financial systems and financial market development. He is consistently recognised as a leading banking and capital market lawyer in China and Australia, as well as an expert in China's financial markets. David acts regularly for many of Australia's leading financial institutions in relation to the formulation and execution of their China market strategies, as well as for a number of China's major policy lending banks and Chinese enterprises in relation to the financing of off-shore investments, particularly in the mining, energy and natural resources sectors.

David was based in Beijing for nearly 6 years until mid 2013 and led the growth and development of the firm's practice on the ground in China, culminating in the creation of the world's first Sino-foreign law firm in March 2012. He transferred to the firm's Melbourne office in May 2013 and maintains a strong China practice. David is the Immediate Past Chairman of the Australia -China Chamber of Commerce, Beijing and in January 2013 was appointed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs as a member of the board of the Australia China Council. He is also a former Chairman of Melbourne Affordable Housing.


David received his Bachelor of Laws from the Australian National University, Canberra in 1979. Over the last 30 years he has worked in the Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Hong Kong and Beijing offices of the firm. He also spent time on secondment to a major international firm in its London and Bahrain offices. He was admitted to partnership in 1990 and brings significant commercial experience to his practice. He was one of the firm's Australian Managing Partners until 2007 and prior to that global practice team leader of the banking and finance team. He also headed up the firm's offices in Melbourne, Hong Kong and Beijing. He has been actively involved in the strategic growth of the firm's practice in China for many years and is a regular participant in a number of senior level Australia China dialogues, as well as bi-lateral business and government initiatives.

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  • China-Australia Chamber of Commerce (AustCham, Beijing), Immediate Past Chairman
  • Australia-China Business Council, board member
  • Australia China Business Council, member
  • Banking and Financial Services Law Association, member
  • International Bar Association, member.


Legal insights

The long-awaited blueprint for China’s Greater Bay Area (GBA) initiative is expected to be unveiled shortly.

01 February 2019

This article was written by David Olsson. David is a consultant at King & Wood Mallesons and a NCP Business Champion. In a recent address to the Trans-Tasman Council, the head of Australia...

15 October 2018

We highlight five broad themes in relation to the Future of Trade that we think should be on the agenda of boards and senior leadership teams of Australian companies

15 August 2018

New rules and policy statements by China’s regulators provide a catalyst for the further opening up of its financial markets and financial services sector to foreign investment.

21 June 2018

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