Chinese Eye Australia’s Outback in $43 Billion Foreign Farming Frenzy

“There are big limits on China’s ability to grow what it needs domestically, so it’s looking more and more outside its borders for stable nations to expand agriculture,” said Mark Howden, a chief research scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. “Australia fits that bill even though some areas, such as in the north, create some pretty serious challenges.”

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“The sliding dollar is sweetening Australia’s appeal as an agricultural investment destination ripe for overseas companies and fund managers, particularly from North America and Europe.”

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Please contact Arion Consulting Group if you are interested in investing in the agricultural sector.

“Australia is well placed to cash in on uranium boom, say mining experts”

An interesting article by the Sydney Morning Herald.

“South Australian reality experts are forecasting increasing foreign investor interest in the state’s farm land.”

See the ABC’s full article.

Changes to Foreign Investment Review Board approvals for off-the-plan developments

Earlier this year,  the Australian government announced a series of changes to the foreign investment framework including further details on the lower threshold for agriculture-related acquisitions, new FIRB application fees, and stricter enforcement regime for real estate acquisitions. Norton Rose Fulbright recently published an article discussing this in further detail. “

Arion Consulting Group has key expertise in foreign investment facilitation, including identifying business investment opportunities and acquisitions, establishing businesses in Australia and conducting due diligence investigations.

Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions

The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Monday:

  • Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway said it would buy aerospace parts maker Precision Castparts Corp in a $37.2 billion deal, its biggest ever, taking it out of the market for another big acquisition for now.
  • Shire Chief Executive Flemming Ornskov is stepping up his campaign to get Baxalta to the negotiating table as he pushes the benefits a $30 billion takeover offer to the U.S. biotech company’s shareholders.
  • German salt and fertilizer company K+S AG says a survey of its retail investors shows they strongly support its rejection of a 7.9 billion euros ($8.6 billion) takeover offer from Canada’s Potash Corp of Saskatchewan. See more


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